Committee & Staff

The Australian Circus and Physical Theatre is governed by a Board who represent both independent artists and circus and physical theatre organisations throughout Australia. They are assisted by an Industry Advisory Group.

National Board members:

 Baylee Collins3 230x153Baylee Collins [CHAIR] joined a youth theatre company, SWY, in Fremantle WA in 1983. In 1985 she joined Death Defying Theatre and began on a performance path trod by acrobats and activists, through traditional agit-prop and feminist street theatre to international stages. She joined Circus Oz as a Performer in 1987 and has continued working there in many different capacities ever since, including as Guest Director, Assistant Director, Operations Manager and Acting General Manager (1998 and 2009). She is currently Technical Coordinator on the construction of their new building in Collingwood.

In the early 1990s Anni was involved in the formation of two independent performing companies, both highly regarded as creating seminal works in circus and in musical theatre. Club Swing toured their aerial show Appetite around Australia and internationally from 1994 to 1999, and produced a second show, Razorbaby (1999) that showed to acclaim in Melbourne and Sydney. Crying In Public Places toured three a cappella theatre shows (CRYING IN PUBLIC PLACES, JUMP! and SKIN) around Australia and internationally until 2001.

Anni’s directing practice, in development since 2006, includes three shows with Yana Alana and the Paranas (Sarah Ward) for which she won two Green Room awards as Best Director of Cabaret (2007 and 2009), The Blue Show for Circus Oz (2010), PEEP (2010) and CAROUSEL (2012) for Asking For Trouble, Down Pour for A4 Circus Ensemble (2010), Short Black for Sosina Wogayehu (2011), I Heart Jack for Anna Lumb (2011), Domestic Bliss for Quiche Lorraine (2008), A Plane Without Wings is a Rocket (2006) and The Antechamber (2007) for The Women’s Circus.

In 2010 Anni was awarded one of three fellowships by the Australia Council as an Emerging Circus and Physical Theatre Director. In 2012 she directed THE RAT TRAP by Polytoxic, co-produced by the Queensland Theatre Company.

Dr. Esther Nicolas [MEMBER] is self-employed Strategic Project Consultant and has wide-ranging professional experience of creative innovation in Community and regional development, Government and Industry within arts management, festival coordination, capital projects and social enterprise.

Peter has experienced a diverse career including Executive Officer, Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast NSW (2010-14), Director/Administrator of the Adelaide Festival Fringe (the formative years 1980-84), Festival Consultant to the Victorian Tourism Commission (including working directly with South Australia’s icon Don Dunstan). Peter’s career has included a strong commitment to social change related to socially excluded and disadvantaged communities including inaugural Director of Tandanya – National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and Executive Director, Arts Access SA (Arts & Disability).

Peter has extensive skills in business planning and the development of social enterprise and the “Not for Loss” sector including co-authoring definitive publications Social Enterprise in Australia and Cooperatives in Australia. As an indefatigable champion for cultural and social enterprise market based ventures with social aims Peter is looking forward to the challenges for APACTA servicing their members and building sustainability for the sector.

Garrett Larson Jr. [MEMBER] is a senior commercial lawyer who has recently been working as a legal contractor for Jetstar Airways and Toll Holdings. She has a dispute resolution and litigation background and previously worked with the Financial Ombudsman Service and Freehills. She studied a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Screen Studies at Flinders University of South Australia.

Katya has a diverse background and prior to law, Katya worked for Arts Exhibition Australia Ltd as a retail manager for international art exhibitions such as Van Gough in both Melbourne and Brisbane, China the Living Past in Adelaide and The Age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent exhibition in Sydney. She also studied oriental medicine and worked as a Shiatsu therapist for more than a decade in inner Sydney. Early in her vocational life Katya worked with various community organisations as a youth worker assisting homeless and aboriginal youth in Sydney’s southern and western suburbs.

Katya has a strong interest in social justice and in the arts and has provided pro bono legal services, including, to Artslaw, to assisting asylum seekers and advising on women’s legal issues.

 Rockie Stone [MEMBER]

Jarrod Rose [MEMBER]

Joshua Hoare [MEMBER] 

Hemlock  Mejarne [MEMBER]

1064-82Hemlock Mejarne started his professional circus career through Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (N.T.) in 1992. He has performed internationally in Canada, the middle East and the Pacific. Like the majority of circus performers in Australia he has been an independent  performer for most of his career. Hemlock is best known for his street performing and advocacy for busking. He has worked for over 19 years on the development of best practice public policy in regards to busking. Hemlock has worked for opera, dance, theatre and circus companies over the years and currently is one of the company directors of  Solid State Circus (Pty. Ltd.). Hemlock, often with his partner Luth Wolff, tour Australia wide performing, teaching and helping to connect the circus tribe with each other. Hemlock believes in keeping circus accessible to all and still spends much of his time in regional and remote Australia.

Mike Finch [MEMBER]


Staff Members:

The association is staffed and administered by one part-time staff,

  • Katrina Gill – Administrator