Founded by Vivian Gladwell in 1990, Nose to Nose is a team of people
with diverse experiences in the fields of theatre, community building,
teaching, storytelling, play therapy, counselling, Special Needs
and organisational consultancy. Our influence and training ranges
from The Bataclown (France) and the Sacred Art of Clowning to Jonathan
Kay’s Theatre of Now and the Roy Hart Theatre.
OUR CORE VALUES
We are all trained and accredited facilitators
with Nose to Nose. This means that as part of the team we are committed
to inform our practice of teaching clowning through a team process
of supervision, peer review and co-facilitation.
Through our willingness to explore positively issues of communication
and collaboration within our team, we believe we practise the central
message of the work we teach – an approach and philosophy
that sees clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.
This collective intelligence (as opposed to an individual one)
contributes to the creative diversity and quality of our work.
lives and works in France as a modern day Court Jester with various
businesses and teaches clowning with the Bataclown. He also teaches
English at the University of Social Sciences in Toulouse. Founding
member of Nose to Nose and Fool View, the Social Clowning group, he
regularly visits England to give clown workshops at Emerson College
and the Blackthorn Trust Medical Centre in Maidstone. His research
into the applications of clowning to teaching has taken him to Germany
at the Waldorf Pedagogik Institute in Witten Annen, a college based
on the teachings and philosophy of Rudolf Steiner.
Sharon's background is in scientific and environmental research,
organisational consultancy, group facilitation and community building.
She has worked in both corporate and community contexts. She was
director of the Sutton Courtenay Abbey (a community and retreat
centre) for 8 years. In addition to training with Nose to Nose
she has studied sacred clowning with Didier Danthois and toured
with an improvisational theatre company with Jonathan Kay’s
Theatre of Now. Her main interest these days is in Social Clowning
- how the clown can allow the heart fully back into organisational
Thompson (BA B.Ed RSA Dip. Psych)
My original training was in English and Theatre Arts at the University
of Toronto and the Drama Studio in London. I worked in Education and
Theatre for some years and then qualified to be a Psychosynthesis
therapeutic counsellor and an NLP Master Practitioner. I took these
skills into business in the private and public sectors as a Communication
Skills Trainer. In recent years I have become involved in the positive
psychology movement as a Laughter Leader and now a Clowning Facilitator,
combining my interests in education, theatre and psychology.
Born in 1981 a grown up in Luxembourg. Studied Speech and Drama at
the Goetheanum, Dornach (Switzerland) and at Artemis School of Speech
and Drama, East Grinstead (West Sussex). She is fluent in English,
Spanish, French, German, Swiss German and Luxembourgish. She lives
in England and works as an actress and drama teacher / workshop facilitator.
Her work frequently takes her to Scotland, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
She has worked with Special Needs.
Catherine Bryden (Canada / UK)
Has been teaching at the Rudolf-Steiner School in Gröbenzell,
Munich, Germany since 2001. In Canada, she studied Developmental
Psychology, Theater, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL),
and Translation. She has taught ESL in Canada, Taiwan, Singapore
and Germany, where she founded and directed children’s summer
language camps in French and English. In the last 5 years, she has
been conducting workshops for teachers and student-teachers in communication,
improvisation and clowning in Stuttgart and the Witten Annen Seminar
for Waldorf teachers, as well as at her school in Munich. She has
been coordinating various UNESCO projects, in conjunction with students,
parents, and colleagues. For the last two years, she has been training
and practicing conflict and mediation. She speaks English, French,
Piotr has been facilitating ‘Discover the Clown Within’
workshops for 7 years. After graduating from Artemis School of Speech
and Drama (UK 2004) he completed the Nose to Nose clown facilitator
training and was organizing clowning workshops in Scotland, Poland
and New Zealand, before settling down in Ireland in 2010. He also
works as a therapeutic speech practitioner for Camphill Communities
of Ireland. Piotr has his origins in Poland. He and his familly
now reside in Callan Co. Kilkenny.
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