Ben Payne — Dramaturg

Ben is a writer, director, dramaturg and producer with a background in developing new writing for theatre.  He was previously Literary Manager and Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre where he was responsible for commissioning playwrights and programming and producing new plays for the company.

His own writing work includes THE LAST LAUGH, a play for young people and Amnesty International which has been performed by youth theatres in UK, South Africa and Thailand; QUARANTINE, a stage adaptation of Jim Crace’s novel about Jesus’ forty days and nights in the desert and SINNER, a dance theatre collaboration with Stan Won’t Dance, which toured the UK twice and the US and Canada.
More recently, he has worked as a dramaturg on two site-specific shows: for Coney, the immersive theatre company,on CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE at Kensington Palace and on FOUR LESSONS for the Foundling Museum in London.  He was also dramaturg for MICHAEL ESSIEN, I WANT TO PLAY AS YOU a show based on the experiences in Europe of African professional footballers (London International Festival of Theatre, 2014)
He has been writer or dramaturg for several previous shows with Rosie Kay Dance Company, including THE WILD PARTY, THERE IS HOPE and THE HAINING DREAMING.
He is Co-Director of the Ministry of Stories, a writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London which he co-founded with Lucy Macnab and the writer, Nick Hornby, in 2010.