Ben Lillie is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York’s theater district. He is obsessed with the intersection of academics and the performing arts, and is dedicated to finding new ways to blend those worlds. He is co-founder and CEO of Caveat, an event space on the lower east side for those experiments, and other forays into intelligent nightlife. He has a B.A. in physics from Reed College, a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and a Certificate in improv comedy from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He did a postdoc at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, and has published in The Atlantic, and Slate. He is also the co-founder of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science, is a Moth StorySLAM champion, and spent four years on the editorial team at TED. Find him on Twitter or at almost any Caveat show.