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.
Honora is deeply committed to social circus and, more recently to Holistic Circus Therapy which combines Occupational Therapy with circus arts to address the unique health and well-being needs of individuals and communities. She is also a seasoned performer, specialising in vocals and physical character, trained in improvisation, circus and physical theatre. In her work with children and community groups, Honora also uses a combination of creative, performance and circus skills to bring out the best in all. A WOWer from way back and sometimes trainer at WOW and Monoxide, Honora has also served the local circus community in the role of Stage Manager for a number of shows including One Really Big Circus Show. Honora has developed a business directed at creating opportunities through shared learning experiences. She sees herself as a facilitator working with individuals and groups within the community.
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.
Neisha is a young and vibrant physical theatre director, actor, circus entertainer and educator whose performance style blends a unique mix of physical performance and character hilarity. She enjoys the genuineness of performance and endeavours to make her work entertaining, fun and completely unforgettable! She is as comfortable high in sky hanging people from her neck as she is balancing on one foot and juggling knives! Neisha is a well established MC and her other physical skills include juggling a range of objects, Spanish web, slack rope, MCeeing, comedy and she performs dare devil stunts like the neck hang of destruction and playing her ukulele upside down in a tank full of water! Neisha graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Theatre and Media) in Australia and holds a Diploma of Circus Arts from the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New Zealand. She has worked for many national and international companies and festivals. She performed for over 30,000 people in Christchurch’s annual Santa Parade and performed in the famous Spiegletent in Circus Monoxide’s production of Built. See Neisha’s website for more details.