Meet the exceptional humans who make Vulcana happen!
Celia White - Artistic Director
Celia is the Artistic Director of Vulcana. She has worked for over 30 years as a performer, maker and director of contemporary circus and performance, exploring the potential of meaning originating from the body and visual languages, from circus, dance, the visual arts and other inspirations. Her feminism informs all her work. She is passionate about getting people passionate about and involved in making performance that changes our view of some small corner of the world or each other or the act of performance.
She needs to remember to drink more water when running from the office to the workshop floor and back. She wishes she had more time for dancing.
Jo Pratt - General Manager
Jo is the General Manager of Vulcana and loves to fill her time facilitating the governance, strategic and operational viability aspects of the organisation. Jo has around ten years in the arts sector in senior management roles, most recently as the CEO / Artistic Director of the Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre. In her spare time she loves working with musicians on their career planning and business development and also manages a couple of bands.
Passionate about travel and food, Jo is currently also learning to hula hoop!
Angela Willock - BUsiness DEVELOPMEnT MANAGER
Angela is the Business Development Manager and takes care of all this marketing and business development. Her background is in youth work and workshop facilitation so you may be unsure how she arrived in circus. The answer to this is simple. Whenever Angela sees an opportunity in life and she is unsure if it is the right one, she asks, what would 5 year old Angela do?
Angela is also a performance poet and co-directs Ruckus Slam, a company that produces slam and live art events across Brisbane and Melbourne. And in case you are wondering, 5 year old Angela thinks grown up Angela is pretty great.
Yonna Simon - TRAINING SCHOOL CO-ORDINATOR
Yonna looks after all things workshop at Vulcana, including Vulcademy, Kids & Teens and our See Saw program. When she isn't in the office, she's working as a kids circus trainer in both our Vulcana Kids program, and on community outreach projects. Her favouritate circus skill is Acrobalance.
During school holidays Yonna heads off to Sydney and Melbourne where she's studying to be a Feldenkrais Practitioner- and is learning more fluidity in her movement. If you don't know what Feldenkrais is - basically she rolls around on the ground. And one day - she hopes to get you to roll around on the ground too.
Vulcana is super proud to have an amazing bunch of trainers who teach on our workshop program, deliver our community work and perform at Vulcana events. Our trainers are incredibly skilled not only in circus, but also in their teaching and training techniques. Our trainers perform and teach all over the world ... but we love it best when they're in Brisbane!
KATHERINE QUIGLEY - Chair
Katherine is the CEO and Artistic Director of Backbone Youth Arts and an active member of the Queensland Chamber of Arts and Culture and national youth arts steering committee. A scholarship recipient and graduate of NIDA's inaugural cohort, Masters of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership, Katherine specialises in producing collaborative, experimental multi-arts and cultural experiences.
Her career spans 15 years as a producer of multi-arts festivals, events, exhibitions, theatre and circus working for; Maerz Muzik Berlin, Queensland Music Festival, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, State Library of Queensland, Artworkers Alliance, The Danger Ensemble, Company 2, Flipside Circus, Youth Arts Queensland, Straight Out of Brisbane (SOOB), Contact Inc, Black Drum Productions, Vibewire Hub, Backbone’s 2high Festival, Lucks, Lightbox Studio and Artslink. She has produced works for Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival, La Boite Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, Metro Arts, Theater Basel and Hebbel Theatre (Berlin) and has worked with artists in Australia, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Her final subject at NIDA was an International Placement (1 month) at the Battersea Arts Centre, where she observed and researched the company’s resilience model with reflection towards their programming for children and young people.
In addition to her studies at NIDA she has completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries with subjects in Drama, Film and Music and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting (partial completion) at the Queensland University of Technology. Katherine is also a peer assessor for Arts Queensland and the Australia Council.
Roslyn (Roz) Howie - MEMBER
Roslyn has been a member of the Vulcana community since 2007 as a student and performer, and has also been involved in various amateur theatre projects around Brisbane as an actor and director. She believes firmly in the capacity of circus to enrich people from all walks of life by providing a safe, non-judgemental space in which they can develop and hone their skills of physicality and creativity; and identifies strongly with Vulcana’s philosophy of circus as a tool for empowering and strengthening both women and communities.
Roslyn brings a strong background in government administration, applied research and education to her role on the Vulcana board. She has experience in interpreting and applying government legislation, team leadership, and project management. Roslyn has BA (Humanities) and a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and has worked as a teacher in Australia and overseas. She is currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science through the University of Queensland with a view to continuing on to post-graduate research.
Roslyn has a particular interest in community engagement and social enterprise, having spent some time in South Africa and seen first-hand the benefits that can accrue to a community from a well-conducted social enterprise model. She is therefore particularly interested in the steps that Vulcana is taking in this direction and fully supportive of this model.
Nadia Okorn - Secretary
Nadia Jade is a circus producer and arts promoter. She is the Artistic Director of the eclectic underground performing arts company Moment of Inertia Productions, and is the force behind the alt-arts website, Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. She is a sideshow performer, hula-hooper and aerialist, who likes to get on stage when she has a chance in her busy schedule. She is one of the core team at circus production house Cluster Arts and is passionate about supporting artists to achieve their wildest ambitions.
Nadia’s career began with theatre and street performance training, before a gift for practical systems development saw her focus shift to hospitality, events and venue management. She has lived in Brisbane, Melbourne and Glasgow, Scotland, and during this time has worked in a plethora of spaces including large-scale music venues, stadiums, fine dining restaurants, fast paced cafes and bars, and alternative culture venues and festivals. She spent five years in her twenties working as a music booking agent and promoter, and as an international radio DJ.
Upon her return to Australia in 2011, she obtained a dual degree in Arts & Communications, and is currently undergoing professional development in philanthropy, grant-writing and media training.
Kate (Kati) Murphy - Member
Kate studied a Justice Studies degree at QUT (2001-05) majoring in Critical Criminology, completing subjects ranging from various aspects of law and governance to sociology and economics. She started volunteering with Vulcana Women's Circus during this time (2003) and has experienced many aspects of the business, from being a consumer and taking part in community shows and mentorships for performers, through to learning about business planning and governance in her previous role as Secretary on the Vulcana Management Committee (2011-13).
Kate has been a strong advocate for disability and mental health going back to the days of her very first committee experiences at QUT, as the undergraduate student rep for the Law Faculty's Teaching and Learning Committee (2003) and Academic Appeals Committee (2004).
Her other arts sector experience includes, character work for Santaland Brisbane (2005, 2006, 2007) and volunteer work backstage and front of house for other arts companies and shows.
Kylie Marjambi Miles - Treasurer
SALLY WALKER - Member
Sally discovered circus and Vulcana in 2003 and immediately felt like she had found her people. Since then she has been involved in two community shows at The Brisbane Powerhouse, performed with the Vulcana Ensemble at the Mullum Circus Festival and attended countless classes. Sally has also trained with circuses in London, including the National Centre for Circus Arts, My Aerial Home and AirCraft Circus.
Sally joins the Vulcana board with a background in Media. Since graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) im 2001, she has worked for media owners, agencies and consultancies in both Australia and the UK.
Sally is excited to get involved behind the scenes with one of Brisbane’s most vibrant and creative arts organisations