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Our Trainers

Our team of trainers come from a diverse background: many are professional circus performers based in Adelaide; often they are ex-Cirkidz themselves. When companies travel through Adelaide we often run masterclasses and one-offs with guest artists. We also regularly welcome touring artists and trainers on exchange from other Australian companies to take Masterclasses and Circus School training while they're in town.

Our carefully selected team of trainers are excellent at creating a fun and friendly environment where children are made to feel safe and comfortable in trying new things and developing their skills. All of our trainers are compassionate and approachable leaders, ensuring an environment where students can feel confident in seeking help or clarification.

Cirkidz also brings in trainers from complimentary disciplines including elite-level gymnastics coaches, dancers and actors, to ensure our Circus School students get a well-rounded performance and technical education.

In addition, we have an emerging trainee program where young people interested in developing their skills can become trainee trainers ... and ultimately fully qualified trainers in their own right.

Jonathon Dragt Artist Development Co-ordinator
Jonathan Dragt is a circus performer, trainer and director with more than 14 years of experience in the professional circus scene. He started his circus journey at Cirkidz in 2005. Since then he has performed as a flying trapeze artist in Thailand and Indonesia and as an acrobat across Australia, England and Belgium. Jonathan has directed shows with Circus schools in Adelaide, Cairns, Byron Bay, London and different parts of Belgium and has worked with circus schools in Italy, Finland, and Estonia.  He was 50% of hand-to-hand Duo “Jono and Nikki” in London and created Belgium’s Parkour Performance troupe ‘Bounce’. More recently he was one of the founding acrobats for local circus company “Outside the Lines Circus”. Jonathan’s specialities are hand-to-hand, partner acrobatics, trapeze, duo trapeze, games in circus and performance craft. Jonathan now works as Artist Development Coordinator for the South Australian Circus Centre – Home of Cirkidz, and is one of the Head Trainers for Lolly Jar Circus.

Clo Mudrik
Clo Mudrik has worked as a performer, strength and conditioning trainer and rigger with companies around the world( La Fura Dels Baus/Spain, T.S.O/Argentina. Marragekus, Stalker Theatre/Australia and NZ, Cia.Circo Minimo/Brazil, Circodelico/Brazil, Teatro da Vertigem/Brazil). She been researching about movement since 1981 after doing years of competitive gymnastics and Laban Technique of Body Expression. She got in touch with Capoeira and through the “Brazilian Martial Art” she travelled many countries performing and teaching. The passion for movement lead Clo to get into the School of Physical Education of the University of São Paulo where she achieved the Bachelor Degree in Human Movement with a Post grade in Teaching (Australian and New Zealand recognized) and created a PE curriculum based on the use of Capoeira, Circus Skills, Recreational Games and Dance which was presented in various Educational Congresses in South America. Clo entered at Acrobatico Fratelli’s Circus School in 1993 where she found herself in a magic world of Circus and getting in touch with different types of artistic expressions (Contact Improvisation Jams Sessions, Physical Theatre, New and Harness Dance.)

Ella Fenwick
is a NICA graduate and has performed in circuses such as Cirque du Soleil and the Moscow circus as a professional trapeze artist. You can also see Ella representing SA in the latest Qantas inflight safety video. 

Marina Gellmann
Marina Gellmann, 22, has been involved with circus for 17 years as a performer, artist and trainer. She first started circus classes at age 5 in the Tackerz program at Cirkidz, before entering the Performance Troupe in 2010.  Marina is currently producing and directing shows within her own award winning company, Point & Flex Circus, which she founded in 2012. Point and Flex Circus have four touring shows including their latest production, Boss Squad. Where 5 fearless females hit the stage performing stereotypically male dominated disciples, as a work that highlights the strength of female artists.  Marina specializes in juggling, sideshow, teeter board, acrobatics, guitar and singing/ song writing. She has performed roving and stage performances across the country, in various schools, festivals and events such as WomAdelaide, Adelaide Fringe, Oz Asia Festival, Tour Down Under, Woodford Folk Festival, Circus Oz Sidesault festival, Melbourne Fringe and many more. Marina is just as talented off the stage as on. Her skills and knowledge as a circus and performance coach really shine through. She has been teaching at Cirkidz for 6 years and is now a senior trainer, runs the Live Wirez program as part of the performance program and is the go to coach for regional workshops and inclusivity and outreach programs. Marina was also Assistant Director to Joshua Hoare for the Cirkidz production of In The Shadows, which played at the festival Centre 2018.   In addition, Marina has a keen eye for set and prop building along with the carpentry skills to make this possible. So when not performing or coaching you will often find her in a workshop somewhere creating intricate set pieces or apparatus for the kids she teaches.

Andy Whitehead Tumble, Trampolining, and Parkour Coach
Andy Whitehead has recently joined the Cirkids teaching team, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge, a broad range of skills, and years of teaching and movement training experience. He began training parkour eight years ago, and since then his expertise has expanded to include tumble, trampolining, and hand balancing. His love for movement is clear in the passion that he brings to teaching, and his willingness to take on new projects. These have included stunt work and acting with award winning South Australian filmmakers Fury Fingers, filming with Athletes Foot to release a back-to-school advertisement, live performances for movement hub Point A, and pop up performances across Adelaide for various private companies. Andy currently teaches and trains at Cirkids, and loves the enthusiasm students bring to Cirkids and the knowledge-sharing between coaches and students alike.

