Nikki brings a wealth of professional knowledge and experience to the Corrugated Iron team as a circus artist, rigger and tutor. Originally from the UK, Nikki has collaborated with aerial and circus companies on an international level, creating new work for theatre and festival environments. Nikki has been Circus Program Manager at Corrugated Iron since 2011, working with young people in schools and out, in both local and remote areas. She is also a Creative Advisor for Circus Kathmandu. Nikki has her feet firmly planted in the sky and fully expects to keep them there!
Aerial, Circus, Visual Arts
Kyle is a director, performer and theatre maker having worked with companies around Australia including Queensland Arts Council/ArtsLink, Darwin Community Arts, Brown's Mart Theatre, Darwin Festival, Polyglot, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, HotHouse Theatre and Canberra Youth Theatre. For the Starlight Children's Foundation Kyle worked as a performer clowning in hospitals around Australia as well as remote communities across the Northern Territory. Kyle was most recently Associate Artist at The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Australia’s National Youth Circus.
Thomas has been learning and playing at Corrugated Iron since his early teens, and he now endeavours to share those wonderful experiences with new students as he runs drama classes and workshops. Thomas is also an avid film maker, and he loves to develop, share and teach aspects of film.
Hemlock has been performing professionally for 25 years. His company Solid State Circus still tours nationally. Hemlock was part of Corrugated Iron’s first circus project where he began to learn how to shape his sports acrobatics skills into entertaining circus. His personal skill set includes high-level acrobatics, fire manipulation, equilibrist work, stilt dancing and mini-tramp. His career highlights include performing with the Australian Opera Company (1996), The National English Ballet (1999), working on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony, teaching at NICA (2010), Performing in the Middle East, Canada, New Zealand, Vanuatu and tutoring for Corrugated Iron Youth Arts.
Circus, Drama, Clowning
Cat grew up in rural England and trained in the UK in both drama and dance. Cat is co-founder of the Shakespearian production company 'TaiNTed Theatre' which recently had a successful season of Taming of The Shrew (2021). Cat is a passionate arts advocate and enjoys branching out and creating and preforming her own artistic works, drawing on her life experiences and arts background. A Brown's Mart Artists Residency in 2019 and work as producer, assistant director, script supervisor and stage manager, have ensured Cat is a multi-skilled artist. Cat also helps to drive local arts growth and engagement by working as a teaching artist within the local community.
This firecracker is passionately into experimental performance art, multi-disciplinary collaborations, and cross-cultural projects. Her interests are as much about the process of creation, as in the end results. Recent initiatives, Nibbles Theatre, Ritual Opera and Movement Lab in Darwin and Indonesia, focused on immersive art experiences in unusual places, creating site-specific performance art that reflects the truth of the moment and the strong connection between creativity and spirituality. Corrugated Iron Youth Arts first stoked that creative fire. As a youngster, she joined in drama, circus, dance and singing workshops when the Corrugated Iron base was at the water tank at Stokes Hill Wharf.
Aerial, Circus, Visual arts, Dance, Puppetry
Scott is a theatre director, actor and dramaturge working since graduating in 1991. In 2003 he created Vicious Fish Theatre which has produced shows in all capital cities in Australia, as well as London and Edinburgh. Before relocating to Darwin from Melbourne he was Artistic Director for two inclusive theatre companies for people with mixed abilities. His latest show "Robert In Crisis" won the Performance Award from Darwin Fringe, 2019.
Robbie Hoad first walked into the office of Corrugated Youth Arts in 1990. He had studied Educational Theatre at Adelaide Uni with Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Festival founder, Frank Ford. During the 90's he toured Arnhemland as a musician with Corro's original show for Indigenous Young People 'Heartbeat of the Earth' and, along with Hemlock Mejarne, created Corro's first Circus Program. Since then Rob has delivered innumerable drama, circus, video, animation and percussion classes throughout the NT and dramaturged several major productions for Corro. He has also worked extensively as a performer and tutor with companies like Marrugeku, Wagtale Creative, Darwin Theatre Company, 32 Degrees, Zen Zen Zo, Alice Springs Desert Patrol and plays Barry Brown in the outrageous cabaret funk band Barry Brown and the GetDown.
Drama, Circus, Film, Percussion
"It feels special to come full circle and be a teaching artist at CIYA now, sharing an ongoing love of the arts with young people."
Sarah is a Darwin-based independent theatre maker, performer and producer. Sarah graduated from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Ohio and while in the states was a member of The Berkshire Theatre Festival Apprentice Company. In Australia, Sarah has performed in a national tour of The Hurting Game for Brainstorm Productions, The Musicians for ATYP, The Laramie Project for Black Swan State Theatre Company, How I Learned to Drive, for Mockingbird Theatre Company. Sarah devised and performed in Duck, Duck, Goose!, Pollyanna, Public Space and for her own production company Ruby Gaytime Productions, she wrote four theatre shows; Best, Short Change, Death Party and This Jew Sits.
