Teaching Artists

Nikki Jeffries

Artforms - aerial & ground-based circus, visual arts,

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! 

Kyle Walmsley

Artforms - directing, acting, circus

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 Midena

Artforms - drama, acting, film making, directing

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 Mejarne

Artforms - clowning, ground-based circus, stilt walking, drama

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, mini-tramp and a smattering of basic skills across the gamut of circus and performance. 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.

Cat Hart

Artforms - drama, dance, acting

Cat grew up in rural England and trained in the UK in both Drama and dance. After leaving preforming arts school Cat worked in London before leaving the UK and then settling in Australia and raising her family. She returned to acting and dance fully when her three boys began school. Recent acting credits include Henrietta, The Hollow (Darwin Theatre Company, 2019) Ruth, Cosi (Browns Mart Productions, 2019), Rod, The Northerners (SPARK Films, 2019), Robin Hood, Robin hood retold (taiNTed Theatre Company, 2019)  Elizabeth Proctor, The Crucible (Browns Mart Productions, 2018), Clea, Black Comedy (Darwin Theatre Company 2018), Clover, Animal Farm (CIYA 2018), Mary, Voices of Remembrance (Darwin Chorale 2018) and Ellen Ryan, Eliza Tuckwell and Iris Bald, Character Tours (Walk Darwin Tours 2018). 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. Recently gaining a place at the Browns Marts Artists Residency for 2019 and currently heavily engaged with expanding her skills sets to engage with professional crew work on both film and stage sets, including work as Producer, assistant director and script supervisor and roles as a stage manager, 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.

Felicity Wardle

Artforms - ground-based & aerial circus, creative & visual arts, puppetry, physical theatre, circus, contemporary dance, poetry, photography.

This fire cracker 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.

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.

Scott Gooding
Artforms - Acting, directing, drama, comedy, improvisation, script dramaturge

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 2 inclusive theatre companies for people with mixed abilities. His latest show "Robert In Crisis" won the Performance Award from Darwin Fringe, 2019.

Sarah Reuben
Artforms - Writer, actor, improvisor

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 and performed in Pippin, Wind in the Willows, Willey and the Hairy Man, Say Something and The Book of Five Rings. 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. Her improvisation credits include; Shakesprovisation, Show and Tell, The Big Hoo Haa; Gladiators, Danger Hour, Cliffhanger and Impro Sketch. Sarah is current member of the improvised comedy troupe The Big Hoo Haa, Barefaced Storytellers and SPUN. Most recently Sarah co-created, produces and performs with the nationally touring show Shania Choir.

Nikki Daire
Artforms - Aerial circus

Nikki (aka Nikki Two) has been playing with Corrugated Iron since 2015 and became an assistant aerial circus instructor in 2019. As a child, she loved climbing on things and hanging upside-down. Nikki wanted to be a gymnast when she grew up, but somehow ended up as an engineer instead. She does aerial circus to compensate for her crushed childhood dreams. She still loves climbing things and hanging upside-down.

Tony Rive

Artforms - acting, directing, drama

Tony’s theatre credits include Wait Until Dark (MTC), Barry Dickens’ Squizzy Taylor and Ben Ellis’ Outpatients (La Mama), Not About Heroes, The Tyrone Gallery and Ferlinghetti’s Autobiography (WAX), Closer (Milkbar), The Crucible and Forced Legacy (Brown’s Mart). Shakespearean roles include Iago (Othello, Aardvark), Banquo (Macbeth, Arthouse), The Tempest and Hamlet (Merri Shakespeare) and 19 years with the Australian Shakespeare Co. (ASC) playing the likes of Andrew Aguecheek (Twelfth Night), Touchstone (As You Like It), Rosse (Macbeth), Mr. Toad (Wind in the Willows) and Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Tony was also a co- conspirator in the highly successful Aardvark Pub Theatre. His directing credits include Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist (DTC), Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce (DCA), the self-devised Pen & the Sword (theatre ad absurdum at Brown’s Mart), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Corrugated Iron) and the award-winning Vaudeville Knockout for the Darwin Fringe Festival. Tony has also taught Shakespeare workshops for well over a decade with the ASC and, more recently, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts. He has just returned from Europe having directed/ facilitated a production of Much Ado with a student cast for the Prague Festival. 

Koko Lawton

Artforms - acting, drama

Koko has been part of the Drama Program at Corrugated Iron for many years and was one of the original members of the Play Building Ensemble which toured Technology For Oldies to Sydney in 2011. Koko has helped lead activities at the annual Library workshops Corrugated Iron runs in January and has appeared in a number of Corrugated Iron commercials and performances. 

Hannah Illingworth

Artforms - visual arts and crafts

Hannah is a visual arts facilitator, event producer and community arts worker from WA. Calling Darwin home she has lived and worked in regional communities such as Bedourie, Mount Isa and Broken Hill. She loves the NT and is driven by the opportunity to see people try something new. Through visual arts she believes we can communicate more than we do with words and whether it's a funny scribble or long drawn out paintings, she knows that the arts allow us to be present. Her methods are focused on holistic sustainability, equitable engagement and teaching self responsibility through practice development.

Nyasha Ogden

Artforms - acting, drama

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 worked in Corrugated Iron commercials and is part of the CUSP performance which is touring Australia. When not reading scripts, Nyasha is busy umpiring football.

Zephyr Davis

Artforms - ground-based circus

Zeph is a young, confident & enthusiastic creative, who’s been involved with Corrugated Iron for almost a decade. His involvement spans performing, teaching and running workshops, in both urban settings and remote communities. He has been a part of a range of productions and collaborations including Risky Business, Unbroken Land, Moveable Feast and Performance Menu, just to name a few.

Harrison Port

Artforms - acting, drama

Harrison has been a member of the Drama Ensemble in Palmerston for many years and joined the Champions in 2018. In 2017 Harrison was part of the Bamboo Moon production, a definite career highlight to date and an amazing experience. Drama has always been a hobby of Harrison's and he believes Corrugated Iron has helped him achieve the right path as he loves being part of the "Corro" community. Other recent gigs include Love's Labour's Lost [2018] and Lord of the Flies [2019.

Rochelle Cabry

Artforms - dance

Originally from Darwin, Rochelle now lives and works in Katherine. Rochelle is primarily a hip hop dancer but has also studied in contemporary, jazz and ballet. Since completing her studies (specialising in hip hop) Rochelle has worked and studied as a dancer throughout Europe and Australia and has taught/choreographed across the Northern Territory. With a heavy focus on the history, technique and freestyle aspect of hip hop, Rochelle is working on sharing her knowledge of hip hop dance and culture with the youth of the Territory. 


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