Jonathon Dragt Artist Development Co-ordinator
Jonathan Dragt is a circus performer, trainer and director with more than 14 years of experience in the professional circus scene. He started his circus journey at Cirkidz in 2005. Since then he has performed as a flying trapeze artist in Thailand and Indonesia and as an acrobat across Australia, England and Belgium. Jonathan has directed shows with Circus schools in Adelaide, Cairns, Byron Bay, London and different parts of Belgium and has worked with circus schools in Italy, Finland, and Estonia.  He was 50% of hand-to-hand Duo “Jono and Nikki” in London and created Belgium’s Parkour Performance troupe ‘Bounce’. More recently he was one of the founding acrobats for local circus company “Outside the Lines Circus”. Jonathan’s specialities are hand-to-hand, partner acrobatics, trapeze, duo trapeze, games in circus and performance craft. Jonathan now works as Artist Development Coordinator for the South Australian Circus Centre – Home of Cirkidz, and is one of the Head Trainers for Lolly Jar Circus.

Joel Osborne Circus School Trainer Coordinator & Early Years Lead Trainer
Joel Osborne, has been involved with Cirkidz for the past eighteen years. Starting as a student in the Circus School, he spent time as a performer before joining the training staff and eventually teaching every age and skill level across the school. During that time he was involved with a variety of performance and pedagogical projects both at Cirkidz and in conjunction with other arts organisations; mounting an award-winning Adelaide Fringe season with the Rambutan Circus Collective, studying social circus with Cirque Du Monde as part of NICA’s outreach program, leading the development of Cirkidz’ preschool-age classes, running the company’s in-house performance event Circus Maximus, and teaching thousands of hours across Circus School classes and external workshops. Like many circus professionals, Joel has adopted a variety of roles in the course of his career: student, trainer, director, stage manager, project planner, agent, handler, administrator, customer service / front of house staffer, and many more. Currently he splits his time between leading Cirkidz’ Early Years program for students age 2.5 - 5 and running the on-floor operations of the Circus School - both roles that require excellent communication, creativity, flexibility and organisation.

Katie Wright
Kate has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Dance and Drama from Deakin Univeristy and a Diploma of Circus from CircoArts after training as a youngster with Adelaide’s Cirkidz Youth Circus.  In 2013 Kate scored the role as ‘Mimi’ in ABC KIDS popular TV series ‘Hoopla Doopla’. She featured as a series regular in all 52 episodes. Since the show aired, Kate has toured Hoopla Doopla as a part of the ‘Giggle and Friends’ tour presented by Live Nation. Kate has performed in 21 countries since she started touring in 2005.  She is a co founder of hilarious double act ‘OzStar Airlines’ which toured full time on the international festival circuit for 6 years and is still being performed coming into its 10th year since it was created. Some festival highlights include The London National Theatre’s ‘Watch this Space’ program, (UK)  Oerol Festival (NL), Festival of Fools (IE), Stockton International Riverside Festival (UK), Karavaan Festival (NL) and Passage Festival (Denmark).

Clo Mudrik
Clo Mudrik has worked as a performer, strength and conditioning trainer and rigger with companies around the world( La Fura Dels Baus/Spain, T.S.O/Argentina. Marragekus, Stalker Theatre/Australia and NZ, Cia.Circo Minimo/Brazil, Circodelico/Brazil, Teatro da Vertigem/Brazil). She been researching about movement since 1981 after doing years of competitive gymnastics and Laban Technique of Body Expression. She got in touch with Capoeira and through the “Brazilian Martial Art” she travelled many countries performing and teaching. The passion for movement lead Clo to get into the School of Physical Education of the University of São Paulo where she achieved the Bachelor Degree in Human Movement with a Post grade in Teaching (Australian and New Zealand recognized) and created a PE curriculum based on the use of Capoeira, Circus Skills, Recreational Games and Dance which was presented in various Educational Congresses in South America. Clo entered at Acrobatico Fratelli’s Circus School in 1993 where she found herself in a magic world of Circus and getting in touch with different types of artistic expressions (Contact Improvisation Jams Sessions, Physical Theatre, New and Harness Dance.)

