We work with a hand-picked selection of Australia’s most skilled, experienced & reliable performers. From stilt walkers to fire breathers, from musicians to magicians, we can match your event with its ultimate entertainment…
Abbey grew up in the performing arts world... and never left! She has toured nationally and internationally as a circus artist with companies including Casus Circus, Wilde Applause, Vulcana Circus, Polytoxic and The Crack-up Sisters. Performing acrobatics, hula hoops, trapeze, whip cracking, group bike and aerials, whilst taking every opportunity to rig, build, and drive things along the way.
Abbey makes circus and physical theatre work around strength, community and connection. She’s exhilarated by the art that she works amongst and within, and its power as a catalyst for change and growth.
Allie applies a theatrical focus to all her work and truly enjoys working with communities and artists to deliver uniquely tailored creative outcomes for a vast range of clients. She has an extensive Australian and international performance and producing history. This experience brings a richness and depth of understanding to her work, her relationship with the artists she engages and the clients and communities she works with. Be it small scale or vast scale, Allie loves to collaborate and believes passionately in the value and necessity of Art to society.
Just some of the companies that Allie has created bespoke entertainment for include Brisbane City Council, Urban Utilities, Jack Morton International, Uhan Shii Cultural Collaboration & Theatre Company (Taiwan), Canal City- Fukuoka (Japan), Queensland Arts Council, Warrawa Arts (Taiwan), SunPAC, Strut & Fret Production House, Arts Centre Gold Coast, Artslink, Queensland Music Festival – Youth Touring Program, Queensland Arts Council, Homunculus Theatre, IZIT? Entertainment, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Flipside Circus, Circa, Rock ’n’ Roll Circus, Aerial Angels, La La Parlour, Gale & Vallance, Fractal Theatre Company, Quilpie Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Queensland Youth Ballet, Woodford Folk Festival, DG Theater (Netherlands), Hans De Visser (Netherlands), Surfers Paradise Street & Fringe Festival, Surfers Paradise Alliance, Australian Circus Festival, Warrawa Arts (Taiwan), Southern Cross University, The Brisbane Ekka!, Slack Taxi, Hype Entertainment, Pen 2 Stage (Singapore & Brisbane), Top Chick Management, Queensland Theatre Company, Ozworks, Zest Factor, Versace (Gold Coast) and Tashmadada (Vic).
Amanda is a five-times runner-up Queensland Women’s whip cracking champion, places sixth in the world for Bullock whip cracking, and is also a cloud swing artist, clown, actress, creator and performer. Amanda-Lyn’s passion is to tell stories. Her work is distinguished by her energy, humour and gutsy enthusiasm and as an added bonus she’s an easy, fun-loving artist to have on set, site and stage.
"Vibrant, Compelling - you can't help but watch her "
- The Australian
Ana has performed extensively throughout Australia and Asia at a vast range high-profile corporate events, major, regional and remote festivals including the Lantern and Taoyuan Family Festival (Taiwan), the Brisbane Ekka, the International Circus Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Surfers Paradise Festival, Brisbane Festival, River Feast and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Ana is also a member of the Sault Poets trio. She has been a successful ensemble performer in shows such as the Limelight Revue, Bulldust and Spangles, Outside the Safety Zone, Hello Kitty (Singapore and Dubai), Juice , Doch and the Circus.
Ana is fluent in German (her nationality) and Mandarin, after having spent two years in Taiwan studying language and culture. She also has an academic career and has successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese, a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Environmental Science, and a Diploma in Editing and Publishing. In addition to her performance career, Ana is also working as a part-time freelance editor.
Chae also has a long history in community arts. She held the position of Workshop Program Manager and Head Trainer for Vulcana Women’s Circus for 10 years and was Acting Artistic Director in 2010-2011. Chae was also a member of the management committee of ACAPTA (Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association) 2011-2012. Chae has many years of experience working with children, youth and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds and has facilitated circus projects in schools throughout Brisbane and regional Queensland.
Clint's repertoire of original performance works includes Homunculus Theatre Company (In-schools programs), Manoeuvre Roving Stilt Performers (Roving stilt acts), The Mask Family (Highly visual and interactive roving mask theatre acts) and HIGH TEA with BOOFF (a regal, mischief-loving high-status impresario clown). These works are highly active throughout Australia, New Zealand & Asia, and have extensive annual programming in regional Australia, particularly in the community, cultural and education sectors.
Clint’s most recent work, “High-tea with Booff” is a full scale, state of the art, self-contained venue with striking and impactful visual presence. It is available as a festival venue and immersive theatre work starring Clint’s iconic clown BOOFF. Currently in high demand at arts festivals across the country Wilde Applause is proud to offer this unique and exciting project for corporate events and conferences. Head to our Shows page for more details.
“A great performer, teacher and human, Clint brings all of himself and leaves us with a unique insight about ourselves after seeing the world through the tears and the fears of a clown, which always provokes laughter from places rarely observed in our daily life. BOOFF, like Clint’s other clowns, is a masterwork”
- Paul Bishop, Actor & MP - (AUS).
