Circus WOW is a not for profit organisation governed by an committed elected members. The members of the 2017 Management Committee are:
Fiona McKay – Chair
Fiona has been Circus groupie for nearly 15 years, commencing with Circus Monoxide when her daughter Shona started classes, and later joined WOW in 2014 through the ‘Tina Turnover’ class for women over 40. Fiona has always felt at home with the circus community taking in various classes over the years and attending the Bubbles Ball, Viva la Gong and The Vault performances at Port Kembla. As a local school teacher, Fiona organised Circus for Sport workshop for students with autism, showing the teens that adults too can have a go at new things.Using her skills as a published author, Fiona stepped up her involvement in WOW to help share the workload amongst the few committee members, where she organised various promotional material. Fiona has been Chair of the committee since 2016, where the work continues to be satisfying because of the fun, creative community of women (and not her serious lack of co-ordination, flexibility and fitness).
Gabrielle Quigley – Vice Chair
Gabrielle is a local Visual Arts and History teacher, who has worked across government, private and ‘alternative’ schools as well as UNSW and various museums and galleries. She loves to combine her skills in artmaking with storytelling and has taken her storytelling to playgroups, pre-schools, the classroom even as far as dinner parties. Gabrielle joined Circus in 2017 after being lured in by Angela to be part of the Performance Club, just in time for an International Women’s Day gig in Wollongong. Since then, she has found Stilts classes to be her new thrill.
Ellen Curtis – Secretary
Since Ellen started at Heidi’s Hula Hoop class in 2009 she has been Hooked! Being new in town, Ellen appreciated the Circus WOW community which provided a creative, exciting and dynamic group of new pals. Ellen enjoys the range of classes on offer and has tried a bit of everything. In particular, Ellen has loved performing, and highlights have been performing in the Petit Grande at Viva with the Clowning and Adagio groups in 2015, and as an aerialist in Shakespeare Fantasia in 2013, as well as a variety of duo and group Hoop acts over the years. Notably, in 2016 Ellen performed at 8.5 months pregnant in One Really Big Circus Show – not even the excitement of that could induce labour on time! In the new phase of being a mum to Josie, Ellen continues to enjoy performance opportunities, and Josie seems to like being part of the act too. Ellen has been on the Circus WOW committee since 2010, and was President for a few years from 2012 – 2015. Ellen is committed to Circus WOW as a women’s organisation, as it enables women to explore their physicality, strengths, creativity, and vulnerabilities in a safe, encouraging environment.
Sharon Pusell – Treasurer
A trained screen printer and mosaic artist Sharon has been a supporter of and contributor to the cultural development of Wollongong for many years, recently helping to organise the Love, art, music, politics, festival at Mt. Keira. She is also a seasoned social and political campaigner who has been involved in many campaigns such as those to improve the rights of women, the unemployed and refugees. Her daughter’s interest in circus classes many years ago alerted her to the presence of WOW. However in wasn’t until 2015 that she joined a hoop class and became an active member.
She has since joined the performance group but hoops are still her first love.
Ella Whyman – Bookkeeper
Libby Bloxham – Gigs manager
Kobie Clifton – Committee member
Chantel Pickett – Committee member
Angela James – Committee member
Ange is a mulit-talented woman – beautiful seamstress, shoe maker, philanthropist, and psychologist whom has been with WOW for many years. She enjoys costuming for Circus WOW, especially the clowning. She has made the shoes and most of the clown costumes for One Really Big Circus Show in 2016. Ange has been making costumes for over 40 years, and shoe making for 10 years. She attends the Performance Club and clowning classes but has taken some time off this year to enjoy the wonderful status of grandmother. She has been on the committee for many years, usually taking care of matters pertaining to renting and organisation of spaces. It was through Ange, we were lucky to come under the great umbrella of SwitchFit Gym and the generous Tom and Terri Bowen. “WOW is a great group for women”.