Committee

Ellen Curtis (Chair)

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 from 2012 – 2015. She was also part of the Strategic Planning focus group in 2016. 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.

Korinne Brown (Vice Chair)

Korinne found Circus WOW through Acquired Taste, joining our choir group in Jan 2019. Initially drawn in by the idea of a “Circus Choir” and the Circus WOW philosophy, it was attending the 2019 Open Day that convinced her Circus WOW was something exceptional! Korinne was an early member of the Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) in South West Sydney, performing in two rock musicals as a teen before the family moved. The performance, storytelling and street theatre skills she gained with PYT have been useful in the most surprising places. Not least as an asset in professional public speaking engagements; helping her turn technical material often considered “dry and boring” into invitations to speak at other events.

Renata Field (Secretary)

Renata’s WOW story is coming soon!

Emma Khourey (Treasurer)

A Wollongong local,  Emma has made circus performance her career. Initially specialising in hula hoops, Emma extended her skills through long hard hours of study in China. Her most awesome trick is riding a giraffe unicycle while throwing something balanced on one foot into a bowl balanced on her head! Emma is a woman of many talents, a versatile clown and teacher  with growing experience as an Mistress of Ceremonies (MC). As her stage character, Tina Green, Emma MCed Portraits of WOW, providing funny and sensitive links between acts which ranged from lighthearted and silly to emotionally challenging. As Miss Wollongong she worked with stunt double, Nat Harris, setting everyone laughing at her flow of consciousness commentary to Nat on the lyra. Having directed a hoop and aerial act in the classes she teaches, she then had a quick change and joined in the energetically joyful Golden Gaytimes acrobalance act, the grand finale of the show. As well as teaching, Emma served on the Management Committee and as Training Coordinator in 2016.

Angela James (Committee Member)

Ange is a multi-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 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 took some time off in 2017 to enjoy the wonderful status of grandmother. Ange 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. Ange says “WOW is a great group for women”.

Jane Davis (Committee Member)

Jane has been a WOW woman since the beginning of time and for the last 18 years she has lived and breathed circus. Multi-talented, Jane developed a wide range of circus skills specialising in aerials and acrobalance. She can teach everything! Jane was the original teacher when WOW began classes for children. These quickly proved to be very popular and christened Half High. When Half High went to Circus Monoxide, Jane followed and was the Director of Circus Monoxide for a number of years. Jane’s hours of teaching then reducing greatly as she covered all the administration needed for a professional circus company, a move of premises and a changing world. Since having her children, Jane has continued teaching at both WOW and Monoxide. Over the years Jane has directed many acts and shows for both companies including I wanna be, And imagine…, One Really Big Circus Show, and recently, The silence we carry and Portraits of WOW. 

Sarah Fitzgerald (Committee Member)

Sarah’s WOW story is coming soon!

Laura Hammersley (Committee Member)

Laura’s WOW story is coming soon!

Kobie Clifton (Gigs Co-ordinator)

New to the area just a few years ago as a new mum with her first baby, Kobie found the WOW circus community helped her to settle in and find her feet in Wollongong. A talented aerialist, Kobie tries everything. She also does hoops, acrobalance and stilting. On the Circus WOW committee since 2016 and a member of the Strategic Planning focus group that year, Kobie juggles family commitments to two young sons and a hardworking husband with her uni study and WOW commitments. Kobie is always open about her boundaries but makes time to put up her hand to participate in gigs or assist with different jobs that need to be done. That has meant wearing baby son in a pouch while performing in a hoop act for an IWD event, bringing both boys to meetings, or taking a toddler for a walk in the pram to distribute WOW flyers. Contributions to the community for the good of all. Kobie is currently looking after WOW Gigs.