Kathryn Niesche’s childhood love of climbing trees, putting on neighbourhood plays—plus an inability to sit still—l were the perfect prerequisites for a varied and still-evolving performing career. 12 years of dance training including RAD classical ballet, tap and jazz ballet was followed by an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts at the Drama Centre at Flinders University, Adelaide.
Since graduating Kathryn has performed as an actor, dancer, aerialist, acrobat, magician and clown across numerous genres such as physical theatre, traditional and contemporary circus, dance theatre, theatre for young people, contemporary performance, puppetry, cabaret, burlesque, film, television and radio as well as large-scale and corporate events.
After 20 years of performing, Kathryn transitioned into teaching aerials and circus history at the National Institute of Circus Arts, Melbourne. However, after a while the desire to perform again proved too strong!
Kathryn is a Founding member of Club Swing (an aerial performance company), and Clowns Without Borders Australia.
Career highlights include taking her red-nosed clown character Mouse on tour with Clowns Without Borders Australia to Central Desert communities out of Alice Springs; performing as a Dandy Minion in Taylor Mac’s acclaimed “24 Decades History of Popular Music” for the 2017 Melbourne Festival, and in 2019 performing her 1st solo aerial act in 18 years in the Melba Spiegeltent for Batton & Broadway’s over 50’s circus “The Classics”.
As an aerial trainer/aerial choreographer she has worked on 2 major projects in India: “Zangoora”—the longest running live music theatre production at the Kingdom of Dreams in Delhi—and on the movie “Dhoom 3” training Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif for their aerial work in the most expensive Bollywood song clip “Malang”.
Kathryn is committed to creating work that is positive, empowering and entertaining, and is always ready to accept a new performing challenge. While she is at home in the comedic vein with 2 alter-egos in Mouse (red-nosed clown) and in Monkey (who plays the Dutch Street organ), she would also relish the opportunity to play some darker roles.
Currently, Kathryn dances with Fine Lines, a contemporary dance company for mature bodies.
In her spare time, she enjoys furniture up-cycling and is also a keen gardener.