Theatre for Life consultancy provides a wide range of services to support organisations and the educational sector to embed the arts and creativity into their programmes and curriculum.

  • Supporting and designing creative programmes in health care environments, youth settings & education
  • Staff training and CPD
  • One to one mentoring
  • Helping you to demonstrate impact, test new ideas, learn and improve from experience

We want to help you deliver innovative programmes which enhance existing knowledge or skills and to foster artistic creation & innovation.

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Lead Consultant

Michelle trained as a teacher 22 years ago at the Institute of Education, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, which has been named Number one for Education in the QS World University. She has worked extensively in education both in the UK and internationally, specialising in creative health across the curriculum.

Michelle founded Theatre for Life in 2017, she wanted to create a community organisation which helped to equalise opportunities and empower individuals through the arts.

Through her role at Theatre for Life, Michelle has supported a wide range of organisations to embed creativity into their programming to promote positive health and wellbeing.

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Theatre for Life was a core partner with Southampton Children’s Hospital.

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Regeneration Annual Report


Featured in the Arts Council England Creative Health and Wellbeing: Case Studies 2022.

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"The PEEER Youth Service at Southampton Children’s Hospital support young people living with long-term health conditions and we have had the opportunity to work with Theatre for Life and Michelle on a number of occasions. The workshops and projects Michelle has delivered for us in the past have allowed young people to tap into their own creative tools and find ways to express themselves and relate with others. As a service we partnered with Theatre for Life to deliver our Regeneration social prescribing programme, which was jointly led by Michelle and myself. Michelle is a passionate and motivated professional, who strives to enable young people to explore creative mediums and develop confidence and as they are encouraged to be involved and be heard. The outcomes of Michelle’s work reflect the commitment, care and dedication to detail Michelle gives to each and every project. I hope to work closely with Theatre for Life again in the future."

Sarah Shameti, PEEER Youth Service Lead, Southampton Children’s Hospital

Emerge with Southampton Children’s Hospital

Emerge was a community led and collaborative project with the NHS and Southampton Children’s Hospital, working with young people with critical and long term health conditions to provide greater access to the arts and culture during the pandemic.

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Featured in the Baring Foundation report - Creatively Minded & Heritage

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Case study

How have culture and creativity been supporting people in health, care and other institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic?

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Generation Anthropocene

Michelle collaborated with LifeLab, researchers, scientists and environmentalists across various locations such as Weston Shore, New Forest National Park Authority and in the City of Southampton to research and understand the comparative and environmental changes within our community.

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Roots and Branches

Roots and Branches project has connected young people (14-25 years) and older people with mild to moderate dementia through intergenerational and creative activities.

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"Absolutely amazing, the stories were so poignant! It’s so important to get awareness out there and for people to realise that those living with dementia have such rich histories and we need to celebrate them for they have achieved and who they still are. The actors treated the subject so sensitively too!"

Jane Ward, Dementia Friendly Hampshire

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