Ben Qasim Monks

Ben is an arts producer based between Exeter and London. He is currently Executive Director  of improvisation company Improbable,whose recent projects include Lost Without Words, an improvised show with actors in their 70s, 80s and 90s at the National Theatre; a new collaboration with Philip Glass, Tao of Glass, at Manchester International Festival; and revivals of Glass' operas Akhnaten and Satyagraha at ENO, Metropolitan Opera New York and LA Opera. Improbable also runs Devoted & Disgruntled, an ongoing conversationabout the future of theatre and performing arts; and holds the iii, the International Institute of Improvisation.
Before joining Improbable Ben ran his own company, Supporting Wall, where he produced shows including Mike Bartlett's BULL at theYoung Vic (winner of the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre) and five premieres by Philip Ridley including Radiant Vermin (Soho Theatre), Dark Vanilla Jungle (Royal Exchange Manchester) and Tender Napalm (Southwark Playhouse). Ben's other work includes producing the Women Centre Stage Festival at the National Theatre; as marketing manager then producer of Birds Eye View, the UK's Festival of women filmmakers at BFI Southbank, Curzon and the Barbican; and at the Koestler Trust, delivering arts mentoring for prisoners and secure patients.
Alongside Deafinitely, Ben is a trustee of Sphinx Theatre and the Multi-Story Orchestra, and is a founding panel member of ARTCRY.