Russell Morris
Russell Morris is currently a Circus Arts Trainer at SA Circus Centre – Home of Cirkidz, Bowden South. Russell grew up as a gymnast, dancer and competitive trampolinist, training with South Australian Institute of Sport and competing nationally. Russell’s love of the arts took him overseas, where he worked as a circus instructor at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, a performance camp in New York. Here, he coached children in Cloudswing, Trapeze, Doubles Trapeze, Aerial Hammock, Tissu, Cradle and more. He pulled harness lines for flying trapeze, cloudswing and swinging trapeze. Russell also taught ground acts such as mini-tramp, globe, rola-bola, stilts, acro and manipulation. In Adelaide, Russell has taught at metropolitan gymnastics clubs and at SA Circus Centre – Home of Cirkidz, he teaches all age groups. Specifically Russell teaches general circus classes to Tackerz (5-8 years), Tweenz  (9-12 years), and also to Teenz (13 – 17 years). Russell also teaches in SA Circus Centre specialty aerial classes to both children and adults, which includes trapeze, lyra, aerial silks and more. Russell also teaches in SA Circus Centre’s outreach program. This includes regional workshop tours with a borad spectrum of participants in all aspects of Circus Arts, Russell also teaches in the Education Circus Arts workshop program often with young people with special behavioural and educational needs and also disadvantaged students.

Guennadi Rybine
I was born in Russia.18 years of experience as a gymnast, competing on a National and International level for 8 years. "International Master of Sport" accreditation. Bachelor Degree in Physical Culture, Coach- Teacher Education.  3 years in a High bar act in Russian circus. Worked for 10 years as an artist and artist- coach in the Cirque du Soleil, show ‘Alegria in a high bar act. Travel with the show in many European countries, USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia(2001-2002), New Zealand, Singapore. 10 years as a Coach at Cirque du Soleil show “Mystere.” Las Vegas, USA. Silver Advance Men Gymnastics and Trampoline accreditation. Beginner level Men Gymnastics and  Trampoline judge. 4 years experience as a Trampoline and Tumbling coach at Tea Tree Gully club and almost 4 years as a Trampoline coach in the SA High Performance program in Adelaide. Two of my athletes from T-JETS won Synchro Trampoline U11 in Australian Nationals 2015. One Tumbling athlete from Tea Tree Gully club  is 2nd place in Tumbling  Senior International level in Australian Championship 2017. Working in Cirkidz since January, 2015.

Eloise Green
Eli Green has performed at 83 Festivals in over 15 countries around the world. In 2003 Eloise completed a Bachelor of Circus Arts and went on to co-create and perform in the comedy duo 'OzStar Airlines' who have performed at the London National Theatre and toured internationally and nationally for six years.

 Eloise performed as M.C. and acrobat with ‘Circus Oz’ for 2 years and has been employed by the Adelaide Fringe festival as an M.C and host for two consecutive years. Eloise’ solo show, ‘All you need is Love’ has toured in both Europe and Australia. At age thirteen she was cast in her first professional production, ‘Galaxarena’ directed by Nigel Jamieson. In 1988 Eloise joined Adelaide’s youth Circus, ‘Cirkidz’ where she began performing and training at the age of six and stayed for twelve years. Those years involved sixteen productions performed for the Adelaide Fringe, Come Out Festival and regional touring. Eloise has performed in over fifty different productions in theatres, big tops, train stations, forests, caravan parks, on the street, the beach and islands all over the globe. Eloise is first and foremost a fan of laughter and comedy but loves the power of performance in it’s ability to pull people together in emotion through shared experience of living, live moments. It is always more enjoyable to laugh with others than laugh alone!!

Flick Lannan
Felicia Lannan grew up at the Flying Fruitfly Circus in Albury NSW. She is now a NICA graduate and a founding member of Madhouse Circus, who she regularly performs with across Australia in shows such as BOSS SQUAD and & I’ll Cry If I Want To. Felicia relocated to Adelaide in late 2018 and brought with her experience running School Holiday programs, workshop and circus classes in various youth circus schools across Australia. In her travels as a performer, she has taught at Warehouse Circus (ACT), Lollyjar Circus and Essential Talent (SA) and Canningvale College (WA) as well as returning to the Flying Fruitfly Circus (NSW) to teach the next generation of circus professionals. The most backflips she has ever done in a row is 50.

Lisa Goldsworthy
Lisa Goldsworthy, 24, specializes in Hula Hoop as well as Partner and Group Acrobatics. Having trained and loved circus since the age of 9, Lisa graduated from South Australia’s Circus Centre in 2013. Shortly after, she joined Australia’s leading contemporary circus, CIRCA. Over the course of 4 years with CIRCA Lisa has been a part of 11 different productions and has toured to 13 different countries. Lisa now works with Gravity and Other Myths, with their new production, Out of Chaos, that Lisa was head hunted to be a part of. She also performs their other work, A Simple Space. While not at CIRCA or Gravity and Other Myths, Lisa has performed with other companies such as Briefs Factory, Slingsby Theatre Company, South Australian Circus Centre, Time and Space Circus and a work with Jerome Bell. In addition, Lisa performs with her award winning co-founded company Point & Flex Circus. Some of Lisa’s career highlights include Performing Opus at La TOHU in Montreal, creating and performing Circa’s Close Up as part of 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, performing at the Sydney opera house on her 21st birthday and being named by respected arts journalist Lyn Gardner as ‘the best hula hooper she has ever seen’. Lisa enjoys circus as a physical and creative outlet for her energy and ideas. She loves the family circus has given her and the sense of belonging that comes with being a part of this wonderfully crazy community. Lisa can’t wait to see what shows the feature has in store for her and where she will be performing next.

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