Chella’s comedy show, Adventures in Menstruating, sold out at the Manchester Women in Comedy Festival, got four stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and… is back at the fringe again this summer! 6-28 August except Tuesdays, 6:40 pm at the Banshee Labyrinth!
Tune in as Chella provides the expert voice in a BBC Radio 4 doc about menstrual taboos, A Bleeding Shame, presented by Woman’s Hour’s Jane Garvey and first airing Friday 24 June at 11 am.
Chella Quint is a comedian, designer, artist, presenter and education researcher from Brooklyn, New York who now lives in Sheffield, England. She coined the phrase #periodpositive in 2006 and founded the campaign which has spread around the world like a really big, friendly taboo-breaking period stain. She is a former head of PSHE and is now a teacher researcher with the Gender Respect Project after completing a Master’s Degree in Education focusing on changing attitudes to menstruation in secondary schools. Her research has an accompanying #PeriodPositive project and website. Her spoof fashion line, STAINS™, was featured in the highly acclaimed BLOOD exhibition at Science Gallery, Dublin in 2015 – stay tuned for upcoming announcements of the show on tour. Chella’s design portfolio is hosted here.
A lot of her work focuses on science and the environment, health promotion, media literacy, current events, sustainability and social justice, and she regularly works with charities and the public sector to advise and design educational materials and deliver workshops on challenging and controversial topics. She has worked frequently with The Sex Education Forum of the National Children’s Bureau and with Sexpression:UK. She’s developing new art for Sheffield as part of her Urban Turbines installation in September during Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind 2016.
Chella is the Off the Shelf Slam Champion 2014, winner of the Sheffield Hallam Prove It award, the Sheffield Docfest 2013 Specialist Factual New Talent Pitch winner (for which she wrote and presented Lifting the Lid, a short film about menstruation education for the Open University), and presents segments on science and education at live events and for film and radio.
She frequently performs and comperes science communication comedy and creates interactive installations in the UK and abroad (check her schedule above), she is a regular contributor to the Manchester Science Festival, hosted the live-streaming Comedy Collider show, No cause for conCERN, from CERN outside Geneva in 2014, developed and performed a show based on her #IJustNeedSpace fanzine for the Institute of Physics as part of the Off the Shelf Festival, and intermittently tours her comedy show featuring other funny women in physics, Comedy in Space. She hosts a (usually) monthly night of improv and stand up comedy called Sweet FA in Sheffield, and you’d be very welcome to attend for the price of a northern pint.