Anna won the state-wide industry Matilda Award for audio-visual design in 2016 for her original illustrations in Queensland Theatre’s blockbuster production of The Wider Earth, for which she was also lead puppeteer. Anna also earned a 2018 Matilda Award nomination for best set design for her sell-out debut production of her gothic feminist fairytale, Umami Mermaids, which was commissioned by Brisbane Festival. Since then, Anna has designed five new Queensland works, including Squad Goals (Share House), The Revisionist, (Refraction Theatre), Genesis (A Very Theatre Company) and Rockpocalypse (Jess Lamb).
Anna’s solo puppet show, The Boy Who Ate Teeth, was a critically-acclaimed success at the 2017 Brisbane Festival, and has regularly toured to festivals since, such as Woodford Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Short and Sweet Festival. Anna is regularly commissioned to design and make puppets, props and sets throughout the country. She has worked for companies including the Commonwealth Games, Cirque du Soleil, Erth, Beyond Productions, White Rabbit Theatre, and Shock Therapy Productions. Street theatre and roving are also a staple part of Anna’s performance career - she works regularly for Wilde Applause, Snap Creative and IZIT? Entertainment.
Starting his career in professional Theatre Sports, improvisation and acting before transitioning into character entertainment, theatre, film, television and event MC’ing.
Stefan has developed, workshopped and performed multiple touring schools shows including most recently Active Travel for Brisbane City Council and Water Warriors for Urban Utilities. Stefan is also a skilled commercial photographer and videographer.
Helen’s breadth of training and experience in acting, movement, physical theatre, voice, clown and character give her a well-balanced approach and vision. She has led workshops for high schools, primary schools, corporations, industry peers and at festivals; and can easily tailor workshops to meet her clients/students needs. Her directing experience means she can also facilitate the creation of new work.
“Born for the spotlight”
- XS Entertainment
1993. After a six month stint with the Expo Dance Company he became involved with the Natural Theatre Company, which were initially contracted for World Expo ’88, and continues as a roving troupe to this day. In 2020 David celebrated 30 years of roving with this troupe, creating various improvisational comedic characters.
David has performed the Fat Controller at the Workshop Rail Museum in Ipswich since 2004. Since 2014 he has performed for Wild Applause’s Active Travel Show as Walker which tours various Primary Schools in Brisbane. As part of his arsenal he is also a mask performer for the well respected Homunculus Theatre Company. Since 1991 David has been seen as Santa and over the past 10 years has been Santa in the Brisbane Christmas Parade.
After studying Theatrical Circus Performing at Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo in 2008, Italian born Serena Andreini became part of the eclectic, experimental award winning Bilicoteatro stilts dance group, where she had the privilege of performing in various urban, contemporary and multi-disciplinary events.
A QUT music graduate; Heidi has appeared as a backing vocalist in the nationally televised Lord Mayor’s Carols In The City, regularly performed with Underground Opera Company, and is currently a touring member of ABBALIVE. Notable acting credits include WICKED (Elphaba), LEGALLY BLONDE (Elle Woods), and CHICAGO (Roxie Hart); in addition to commercial TVC credits. Additionally, Heidi has extensive experience facilitating performing arts workshops, and loves working with emerging artists as they build skills and confidence.
Aprofessional circus artist who has been performing locally in Australia and overseas for over 15 years, Rhett is known for winning the Australian Street Entertainment Championships in 2015 and 2017. He has trained in the renowned International Circus School Beijing and also a part of many productions - "Aqua Voyage' in Ocean Park, Hong Kong; “The jungle book” in Singapore also featured his own headline act on Carnival Cruise lines around the Pacific Ocean. Specializing in balloon artistry, juggling and chinese pole, he has many circus skills up his sleeve from tumbling and acro-balance to slapstick comedy and plate-spinning. Rhett is an round circus performer who always brings his “A” game.
“Definitely a 10/10 for us! Thank you for spreading such joy and happiness on our son’s special day!”
Alongside Allie Wilde, Sean was the co-creator and director of the original hit show ‘Opracus Seasons - A Stunt Opera’ (Xinbei International Arts Festival, Taiwan 2011). There have been many site-specific evolutions of the original Opracus ever since, including ‘The Planets - by Opracus’ (Lantern Festival, Miaoli, Taiwan) and ‘Wizards from Oz - by Opracus’ (Taoyuan 2016) as well as various adaptations of the original work that have appeared numerous times at events including Brisbane Festival, Goondiwindi Festival and Quilpie Outback Festival.
Sean’s larger-scale production and directing credits include ANZAC Toowoomba Royal Show (2016), Dream World Tiger Show and multiple small to large scale community collaborations over the years involving up to 500 community and professional performers at any one time.
In 2009, Sean introduced Short+Sweet Theatre+Cabaret to Queensland - 11 Festivals, over 700 shows and over 1000 emerging and professional artists later he is looking forward to the 12th year. Starting with just one production/stage manager the company has grown into the premier festival for emerging artists in Queensland. Sean has also been a director and acting coach for OperaWorks LA for five years, and is the Moving Opera Director for Opera Q.
