Vulcana Trainers

Abby Kelso (Hula Hoops, Intermediate Trapeze, generAL AERIALS, KIDS & TEENS)

Abby Kelso is one of Vulcana’s fabulous trainers! She has performed all over Australia in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, as well as in England and France. She has been teaching for a long time and can teach you all sorts of awesome circus things, but her favourites are hula hoops and trapeze. You might also see her around as a student in a few of the classes, when she’s not busy teaching or studying for her engineering degree. Come and say hi!

Allie Wilde (Intermediate Acro, Advanced tissu, rope, duo trapeze)

Since 1998 Allie Wilde has devoted much of her life to the proliferation of live performing arts. She is a specialist in the production, promotion and delivery of edgy, engaging, physical, interdisciplinary works.

Allie has worked for a large variety of Australian companies.  In all her work she applies a theatrical focus and truly thrives on delivering strong live performance outcomes and programs. She has an extensive Australian and international performance history spanning over 18 years. This level of experience brings a richness and depth of understanding to her work and to her relationship with the artists she promotes, the clients she works with and every unique audience base she seeks to engage.

Allie loves to form strong, long lasting relationships with the vast range of clients and artists she works beside. She truly enjoys the collaborative process and believes passionately in the value and necessity of Art to society. The strong influence of Allie’s preferences have led to Wilde Applause currently having a strong focus on working on collaborative, cross-cultural hybrid performing arts projects throughout the Australasian region.

Anna Yen (Circus Essentials, juggling, clowning, kids & teens)

Anna Yen is a circus / physical theatre teacher, performer, theatre maker, director and and Feldenkrais Method ® practitioner. Her work spans contemporary circus, physical theatre, theatre, and film. Anna's training includes with: the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe; Shanghai Circus School, European theatre teachers Monika Pagneux and Philippe Gaulier; and Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.  Anna teaches widely for schools, communities, universities, companies, festivals and solo artists.

Anna is well-known for creating a positive learning environment and her ability to help physical performers / learners increase their awareness of how they are moving and explore efficient options. As a performer, her specialty circus skills are slackrope, object manipulation and clowning. Anna clowns with the “Playful Engagement” Project, performed in “The Serpent’s Table” Sydney Festival 2014 and  ‘It All Begins With Love” Oct/Nov 2015. She was an ensemble member of Rock’n’Roll Circus (now Circa) for 4 years. Anna has taught her PlayMoves – Movement Workshops for Performance for 10 years, including in Perth, Townsville, Cairns, Melbourne, Wollongong, Maleny and Brisbane. Anna’s acclaimed film / stage play “Chinese Take Away” has taken her to festivals around the world. Anna is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and a Matilda Award Special Commendation. www.playmoves.org

Bianca Mackail (Boot Camp, Tumbling, advanced lyra)

Bianca Mackail is an acrobatic artist who combines strength, agility and flow in the air and on the floor. Specializing in non-narrative conceptual circus, she strives to create work that’s from the heart and soul. Co-founder of 3 is a Crowd Circus Company in 2012, she has developed and toured work extensively in Australia, Asia and Europe with companies such as Tumble Circus (Ireland), Cirque du Loin (Switzerland), Wilde Applause Creative Productions, The Crack Up Sisters, CIRCA, Aerial Angel Productions and Clowns without Borders (Sweden and Australia).

A graduate of the Circoarts School in New Zealand in 2004, Bianca has also trained over the years with specialty trainers in the Ukraine and Barcelona’s La Central del Circ, Spain. Some highlights include: taking out the “Best Circus and Physical Theatre” award in Adelaide and Perth Fringe for 3 is a Crowd’s debut show Fright or Flight; selling out the season for the same show at Sydney Festival 2015; and having a "show must go on moment” whilst hula hooping in a Typhoon storm to a 10,000-standing audience in Taipei that would not go home without a show!

