Ben Buratta, BA, MA, FRSA

Job title

Lecturer, Applied Theatre Practices

Profile

I am a theatre maker, performer trainer and artistic director of Outbox Theatre, a company who make work with the LGBT community. I lecture on the BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course at Central and specialise in devising, theatre-making, performing and facilitation. I graduated from University of Winchester with a degree in drama and later trained at Central as an actor trainer.

Prior to my current role, I designed and led the Acting Diplomas at Central alongside running the short course/summer school programme. I have experience in a broad range of arts and community settings as a practitioner working with many different communities. I have also been employed by many leading theatres as a practitioner and youth theatre leader including The Almeida, National Youth Theatre and Prime Theatre. I have directed professional work in theatres including Arcola, mac, Contact and Southwark Playhouse and extensively within drama schools including Central and East 15.

As artistic director of Outbox I run a national programme of productions and workshops. Our work is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, receiving £10,000 in 2010 to make our first show, then awarded £60,000 in 2011 to make three years’ work and then in 2015, I was awarded £95,000 for a further three years continuation funding on the strength of Outbox’s artistic output and extensive outreach work.

I grew up and went to a comprehensive school in Swindon and am now an associate artist and trustee for Prime Theatre who are based there. 

Courses

Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, BA

Teaching Areas

  • Devising and Theatre Making
  • Performance
  • Directing
  • Facilitation

Areas of Expertise

  • LGBT/Queer Theatre
  • Acting and Actor/Performer training
  • Devising and Theatre making
  • Directing
  • Applied Theatre practice

Practice

I have made theatre and run workshops in a range of different contexts.

As Artistic Director of Outbox Theatre:

2015. Director, hookup, Hackney Showroom/Contact Theatre

2014. Producer, Outbox:Snapshots, Arcola Theatre (writers including Alexi Kaye Campbell and Tom Wells)

2013. Director, You Could Move, Arcola/Contact Theatre

2012. Director. Reach Out and Touch Me, Shoreditch Town Hall

2011. Director. The Front Room, The Drill Hall/mac, Birmingham

Workshops Conferences and Coaching

2010-Present. Inter-generational LGBT workshops in collaboration with organisations such as Age UK, Gendered Intelligence, The Proud Trust.

2015 ‘Sticky stories. Queerer histories and troubling narratives in gay intergenerational theatre’, with Dr Stephen Farrier, Queer at Queens (part of Outburst queer arts festival), Queens University, Belfast.

2014 Acting coach for Bend it like Beckham (workshop)

2013. Funded to travel to Melbourne to train specialist drama teachers in contemporary actor training techniques as part of their continuing professional development programme.

Register of Interest

Prime Theatre - Trustee

Website

www.outboxtheatre.com

E-mail

ben.buratta@cssd.ac.uk

Twitter

@Outbox_Theatre