Lucy trained at Liverpool Hope university. Lucy is a Clown, collaborator and facilitator working with theatre companies in Scotland and Europe including Tenterhooks theatre company creating work for walkabout and young audiences. Her clown work 'Date night' has been performed at cabaret nights supported by Clown Cabaret Scratch Night. Lucy is working with Hearts & Minds and BUPA in developing new workshop for carers of people with Dementia across Scotland.
Lesley is a graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in California, and has studied clown with Avner the Eccentric, Julie Goell, Jeff Raz, Geoff Hoyle and Giovanni Fusetti. She has worked in professional theatre as performer, director, teacher and producer, in North America and the UK for over 20 years. She teaches clowning and performs at environmental, educational, social activist and corporate events. She joined Hearts & Minds in 2006.
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Colin trained at the RSAMD in Glasgow and has worked as a performer across the UK for over 20 years. Colin persistently sings songs of fruit and vegetables with The Barrow Band and is a member of Tenterhooks Theatre Co. He has worked as a Clowndoctor and an Elderflower for Hearts and Minds since 2010 and has studied clowning with Angela De Castro, Pierre Byland and John Wright.
Bec graduated with a B.A. in Communications (Theatre/Media) from Charles Stuart University in Australia. She has since studied with Philippe Gaulier and Angela de Castro. She has worked with Giant Productions, Te Pooka arts collective and Licketyspit theatre company to devise and perform theatre for young people and has created solo clown shows for cabaret and events.
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 Plutôt la Vie theatre company in 2003 with Ian Cameron. Tim has worked with a variety of theatre companies both in the UK and abroad. Tim has worked with Hearts & Minds since 2003
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.
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.
Sita Pieraccini is a performer and musician based in Glasgow. She studied sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art then went on to study physical theatre through The Adam Smith College, Fife. She has trained with Angela De Castro, The Actors Space and Theatre Ad Infintum. She creates her own performance work which often combines high physicality, clown and live music.
Fiona trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a performer, director and collaborator and has worked with theatre companies throughout Scotland. Her work with Fish and Game theatre company, including The Polar Bears Go Wild, has been performed at Unicorn Theatre, Imaginate and Take Off theatre festivals. Fiona trained in clowning with Phillippe Gaulier and John Wright. Fiona has been a Clown Doctor since 2014.
Charlotte is a theatre maker and performer with a particular interest in play. She has been living in Scotland since 2004 working professionally as a writer, performer, director and youth theatre artist. As Artistic Director of Ipdip Theatre she makes and tours work for under fives and their accompanying adults.
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 woman 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 worked with Tenterhooks and Mischief la Bas.
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 a Masters in Fine Art & Humanities at Dundee University.
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).
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.
Fiona is a clown, theatre maker and youth theatre artist. Fiona trained at Playspace Clown School, Sydney in 2002, and with Jos Houben, John Wright and Pierre Byland. Fiona has created clown shows in co-production with Mull Theatre and The Clown Conpsiracy, and is Co-Artistic Director of Dirliebane Theatre Company, creating performances for schools. She teaches drama and clown with her company, Skedaddle Youth Theatre.She joined Hearts & Minds in 2004
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.
Carmen trained at Langside College and has worked in TV with BBC Scotland and STV. She has also appeared on stage as a member of various theatre companies in Scotland across the last 10 years. She joined Hearts & Minds as a Clowndoctor in 2009.
Diane trained as an actor at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh and Ecole Philippe Gaulier, London. She has worked overseas, performing and making street theatre in conflict zones and facilitating on the international exchange project “Contacting the World”. Diane is Lead Artist of Tenterhooks, which makes outdoor and interactive theatre. Diane joined Hearts & Minds in 2006.
Emily trained at Brunel University, London. She has participated in clown workshops with John Wright and Denis Dennis. Emily works as part of the Dream World Theatre team-Garvald Edinburgh’s Drama and Performance workshop in creating inclusive and accessible new work through clown and with Garvald Edinburgh’s Puppetry Workshop in creating inclusive new work exploring puppets and mask using the shadow form.