Anne Sorenson – Artistic Director


Anne Sorenson has a long history in Youth Arts in WA. Anne is passionate about the ability of arts to affect change on personal, social and political level and she has been empowering young people through the performing arts in Western Australia for ovrer 20 years. With a strong physical theatre and group devised methodology, Anne has used theatre to bring the voice of children and young people to high levels of Government such as the Commissioner for Children and Young People, the Clinical Senate on Youth Health and the Australian Youth Affairs Council.

Anne has Post Graduate qualifications in Education and Drama Therapy (ECU) and has lectured in Theatre of The Oppressed at Curtin University for over 10 years. She has a reputable history in project management and using arts for social change. In the last two decades she has managed youth arts projects creating and producing performances with disengaged youth, former refugees and migrant youth, with Indigenous youth and with young emerging artists. The high quality of her work has attracted a number of awards and award nominations across a variety of sectors and she has published journal articles and reports about using theatre as a tool for research and education.

As a performance artist Anne has written, directed, produced and performed in many shows ranging from giant puppetry extravaganzas, to site specific dance performances and Fringe World theatre shows. She dances Contact Improvisation and enjoys creating multi disciplinary performance works. She has travelled extensively and taught and studied with leaders in contemporary performance around the globe.

Anne believes strongly in the social and emotional outcomes of engaging in high quality arts experiences. She sees being a performing artist as a viable career choice for young people and supports this by mentoring young people and creating employment pathways that lead from performance to professional engagement in the arts sector.

Sandy O’Doherty – Puppetry Artist


Sandy has had a diverse arts career based around painting, sculpture and education. Since training at Curtin University 1991-1994, Sandy has built up her arts career through being involved with exhibitions, (group and solo) conducting workshops in a wide range of areas (Puppetry, sculpture, painting, mosaic, drawing) with a wide catchment of students has given Sandy a strong basis to communicate to students of various abilities.

Zak Launay – Street Acro & Circus Artist


Zak, a teaching artist for more than 8 years, has brought a range of new skills to the members of SEA; his talents in Capoeira (Afro-brazilian dance/acrobatic martial art) and parkour (French street gymnastics, running, climbing and jumping, known as “free running”) have been introduced into the new Street Acro program.

Zak trained for 10 years with the WA Capoeira federation under the teaching of Master Draga and Master Goioere, in many different countries including Brazil. He has also participated in a number of circus training activities including at the Lunar Circus school.

Zak has taught numerous groups of people including refuges, “at risk” youth, and children remote aboriginal communities.

His performance career highlights include Southern Art and Soul Festival, Brazil Espectacular Kulcha, Busselton beach festival, Fairbridge festival, Denmark markets, Albany Agricultural show and most recently the Snake Run Show opening Albany events of the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival.

Dave Rastrick – Circus Band


Since David’s early days playing trumpet and guitar in school bands, and an unofficial apprenticeship with the Will Upson Big Band, David has performed with literally hundreds of bands, in many styles around Australia and the southwest.  David has studied jazz trumpet at WAAPA, and completed a Diploma in Music (songwriting) at Southern Regional TAFE, and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) with University of Southern Queensland (currently enrolled in an Honours project).  David’s jazz band ‘Jazztrix’ has been running for ten years, and has opened for acts such as Carole King, James Morrison, Diana Krall, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Roxy Music, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs.  David’s reggae band ‘Rastatrix’ has opened for acts such as Dragon, Kooii & Sticky Fingers.  David has been musical director for the Lunar Circus band and Denmark Arts’ ‘Wild Conversations’ dance project, as well as for many of his own bands.


Anne Sorenson – Artistic Director

See Anne’s profile above.

Shannan Gillespie – General Manager

Shannan has recently moved from Esperance with her family to continue working in arts administration.

Cassy Turner – Workshop Coordinator

See Cassy’s profile above.

Tess Air – Bookkeeper





Jacqui Turner – Circus

Jasmine Reeves – Dance

Jodie Sexton– Circus

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Cassy Turner – Circus Artist and Admin Assistant

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A dedicated SEA member since 1999, Cassy has been participating in Circus, Hip Hop and Drama classes since she was 5 years old. She was one of the members who helped found CircaSEA; which has since toured around the state performing for Circus Joseph Ashton, the West Australian Circus Festival, as well as many community events. In 2011, Cassy attended the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, and now holds a Certificate 4 in Circus Arts. Cassy is also the Secretary of Creative Albany, a community based association aiming to develop the creative and economic capacity of Albany. Cassy’s most significant performance opportunity was The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of the Giants in Perth, 2015. For the Perth International Arts Festival Cassy was one of 15 Australians selected to perform as a Lilliputian with Royal De Luxe.

Cassy has developed skills of a high standard not just in circus but in theatre too. She has participated in a large number for performances combining her love for circus and acting to bring characters to life. An enthusiastic teaching artist, outreach trainer, performer, choreographer, and office member Cassy is committed to the development of SEA as an outstanding contemporary youth performance company. She is passionate about all areas of performance and enjoys sharing her skills and experience for the benefits of others.

Rachael Colmer – Drama Artist


Growing up in Albany, Rachael has always been interested int he performing arts. At the age of 11, Rachael took up the violin. When Rachael moved to perth after finishing high school, she joined the amateur theatre group KAFF. At the end of 2000, she successfully auditioned for a place at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAPPA). While at WAPPA, and since then, Rachael has performed in many theater productions, most notably playing ‘Monica’ in Out in The Open, and ‘Doctor Wallace’ in the TV Series Lockie Leonard.

Dave Nile – Tech Crew


David is a Denmark based lighting designer with a long history in the local Arts Community. He has produced, directed and performed in local festivals over the past twenty years. As a performer, Dave toured improvised theatre to regional schools and communities. He has a passion for the technical side of theatre and the magic of light, driven by a desire to find alternate energy sources to power the artistic vision. Dave is the resident Lighting Designer and Production Technician at SEA.

Tristan Maitland – Circus Artist


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Tristan is a modern day circus strong man. His passion for sports and fitness began in high school where he participated in many local competitions in volleyball, soccer, hockey, cricket, athletics and touch rugby. In 2013 he joined the circus program at Southern Edge Arts and quickly advanced to the performance class – CircaSEA.

Since then he has been training at SEA as well as with other circus professionals such as Vague Du Cirque (France), Chris Mayhew (Perth), Chris & Iris (Netherlands), 360 Allstars (Brisbane), plus more. Tristan’s performance career began with CircaSEA’s Le Cirque d’Evolution, and has grown to countless community performances and in house projects including the WA Circus Festival, Albany Car Classic, Balingup Small Farm Field Day and CircaSEA’s Enigma: Leonardo’s Realm.

An active member of the youth community in Albany, Tristan can relate well to young people, through his passion for both sport and art and his understanding nature.

By day Tristan is a professional locksmith, but his talent in the circus arts is evident with the hours spent training, teaching, learning and performing.


Jodie Sexton – Circus artist

Jodie has a passion working with children which is evident in her dedication to SEA. Jodie is the local Happy Feet Fitness instructor in Albany.