Rush Benson

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2017-Present

First Year on the Cowles Center Roster: 2017
Arts in Education Programs: Workshops, Dance Without Barriers
Style(s): Percussive, Musical Theater
Teaching Artist Philosophy: “Every human has a body and the more fluent we are in decoding body language and having full access to our own expressive physicality, the closer we can be to anyone regardless of language and perceived differences.”


Rush Benson is an actor, dancer, teacher, musician, and choreographer originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2013, Benson graduated from Gustavus Adolphus and received degrees in Theater and Dance. Most recently seen in West Side Story at the Ordway in the role of Action, past projects have taken him to venues such as the Guthrie, Park Square Theatre, Artistry, Cowles Center, Southwest Theater Company, The Red Eye and across the globe. He also works as a dance teacher for The Guthrie’s education program, Zenon Dance Company, Washburn High School, and directs and choreographs for many schools in the area. His teaching style is focused on unlocking your own sense of internal rhythm and finding ways to be as expressive as humanly possible through that. Additionally, he is an avid fun lover and adventure enthusiast.