Dr Suzy Willson: Director
Suzy is Artistic Director of Clod Ensemble - a theatre company that creates theatre, music and performance events in London, the UK and internationally. Suzy has spent over 7 years researching the area of arts in medical training and has recently completed a PhD about the project at Queen Mary University London. She is currently Honorary Non-Clinical Senior Lecturer at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Rose Fieber: Project Manager
Graduated from University of Essex with a BA Hons in English Literature in 2008. Before joining Clod Ensemble in 2010, she worked as Project Coordinator and Stage Manager for Artsadmin artist Mem Morrison on Ringside, which toured town halls throughout the UK and internationally. She has also worked for many large and small scale festivals and public events including Anthony Gormley's One and Other project produced by Artichoke in Trafalgar Square.
The Performing Medicine Project has worked with many contemporary artists and thinkers working across many art forms. Listed below are some of the artists we are currently working with.
Bobby Baker is a performance artist based in London. During
the last three decades she has produced an extensive repetoire of work
principally concerned with an exploration of aspects of daily life and
human behaviour. Her work has been shown widely in the UK and abroad.
Her major production How To Live was launched at the Barbican
London in 2004.
Sylvan has over 20 years experience of using drama for facilitation, directing, writing and workshop leading in young people’s theatre, education, health and criminal justice. He has been an Associate Director at London Bubble Theatre Company and is currently visiting lecturer in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths College and Central School of Speech and Drama.
Liz Ellis's practice as a visual artist ranges from leading walks to sites of non-conformity in Walthamstow to making vibrant colour photographs, print multiples and artists books. She exhibits widely across Europe and is currently Artist Educator at Tate Modern working with a wide range of adult audiences.
Barbara has worked as a voice and text coach in the theatre for 25 years. She spent six years in the world renowned voice department of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has written a voice book for actors, Finding Your Voice. She has also worked as a presentation and communication skills specialist in the public and private sectors including the Metropolitan Police, NHS, Home Office and in the City.
Rosetta Life is a charity that runs artist-led residencies
in over fifteen specialist palliative care centres across Britain. Each
centre is equipped with multi media arts equipment enabling hospice users
to access the website that holds online exhibitions and enables a community
of hospice users to share experiences and ideas with an online community.
Brian's first play, Ball, toured the US and Canada extensively from 2004-2007 in theatres, medical schools, universities and as a keynote address at numerous conferences. Ball was the first half of work devoted to issues around illness and mortality and was followed by Other Funny Stories About Cancer, which premiered at Live Bait in Chicago, 2006 and was subsequently performed in New York City, Washington DC, Paris and Jerusalem. While still primarily concerned with the perception of bodies in public, Brian's new work explores such issues in more divergent styles - from installation, to performance lecture to simultaneously annotated storytelling. Recent performances include Hold My Hand and We're Halfway There, Love, Self-, Festival of Lights Alive and The View From My Side of the Nose. Brian holds a BA in Performance & Social Identity from the University of Michigan, an MA in Performance from Queen Mary, University of London and is currently pursing his PhD in Drama.
Dr Ali Mears
Ali Mears is a Consultant in Genitourinary medicine (GUM) and HIV at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust (November 2007). She also has a particular interest is medical ethics having completed a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law at Kings College London in 2006.
Dominic Johnson is a writer and artist based in London and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary University of London. He is a regular contributor to journals and magazines including Frieze and Dance Theatre Journal, and is the editor of a monograph on the work of Franko B (Milan: Galeria Pack, forthcoming).
Paul Heritage is Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and Director of Peoples Palace Projects. He was a director with The Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company and founding director of the Theatre in Prisons and Probation (TIPP) Centre at the University of Manchester. He has combined academic and professional activity in theatre for the past twenty years, regularly working in Brazil where he has developed a wide reaching theatre projects for prisoners called Staging Human Rights.
Helen has a track record in collaborative and socially engaged
public art projects. She has worked with a number of organisations including
The Photographers’ Gallery, BBC2, MUF Art Architecture, LIFT, Rosetta
Life and Space Studios. Her work explores photography and film, still
life, texts and objects and addresses social and individual identities.
Corin trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and subsequently as a voice teacher on the MA Voice course at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His work in the corporate sector has included coaching law students in communication skills for The Legal Services Commission, delivering the “Stand and Deliver” presentations skills workshop seminar for “Managers In Partnership” on behalf of the Central School of Speech and Drama as well as playing numerous simulated patients for medical students for Imperial College, London.
Liz Orton is a photographer with a background in social research. Her work addresses issues of classification and identity, both environmental and social.
Deborah Padfield spent eight years as an actress in theatre, television, and radio. In 1994 she became disabled through chronic pain following surgery and retrained in fine art. In 2001 she won the Wellcome Trust Sci Art Award to develop work with residential pain patients at St Thomas' Hospital.
Leisa is a director, teacher, performer and writer who has many years experience working with young people through theatre. She is an associate artist for Company of Angels. Leisa also spent five years as Head of Drama at a London school, before leaving in 2001 to freelance with companies such as Performing Arts Labs, GYPT, Clod Ensemble and the Foundling Museum.
Peggy Shaw is a performer, writer, teacher, producer from New York. She co-founded with Lois Weaver The WOW Cafe Theatre in New York, and the theatre compmany Split Britches, both of which have been in operation for 26 years. She is recipient of multiple awards including a Stonewall Award.
Sarah has written and illustrated two books The Drawing Book (Dorling Kindersley 2005) and Anatomy for the Artist (2001). She is also Tutor in Anatomy and Drawing at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and an academic member of Wolfson College.
Jackie was Head of Movement at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) for eight years, and has taught on a regular basis at the British American Drama Academy (BADA) for twenty. Jackie has also taught at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Rose-Bruford College, and the Battersea Art Centre. She was Master of Movement at the Globe Theatre for three years, where she taught, choreographed and movement-directed.
Lois Weaver has been a performer, director, and writer with
the Split Britches Company since 1980. She is Professor of Contemporary
Performance at Queen Mary, University of London.
John Wright is regarded as Britain’s leading authority in mask work. He co-founded Trestle Theatre Company and later Told By An Idiot for whom he has directed most of their repetoire including On the Verge of Exploding and Don’t Laugh It’s My Life. He is an international teacher and has received numerous awards for his work.