Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Ben Willmott joined the School of Performing Arts in January 2017 after spending over a decade in the music industry. Following his graduation from Ithaca College, where he earned a degree in Music and Business Administration, Ben returned to his home state of Massachusetts and was promoted to Lead Contract Administrator for the domestic booking division at Ted Kurland Associates in Boston; a music booking agency specializing in jazz and world music, representing artists including Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Bela Fleck, and Pat Metheny. In 2009, Ben began working at Wilkins Management, Inc., an entertainment management firm that oversees the careers of musicians including Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. There, Ben managed the worldwide performance bookings of Redman and Marsalis, as well as ticketing for Connick, Jr.'s concerts. He was appointed co-manager of Marsalis Music in 2013, a boutique record label founded by Branford Marsalis, for which he coordinated the release of albums by the Branford Marsalis Quartet, The Marsalis Family, Harry Connick, Jr., and Miguel Zenon.
In addition to Ben's experience as a professional in the music industry, he is a musician himself, having independently produced, recorded, and toured in support of two albums of pop-rock solo music and performing as a vocalist with choral ensembles in the Boston area including the MIT Meridian Singers and the Highland Glee Club of Newton. Since relocating to Rochester, Ben has become involved in many local organizations including Friends of Eastman Opera, Fort Hill Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, the Rochester Oratorio Society, as well as Lollypop Farm. At RIT, Ben oversees the Performing Arts facilities, supports the Applied Music studios and music ensembles, and coordinates the concerts and theatre productions presented by the School of Performing Arts. He also assists with the Performing Arts Scholarship Program at RIT. Ben earned a Master of Science in Service Leadership and Innovation from Saunders College of Business in 2022.
In the News
November 27, 2023
RIT’s new Sklarsky Glass Box Theater welcomes first audiences this weekend
The inaugural production in the newest building on the RIT campus, AstroDance II: Across the Universe, premieres Dec. 1 to 3, featuring a variety of dance, aerial and circus arts, and augmented reality, which will be presented in the new state-of-the-art Sklarsky Glass Box Theater.
February 27, 2023
SHED will showcase RIT maker community
Nearly 70 different RIT student teams and clubs are poised to move into the Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED) this summer in preparation for the building’s official opening in the fall semester.
February 17, 2021
RIT celebrates outstanding staff with university’s Presidential Awards
RIT honored the service and dedication of its employees with the Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff ceremony Feb. 17. The annual awards, this year held as a webinar, are presented to staff members who exemplify outstanding service and dedication to the university and who exhibit a high degree of personal ethics and integrity while consistently demonstrating a strong commitment to student success.