The Short Version

Ben Lamoureux spent most of his theatrically developmental years in Southwest Florida. He attended North Fort Myers High School Center for the Arts and Media and graduated at the top of his class with a focus in theatre. During his time there, he performed at various theatres across Southwest Florida in addition to the school musicals and plays. After high school, Ben earned his Associates in Science in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts.

Post-graduation, Ben spent an extremely productive and resume-boosting year building up his savings. During that year, he worked his first professional contracts and performed with the likes of Kristin Chenoweth and Barry Manilow in addition to helping run a dance studio. He then moved to New York. After a year in the city (which included a wildly successful stint in the drag queen community and another professional contract), Ben decided that it wasn't quite for him, and moved to Orlando, Florida.

In Orlando, Ben quickly joined the ranks of the renown Entertainment Central Productions and had the opportunity to sing with Josh Groban. He has since continued to build a network in Central Florida and can be seen performing in theatrical productions throughout the area!

In his free time, Ben is a self-ascribed 'pop culture addict', obsessively taking in all varieties of films, television, books, and more. He once watched seven seasons of Game of Thrones in 10 days and does a Harry Potter marathon (including Fantastic Beasts!) at least once a year.

 
 

The Long(er) Version

 

Early Life + School

Benoit Jean Lamoureux (How's that for a French Canadian name?) was born in San Mateo, California to Anita Perron Lamoureux and Jean Lamoureux. Throughout his early life, his generally shy demeanor as a child gradually fell away to reveal an impassioned performer. His family moved to Massachusetts when he was 3.

Ben caught the performance bug relatively late in the game. He discovered his passion for singing at the age of 11, having no prior experience or training. Competing in his middle school's talent show (and placing two years in a row!) gave him the taste of a life in the theatre, and from that moment, he was sold.

Upon accidentally being placed in an drama class during a school transfer in Eighth Grade (when his family moved to Florida), Ben was immediately taken with everything theatrical. Two weeks into class, he was presented with a sudden opportunity to take the stage in an abridged Much Ado About Nothing the day before opening. Ben learned the supporting role of Borachio quite literally overnight and earned the now-infamous nickname "Plan B" at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts.

Ben attended the Center for the Arts & Media at North Fort Myers High School as a Theatre Major and his passion only grew. Ben was generally featured across the board in productions of HairsprayCrazy for You, and Miss Saigon (for which he won Runner-Up for Best Actor in a Musical at the Lee County High School Musical Awards) as well as his first stab at the title role in Macbeth. Alongside the theatre program, Ben was an active member of the Cavalieri Rossi Choir (with whom he performed at EPCOT's Candlelight Processional) and the school dance department, run by Robin Dawn-Ryan (who selected him as a member of the All-County Dance Team his Senior Year).

Over his four years of high school, Ben also blossomed out into the Southwest Florida theatre scene and worked with companies like Florida Repertory Theatre, The Naples Players, Cultural Park Theatre, and more. Ben graduated with a 4.44 GPA and a full-tuition scholarship to Florida School of the Arts in hand. He was a class-elected speaker and sang "For Good" from Wicked with Trevor Michael Schmidt at the commencement ceremony.

During his time at Florida School of the Arts, Ben worked on nearly every production that the school put on, including AIDA (Ensemble), Once On This Island (Beauxhomme, Daniel's Father, Ensemble), Les Misérables (The Bishop, Feuilly, Javert understudy), and Fiddler on the Roof, in which he was honored with the opportunity to portray the iconic Tevye. He was able to delve further into the world of straight acting with the help of Patricia Crotty and Ed Kelly, and unlocked new parts of his voice in lessons with Rhonda Nus Tinnin, Dr. Kandie Smith, and Stephanie Masterson.

When he was not on stage, Ben was busy diversifying his skill set. He dove headfirst into the world of costumes and makeup design, working in the costume shop at the school for two semesters. He also began to write - blogging, screenplays, and most predominantly, stage scripts. The work that would affect him the most outside of theatre, however, was his foray into the world of drag. It became a wild outlet for all kinds of creativity (and came very much to fruition when Ben finally arrived in New York).

 

The Beginning

Upon graduating with his Associate's Degree in Musical Theatre, Ben moved back home to begin saving for his anticipated move to New York City. However, rather than settling in for a slump year, Ben worked full time as the every-man for The Dance Warehouse in Fort Myers, Florida - he ran the front office, designed all of the graphics for the studio, ran the social media accounts, taught a weekly Musical Theatre class, and collaborated with the studio owner to successfully put on the biggest recital the studio had ever seen.

In addition to maintaining a job in the arts, Ben pushed for more theatrical success in Southwest Florida and attained it. He won both Audience Choice AND Critic's Pick at The Laboratory Theatre of Florida's Annual 24 Hour Playwriting Contest, sang backup for the likes of Kristin Chenoweth and Barry Manilow, collaborated on the script for The Rauschenberg Project at The Laboratory Theatre of Florida, signed his first two professional contracts, self-produced a 2-hour cabaret starring himself and friends, guest-directed at his alma mater, and performed in multiple community theatre productions.

Following his first summer stock contract in North Carolina, Ben moved to Astoria, New York. His drag career unexpectedly skyrocketed with the move and led to his winning the 5th Season of New York's Next Top Drag QueenBen maintained his ties to the world of theatre by incorporating them into every single drag performance he did, earning the nickname "Your friendly neighborhood theatre queen." After a very cold winter, Ben was asked back to Lees-McRae Summer Theatre for another season, and he accepted, glad to escape from the city. Ben continued to design graphics and publications for The Dance Warehouse and designed/spearheaded a social media ad campaign for Legally Blonde with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre.

While in North Carolina, Ben made the decision to depart from the city and return to his Florida roots. This time, however, he wanted to explore the metropolitan side of the state. He relocated to Orlando with his boyfriend, Nic Baynum, in August of 2017, where he currently resides.

Shortly after moving to the city, Ben was cast as part of Entertainment Central Productions' annual Caroling Company, becoming a part of the prestigious group. He also had the opportunity to back up Josh Groban at the 2017 Florida Hospital Golden Gala.

The following Spring was bittersweet. Ben was cast in several productions, including his first professional lead (Matt in The Fantasticks). While celebrating this news, however, Ben and his boyfriend were fighting a war against cancer. Nic had been diagnosed in early 2018. But even this could not dampen the love of performing that they both shared; Nic persevered and was pronounced cancer-free in June 2018.

 
Go on, chase your dreams, you won’t regret it. Anything can happen if you let it.
— Mary Poppins: The Musical