Board Members

Hamish Clift – Chair (6 years of service)

Hamish is a commercial barrister at Northbank Chambers. With over fifteen years experience in the performing arts sector, Hamish has a background in theatre production where he specialised in lighting design, production and stage management. He is also on the board of the Matilda Awards Inc.

Sean Mee (6 years of service)

Sean began his professional career in 1976 at La Boite Theatre as an actor in theatre-in-education, and was the Artistic Director and CEO of La Boite Theatre Company from 2000 to 2008. He has been lecturing in Performance Studies at QUT since 2009.

Cameron Hoffmann (4 years of service)

Cameron is a Principal with RPS, and has over 20 years experience as a Town Planning Consultant, focusing on master planned communities, major projects and sustainable design and transport policy development. Cameron is a board director of the Australian Green Development Forum, and a member of UDIA’s City Plan Review and State Conference Committees.

Cameron balances his professional life with casual forays into circus and physical theatre, and has been known to rollerblade in outrageous outfits.

Catherine Nufer-Barr – Treasurer (3 years of service)

Catherine is Flipside’s Treasurer and works as a lawyer at McCullough Robertson, she specialises in corporate taxation and stamp duty across all jurisdictions. Catherine has a degree in Accounting and Law from QUT and is currently completing the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) program.  Prior to joining McCullough Robertson, Catherine worked as a tax consultant at accounting firm, BDO.

Kate Van Poelgeest (1 year of service)

Kate is National Media and Communications Manager at Slater and Gordon Lawyers. She has worked in politics and the private and corporate sectors in media and communications. Kate initially studied Drama at QUT and went on to teach Drama, English and History before returning to further study. She remains passionate about fostering a love of the arts and learning in our young people. Kate has a BA (Drama), Dip Ed (Tertiary) and a Masters of Business (Public Relations).

Sarah Thomasson

Sarah is a theatre and performance studies scholar who researches festivals and has taught at the University of Queensland, University of Otago, and Queen Mary University of London. She also has a background in production and stage management within the Brisbane performing arts industry and since returning from London, where she completed her PhD in 2015, she has served as company manager for indelabilityarts.

Summer Bland 

Summer is a performing arts curator and arts manager with 15 years’ experience working with major arts festivals and venues in Brisbane, Cairns, Far North Queensland and Macau. Summer is the Senior Program Manager at Brisbane Powerhouse overseeing the annual cultural program and festivals.

Summer ran away with the circus a long time ago and is now a regular Hoot Camper and her two daughters can also be seen regularly hanging from a Flipside trapeze or two.

Management & Administration

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Robert Kronk / Creative Producer

Robert is Flipside’s Creative Producer. He is a co-founder of debase productions and was debase’s general manager until 2016. He was the director of programming and director of operations at Metro Arts until 2008 and has worked extensively as a director, writer, performer, and producer for companies including; La Boite, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Theatre Company, and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Robert has also worked as an academic at the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern Queensland.

“I’m excited about working with the Flipside community to help meet some of the organisation’s challenges and make the most of opportunities. I’ve always loved the vibrancy at Flipside and found the energy of the place infectious – I am particularly exciting about being part of that.”

(E) robert@flipsidecircus.org.au

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Aliya Abisheva / Performance Troupe Head Trainer

With over 20 years experience Aliya is an accomplished circus performer, producer and director and have trained with some of the world’s best circus artists. Born into a circus family, Aliya’s future path was laid out in front of her. She graduated from Moscow State Circus Academy in Russia, where she was born, and has a long professional history performing with Moscow State Circus, Circus Royale, The Great Siberian Circus and Circus Olympia. She has also performed at international festivals and shows in Monte Carlo and China and performed locally at Woodford Folk Festival, Dreamworld, and QPAC.

Aliya joined Flipside in 2015 where she has been working with the Performance Troupe as Head Trainer helping them to create, produce and direct.  Aliya specialises in aerial acts like web, tissue and lyra as well as handstands, choreography and professional artistic presentations.

(E) aliyacircus@yahoo.com.au

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Brooke Hill / Program Coordinator

Brooke has a wealth of experience and knowledge in and of the circus industry, as a performer, trainer and manager. As well as teaching circus classes Brooke writes lesson plans and makes sure all our students are in the right class. Brooke joined the Flying Fruit Fly Circus at age 9 learning (and perfecting) ground and aerial skills as a solo artist and ensemble member. After 10 years at Flying Fruit Fly, Brooke went on to train and perform with different Australian circus, physical theatre and dance companies.

After moving to Brisbane in 2005, she worked as a trainer and rigger for Circa, Vulcana and Flipside, as a freelance performer, and then as head trainer and training centre manager at Circa.

(E) brooke@flipsidecircus.org.au

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Chris Fleming / Venue Coordinator

Chris is a lead trainer and our head rigger. His qualifications include Advanced Rigging, a Bachelor of Human Movement Science, Certificate Four in Fitness and a Level Two Strength and Conditioning Coach.  He has also trained at the Toronto School of Circus Arts & Trapeze School New York in New York (TSNY) and Los Angeles.

Chris has worked all over the world as a circus trainer with companies such as Flight Club Aerial Arts, High Flyers, Popcorn Here & TSNY, as well as running all kinds of training intensives, circus summer camps, corporate events and touring programs.
Chris has also toured the US, Central America, Turkey, UAE & Canada performing single, duo and flying trapeze with troupes including The Royal Hanneford Circus and Circus Tui.

(E) chris@flipsidecircus.org.au

Jo Volz / Finance and Administration Manager

Jo Volz is Flipside Circus’ Finance and Administration Manager. Originally joining the Flipside community as a parent when she enrolled her child in classes in 2010, Jo has been employed at Flipside Circus since January 2011. Managing the accounts and staffing on a daily basis Jo feels she has mastered the unsung skill of ‘admin juggling’, though she has yet to manage keeping three balls in the air for more than a few seconds.

Prior to running away to join the circus Jo worked in independent publishing at Brisbane’s Child magazine and Time Off magazine for over 15 years. Jo has a Batchelor’s Degree in Humanities.

(E) sales@flipsidecircus.org.au

Gabriela Gallardo

Gabriela Gallardo / Marketing Coordinator

Gabriela Gallardo is Flipside’s Marketing Coordinator. Hailing from Ecuador, Gabriela has an extensive and diverse back catalogue of arts projects.
From working in Government cultural policy development to international poetry festivals, tourism and communications to studying her Masters in Creative Production and Arts Management she brings a unique blend of theory and practice to Flipside Circus.
Gabriela is passionate about visibility and diversity in arts projects where audiences can share in stories that capture a variety of cultures and lived experiences.

(E) gabriela@flipsidecircus.org.au