saypol_lgBen Saypol, PhD

Ben Saypol has been working in interactive and community based theater for seven years and is an emerging leader in the field. He is the Artistic Director of Theater Delta and founded Experience Theater as a non-profit to focus exclusively on improving physician-patient communication. Previously, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Loyola University New Orleans, where he taught theater classes and established the Loyola Interactive Theater Ensemble, and spent three years establishing and sustaining Interactive Theatre Carolina at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ben serves as Chair of the Interactive Theatre Subcommittee for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Ben has studied Theatre of the Oppressed and other community based Interactive Theater techniques with Augusto Boal, Julian Boal, Michael Rohd, Marc Weinblatt, Jeffrey Steiger, and others. He has PhD in Theatre from CU Boulder, and his dissertation was entitled “Effective Practices for Establishing an Interactive Theater Program in a University Community”. He holds a B.A. in American Culture with a Certificate in Musical Theatre from Northwestern University and a Masters of Music, Vocal Performance from the CU Boulder. He has also worked as a professional actor.