Ben is Co-Artistic Director of Scottish theatre company Grid Iron. He works almost exclusively in the field of location theatre and site-responsive work.
Recent work includes Decky Does A Bronco, Huxley's Lab and Barflies for Grid Iron and The Tailor of Inverness for Dogstar. His production of Peter Pan for 360 Entertainment opens in Boston in October 2011 after successful runs in San Francisco, Orange County, Atlanta and Chicago (www.peterpantheshow.com).
Other recent work includes Tryst for Grid Iron at Stavanger 2008, The Tailor of Inverness for Dogstar and Yarn for Grid Iron at Dundee Rep; Grid Iron's first production for children, Pauline Mol's Once Upon A Dragon; Grid Iron's tenth anniversary production of Roam, co-produced with the National Theatre of Scotland, which was the world's first theatre production to take place in the airside and landside areas of a working airport; and Night Flight, for Muztheater, staged in an aircraft hangar in Den Helder Airport, the Netherlands. Recent freelance work includes The Tailor of Inverness for Dogstar at the Edinburgh Festival (winner of 3 awards) and Bint Jbeil (work-in-progress for the National Theatre of Scotland).
For Grid Iron he has directed Spring Awakening, Decky Does A Bronco, Huxley's Lab (winner of the 2010 CATS award for Best Ensemble), Barflies, Tryst, Yarn (with Dundee Rep), Once Upon A Dragon, Roam (winner of five awards including the Best Production Award from the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland), The Devil's Larder (winner of four awards including the Herald Archangel, Total Theatre and Scotsman Fringe First Awards 2005), The Story of the Death of Najib Brax (British Council project in Beirut), Naw Nader Men Al Houb (Grid Iron and Takween (Jordan) co-production with the British Council), Those Eyes, That Mouth (winner of seven awards), Variety, Fermentation, Monumental, Gargantua, (Fringe First Award), The Bloody Chamber (Herald Angel Award) and Clearance.
For Muztheater he has directed Aan de Zaan 01, Spaanse Schans, Night Flight, Romeo Delta and the current work-in-progress Kop vol Spijkers.
From 2000-2002 he was an Associate Director of the Almeida Theatre in London where he created the acclaimed Participatory Projects programme. His productions included Caledonian Road, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, The Whizzkid, Decky Does A Bronco (UK tour co-produced with Grid Iron); Ghost Ward, The Last Valentine and Into Our Dreams.
He has taught site-responsive theatre in Lebanon, Jordan, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Scotland and England.
Ben rehearses Jo Clifford's new play The Tree of Knowledge about Adam Smith, David Hume and Eve a Scottish everywoman meeting in the afterlife, for the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh
This Twisted Tale opens in Oakland and San Francisco
Rehearsals commence for What Remains in Edinburgh
Peter Pan opens in Chicago
Ben works as a dramaturg on Strange Bird Zirkus / All of Nothing's trilogy Uncharted Waters
Ben travels to Santa Fe for technical rehearsals and world premiere of This Twisted Tale by The Paper Doll Militia
Ben travels to Atlanta to re-rehearse the new cast members of Peter Pan from London and Chicago
Ben travels to Chicago for recasting for his production of Peter Pan for 360 Entertainment
Ben travels to Atlanta to continue work on This Twisted Tale by The Paper Doll Militia
Peter Pan opens in Atlanta