Meet* the Artists:

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Evie Clayton (They/them)

Evie is a synthetic chemist, science communicator and circus artist who likes to apply the same curiosity and critical thinking to both science and circus. Evie's specialties are aerial rope, handstands and synthetic glycobiology.

Evie is a formidable online advocate for queer chronic pain patients, researching and voicing critical contemporary issues facing their community. We love that they are passionate about both intersectionality and movement.

Evie is also a participant in Midsumma's Pathways Program, a mentorship program for LBGTQIA+ artists with disability to develop artistic practices, focusing on circus dramaturgy

Get Well Soon is Evie's first project as a dramaturg. Their meaningful work explores medical misogyny, cissexism and heterosexism, drawing on their lived experiences as a queer, non binary person and chronic pain patient. Check out their work here.

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Emily Loe (she/her)

Em is a soon-to-be graduate of the National Institute if Circus Arts, specialising in partner acrobatics and bounce juggling. Before migrating to Melbourne to pursue acrobatics, Em boasted a committed and competitive gymnastics career from age seven back at home in NSW. She then represented Australia at the Mia International World Cup in Portugal. The girl knows how to move.

Her passion for movement and performance has grounded her artistic practice in circus arts, and recently performed in Na Djinang Circus' Social Staples.

 

Em's genuine curiosity about human experience has led a deep dive into Get Well Soon research. She is passionate about learning about accessibility in arts and developing her own practice, often making new digital, visual and auditory projects. She draws on her vulnerable experiences of pain and ongoing diagnosis processes in Get Well Soon. Read up.

Abbie Madden (She/her)

Abbie's performance career has taken her right across the globe, with credits including Artistic Director of Blindful and recipient of Milke's Best Emerging Producer Award (2017, Melbourne Fringe) and founding ensemble of YUCK Circus headlining Glastonbury's Contemporary Performing Arts Festival's Circus Big Top.

Abbie is the recipient of Arts Access Australia’s 2020 National Leadership Award, which is an incredible achievement for a 26-year-old. We are incredibly proud to welcome Abbie with her lived experience of congenital glaucoma and passion for accessibility in performing arts.

 

She is a dancer, circus performer, film grip, technical build crew, and rigger. If you get stuck up in the truss, she's the one to holler at for a rope access rescue (with a sassy dance sequence to boot).

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Maxx Parsons (He/him)

Maxx is our beloved resident multidisciplinary, able-bodied ally circus artist.

 

Maxx is a creative, inquisitive maker and performer who is currently studying at the industry renowned National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, specialising in Chinese Pole and juggling (in the same year as our OG Em Loe). Like Em, Maxx was a founding member of the ensemble work Social Staples with Na Djinang, exploring clowning, acrobatics and juggling.

 

Drawn to circus for his love of fidgeting, Maxx’s tinkering and authentic curiosity has born an accomplished sewing practice, a mind for mechanics and design, and a skilled violinist

Maxx's recent contributions to Get Well Soon's journal clubs have been incredibly sincere, with a few "that's a banger" thrown in to learnings about systemic medical bias and barriers to equitable medical care.

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Samantha Martin (she/her)

Sam is an arts worker and occasional creative. She has worked on a number of feminist, change-making projects including Safer Venues WA, Camp Conscious Collective and YUCK Circus, and recent Testing Sites 2021 public artist participant.

Sam cares passionately about the arts sector and has been working on the Fringe circuit since she was 18, when she was mistaken for a stage manager and offered her first Fringe World venue role. She has since worked internationally across independent film, music, arts festivals and circus projects. She currently studies her Masters of Cultural Leadership at NIDA, up-skilling in advocacy and cultural sustainability.

Sam is the creative producer of Get Well Soon and draws on her lived experiences of chronic pain and medical gaslighting to champion meaningful change for people with chronic conditions. She fancies herself a bit of a wordsmith and enjoys working behind the scenes. Read her posts and/or get in touch.

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*If you're wondering, why the spoons? Check out Spoon Theory, a popular metaphor describing the metrics of limited energy experienced by people with chronic health conditions.