Ben is a passionate advocate for young people, with an extensive background in the performing arts. Upon finishing high school Ben toured into schools for four years performing and engaging youth with the Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe. He has worked with young thespians with Vena Cava Productions at QUT, and Queensland Theatre. He has also been a coordinator of drama workshops for the Summer Education Program. Since 2016, Ben has focused on facilitation with Road Safety Education (RSE) through their young drivers program, RYDA. He also co-founded Brisbane Readers, and diverse community play reading group with regular meetings. Ben joins the batyr team as the Queensland Program Coordinator and Facilitator Coordinator. In his spare time, Ben loves penning new plays – one of them is about a talking esky!