Mr Ben Burgess
Joined Stonyhurst 2014
Mr Burgress has been an educational Drama teacher for over 10 years, 7 of which have been as Head of Department at Ripley St. Thomas in Lancaster. He is now enjoying his role as Head of the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty and hopes to bring energy, passion and focus to the life of Drama at Stonyhurst. Before becoming a teacher, Mr Burgess worked as an actor and director in the UK and oversees on performances ranging from classical Shakespeare, promenade-style fairy tales and educational theatre workshops in young offenders institutions. Whilst these have been hugely enjoyable experiences, it is in teaching Drama as a specialist subject that he feels his skills are truly exercised, stretched and challenged on a daily basis. His philosophy on Drama centres around professionalism and enthusiasm whilst continuing to have high aspirations for all of his pupils – “it is essential to make time to focus on the individual, especially when working as part of a large team” – Mr B Burgess.