Meet the Team
Meet our dedicated staff members, committed to making Warehouse Circus the best it can be!
Aleshia began managing Warehouse Circus in 2010 when it was a small community organisation of around 140 participants. Across the past nine years, Aleshia has enjoyed the challenge of helping to grow the company to provide circus to over 550 people per week in Canberra, while still retaining Warehouse’s community spirit and uniqueness.
Aleshia’s passion comes from knowing first-hand the impact youth arts can have on a young person’s life, their sense of belonging, self-esteem and love of life-long learning. When she’s not running a circus, Aleshia is the frontwoman of local original alternative rock band, Second Sun, and is currently busy recording the band’s third album. She is also the mum of an active two-year-old, soon to be a Warehouse Circus Tiny Tuck! Photo credit: Andrew MacLean Photography
Ben has been involved with the Performing Arts since 2008, when he started performing with his local theatre company. Since then he has performed and done backstage work with a number of companies in Canberra and his hometown of Goulburn, including performing a show in the US for an international community theatre festival. Along the way he picked up some circus skills, mostly based around fire performance.
Ben has been at Warehouse Circus since 2017, when he took up the role of Finance Manager. Recently he has also taken on the Programs area. He is very passionate about circus and the performing arts, and the impact that the arts have on people’s lives.
In 1995 Tom started juggling and still likes it. Since beginning his circus journey with Arena Street Theatre and Warehouse Circus, Tom has graduated NICA, formed a few companies, travelled the country and the world with Solid State Circus, CircaNICA and Circus Oz, and coached for Westside, Oz, Warehouse, the Sandflies and the Fruit Flies.
He has also made and toured a few of his own shows, one of which won a couple of awards, which was nice.
Tom’s favourite thing to practice is hat juggling (see below for evidence), and favourite things to teach are pass juggling, acrobatics, and equilibristics.
Head of Training
Ashley grew up in Dubbo and did gymnastics for 6 years and then went on to became a qualified coach and judge in many areas of the sport. When she was 9 years old she started doing circus and specialised in stilt walking and acrobatics.
At the age of 13 she quit gymnastics to do more circus classes. When she was 19 she was offered a scholarship to study tumbling and coaching at the International Academy of Physical Education in Denmark doing performance tumbling and parkour and performed in the Olympic stadium in Berlin with the academy.
She moved to Canberra and joined Warehouse Circus in March 2018 and is now the Training Coordinator.
Head of Social Circus and Projects Coordinator
Isaac’s role at Warehouse is running and organising the Spin Out classes, Jump start programs and Assisted Place students. He specialises in Circus for Disability, working with people with differing abilities to still engage and learn from Circus. He has a few years’ experience coaching Gymnastics, and a few more coaching Circus. He can teach a bit of everything in the Circus space, but acrobatics and manipulations are his strong points. Isaac’s passion is Circus for Life skills training!
Head of Performance
Discovering theatre early, Idris filled his childhood with the Arts and theatre classes, before undertaking full time productions at the Lieder Theatre in Goulburn. Idris began his study of Circus at Circo Arts in New Zealand in 2006, where he trained in basic circus skills. Idris continued his professional development, training as a Clown and Juggler at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, completing his Bachelor of Circus Arts in 2009.
Idris has since become a full time performer and producer within the circus and comedy scene,
touring numerous shows globally to sold out audiences. Some career highlights include starring in a Vegemite TV commercial, performing for the crown prince of Brunei, and he holds several world records including longest two-man cartwheel.
Projects Administrator and Head Trainer
Currently a project coordinator and circus trainer, Ellen started circus with Aerialize in Sydney as a member of their Youth Troupe. Then completing a Cert III in Circus Arts at NICA alongside her final years of school and is currently studying at the ANU.
In the last couple of years, she has had the opportunity to work with the National Folk Festival, Catapult Youth Circus Festival, National Youth Circus Symposium, Sydney Festival, Solid State Circus and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts in teaching, performing and occasional hiding behind a desk. Specializing in all things aerials and enjoys teaching everything.
Head Trainer, Graphic Designer, and Online Content Manager
Known well in Canberra as the Circus Style Showgirl, Sian has been a performer her entire life!
Sian specialises in hula hooping, fire eating, and sideshow feats. Her circus shows have taken her across the country, featuring at the National Folk Festival; Adelaide, Melbourne, Townsville, and Newcastle Fringe Festivals; Floriade Festival; and many more!
Siân believes that taking a new approach to traditional props is the best way to learn, so expect something unexpected in any of her lessons!
Assistant Trainer and Aerial Specialist
Keeley grew up at Circus Arts in Byron Bay, which is where she both made her first flying trapeze catch, catch out of safety lines, and caught someone herself for the first time. It is also where she obtained her Flying Trapeze Coach Stage 1 qualification, and performed as part of the performance troupe in the opening act for the Tasmanian Circus Festival in 2017. She moved to Canberra at the start of 2019, and started working at Warehouse. Keeley loves engaging with classes and helping kids to zero in on improving their skills.!