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. 

Tyson Wallent

Artforms - ground based circus, diabolo & juggling, sound & light design

Tyson was born in Darwin and started doing circus at Corrugated Iron in 2011. Since then he has worked as a ground based circus tutor and performer, specialising in diabolo and juggling, performing in shows such as Lucid Encounters, Corrosion and Risky Business. Tyson's worked in several communities such as Belyuen, Wadeye, Binjari and Jilkminnigan. He also works in live production, specialising in sound and lighting and loves creating music of various different genres. He has travelled to locations such as Katherine, Alice Springs and Wollongong to work with other companies such as Circus Katmandu, Circus Monoxide and Incite Arts. A regular at the Catapult Youth Circus Festival, he's also been selected to perform at the National Folk Festival in 2019. 

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.

Rochelle Cabry

Artforms - dance

Originally from Darwin, 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 is now teaching/choreographing 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 Top End. 

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.

Luca Ruddsievers

Artforms - aerial & basic ground-based circus, drama

Luca has been an aerial circus student at Corrugated Iron for 9 years and over that time she has had the pleasure of getting to know many artists. Through Corrugated Iron Luca has been able to take part in many amazing performances including working with Circus Kathmandu and performing at Brown’s Mart. Corrugated Iron is a safe place where Luca can be expressive and creative while feeling like an artist and not just a ‘High Schooler’.

Teaching aerial is my first job and I am so lucky to be able to work with amazing students and other tutors, there is no place I'd rather work. - Luca Ruddsievers

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.

Haylee Wright

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

Haylee is an emerging artist who dreams of taking the stage as a professional actress. She currently teaches drama at Corrugated Iron. Haylee works with a wide range of ages and loves engaging the young creators through fun and positive experiences. She enjoys clowning, children’s entertainment, balloon manipulation and is an avid participant in Corrugated Iron’s 18-30 Drama Ensemble.

Merlene Hutt

Artforms - aerial & ground-based circus 

This bubbly personality has been involved in Corrugated Iron since 2014 as a participant and has been an aerial and ground-based circus tutor since 2015. Merlene brings with her over ten years of gymnastics and dancing experience. She is always willing to try new things and isn’t afraid to be the centre of attention. 

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. 

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.


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