The Performing Medicine project was created by Clod Ensemble, a company which creates and curates performances and events in many different contexts including theatres, galleries, hospitals and day centres for the elderly. Recent performance work includes An Anatomie in Four Quarters (Sadler's Wells 2011), Silver Swan (Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, 2012) and Zero  (Sadler's Wells and Brighton Festival 2013).

All of the Performing Medicine courses are designed in close consultation with medical educationalists and clinicians and led by artists working in a wide range of artistic disciplines (theatre, performance, music, visual art, photography, film and poetry). See below for a list of our core team and Associate Artists who we work with on a regular basis.

Core Project Team

Olivia Amory

Olivia is General Manager at Clod Ensemble and is responsible for the administration of the Performing Medicine programme. She studied English Literature at Bristol University before beginning her work in theatre. Over the past seven years she has worked for ITC, World Stages London, The Print Room and Cheek by Jowl. Alongside her most recent role as General Manager at the Independent Theatre Council she produced work on the London fringe with her company Rough Haired Pointer.

Suzy Willson

Suzy is the Artistic Director of Clod Ensemble and Performing Medicine. She is currently Honorary Non-Clinical Senior Lecturer at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Bella Eacott

Bella is Research Manager for Performing Medicine, whose work focuses on examining the key principles and practices of arts based methods in healthcare education. Before working at Clod Ensemble she was a Research Assistant at University College London, investigating climate change and geo-engineering. She studied History and Philosophy of Science at University College London, and an MSc in Medical Humanities at King’s College, London. Contact Bella.

Advisory Group

Iona Heath

Iona Heath worked as an inner city general practitioner at the Caversham Group Practice in Kentish Town in London from 1975 until 2010. She is the Immediate Past President of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

She has written regularly for the British Medical Journal and has contributed essays to many other medical journals across the world. She has been particularly interested to explore the nature of general practice, the importance of medical generalism, issues of justice and liberty in relation to health care, the corrosive influence of the medical industrial complex and the commercialisation of medicine, and the challenges posed by overmedicalisation, the care of the dying, and violence within families.

Chris Fowler

Chris has over 25 years senior clinical, education and management experience in the higher education and health sectors. Throughout this time his work has been dedicated to education and training and developing the workforce the NHS needs now and for the future. His most recent roles include Executive Director of Education for UCL Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and nominated Design Lead for HE NCEL, where he shaped the early development of the LETB. Chris previously worked as a Urological Surgeon and Professor of Surgical Education and was Dean for Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry for seven years until 2009 when he became Director of Medical Education for the Trust.

Clara Bellessiotis

Clara is a Foundation Year 2 doctor working in North Central Thames. She has a BSc in Human Sciences from UCL and is a graduate of King’s College London medical school, where she took part in the Performing Medicine programme. She is interested in medical education and is actively involved in teaching medical students and advanced life support courses. She is particularly interested in the role of arts-based medical education in supporting and training junior doctors.

Associate Artists

Sheila Ghelani


Sheila works in a range of media including performance. She has shown her work at venues and festivals across Europe. She regularly mentors artists and students and is an associate artist of Blast Theory. 


Eleanor Crook

Anatomical Art

Eleanor trained in sculpture at Central St. Martins and the Royal Academy and makes effigies in wax, carved wood and lifelike media. She lectures at the Royal College of Art and and is co-founder of the MA in Art & Science at Central St. Martins.

Barbara Housemann


Barbara has been a voice and acting coach and director for over 30 years, including with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Young Vic. She has been resident voice at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park since 2009. Private clients include Daniel Radcliffe, Jude Law, and Will Young. In addition Barbara has taught communication and presentation skills in both the private and public sector for the last 16 years and has worked for Performing Medicine for the last six. She is the author of Finding Your Voice and Tackling Text [and subtext].

Sylvan Baker

Facilitator, Performance

Sylvan uses drama for facilitation, directing, writing and workshop leading in young people’s theatre, education, health and criminal justice. He is currently a visiting lecturer in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths College and Central School of Speech and Drama.

Leon Baugh


Leon trained as a dancer at Laban. He has worked with choreographers such as Jasmin Vardimon and Hofesh Schecter and as a movement director at theatres including the Royal Opera House and The Royal Court. In 2011 he won Olivier Award for Best Choreographer.

Dido Fisher


Dido produces and facilitates courses in organisational change and leadership as well as working with private clients to build confidence and enhance creativity.

Corin Mellinger


Corin trained as an actor before studying voice at Central School of Speech and Drama.  As well as offering presentation skills workshops for corporate clients and The Legal Services Commission he also plays the part of the patient in simulated scenarios at medical schools. 

Sarah Simblet

Anatomical Art

Sarah is an artist, author and anatomist. She has published three books and her drawings can be found in national and private collections including the Royal Academy of Art, London, and the Ashmolean in Oxford.

Brian Lobel


Brian is a performer, teacher and curator. He is currently a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at University of Chichester, and Core Artist of Forest Fringe.

Peggy Shaw


Peggy is a performer, writer, teacher and producer. She co-founded Split Britches theatre company and WOW Cafe, NYC. Peggy is the recipient of three Obie Awards, the Stonewall Award for ‘making the world a better place’ and a Doris Duke Fellowship.

Angelika Grohmann


Angelika has been teaching yoga full time for 26 years. Her first inspiration to become a yoga teacher came through bodywork with children with autism in Berlin. Her style is based on precision and alignment of the body, understanding how the body works, and giving freedom to the body’s natural flow of movement through body and breath awareness

Liz Orton

Medicine and Photography

Liz is a photographer with a background in social research. She is currently a resident artist at the Photographers Gallery and  devises and leads PhotoVoice’s regular training workshops on participatory photography.

Leisa Rea

Performance, Voice

Leisa is a performer, writer, musician, director and teacher. She has worked in comedy, theatre, TV and radio, regularly tours with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and teaches stand up comedy writing and performing at Soho Theatre.

Niamh Dowling

Movement, Voice

Niamh was head of Drama at Manchester Metropolitan University for 18 years and is currently Head of the School of Performance at Rose Bruford. She has worked extensively as a movement director in the UK and internationally. 

John Wright


John 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 repertoire. He is an international teacher and has received numerous awards for his work.

Cathy Ryan


Cathy has a background in theatre and writing. She studied with Gabrielle Roth, founder of the 5Rhythms® movement meditation map and has been working with the practice for 16 years. She is a founding member of Open Floor International.