Benjamin Salka is the co-founder and CEO of Story Pirates, an education and media company based in New York and Los Angeles. Learn more.

Benjamin Salka is the co-founder and CEO of Story Pirates, an education and media company that celebrates the words, ideas, and stories of children, encouraging and empowering young people to invent big ideas for a new generation. Under Mr. Salka's leadership, Story Pirates has grown from a pilot program in 2004 to a nationally respected organization with branches New York and Los Angeles. Story Pirates annually serves 30,000 children in over 200 schools from coast to coast, showing kids that their words and ideas matter.

At age 23, Mr. Salka directed the off-Broadway production of I SING! (recent productions in Australia, Boston and London). He began assistant directing and producing on and off-Broadway at theaters such as The Roundabout, MTC and The Atlantic Theater. Highlights include THE DAZZLE (Outer Critics Circle Award - assistant director to David Warren) and THE GOAT (Tony Award- assistant to producer Scott Rudin). In film, he assisted Rudin on the Oscar nominated THE HOURS, and Jonathan Glickman, president of Spyglass Entertainment, on the Oscar nominated SEABISCUIT. He directed David Warren's production of MATT AND BEN in Chicago and Toronto. He has directed and produced segments for Bravo and Fuse TV, and co-created the BravoTV.com original webseries Jen's Vlog. With Eva Price and Victoria Lang, he is a producer of FOUND, a stage show based on Davy Rothbart's popular magazines and books.