Rachel trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has worked in theatre and cabaret across the country. She trained in clown with Pierre Byland and John Wright and has worked as a Clowndoctor and Elderflower since 2007. Rachel is Co-Artistic Director of Dirliebane Theatre Company creating and touring clown theatre shows for children and young people.
Suzie has trained in Clown with a variety of teachers, including Angela de Castro, Ira Seidenstein, Eric de Bont and John Wright. In 2010 she co-devised and performed SICK, a one women clown show exploring the experience of being ill and in hospital, and was nominated for a CATS award for best female performance. As well as her work with Hearts and Minds, Suzie has recently worked with Tenterhooks (Call of Nature) and Mischief la Bas (The Magnificent Organ).
Colin has worked as a performer in theatre, television and radio since graduating as an actor from the RSAMD 15 years ago. He is very excited to be working with Hearts & Minds in the valuable work they do and to be able to utilise and develop the performance skills he has learned for such a good cause.
Sheila is a performer, performance maker and arts educator. She was previously a theatre lecturer at San Diego State University, and she trained in Six Viewpoints with Mary Overlie and Anne Bogart. Sheila is currently an Associate Artist with Seven Doors Theatre Company and a member of two Scottish based performance collectives - In The Making, and airfield.
Lucy graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a degree in Performing arts and then completed the physical theatre course at the Adam Smith College. Since graduation Lucy now works as a professional performer in Scotland and for Stella Polaris street/circus Theatre Company in Norway and more recently Theatre Brama in Poland. She has recently just started up a new physical theatre company Megrez7 based in Glasgow where she leads workshops for professional scottish based physical Theatre performers and artistic training for future performances.
Ben trained at Queen Margaret University, graduated in 2010, and shortly after discovered clowning. He is an actor, clown and theatre maker and has been involved in productions with theatre companies across Scotland including; National Theatre of Scotland, Grid Iron, Paines Plough, Stellar Quines, Lung Ha, and The Royal Lyceum Theatre.
Fiona trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Fiona is a performer, director and collaborator and has worked with theatre companies throughout Scotland. Her successful work with Fish and Game theatre company, including The Polar Bears Go Wild, has taken her to the Unicorn Theatre, and both Imaginate and Take Off theatre festivals. Fiona has undertaken clown training with Phillippe Gaulier and John Wright. Fiona has been a Clowndoctor since 2014 and is very excited to be part of the Elderflower family and to be working with Hearts & Minds in the valuable work they do.
Hilde studied music and drama at Glasgow University, physical theatre at Adam Smith College, and even more with teachers including Angela De Castro, Philippe Gaulier, and the Curious School of Puppetry. She has performed and toured with various companies including Plutot la Vie and Solar Bear and is involved as performer and facilitator with Loop Theatre. She joined Hearts and Minds in 2011 after caring for a loved one with dementia.
Zoë trained at the Conservatoire in Glasgow where she was awarded a bursary to further study for a year at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in clown. She has had a successful career in the performing and visual arts, including 15 years with Hearts & Minds in a diversity of roles. This year she will be studying for an Masters in Fine Art & Humanities at Dundee University.
Diane trained as an actor at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh and Ecole Philippe Gaulier, London. Her work soon took her overseas, performing and making street theatre in conflict zones and facilitating on the international exchange project “Contacting the World”. As well as being a Clowndoctor and Elderflower, Diane is Lead Artist of Tenterhooks, which makes outdoor and interactive theatre. Diane joined Hearts & Minds in 2006.
Tim Licata is an actor, director and teacher. He trained at the Piven Theatre Workshop, Chicago and Ecole Philippe Gaulier/Monica Pagneux, Paris (1988-89), also with Ben Benison and Pierre Byland. He formed the Edinburgh-based theatre company, Plutôt la Vie in 2003 with Ian Cameron and their first production toured extensively in the UK. Tim has worked with a variety of theatre companies both in the UK and abroad and has taught classes and workshops in physical theatre, movement, improvisation, play and laughter for professional and community groups including: RSAMD, the National Centre for Dance and the International School’s Theatre Association. Tim has worked with Hearts & Minds since 2003.
Nick is a theatre director and performer as well as an Elderflowers practitioner. He trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and subsequently with Anne Bogart, Magdalena Schamberger and Pierre Byland. He is Artistic Director of Magnetic North Theatre Productions, creating and directing new theatre work. He performs regularly with In The Making, a collective of dancers and performers.
Liz trained as an actor at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and has done additional training in physical theatre and clown. She also has a degree in Community Education from the University of Edinburgh. Liz works regularly with Hearts & Minds, Company Of Wolves, Active Inquiry and Village Pub Theatre.
Maria Oller is an actor,director and also teaches acting. Maria has been working as a Clowndoctor and Elderflower since 2001. She has trained and performed all over Europe and is currently also the Artistic Director of Lung Ha’s Theatre Company (www.lunghas.co.uk).
Calum received his Bachelor Art Degree in Animation at the DOJCAD in Dundee before training in Physical Theatre with Adam Smith College at the Arches, Glasgow. He has since had a varied career as a T.V. Extra, Illustrator, Street Performer with Oceanallover and working with school children in Bolivia.
Emily trained in physical theatre at Brunel University in London and in performance costume design at Edinburgh College of Art. She has worked and toured with the Theatre of New Mistakes and devised and performed street performances as part of the Curious Collective in London, Bristol and Edinburgh. She is the Drama and Puppet Workshop Assistant at Garvald Edinburgh and is a volunteer with Lung Ha Theatre Company. Emily has worked in the costume department on the films of Tim Walker (The Magic Paintbrush), Richard Jobson (New Town Killers) and Richard Rae (Trouble Sleeping) as well as for the children’s puppet theatre company Puppet Lab. Current projects include costume making for the Clowndoctors troupe and design and making of props and costumes for the Scottish Ensemble’s production of Harmony Quest.
Fiona is a clown, theatre maker and youth theatre artist. Fiona trained at Playspace Clown School in Sydney in 2002, and has worked for Hearts & Minds since 2004. She has also trained with Jos Houben, John Wright and Pierre Byland. Fiona has previously created and toured clown shows in co-production with Mull Theatre and The Clown Conpsiracy, and is now Co-Artistic Director of Dirliebane Theatre Company, creating clown character performances for schools. She also teaches drama and clown with her own company, Skedaddle Youth Theatre.