About

The Loo Lady

Professional Eccentric, Talking Shit That Matters

About The Loo Lady

Who I am and how I got that way

The Loo Lady was the accidental love child of an affair between creativity and entitlement.

 

Born and raised in California, I moved to London in 2011 to pursue an MA degree in Applied Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama. When not studying I loved exploring the city, and I developed a personal quest to avoid paying fees that many public toilets charge.

 

When I graduated I happened to be interviewing as a tour guide and mentioned this peculiar obsession in an e-mail exchange. "You should definitely do a toilet tour! Definitely!" So Loo Tours was born.

 

The name Loo Lady was given to me by another wonderful toilet researcher Sarah McCabe who came on one of my early tours and was generous enough to share her own dissertion on underground toilet provision for women in the City of London during the Victorian era.

 

What began as a joke quickly grew into a passion as I discovered just how deep a topic this was. From locations to sneak a free wee I was plunged into a history of gender politics, scientific innovation, public health, social anthropology, and a wealth of humour and entertainment.

 

In 2013 I attended the World Toilet Summit in Solo Indonesia, where I spent four days in the company of a worldwide network of entrepreneurs, academics and innovators dedicated to solving the global sanitation crisis for the 2.5 million people who still lack access to basic facilities.

Academic Qualifications

 

MA Applied Theatre: Drama in Education and Drama in the Community

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 2012

 

BA Theatre Performance Major/Music Minor

Lewis & Clark College, 2011

 

Fellowships & Memberships

 

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2014

Fellow of the Institute for Health and Human Development, UEL Since 2014

 

 

For full work history see Rachel's Linkedin profile

© Rachel Cole-Wilkin, 2017

rachel@lootours.com