ACU grad performs as Pumbaa in Broadway's The Lion King

Posted March 12, 2010

Ben JeffreyBen Jeffrey, one of the ACU theatre department's most distinguished alumni, has just landed the performance role of his dreams. This month he has begun in his role as Pumbaa in the highly-acclaimed Broadway musical The Lion King in New York City. Jeffrey signed a one-year contract and began rehearsing in May.

After graduating from ACU in 2006, Jeffrey went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers State University of New Jersey in May 2009.

As an undergraduate student at ACU, he played the lead role in numerous productions like Jane Eyre, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, Arthur: The Hunt, and The Taming of the Shrew.

"We are extremely proud of Ben and this accomplishment," says Adam Hester, professor and chair of the Theatre Department. "He's a great ambassador for ACU. He's such a generous and affable guy. I’m really thrilled to have a Christian like Ben representing ACU on Broadway."

Jeffrey hails from Kansas City.

Read more about Jeffrey's role and The Lion King here.


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