Holly Stoppit

Talks and Workshops for conferences, events and podcasts

Are you programming a conference or looking to bring in a guest speaker / facilitator to your event, panel discussion or podcast? As well as offering tailor made workshops, Holly can provide uniquely playful interactive talks, sharing her research and experience in performance and mental health.

You can watch Holly's TEDx Bristol talk, How Clowning Can Lead Us Into Connection here.

Holly’s range of topics includes:

  • Clown-O-Therapy; Holly's own synthesis of clowning, mindfulness and reflection to support mental health.
  • Mindful Play; using mindfulness, play and reflection to access the healing potential of play, flow, spontaneity, connection.
  • Creative approaches to working with the inner critic.
  • A clowns' approach to embracing vulnerability.
  • Exploring mental health, resilience, sustainability and boundaries.
  • Stage fright; what it is, where it comes from and how to move beyond it.

Holly can offer an exploration of these topics as a performance lecture, a workshop, an informal chat or a mix of the above. Feel free to get in touch to commission your own bespoke talk or workshop.

Previous engagements include:

  • Podcast guest - Big Juicy Creative, The Quarrantini, This Playfull Life
  • Panelist / chair Clown Power Live - three online discussions about clowning
  • Facilitator for NHS Somerset arts therapists
  • Speaker / Facilitator at Taking Flight Happiness Symposium
  • Visiting Lecturer at Exeter University
  • Facilitator for NHS Bristol Doctors in training
  • Speaker at TEDx Bristol
  • Panel member at The Wellcome Institute's Play Symposium
  • Keynote speaker at Dramatherapy Wales Conference
  • Panel member  / Open Space facilitator at Equity Southwest's Mental Health Conference
  • Clown In Residence at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
  • Lecturer and Module Creator at Bath Spa University
  • Panel member at The Clown and Power Symposium 
  • Facilitator at London Speciality School of Psychiatry
  • Guest lecturer at University of the Highlands
  • Visiting practitioner at Eden Court Theatre
  • Course leader for Educircation European Social Circus Project
  • Visiting lecturer for Southwest School of Dramatherapy
  • Away day training for Dancevoice
  • Speaker at Network of International Circus Exchange (NICE) Conference
  • Trainer for Performers Without Borders, Circus To Borders and Circus To Palestine 
  • Guest lecturer at Winchester University
  • Contributor at Dramatherapy South West Conference
  • Speaker at The Psychedelic Society.


For a fuller list of Holly's previous clients click here.

For a peek inside Holly's massive toolkit click here.

For a list of Holly's off-the-peg workshops click here.


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