Firstly that of theatre, with emphasis on the body as an instrument through dance and movement. Secondly, the profound life ways and art forms of the worlds earth-wise peoples inspire her work greatly.
Trained in professional theatre at Rose Bruford College (BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts 1989 - 1992), Rowan has spent time working as an actor, writer and director. On a parallel path since the age of 19, she has explored and studied earth-wise and ancient cultures, their life ways and art forms. Her most influential tutors have been Lorna Marshall and Merry Dufton in movement for theatre. Joy Toop and the late Diane Park for indigenous arts.
Rowan has extensive experience in the ceremony of vision quest over a 6 year period (2000 - 2006), has worked with dance and many other forms of ceremony.
In 1996 Rowan founded and directed The Kokopelli Company, a dance based theatre co interested in exploring earth-based art forms inside an immersive theatre. The Kokopelli Company worked to develop its own performance process, which served as a foundation for continued development and evolved into Spiderflower.
Spiderflower's structures have been the basis of Rowan's work over many years around the UK and overseas, with special focus in Sweden.
Rowan currently lives in the UK, is mother to a beautiful daughter and has spent a life time in dedication to the development of her work.