Ben Naylor, BA

Job title

Course Leader, MA Acting - Classical


Ben studied at Durham University and Magdalen College Oxford. He trained as a director with Sir Peter Hall at the National Theatre and with John Caird at the Caird Company; and as an actor at Drama Centre under Reuven Adiv, John Beschizza and James Kemp. He has taught acting at Shakespeare's Globe, the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, LAMDA, Florida State University's Theatre Academy London, Cambridge University, Kingston University and in Israel (Habima National Theatre), the US, Germany and Greece.

He has led workshops and readings at the Old Vic, Young Vic, and the Salon des Arts; and was a founder member of the Young Vic Genesis programme and the Caird Company. He led a research project on Renaissance gesture for Shakespeare's Globe, and contributed a chapter to The Routledge Companion to Actors' Shakespeare. His acting work includes the multi award-winning Control (Momentum Pictures/Weinstein Company).

Ben joined Central in 2006, teaching principally on MA Acting. He specialises in Shakespeare and the theatre of the English Renaissance, and in acting traditions derived from Stanislavski, Vakhtangov, European expressionism and the American Method. He directs extensively at Central; his public productions include Three Sisters / Swan Song, Antony & Cleopatra, The Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Britannicus, Henry IV, and The Broken Heart.

Research areas

  • Shakespeare and Renaissance Theatre
  • European, Russian and American acting methodologies


BA Ancient History and Theology


Acting - Classical, MA

Acting - Contemporary, MA

Other Details

2012 'Greg Hicks' in Brown, J (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Actors' Shakespeare, Routledge: 91-100


2004 (director) Cannon's Mouth, Julius Caesar, Menier Theatre

2003 (director) Cannon's Mouth, Tamburlaine the Great , Rose Theatre, Southwark

2002 (director) Marlowe Society, Macbeth, Cambridge Arts Theatre