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 led the Circus Program 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 relocating, settling in Australia and raising her family, Cat 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. 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.

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 two 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.

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. 

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 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.

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].

Joseph Baronio

Artforms - acting, circus, film

Joseph is an actor and circus performer who works with Corrugated Iron in drama, circus and film. Joseph is a seasoned unicyclist, having competed nationally and internationally, and is currently the national unicycling champion. Specialising in film with a degree in Media Arts from Flinders University, Joseph has been involved in many film projects locally and interstate. Joseph continues to work in the performing arts industry and loves using his expertise to help others.

Luca Rudd Sievers

Artforms - circus, aerial

Luca Rudd Sievers has been teaching as a Circus Tutor since 2017, but has been a student at Corrugated Iron Youth Arts since 2007! She has primarily taught Aerial Circus but has recently started developing her skills as a ground based circus tutor! 

Jinu Mathew

Artforms - dance, choreography, yoga

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.She has been involved in events such as Darwin Festival, Seabreeze Festival, Malandarri Festival – Borroloola,Harmony events, Galiwin’ku Festival,Mahbilil Festival(Jabiru) and Bak’bididi Festival – Ramingining. Dancer and choreographer Jinu Mathew takes students on a dance odyssey that facilitates cultural exchange through the celebration of dance. 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 Wolff

Artforms - circus, stilt walking, arts administration

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

Artforms - drama, music, theatre

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 and his studies have taken him across Australia from Charles Darwin University to the Australian National University in Canberra. Tim is also a performance artist with interests in music and theatre 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

Artforms - drama, acting

Leo Sinclair is a Corrugated Iron tutor already with two years teaching and 4 years performing experience at age 10. 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 Rowe

Artforms - drama, acting

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.”

El Ibo

Artforms – acting, dance & movement.

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.

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