Team - Claire Ryan

Claire achieved a first class honours degree in Performing arts at The university of Salford after which she immediately began working with young people in arts education and youth theatre settings. She quickly developed a passion and skill for working with children and young people with complex needs and focused her training in this area. Claire has completed training in Dance and Movement therapy, Playback theatre and has a Masters in Dramatherapy from the University of Derby. Claire has also attended extensive training in conflict resolution, child protection and PTSD. Claire has worked in a variety of settings including Schools, the NHS, Theatres, Universities, and in the community. She believes that every person has the right to be the best that they can be. Through creativity she supports people on a personal journey of self discovery as they explore the world around them, achieve, grow and develop into positive members of society.

“What is the most important ingredient in your stone soup?” 

The people I am working with are always my biggest focus. Whether I am working on a one to one or with a whole community, it is the people that we serve that are the core of what I do. Without the amazing children, young people, families and communities we have the pleasure of working with there would be no Stone Soup. 

 I see my role as creating bespoke opportunities for individuals and their communities to creatively explore the world we live in, make discoveries, find their voice and share their thoughts and ideas through theater and the arts.  


If you had to preserve one story in a time capsule for your children, what would it be and why?”

 My most told and most used Story is the Story of Stone Soup. This is part of the reason it was suggested as a name for our company. I am a true believer in the power of people coming together. If I can teach my children one thing it will be to share what we have, show compassion and understanding to others and to work together, for together we are stronger. 


"What's your guilty pleasure?" 

 Ice cream, cheesy pop from the 80's and trashy rom com books.


"In three words, how would your family and friends describe you?" 

 Playful, committed and passionate.  

Meet the Team

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Lee Brennan - Company Director

At the tender age of 8, Lee knew creativity would play a large part in his life. Lee has worked extensively throughout the North West, within theatre and digital arts, strategic project management and event management, both logistically and creatively.

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Simon Sullivan - Company Director

Simon trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, before gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Bolton. He also has a Foundation Certificate in Youth and Community work from Bolton College.

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