Ben Samuels studied theatre and cultural history at Brown University (USA), and received his MFA at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), where he was supported by a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for Theatre Arts. He wrote and performed in Limbik’s first show The Harbour (winner of the Creative Award, Prague Fringe 2010), and Ghost Town, the company’s second production, and is the Director of The Messenger.
Other Directing work includes: Gael Le Cornec’s “Kitchen” for Stonecrabs Theatre, based on oral hostory interviews with the Brazilian community in London; “The Curious Climb of Cutter Chee” for the Drama School Mumbai, a Bollywood re-imaging of Brecht’s Arturo Ui; and “The Mighty Prince,” Open Sky’s show for young audiences based on stories of the Buddha; and Assistant Director to Andrew Dawson for Redcape’s multi-award-winning “The Idiot Colony.”
As a Visiting Director at the University of Cumbria, he has directed eight productions since 2010, specialising in devised adaptations of classic texts—from Euripides, to Shakespeare, Ibsen and Brecht.
Other devising work includes: Likely Story’s “The Locked Door”; Counterweight’s “The Gravity Project”, and Nutkhut’s “Bespoke”. He was a founding member of the London Science Museum’s Punk Science Project, bringing together science and stand-up comedy. Ben featured as an Actor- Musician in Barnstorm Theatre’s acclaimed production of Mike Kenny’s Boy With a Suitcase and in Paul Boyd’s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. He played Maajid Nawaz in Amnesty International’s short film Oxygen, and performed in Meiro Kozumi’s The Birth of Tragedy for Tate Live’s Performance Room.
An accomplished mandolinist, Ben plays regularly with the UK’s number one klezmer-balkan-gypsy band, She’koyokh.