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 Theatre, 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.
Between 2018 and 2020 Ben was Northern Deputy for Stage Directors UK, organising bi-monthly skill sharing and employability workshops for directors, with the support of The Royal Exchange Theatre, where he is also a reader for the prestigious Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
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.
BROADCAST AND DIGITAL
Transferring his skills into broadcast media and digital production during the pandemic, Ben completed a digital producing course with SharpFutures, sponsored by ITV and the GMCA Digital Skills Fund. He recently worked for The BBC as freelance assistant producer on the children's and education project Share Your Story. Producing live events in schools with celebrities and BBC panellists, the project was a celebration of the centenary year of The BBC through the power of storytelling.
He worked with SharpFutures as a freelance researcher/assistant producer, supporting delivery of online TV & Film employability training events for ScreenSkills, and as production secretary on the new BBC/Netflix drama, Red Rose, for Eleven Film.
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