Sean’s acting credits for film and television include credits include Rake, Princess of Paddington, I Can Hear Your Heartbeat, Jiva, Don’t Tell, Alien Cargo (US) Girl Clock and James Cameron’s Sanctum 3D. His theatre credits include As You Like It (4MBS), Mercy Thieves (ACGC) Rigoletto and Turandot (Opera QLD).
As the Sault Poets , Nick Cilento and Allie Wilde have worked together - both performing, creating works and teaching, since 2001. Their relentless combined theatrical focus is to develop highly skilled, creative physical performance works, which are richly character and/ or thematically driven. They focus much of their application of circus skills into an exploration of the potential ‘physical poetry of the body’.
"What was the outcome of the hospital workshop series? 600 surgeons and nurses can’t be wrong… the accolades can still be heard from the hospital corridors!"
- Helen and Michael Whelan – Code Blue – St Andrew’s Hospital Gala Ball Project 2017
Some of Merlynn’s recent performances include White Pearl (Sydney Theatre Company & National Theatre of Parramatta), The Shot (Queensland Theatre, The Scene Project), Harrow 2 (ABC), Reef Break (ABC/M6), Top of the Lake: China Girl (BBC & Sundance Films, Jane Campion), What I’m Here For (Elbow Room & Flowstate), The Mathematics of Longing (La Boite Theatre), The Lost Lending Library (Punchdrunk & Imaginary Theatre), Hotelling (Bleached Arts), Bitch: Origin of the Female Species (Brisbane Festival), Blue Bones (Playlab & Brisbane Powerhouse), Viral (Shock Therapy Productions, Gold Coast Arts Centre), Straight White Men (La Boite Theatre), Ma Ma Ma Mad (Brisbane Powerhouse), The Theory of Everything (Brisbane Festival), The Wizards from Oz (Taiwan, Taoyuan International Children’s Festival) and Hot Brown Honey (Judith Wright Centre).
Erika has had the opportunity to workshop multiple new Australian works, most recently playing Ruth in the professional development of BLACK BOX (Tinderbox Productions), written by Paul Hodge and directed by Priscilla Jackman.
Other notable performances include: SWEET CHAIRTY (Charity Valentine), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Mary Magdalene), COMPANY (Marta), LES MISERABLES (Eponine), STRICTLY BALLROOM (Fran), ELFIES: THE SOUTH BANK CHRISTMAS SHOW (Elba) and a critically acclaimed turn as Veronica Sawyer in HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL.
Mayu specialises in aerial rope and non-traditional aerial apparatus. She also performs silk, duo lyra, acrobalance, group acrobatics, duo bike and stilts. Mayu trained at Vulcana Women’s Circus which continues to be her circus home. Before discovering circus, her creative outlet was dance. She performed both in Japan and Europe before coming to Australia. Her training institutions include Royal Antwerp Dance School in Belgium, Frankfurt University (Dance faculty) in Germany and Suzuki Classic Ballet Academy in Japan. Mayu’s work is unconventional, drawing on skills and knowledge from her broad physical training and dance experience.
Jess was a contestant on Lego Masters Season 3 (Channel 9) and is a strong advocate for women in STEM.
She has experience Internationally and across Australia in developing, writing, managing and delivering interactive shows, hands-on workshops, professional development, careers information sessions, events, conferences and mentoring programs.
She began her career as a Scientist working in the lab trying to grow organs for transplant, before discovering her love of performing and communicating Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). She holds a Bachelor of Biomolecular Science, an Honours degree in Applied Science, a Masters of Science Communication (Outreach), and has also trained in screen acting and musical theatre.
She is an enthusiastic presenter, engaging host and constantly strives to make a difference, smash stereotypes and inspire others to achieve their dreams.
Zac’s debut short film “Jessy” is currently making waves at film festivals across the world,wInning multiple awards.
One of three co-founders of “3 Is a Crowd” Circus Company, Bianca has developed and toured work extensively in Australia, Asia and Europe with a variety of companies including Tumble Circus (Ireland), Cirque du Loin (Switzerland), CIRCA, Wilde Applause Creative Productions, The Crack Up Sisters, Aerial Angel Productions and Clowns without Borders (Sweden and Australia).
Bianca’s skills and acts include ground-based Dance, tumbling and Hula-Hoops and air-based Aerial Ring, Lyra, Silks and Tissu.
Highlights of her career so far include winning ‘Best Circus and Physical Theatre’ award in Adelaide and Perth Fringe for 3 Is a Crowd’s debut show Fright or Flight, selling out at the Sydney Festival, performing for the Queen of Malaysia and having a “the show must go on” moment whilst hula hooping during a Typhoon in Taipei, to a standing audience of 10,000.
Bianca has performed at festivals including Recklinghausen (Germany), Spoffin (Netherlands), Helsinger Festival (Denmark), Adelaide Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sydney Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Hoopla Festival and to many to name throughout Sweden, Denmark and Ireland.