Benjamin is a director, producer, comedian, actor, host/MC, podcaster, musician, writer and all-round performer. He has been working for more than a decade, has hosted programs for ABC Radio and toured stage shows around Australia.
He is currently the artistic director of Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage Pty Ltd. His podcast, Benjamin Maio Mackay's Talk 2 Me!, is released twice a month and features interviews with celebrities from the entertainment world and has secured him a following across the globe, namely in the US, India, Australia and China.
Benjamin has been in over 75 plays/musicals with tens of thousands of performances and has been interviewed for radio and TV numerous times. He has attended vocal and acting training through various institutions including NIDA, SA Casting, Heesom Casting and Urban Myth Theatre. Benjamin has been singing and playing the piano since a young age and has also completed dance classes to increase his range of abilities. He graduated the AMEB Speech and Drama course with honours and studied speech and drama with acting coach, Peta Shannon for 18 months.
Benjamin has written, directed, produced and performed in numerous sell out shows at the Adelaide Fringe across 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. He also performed one of his shows at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival to great critical acclaim (4 1/2 Stars - Herald Sun). He also produced two special one-off shows for events in Australia - Oz Comic Con and the Dalek Builders Union. Benjamin wrote, produced, directed and performed in these as well.
In the Adelaide Fringe 2015 Benjamin directed, produced, adapted and performed in the critically acclaimed premier production of Great Detectives! He was then seen in the Adelaide Rep’s critically acclaimed production of The Cripple of Inishmaan. As part of the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Benjamin adapted, directed and performed in Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage’s world premiere production of Matthew Reilly’s Ice Station Live. To date this is the only official adaptation of one of Reilly’s works.
Benjamin over 2016-2018 toured a new version of Great Detectives! It received 6 Broadway World Sydney Theatre Nominations including, Best Actor - Benjamin, Best Director and Best Play. Benjamin adapted, produced, directed and performed in the tour across its multi-year run. He was also a supa-star guest MC at all 6 Supanova Coming Con and Gaming Expo events in Australia in 2018.
Benjamin directed, produced, adapted, performed in and completed the sound design/editing for the official audio drama adaptation of The Phoenix Files. The audio drama trilogy, based off the best-selling YA novels by Chris Morphew are available for streaming and download on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. The series stars BAFTA nominee Paul McGann and Chaser Andrew Hansen. There is also a bonus soundtrack album available featuring Sean Braithwaite’s original score, which Benjamin has produced. For more details on the project head to www.phoenixfilesaudio.com.
Benjamin directed the professional premiere of Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, which opened in SA in December 2018 to critical acclaim. He also directed/produced a sequel to Great Detectives, Great Detectives 2! which premiered to 5-Star reviews in the Adelaide Fringe 2019. Benjamin is also one half of the comedy duo, Bunny Pastards with Ben Sorensen (host of REALCountry). #BunnyPastards - Hardly Trivial Trivia sold out their debut season in the Adelaide Fringe 2019. He is also performed in the Australian premiere of the American musical Sex and the Musical, as well as the improvised show Tales of Adventure.
Benjamin was also a guest comedian on a variety of panel and game shows across the Adelaide Fringe, including [Late Night] Panel Show and Gameshow of Thrones. He also hosted the Hutt St Variety Hour, which was a charity gala benefiting the homeless community of Adelaide. Over the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Benjamin performed in 55 shows.
He also returned to MC for Supanova across Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney and Perth. Across 2020 Benjamin debuted his 5-Star solo show, (Please) Validate Me, produced Andrew Silverwood: Call Me Janice, appeared in and produced Disney Delights and [Late Night] Panel Show and also directed and co-produced Dr Selflove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Thighs. While the tours of both (Please) Validate Me and Call Me Janice had started in Australia the majority of dates were cancelled due to COVID-19. New dates will be announced when possible.
Benjamin has also directed and produced the audio version of the award nominated Socially [un]acceptable, which will release on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and Apple Music on April 24.
Benjamin is always working on new and exciting productions - so follow him on Facebook, Twitter. and Instagram for more details!