Chella Quint is a Brooklyn-born, Sheffield-based designer, writer, educator, 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. In 2019, 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, was chosen for the 2019 cohort of the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme, and won the Mary Ann Rawson Award for Education in the Women of Sheffield Awards 2021. Chella has been featured on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio Scotland, the radio documentary A Bleeding Shame, the Newsround special Let’s Talk About Periods, contributed to Gemma Cairney’s book, Open, and frequently writes for national print media.
Chella is part of Lab4Living’s 100-Year Life Project as a doctoral researcher exploring the impact of taboo, representation and attitudes to lifecycle transitions 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 has recently written a children’s book about menstruation called Own Your Period, which is available for preorder.
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