Founder of Stuck in a Snowbank Theatre in 1995, the only professional resident theatre in the Northwest Territories and past Artistic and Executive Director of the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Yellowknife NWT, Ben holds extensive experience in arts programming, tour and program management in remote northern communities. He is a graduate of the English acting program of the National Theatre School of Canada working for over twenty five years in the circumpolar world as an actor, storyteller, producer, director and playwright with extensive experience working in remote community cross-cultural environments. He has produced numerous cultural programs and galas for organizations including the 2011 National Storytellers Conference, 2009 Circumpolar Health Conference and heading the Cultural Program for the 2008 Arctic Winter Games.
He has written, co-written and produced numerous plays through Stuck in a Snowbank Theatre including 'Bushpilot', 'The Arctic Circle War', 'A Taste of the Wildcat', 'The Hudson’s Bay Boy', 'Fawdor', 'The Ballad of Isabel Gunn', 'Frostbite Christmas' and 'Tjaart’. He has a number of plays in various stages of development including “The Mechanic’s Helper”, “The Ballad of Icicle Sam” and is currently working on “As203”.
He has been member of the NWT Minister of Education, Culture and Employment’s Special Committee on Arts and Culture, a founding member of the N3 Network for presenting organizations in northern Canada and was recognized as the inaugural individual member to the NWT Cultural Circle in 2012. He is a past Co-Chair of the NWT Arts Council and currently sits on the Canada Council for the Arts. His passion is for northern arts and cultural development in all of its forms and the support of Canadian artists from coast to coast to coast.