Making original drama for stage and screen
Based in Manchester, Ben develops, produces and directs original plays, in association with companies that include: The Royal Exchange, The Lowry, HOME, Contact, York Theatre Royal, Pilot Theatre and Imperial War Museum North. A regular recipient of project funding from Arts Council England, his work has been commissioned and selected for festivals in Manchester, Buxton and Australia and toured to venues throughout the UK and beyond. Find out more on the PRODUCTIONS page.
As a theatre maker Ben works collaboratively; assembling diverse teams of artists and technicians to tell socially conscious stories around challenging and sometimes unconventional subjects. Together they create unique, compelling and highly-acclaimed original theatre, to entertain and engage. Reviews are on the PRESS page.
A freelance lecturer; he has taught acting, physical theatre, devising and clowning, and directed productions at: The University of Salford, The University of Central Lancashire (gaining NCDT recognition) and Calderdale College.
Ben was Northern Deputy for Stage Directors UK between 2018 and 2020, organising bi-monthly skill sharing and employability workshops for directors, with the support of The Royal Exchange, where he is also a reader for the prestigious Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
Ben recently completed a production management course with SharpFutures, sponsored by ITV and the GMCA Digital Skills Fund, to transfer his skills into television drama development and production. He has since worked freelance with SharpFutures as a project manager, supporting delivery of online TV & Film employability training events for ScreenSkills, and as production secretary on new BBC/Netflix drama, Red Rose, for Eleven Film.
His screenplay Feint reached the top 14% of over 1250 submissions for the ITV Red Planet Prize 2020. Read more about Ben’s writing and script development on the WRITING page.
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