Anna Woolf, London Arts and Health, Head of Digital

Anna Woolf

My name is Anna Woolf and I am so excited to take on the new role at London Arts and Health as Head of Digital.

My background includes being a PhD candidate and visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), as well as over 15 year experience in digital marketing working for entertainment companies such as Disney and Netflix. My research examines socially engaged and participatory art, health and applied theatre in relation to teenagers suffering from the very complex autoimmune disease Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. My work spans the interdisciplinary nature of applied theatre and digital practices such as social media, online communities, filmmaking and digital facilitation, and I have presented at numerous conferences including the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference (2021) and Storytelling for Health. At RCSSD I run a module on the BA Date course titled ‘Digital Storytelling: Film’ which explores participatory film practices, and I am also a visiting lecturer on the MA Applied Theatre. I am a trained and accredited Speech Bubbles Practitioner having delivered the programme across East London. Previous work has included collaborations with Blue Apple Theatre, C&T Theatre, Box Clever Theatre and Half Moon Young People’s Theatre. I am also interested in the tension between being a mother and a practitioner/academic. Recent funding in this strand has included an original project called Poems for New Mums; a poetry anthology curated by myself, and designed to support new mums through the first year of motherhood. Distributed exclusively for launch within the maternity ward, this project was fully supported by the Arts and Heritage team at UCLH Hospital, London. Poets included Wendy French, Hollie McNish and Claire Pollard.

I have worked with Jenni and the team at London Arts and Health for the last year, focussing on managing and delivering digital projects in particular response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the Digital Sandpit, a newly formed peer support group, the Arts and Culture social prescribing myth buster and Partner Up, a website designed to facilitate companies collaborating on specialist arts in health projects. I look forward to implementing a wide ranging digital strategy for London Arts and Health, ensuring that all our members can access peer support, learning and training, as well as specifically focussing on encouraging and supporting the voices of the next generation of arts in health practitioners.