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 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.
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.
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 trained at Liverpool Hope university. Lucy is a Clown, collaborator and facilitator working with theatre companies in Scotland and Europe. She has collaborated with Tenterhooks theatre company creating work for walkabout and young audiences. Her clown work 'Date night' has been performed at cabaret nights and is being developed as a theatre performance 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.
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. She 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 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.
Hilde studied music and drama at Glasgow University, physical theatre at Adam Smith College, and with teachers including Angela De Castro, Philippe Gaulier, and the Curious School of Puppetry. She has performed 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 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.
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 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 exciting, inclusive and accessible new work through clown. She also works with Garvald Edinburgh’s Puppetry Workshop in creating inclusive new work exploring puppets and mask using the shadow form.
Fiona is a clown, theatre maker and youth theatre artist. Fiona trained at Playspace Clown School, Sydney in 2002, and joined Hearts & Minds in 2004. She also trained with Jos Houben, John Wright and Pierre Byland. Fiona has previously 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