Ben is working as The Agent for Change at Sheffield Theatres as part of Ramps on the Moon and is excited to be part of a project that is making aiming to be exciting crucial progress within the industry. Ben has worked for a number of years as an actor, writer, director and workshop facilitator. Often having to overcome prejudice and barriers that the industry put in his way due to his visual impairment.
As co-founder and associate artist of award winning theatre company Brick Wall Ensemble, Ben co-wrote and directed original, new works such as Rose By Another Name and The Remarkable Case of You. In 2015 Ben’s one-man show about life as a visually impaired actor, Visible, was met with acclaim.
After writing his Master’s Degree Thesis at Birmingham school of Acting around the subject of how the industry can become more accessible to visually impaired and blind artists Ben continued to work as an actor across the industry, attempting to force mainstream theatre companies to make their work more accessible and refusing to let his visual impairment be a barrier to success within the industry.
Ben is tremendously excited to be working with both Sheffield Theatres and Ramps On The Moon, to learn from the wonderful colleagues within both of those wonderful teams and to make positive, long term changes to the way the industry thinks about disability.
There are going to be plenty of ways to get involved with An Agent for Change across the country as more Agents for Change positions are created more opportunities will arise. This is an exciting time for the development of access and this is your chance to get involved!
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