CaPT Advisory Group

TNA’s CaPT Advisory Group was established in 2017 to maintain strong engagement and information exchange between TNA and the circus and physical theatre industry locally, nationally and internationally. Meeting quarterly, the five members are on a two-year tenure.
Jamie Lewis is the TNA staff contact for all thing CaPT.

Jascha Boyce is a founding member and company director of Gravity & Other Myths (GOM), the Adelaide based acrobatics and physical theatre company. Aside from her physical and creative involvement in the company’s past and present productions she is responsible for key aspects of GOM’s present endeavors and future direction. In addition to her work with GOM Jascha has recently launched Pulsing Heart, a creative studio crafting gutsy and bold immersive activations and participatory art installations. After over 25 years of training, teaching and performing, Jascha now focuses her creative passion and drive as a core member of GOM and the creative producer of Pulsing Heart, pushing the boundaries of new circus and participatory art through simplicity, honesty and innovation. 

Alice Cadwell has over 20 years’ experience as Creative Producer, General Manager/CEO and Production/Stage Manager for contemporary circus arts’ companies including: Spaghetti Circus, Mullumbimby Circus Festival, Circus Monoxide, Circus Oz (10 years’ experience), international festivals Main and Fringe (Adelaide, Edinburgh, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and more), 10 years touring with The Famous Spiegeltent, NICA, the National Circus Festival. Previous advisory and governance roles include the Circus Advisory Group CIRCA 2017, Deputy Chair Showground Land Manager Board – Department of Crown Lands, Advisor to Wesley Enouch for Sydney Festival’s Circus City; and is currently an Executive Member of YCAN (Youth Circus Australia Network).

More than a decade into a professional career in the performing arts, Steph still has not found a single job title to reflect what she does. If she had to describe her profession it would simply be as a person who makes things happen. Whilst she predominately works for Australian Circus and physical theatre companies such as CIRCA, Casus, Legs of the Wall and the National Institute of Circus Arts her career has seen he work for a large number of Australian Fringe and International Festivals as well as many other independent productions. Steph is just about to complete an MFA in Cultural Leadership, where she was able to unpack the biggest issues facing the Arts and Cultural sector and build a network of like minded peers who are just as passionate about cultivating a strong and diverse sector as she is.

Natano Fa’anana has achieved international recognition through his work with the award winning Polytoxic Theatre Company, as Co-creator and Performer in Briefs Factory, and in his current role as Co-founder, Creative Director of Casus Circus. Natano is also the Director of the Green Room Award winning Chasing Smoke, Australia’s first all Indigenous contemporary circus show. Natano was awarded the prestigious Sidney Myer Fellowship 2019 acknowledging his contribution to Humanities through his artistic practice. Natano’s unique style of performance draws inspiration from his Samoan roots, creating artistry unique to Natano values: accessibility, culture, quality and diversity. His commitment to campaign for greater diversity on the contemporary circus stage a driving force and well reflected in his works to date. 

Harley Mann is a Waka Waka man from Melbourne Victoria. He has been in and amongst the circus community for the past 15 years working as a student, trainer, performer and director. Harley is also a current member of Casus Circus featuring as a cast member in their all first nations production ‘Chasing Smoke’. In 2017 Harley developed his own independent circus company ‘Na Djinang Circus’ and was a lead creative of their most recent work ‘Common Dissonance’. This company hopes to establish itself as one of the world’s leading circus accompanies that challenges the stereotypes of contemporary circus, an inclusive company that creates equitable access to the industry and doesn’t marginalise young performers.

Lisa is the Deputy Executive Director at Circa. She has been working in the industry for the past twelve years for various arts companies across Australia and now calls Brisbane home. She has worked in a number of roles spanning across stage and production management, project management, producing and arts management, and has been putting this experience to good use at Circa since 2015. With a passion for circus and a strong focus on artist wellbeing and emerging artist development she is excited to be on the CaPT advisory group. 

Jo Smith is Artistic Director of CircusWA in Fremantle. Through the 90’s she tutored in sociology and linguistics while developing an arts practice in Performance Installation and immersive performance making using sculpture, dance, circus, film and sound art. In 2006 she moved into Arts Management directing and creating for two arts festivals in the Great Southern region of Western Australia: Brave New Works in Denmark and Write in the Great Southern in Albany. Following this she worked as Creative Producer with AusdanceWA developing and delivering contemporary dance programs across regional WA.

Devon is thrilled to move into the role of Creative Producer after five years as Executive Director of Women’s Circus (2014-2019). She brings a wealth of knowledge having produced and designed many Women’s Circus projects including an international collaboration with Circus Kathmandu and two large scale shows. She has been involved in the independent theatre scene for over 20 years, performing and producing works in spaces including La Mama and Theatreworks and working with regional festivals and companies including Castlemaine Festival and Words in Winter Festival. Prior to Women’s Circus she worked as Membership & Cultural Partnerships Officer with Regional Arts Victoria. When not brainstorming community projects or chatting to members, Devon can be found pottering in her garden, digesting feminist theory, or interpreting her astrological charts while staring at the stars.

2018 – 2019 CaPT Advisory Group
Kate Fryer (VIC), Joshua Hoare (SA), Felicia Lannan (VIC), Rockie Stone (VIC), Deb Wilks (QLD)