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 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.
OF NOSE TO NOSE (1988)
Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given
hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK
and France where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks French and
Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at
Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the
in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day
Court Jester (Clownanalyst).
He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose
to Nose of North America in 2006 and Fool
View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators
in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view
He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching
the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training,
medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in
many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India,
Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…)
He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.
Alison participated in her first Nose to Nose workshop in 2000 and
fell in love with the work. Many workshops later and she is now a
trained facilitator with Nose To Nose. She holds this work in high
esteem as a perfect grounding for all creative work and the bigger
picture of trusting ourselves and life.Alison is a qualified and experienced
teacher of 23 years. She teaches and has taught Drama and Performing
Arts in mainstream, special and older peoples settings.
Alison is an experienced performer. She has worked in café-théâtre
with Les Amuses Gueules in Lille, France, Street Theatre and Theatre
in Education with Inside Out Theatre Company, Hastings. Alison speaks
both English and French.
Carol's training was in English and Theatre Arts at the University
of Toronto and the Drama Studio in London. She worked in Education
and Theatre for some years and then qualified to be a Psychosynthesis
therapeutic counsellor and an NLP Master Practitioner. Carol took
these skills into business in the private and public sectors as
a Communication Skills Trainer. In recent years she has become involved
in the positive psychology movement as a Laughter Leader and now
a Clowning Facilitator, combining her interests in education, theatre
Angela was born and grew up in Bristol, England. Always living and
working in a creative environment she has always been fascinated by
clowning. Many years of clowning experience with groups in Italy,
Germany and the U.K with small scale public performances have enabled
her to come to an understanding of the work with Nose to Nose. Angela´s
background is Steiner education; a holistic view of the individual
influences her work. As a mother of four children, after building
up a centre with agricultural features for children and young people
with special needs in a South German community, Angela now works as
a foreign language teacher in Potsdam and is bilingual.
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,
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.
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