Our Tutors

With decades of performing and teaching experience under their belts, we believe our LiT Circus team of tutors are the best in Norfolk.

We regulary welcome guest tutors to The Oak and have a strong focus on professional development.


Matthew Green


Matthew has been working in circus for the last 12 years and is currently the head of youth circus here at The Oak as well as a core tutor. With a high level in circus skills he has performed and taught in a range of prestigious venues around the world and has been a core artist with LIT circus for over 2 years. Having graduated from The National Centre for Circus Arts he has built up a large repertoire in performing arts which he endeavours to pass on to even the most apprehensive of students. Previously Matthew has run several of his own adult and youth circus courses in London and loves engaging with people of all abilities and backgrounds to reach their full potential.

Natasha Rushbrooke


Tasha was a high level artistic and acrobatic gymnast for 10 years, competing regionally and nationally. After her competitive years she became a qualified gymnastics coach, and has been coaching a wide range of ages and abilities for the past 5 years. This led her to discover circus and specialise in hand balancing and aerial arts. Tasha is an active performer as part of the Lost In Translation Circus team and recently wowed audiences at the Circus250 launch party in Natural History Museum beneath the iconic skeleton of Hope the whale.

Lawrence Swaddle


Lawrence is a circus performer and actor. He is a recent graduate from Circomedia in Bristol and The Oxford School of Drama. Since leaving education he has worked with Sin Tiempo in Lima Perú and performed in many plays around England. He Is now working with Lost in Translation circus in Norwich. His disciplines are handbalance and acrobatic base.

Fern Wilkinson


Fern graduated from Bird College (BA) Hons Dance and Theatre Performance course in 2009 and has since enjoyed a varied career travelling and performing around the world, for companies such as Celebrity and Disney.  Fern‘s circus journey began in 2012, training at My Aerial Home in London.  She has since performed as an aerialist in many shows and corporate events.  Fern is the Principal of Central School of Dancing & Performing Arts in Norwich and is very much enjoying performing with Lost in Translation Circus.


Alice Ross 


From a very young age, Alice has always loved to perform including at Norwich’s Theatre Royal and the Edinburgh Tattoo. After successful high school productions Alice was accepted to the prestigious URDANG academy of Performing Arts in London, achieving her National Diploma in Musical Theatre in 2012 and specialising in aerial arts at Circus Space. After college, Alice went to work for Warner Hotels as a resident dancer In Southern England. Following a season dancing on a cruise ship around the Baltic and Norwegian Fjords, Alice returned to the UK to focus on her speciality circus training with My Aerial Home and joined the Lost in Translation company. She trained around the world: Thailand, Australasia and the USA. Alongside this Alice performs at nationwide corporate events including dancing, aerial, stilt walking and fire shows.

Kate Evans


Kate trained, and then taught at both The National Centre of Circus Arts and Middlesex University Theatre Arts Faculty, and is a ‘Cirque du Monde’ (Cirque du Soleil’s social circus project) trained facilitator in social circus. She has been teaching theatre and circus for over 15 years. Kate co-founded street theatre company Creature Feature in 1994, with whom she has performed around the world. She has collaborated with numerous companies, including An Act Above (stilts/aerial) and the Bicycle Ballet (street theatre/dance). Kate is originally from Norwich and is very happy to have recently moved back home to find so much circus has appeared on her doorstep!

Kirstie Steadman 


Kirstie has always had a passion for the arts and danced and performed from a young age. She has been a Fitness Instructor and Personal trainer before specialising in teaching Pilates. Kirstie has completed training as a level 3 Advanced Pilates Matwork teacher as well as gaining the Pilates equipment certificate. Her love affair with circus has grown since she begun training in 2016 and now Kirstie considers The Oak her second home! Kirstie teaches Introduction to Aerial classes and enjoys watching students progress week to week. Kirstie specialises in Aerial Rope and has performed Aerial Silks in our community cabarets and trains as often as possible.

Anna O’Loughlin


Anna always enjoyed climbing trees and hanging upside down, but her circus journey began 8 years ago with her first trapeze class in Bristol. Soon afterwards, she left her office job to embrace the thrilling world of circus – eventually completing a professional training with NoFit State circus in 2014, followed by a European tour in their critically acclaimed show Bianco. Anna specialises in aerial disciplines and hula hoops. She combines artistic choreography with compelling energy, where engaging characters form the heart of her work. Anna studied Drama at Bristol University and plays several musical instruments – tools she draws upon in performance. Anna believes circus is for everyone and loves teaching and sharing her skills.

Caroline Wood


Caroline developed her passion for the theatre, circus and performing at the East 15 Acting school, graduating in 2011 with a BA Hons degree in Physical Theatre. After completing a PGCE in secondary drama education, she has spent the past few years teaching Drama and Theatre studies in a range of Norfolk schools; whilst continuing training in aerial skills in her spare time. Caroline specialises in teaching aerial silks and also enjoys inspiring the younger generation through teaching on the youth circus programme at The Oak.

Joanne Jordan


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