Ballymoney Drama Festival
Ben graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS).
Ben is currently the Senior Creative and Educational Consultant to the National Trust for Scotland. Prior to this he was the Artistic Director of the Swan Youth Theatre and Associate Director of the Worcester Repertory Company as well as a lecturer and module leader in voice, performance and acting at the University of Worcester.
As an actor he has countless professional credits to his name including successful seasons in London, Stratford-upon-Avon and with international tours. Directing credits include; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Trojan Women, Happy Birthday, Dick Whittington, Cinderella, The Comedy of Errors (which transferred to the National Theatre of Romania in Craiova for the International Shakespeare Festival in 2016) and the sell-out 800th Anniversary production of William Shakespeare’s King John produced around the tomb of the King himself in 2009. He followed this with another sell-out production, Othello, in the same venue.
In 2009 Ben became the youngest member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDA) and now serves as a senior member of its national council. He adjudicates all over the globe and is delighted to be returning to Northern Ireland having had such a warm welcome when he was last here adjudicating in Larne.
In 2012 Ben was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is also an Associate Research Fellow with the University of Worcester and Vice Principal Emeritus of Academy Theatre Arts.