This image is a headshot of Extant's new Trainee Artistic Director Ben Wilson. He is a white man with short blonde hair, blue eyes, and a beard. He wears a black t-shirt.

Ben Wilson

Trainee Artistic Director

Benjamin Wilson is a blind actor, theatre maker and access consultant. He spent five years as the Ramps on The Moon Agent For Change at Sheffield Theatres and co-founded both creative audio description company Hear The Picture and theatre company Brick Wall Ensemble. He recently received a commendation at the National Theatre and Sunday Times‘ prestigious Ian Charleson awards.

His credits as an actor and creative include Ramps on The Moon’s productions of Oliver Twist and Much Ado About Nothing, Leeds Playhouse productions Macbeth and Road. Sheffield Theatres production of Guys and Dolls and with his company Brick Wall Meic On The Mic and Henry 5 for which Extant provided support through the Tim Gebbels bursary.

Ben takes up the first of two Artistic Director trainee posts which Extant has created to run over the next 3 years as part of Extant Evolve. We were pleased to receive 11 applications from visually impaired candidates from across the UK, and though we could only offer 1 traineeship this round, we are offering to those who applied, support in other ways through the Company’s artist development programme. The second TAD opportunity will go live in the Summer of 2024.

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