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Graduate Spotlight: Ben Millefolie

Posted on May 16, 2018

By Holly Walker

“I want to teach at the collegiate level specifically because of the teachers at John Tyler. The theatre professors here have made such an incredible impact on my life and my career that I hope to be as great as they are someday.” – Ben Millefolie


Ben Millefolie loves the stage. From acting and singing to writing and directing, he finds all aspects of the theatre to be exciting. “Theatre can inspire, make you sympathize, cry, educate, illuminate, and my favorite: laugh,” he says. “Theatre is both an escape from the problems of every day and a means to change and correct those problems.”

His passion for theatre emerged in middle school, when he first began acting in plays. He soon found himself “obsessed” with the creative magic that envelops the stage, and he went on to perform in high school shows and in the show choir, Capital Swing. After graduating from Chesterfield County’s Manchester High School in 2015, Ben decided to make John Tyler Community College the next step in his educational journey, and he enrolled in the General Studies, Theatre Arts Specialization program. Initially, Tyler was a practical choice because it was affordable and close to home. After a semester, however, Ben said he was endeared to the professors, who he said encouraged and inspired him.

Ben immersed himself in Tyler’s theatre program, honing his acting, writing and directing skills. Along the way, he also realigned his career goals to include teaching theatre. “I want to teach at the collegiate level specifically because of the teachers at John Tyler,” he says. “The theatre professors here have made such an incredible impact on my life and my career that I hope to be as great as they are someday.”

Next up for Ben – Longwood University. Ben’s goal is to earn a master’s in education and a masters in theatre.

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