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Meet The Team

Lauren Watson

Lauren is a Gold Coast-based adaptive performing artist and aerial instructor specialising in aerial, circus, physical theatre and improvised movement. As an artist with disability, her body of work examines concepts that surround (dis)ableism, identity, personal experiences and pushing the limits to what the physical body can do.

Through her holistic practice, active listening, and celebration of diversity, she has worked with Gold Coast and Brisbane Artists and festivals including Shock Therapy Productions, Bleach Festival, David Carberry Creates, Supercell Contemporary Dance Festival and in 2021 she produced and performed a 50 minute high energy one woman show entitled Nerve.

“CircAbility offers a fun and safe space to explore circus, movement and physical theatre with one of Australia’s most successful contemporary circus organisations. The program looks at how to adapt skills to meet the individual strengths and abilities of participants and highlights the diversity that the community has to offer the artistic world.”

Jarred Mellish

My name is Jarred and I am 20 years old. I like to do acting and perform on stage. In my spare time I like to watch movies and create short animation films. I have 2 dogs and my pet axolotl called Midnight.

“I think people should participate in CircAbility because it’s a great way to get out of your comfort zone, it’s good for your confidence and it’s fun.”

Velvet Eldred

Velvet is an arts and disability specialist facilitator with 35 years’ experience. Velvet works as an independent theatre/film worker (devising, directing, stage-management, acting, producing, and mentoring) and has also studied expressive arts and holistic counselling. Velvet’s innovative approach to building a culture of belonging has won many awards, locally and nationally. Her latest film project for ARC Disability Services has been chosen for the LA International Children’s Film Festival and “Beyond the Waves” a theatre collaboration with Dead Puppets Society/ARC Disability Services, was produced for the Cairns Children’s Festival 2021. Velvet hails from Cairns.

“To build a culture of belonging all art forms need to be accessible and included in the possibilities to explore. CircAbility brings the excitement, skill development and pizzazz of circus as an artform to people experiencing disability. If you have always dreamed of flying, tumbling, sparkly costumes and the big top – here is your chance – take it….”

Rowan Heydon-White

Rowan is a creator, performer, trainer and leader with over 15 years experience in the circus sector.

She has toured widely around Australia and internationally to over 23 countries. She has performed to more than half a million audience members, while working as a collaborator and acrobat with companies such as Circus Oz, Legs on the Wall and Circa. Rowan has also run her own company, won international awards, received academic scholarships, studied physical theatre, circus and holds a post graduate degree in organisational culture and creativity research. As a Circa Ensemble member Rowan delivered 922 performances, across 16 productions, including the world premiere seasons of En Masse, Beyond, Aura and Landscape with Monsters. In 2021, Rowan returned to Circa as Head of Circus.

“CircAbility is an exciting program that celebrates the diversity at the heart of all circus. Discover new strengths about yourself and new friends along the way.”

Circa is based in Meanjin (Brisbane) on the lands of the Jagera and Turrbal people. We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the many lands on which we create and perform. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
Always was. Always will be.