Over the last sixteen years, she has performed in festivals around world such as Recklinghausen Arts Festival (Germany), Spoffin (Netherlands), Helsinger Festival (Denmark), Adelaide Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sydney Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Hoopla Festival and too many to name throughout Sweden, Denmark and Ireland. In 2013 Bianca became involved with the worldwide organisation Clowns Without Borders, a non-profit organisation that offers performances and workshops to all people, especially children who live in conflict zones, refugee camps or other situations of adversity.

Chae Lindeman (Circus Essentials, General Aerials, beginner tissu, duo tissu, trapeze, lyra, fire, juggling, hula hoops, stilts)

Chae Lindeman has over 20 years experience in contemporary circus and physical theatre, both as a Performer and a Producer. She has created new works which have toured nationally and internationally and is regularly engaged to perform and produce entertainment for corporate and community events. The quality of her work has been recognised through her success in securing funding through Arts Queensland (Projects and Programs 2013, Fresh Ground Space Program 2011) and Brisbane City Council (Creative Sparks 2010). Chae was employed by Vulcana Women’s Circus for 10 years as Workshop Program Manager. She is currently the owner-operator of The Bubble Effect and co-director of More Than Mime Theatre.

Eliza Gawn (Boot Camp, General Aerials, tissu, lyra)

Eliza is a versatile and creative circus artist and trainer. She has put her hyperactivity to good use, having a go at pretty much everything circus has to offer, but primarily specialises in aerials. Her passions include musical theatre, social justice and guacamole (not always in that order). Eliza is an occupational therapist by day and has a special interest in the therapeutic applications of circus training. She believes that circus is magical and that jazz hands can save the world. Eliza is currently the lead trainer for the teens class and loves working with the emerging circus stars of tomorrow and supporting them to uncover their own joy, confidence and unique talents. 

Ellen Grow (Intermediate & Advanced Tissu, acro, cloud, lyra, pole, tumbling, kids & teens)

Ellen trained in both gymnastics and sports acrobatics before falling in love with circus at 15. Upon graduating high school she moved to China to train for two years at Beijing International Arts School where she focused on handstands, partner acrobatics and aerials. She started training in classes at Vulcana in 2013 and teaching here in 2014. She is constantly amazed by circus for the way it enables people to be both challenged and empowered, and loves the way in which Vulcana provides a fun, supportive environment in which people can try things they never dreamed they'd be capable of. 

Emily Jones (Acro Yoga, General Aerials, Bend & Stretch, tissu, trapeze, lyra, rope, pole, cloud tumbling)

Emily began circus training in 2007 in the Wednesday General Aerials class at Vulcana. 
With a background in sports as distinctive and challenging as gymnastics and weightlifting; manoeuvring her own body weight suspended from great heights came naturally. 
A past gymnastics coach of all levels from kinder-gym to competitive elite, and having completed several national level coaching courses, Emily quickly became keen to begin teaching aerials workshops.   Over the years she has gained experience in all aerial apparatus and likes to include in her general class a taste of everything from the popular aerial silks, lyra and trapeze to the lesser known, but oh so fun - cloud, teardrop and chinese pole.
Also a qualified Acroyoga and Yoga teacher, Emily has a lot to offer in her repertoire and has a particular passion for strength and conditioning training and handstands! Being inverted is Emily's favourite mode of being and she is more than happy to share each and every trick in her book in order to help you get and stay upside down, comfortably and joyfully!

Emma Aitchison (Intermediate Lyra, General Aerials, duo trapeze, tissu)

With a strong background in classical ballet, Emma has a natural flare for choreography and style of movement with music.  Emma began training circus skills in 1999, quickly choosing to specialise in the aerial disciplines. Her training in dance has given her a rare grace as an aerial artist.

2001 brought a chance to hone and perfect her skills during a fourteen month contract as a solo aerialist in the Jupiter’s Casino production “Hidden Palace”.   From 2002 until today, she has performed in an almost constant stream of corporate and charity events throughout Australia and Asia, creating different costumes, music and choreography to suit their large variety of themes and staging.

Emma is now sought after by many emerging and professional artists as an advanced aerial trainer and choreographer. Her skills have added that missing touch to countless aerial performances.

