Chella Quint is a Brooklyn-born, Sheffield-based designer, writer, and performer. She studied dramatic writing at NYU Tisch before moving to Sheffield and completing a PGCE at Bretton Hall in Drama education. A former drama teacher and head of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education), Chella coined the phrase ‘period positive’ in 2006 and founded #periodpositive to use humour and joy to challenge menstrual taboos and find long-term solutions to period poverty. She became a leading expert on menstruation education in the UK, advising on regional and national policy on menstruation education and period poverty. Last year, she launched the Period Positive Pledge as a framework for developing menstruation-inclusive policy and outreach.
Chella writes and performs solo shows, delivers public engagement projects and designs installations on themes inspired by science, health, taboo, product design and social justice. She co-hosts the annual Sheffield zine fest and has been publishing the print zine Adventures in Menstruating since 2005. Her 5-star comedy show of the same name has been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Women of the World Festival and tours regional comedy, literature and science festivals.
She won the 2013 Specialist Factual Presenter Pitch Award at Sheffield Docfest, the 2014 Off the Shelf Poetry Slam, a 2016 mentorship with Third Angel Theatre Company and was part of the 2019 Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme cohort. Chella has been featured on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio Scotland, and in the radio documentary A Bleeding Shame, contributed to Gemma Cairney’s book, Open, and frequently writes for national print media.
Chella has recently joined Sheffield Hallam University Lab4Living’s 100-Year Life Project as a doctoral researcher exploring the impact of taboo, representation and attitudes to aging on consumer agency. Her zines are held in a number of international zine libraries, and she has a chapter in Down the Pan: New Directions in the Sociology of Dirt, a monograph from the The Sociological Review. She is currently writing a children’s book about menstruation.