Crash Acting


We don’t just develop skills—we develop artists. Crash Acting provides a place to learn, play, explore, try something, fail, try again, and grow. It’s home for actors who are never finished.


You are not your last audition. You are not a list of credits. At Crash Acting, we not only equip you for your next audition or gig, we empower you to create a meaningful career.


The key to a lasting career is a positive, supportive, ever-growing community. Make new connections and nurture your craft with us at our next Crash Acting retreat in Ireland.


Crash Acting is a guerrilla approach to acting for those seeking a more fulfilling and sustaining way to work as an actor today.

Founded by actor, director and author Benjamin Mathes, Crash Acting applies the timeless and true practices of personal risk, acceptance, detachment and self-sacrifice to the practice of acting within the immediacy of live scene work and a ‘student-first’ creative community. Crash Acting classes are offered year-round at the Crash Acting Studio in Los Angeles.


Benjamin Mathes has been an actor for over 20 years.

On film, television, and stage he has worked with artists such as Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood, Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin, Sam Raimi, Bradley Cooper, Andy Garcia, Chris Rock, and Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer. He received his MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.

Benjamin served as Head of Production for Hollywood’s Seine Pictures, overseeing the creative development and production of each film. Recently, he Executive Produced the dark comedy Murder of a Cat (starring Greg Kinnear, J.K. Simmons, and Nikki Reed), and the biopic Pelé (in partnership with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment). He also produced the documentary Listening is Loving about the power of listening to people with dementia, which was distributed internationally in 2018 and is currently producing actor/director/writer Josh Radnor's next feature film. 

As an acting instructor, Benjamin has taught or been on faculty at Auburn University, Cal State Northridge, University of San Diego, University of Lima, Peru, Catholic University of Lima, Theatre of Arts in Hollywood, UC Irvine, Arizona State University, Western Michigan University, and the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. He is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and has served as a vocal and dialect coach for major motion pictures, network television, and theatres around the country.

Benjamin is the author of three books detailing and investigating the creative process, including best-selling book You, the Career: The Path to Artistic and Professional Alignment. A holistic, practical guide, You, the Career will challenge, excite, and ground you in yourself—your most valuable asset. His first book Thought Lozenges for Artists, is a daringly optimistic, “open-where-you-want” look into the creative process, and the second, CRASH {Unstuck Yourself}, is a guided journal designed to directly combat the blocks holding us from our creative potential.  

Benjamin is also the founder of Urban Confessional: A Free Listening Movement. Currently in over 80 countries, their volunteers stand on street corners with signs that say "Free Listening" and provide compassionate, non-judgmental listening for anyone who needs to talk.  Their work has been featured in over 40 national publications including the Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Fast Company, and The Big Think, as well as in over 30 international publications across 15 languages. Most recently, his work with Urban Confessional was presented at the 2018 ATHE Conference in Boston, and was be highlighted at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto.



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