Nyasha is a member of our Drama in Performance Ensemble in Palmerston. She has part of the chorus in Mr Takahashi [and other falling secrets] which was a fantastic experience. As well as Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies. Nyasha has also appeared in Corrugated Iron commercials and was part of the CUSP performance which had seasons in Darwin and Sydney. When not reading scripts, Nyasha is busy umpiring football.
If you are looking for someone who has done it all - look no further than Anais, who has tried both drama and ground based circus and is currently an aerialist in Circus Troupe. “I joined Corro because I have always loved performing, and Corro opens so many opportunities for me to do that with other young people who have similar passions.” When not at CIYA, Anais puts her skills to the test with rollerskating and laser tag.
Aerial, Circus, Drama
Jinu Mathew is a teacher, psychologist, professional dancer and choreographer living in Darwin. Having choreographed various programs in Australia, India, Switzerland and Saint Luci, she started her dance school – Transwings Dance Studio in 2016. Since then she has been working with Indigenous communities in Northern Territory with her cross-cultural dance workshops. Jinu fuses Afro-Jazz, Bollywood, Indian Classical, Kathak, Bachata, Soca Caribbean and Contemporary dance forms creating a highly charged and energetic workshops. Jinu Mathew uses the traditional origins of dance and cultural exchange to inspire communication.
Luth is an experienced circus performer, coach & administrator. She began her circus adventure at age 6 as part of a school circus program and has never looked back. From working as the administration manager for Ruccis Circus, to artistic director of the Melbourne Juggling Convention, stage manager at the Mullum Circus festival to project manager for Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Luth has worked in many different areas of the circus community, backed by a degree in Arts and Event Management from Monash & Victoria Universities.
Tim Sinclair is a specialist performing arts and music teacher with over 20 years performing arts teaching experience in Australia and the UK. Tim has completed both a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. Tim is also a performance artist and has travelled around Australia and overseas sharing concerts and theatre musicals in places such as the Edinburgh, Adelaide and Auckland Fringe Festivals and the Byron Bay, Woodford and National Folk Festivals. Tim believes that learning through the arts can provide rich and unique opportunities and experiences. It can develop patience, persistence, resilience and confidence and he is passionate about providing these opportunities here with Corrugated Iron.
Leo Sinclair is a Corrugated Iron tutor already with many years of teaching and performing experience. Leo joins the Corro team in Darwin having moved from Canberra where he performed with the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Arts. Leo loves creating characters and stories with an ensemble. He is always looking for new ideas, games and creative ways to share his passion for the performing arts. Drama gave Leo confidence and many positive connections here in the Territory and he is enjoying the opportunity to help others to discover these experiences with Corrugated Iron.
Matthew has been a part of the Corrugated Iron drama and acting scene since he was in middle school, performing a range of different scripts from modern works to Shakespeare. This creative lifestyle led Matthew to journey south and study a performing arts degree, returning to Darwin and Corrugated Iron with a newfound passion for the arts. Now Matthew imparts that knowledge to many young drama enthusiasts in drama workshops, potentially saving them thousands of dollars in university fees. When asked where he feels most comfortable, Matthew responded with, “Under the spotlight, making a fool out of myself. And also in bed, but leave that part out please.”
"Wanting to help people to find their voice and confidence in themselves is honestly why I teach.
The arts can be a tough career choice, but it's a valid and wonderful one."
Bethany started off in artistic gymnastics, then tried rhythmic gymnastics, however neither felt quite right. She always had an interest in aerial circus, but as a child thought the only way to do that was to 'run away with the circus'. As soon as she found out about classes at Corrugated Iron Youth Arts around 2009, she jumped right on board and never looked back. In 2017 she completed a Certificate IV in Circus Arts at NICA where she trained a range of disciplines including tumbling, acrobatics, manipulation, handstands, doubles trapeze, performance, ballet, hip hop, and tissu as her specialty.
Aerial, Circus, Dance
Jarrah has been an avid Corrugated Iron enthusiast since he was seven. He was a part of many upon many productions, including, but not limited too, Risky Business, Lucid Encounters, two years of Unbroken Land, and Lord Of The Flies. He spends his free time wondering whether or not he should do anything with the free time he has. Corrugated Iron gave him so many experiences, and friends in the community.
El’s first love has always been theatre, followed by her passion in dance. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in performance and has a graduate cert in teaching. She works across different ages including youth with disabilities through drama and dance. Since moving to Darwin she has performed with Brown's M art, Corrugated Iron, Jute, Knock Em Down Theatre, ATYP, Darwin Community Arts, Darwin festival and local short films. She believes that arts should be accessible to anyone and for all abilities. And through Corrugated Iron she is grateful to have the opportunity to share her love of performance to everyone from schools to communities.
Sammy has been part of Corrugated Iron for about a decade and is a member of the Circus Troupe. He has represented Australia at International Skipping Competitions and brings this awesome talent into the circus space. Sammy has been part of productions including Risky Business, Lucid Encounters and Lord of the Flies . Sammy has just begun his teaching career with the Corrugated Iron Rockets.