TNA is thrilled to announce the recipients of the Diverse New Rigger Scholarships are Mel Tan and Catherine Horan-Blake. These scholarships will support Mel and Catherine to complete a Certificate III in Rigging in 2024, along with a tailored program of professional development.
Kicking things off, NICA has partnered with TNA to offer four days of paid work experience in January, where Catherine and Mel will have a chance to help out with the annual rig turnaround, as well as getting to know how the organisation works, the people running it and the rigging and safety systems required to run an elite circus facility.
Mel Tan has a strong interest in people, and their passions lie in movement, being playfully curious, and facilitating and holding space for others. Mel’s creative journey began with physical theatre in Darwin, Northern Territory, and after falling in love with movement, went on to study contemporary dance at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts).
Catherine Horan-Blake is a circus practitioner with roots in community circus instruction, having developed an interest as a youth participant. Her passion is in encouraging people to reach beyond their perceived limits and learn more about themselves. She is L2 Autistic and has complex-PTSD. She identifies as LGBTQI and has lived regionally for extended periods of her career.