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.
Training Coordinator and Head Trainer
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.
Projects Coordinator and Head Trainer
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 Trainer and Marketing, Impact and Events Assistant
Siân has spent her whole life on the stage. Starting her professional career with the Sydney City Ballet Company at 14, she quickly discovered her love for entertaining ran deeper than dance and so began exploring the magical world of circus.
For the last three years Siân has been a travelling events entertainer, bringing her signature explosive pyrotechnics acts to every corner of the country. She adores anything that spins, and specialises in manipulations such as hoops, poi, fans, and staves.
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!
Michael’s first taste of Circus was in 2005 with a Warehouse Circus School Holiday Program, after which he progressed to the troupe for beginner and intermediate teens, later renamed Beetroots. While attending the Warehouse Circus core program, Michael participated in several Unicycling Championships, including the Australian Unicycle Nationals (UNINATS) and the Mountain Unicycle (MUNI) weekend.
In 2009 Michael started his own Circus company “Procrastination Circus”, where he performed street shows that included fire and danger-style stunts, until 2012 when he eventually left Warehouse Circus in pursuit of his solo performing career. Since then Michael has lived and performed in Melbourne, performing under the name “MADMICK” up until his eventual retirement in 2016, which set the stage for his eventual return to his roots in a position with Warehouse Circus in 2019.
Gavin has been a trainer at Warehouse Circus for 5 years, starting as a student at the University of Canberra High School Kaleen in their elective circus program. Gavin specialises in juggling, currently working on juggling 7 balls. He takes pride in bringing lots of energy to the classes he teaches.
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.!