About Ben Saypol. PhD

Ben Saypol

Education Adviser for
Theater-Based Interventions

Ben is the Director of Theater Delta, a successful Interactive Theater company based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that promotes social change in communities nationwide, with a significant focus on improving physician-patient communication.

Ben has collaborated with Dr. Drossman and his team on numerous projects improving physician patient communication, including Tertiary Care for IBS (with the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders), Primary Care in a Hospital Setting (with UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine), Cross Cultural Communication in Medicine (with both the World Gastroenterology Organization, the Rome Foundation, and the American Gastroenterological Association), and Patient Education and Advocacy. He has also worked on similar projects with the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina and Coastal Carolina Neonatalolgy.

He has been working in interactive and community based theater for eight years and is a leader in the field. Before focusing exclusively on Theater Delta, he spent three years establishing and sustaining Interactive Theatre Carolina at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position at Loyola University New Orleans establishing the Loyola Interactive Theater Ensemble.

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 a PhD in Theatre from CU Boulder, and his dissertation was entitled “Effective Practices for Establishing an Interactive Theater Program in a University Community”. Ben serves as Chair of the Interactive Theatre Subcommittee for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.