Ben is a highly skilled and experienced facilitator, director, host, producer and project manager.
As a facilitator he has worked with some of the leading arts organisations in the UK, in a wide range of settings.
As a project manager, he has produced participatory projects, shows, workshops
and tours across the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan.
Ben has over a decade's experience creating and delivering workshops in spoken word, drama, creative writing and music.
He has worked with Apples & Snakes, Contact, The Lowry, The Royal Exchange, HOME, Manchester Literature Festival, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Curious Minds, People's History Museum, Heritage Lottery and is currently Youth Theatre Director at Collective Encounters, a Liverpool-based theatre for social change company.
Ben has worked with people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences and can tailor his teaching to any needs or access requirements. He is a trained Arts Award adviser at all levels, and has training in
safeguarding, first aid and various mental health and disability
He has a full enhanced DBS certificate, a full clean driving licence with own car and has public liability insurance up to £2m.
Ben has self-produced a number of theatrical productions and tours in the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan, funded by Arts Council England, the British Council and other organisations.
He has created and delivered numerous participatory projects with a wide range of organisations in the UK and Europe and has completed project management training with the Consortium for Participatory Arts Learning.
Ben is a trained Arts Emergency mentor, and has acted as a mentor producer enabling emerging artists to successfully raise funds and manage their own projects.
“Ben finds a unique and natural way to engage with young people, giving them a platform to learn and have new experiences and also give them a sense of leadership and power sharing that is really special.” - Danny Fahey, Thirty Pound Gentleman
"I thought Ben was excellent in explaining his poetry to Year 8. He kept the childrens’ interest and attention throughout his performance." - Julie Benson, Derby High School, Bury.
"All of us – the WoW staff, the school staff and the pupils enjoyed a friendly day of first class creativity, and were inspired by how many young people went from workshop to performance in a matter of a couple of hours." - Mike Morris, Writing On The Wall Festival
"It's given me more confidence in my self and my writing because people liked my poem." - Participant from Heritage Lottery Fund workshop, Manchester
"My favourite thing about the workshop was the fact that I couldn’t find a favourite! Being able to hear and experience the creativity and the power that poetry has was enjoyable and something I’ll take away with me." - 6th Form student from Arthur Mellows College, Peterborough