Marianna Joslin (Beginner Acro, Intermediate Trapeze, tissu, tumbling, )

Marianna was born with a big personality and a broken heart. Twice, at six and thirteen years of age, open-heart surgery unleashed the energy to match her vivacious nature. Vulcana Women’s circus ignited her love of circus as a young adult. Marianna has since trained and performed with, and alongside, elite circus artists in Australia and abroad. Marianna launched her career as a founding member of the Ice Cream Factory collective, an innovative Australian circus hub, and performer for Hoopla Clique. Soon followed Twisted Hitch, a renowned acrobatic duo. Paving the way to her avant garde one woman show, All Class. After which she was the principal artist for Robotronicia, a circus-robotics collaboration. Marianna then traveled to Berlin for Circa’s production of Wunderkammer at the Chamaleon theatre. Since returning to Australia Marianna has been working principally with her partner Casey Douglas, 2016 highlights include collaborating on a documentary and production with This Side Up, performing for the hit show Yummy, the famed Brunswick Picture House, and touring with Circus Quirkus. This year has begun with a sell out season of the Sydney Opera House premiere production ‘Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’. Famed as a pocket-sized hurricane on stage, Marianna specializes in aerial silks, trapeze, clown and as an acrobatic flyer. As a performer she believes art is the mirror that makes us human.

Mayu Muto (Intermediate & Advanced Tissu, lyra, rope, teardrop, juggling)

Mayu is a freelance aerialist and circus performer and is a graduate of Bachelor of applied Science ( Human Movement studies) QUT minoring in Fine Arts dance.  She has a strong background in Ballet and performed extensively during youth in Japan and studied various forms of dance in Royal Antwerp dance school in Belgium prior to moving to Australia.

Mayu teaches circus aerials and dance to both children and adults at various schools in Brisbane.  She incorporate her knowledge of exercise science from Human Movement studies and dance into teaching circus and passionate about encouraging people to explore their own styles.  Mayu also teaches/has taught pole dancing, fitness classes, Pilates and Zumba.

Pheobe Manning (Circus Fun for adults, pole, juggling, clowning, kids & teens)

Pheobe Manning has a long history of performance and artswork. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (Drama Major) at QUT in 1990 and then a Grad Dip of Education (Drama and English) in1993. Pheobe has also studied with Sydney Aerial Theatre Association. She has performed trapeze, double trapeze, chinese pole, clown, burlesque and stilts. She is an experienced ensemble performer who’s ensemble works include the 2006 Crash Collective showing of Outside the Safety Zone, group stilt shows Outskirts and Frida, Home Fictions 2004 also with Sofia Woods and directed by Celia White, Physicalisms and the opening ceremony of Magdalena. She has also performed solo works at the Playspace in Sydney with The Group of Theatre Enthusiasts and for Angry Mime in Brisbane. Phoebe has trained in Social Circus and worked on a huge variety of Social Circus projects with diverse communities including disabled, Deaf, Indigenous, young people, and refugees. 

Rachael Gibson (tissu, trapeze, duo trapeze, Cloud & Teardrop, Hula Hoops. lyra, rope)

Rachael Gibson has been working as a circus trainer and freelance performer since 2003, specialising in acro balance, hula hooping, and aerials such as cloud swing, tear drop, aerial ring, double trapeze and flying trapeze.

A long term trainer with Vulcana Women’s Circus, Rachael loves sharing her knowledge with others, and helping them to develop self-esteem, skills, and relationships within their communities.

Having trained as a yoga teacher in recent years, Rachael combines this knowledge with her love of circus to create an open-hearted, supportive and joyful learning environment.

Tami Dawson (Intermediate Lyra, Advanced Lyra, Advanced Tissu)

Tami is an energetic and passionate trainer with an eye for detail and form. Her creative and at times complex skills and choreography encourage her students to strive to achieve their goals. She specialises in teaching advanced lyra and tissu, choreography, contortion and conditioning/rehabilitation.