Tina Clay


Tina has 24 years of experience working in circus arts, theatre & events, both as a professional acrobat & performer and in production management. Tina is also a talented Photographer/Artist/Designer and cycle fanatic.

She's toured internationally with large scale companies (Circus, dance, theatre & music), both in the commercial sectors & within the dynamic circuit of live entertainment and the visual arts.

General Education & Further Studies

University of Falmouth, UK: BA degree in Design & Fine Arts
L’Ecole National du Cirque de Fratellini, Paris France: Circus Arts Degree (3 years); Trapeze & Acrobatics.
The Prince’s Trust Awards UK:  Two prestigious British awards were offered to me which supported my full-time studies at the National school of Circus Arts in Paris, France.
L’Ecole de Trapeze Volant, France: specialising in aerial acrobatics.

Performer (Aerial Silks/Flying Trapeze/Cradle/Actress)

Countless International Variety Shows: Inc. Casinos of Deauville, Monte Carlo, Lisbon & Beirut.
Holiday on Ice: ‘Exotica’, International tour. Principal performer.  
Cirque Romanes, Europe: Solo artist in this award winning French company.
Teatro del Silencio, France & South American tour: Directed by Maurico Celedon. Actress & acrobat
H20: Large scale contemporary Dance/Circus show (Water Stage), principle performer 
No Fit State Circus: Various UK Tours, aerial acrobat/actress
Mercedes, BMW, Porsche: Solo aerial artist & choreographer for a product launches - International.
De Beers International Diamond Awards: Solo artist at this prestigious award ceremony, L’ Opera de Paris, France.
Kenzo: Principle artist for the French publicity campaign, Paris.
A huge variety of International shows & artistic-commercial work: Europe, S.E Asia, India, Bahrain, Australia, as well as in the Middle East & U.E.A.

Teaching & Aerial Choreography

Studio Cirque, France: Co-founder/director of Studio Cirque, professional centre of research & creation for movement & circus disciplines.
Chapito, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Portugal: Artistic director & Head of 2nd year students.
Codarts, University of Rotterdam, Holland - Circus Arts Degree course (3 years): Development of (professional level) performances for the circus arts & music students. 
The Circus Space, (3 year) Degree course UK: Teaching master classes in aerial choreography & movement.
Musicals in Ahoy, Holland: Produced by Stage Entertainment: Aerial choreographer.
Mercedes Benz, South Korea: Aerial choreographer & artistic advisor.
Holiday on Ice Productions: ‘Exotica’ & ‘Romanza’ World tours: Aerial choreographer & technical advisor.

Backstage & Production includes 

Kayam theatre & concert structuresUK: www.kayam.co.uk. Tent technician, working on the set-up & take down of large-scale tented structures used for concerts, events & festivals.
The Boom Festival, Portugal: www.boomfestival.org  A popular music & arts festival (selling out to a capacity of 40,000). I am part of the festival’s production team, as well as part of the stage management team during the week long festival.
Acrobat Productions, UK: www.acrobatproductions.co.uk. Duties include; assistant to director. Stage Management, Runner, Costume & Design & backstage organisation for this dynamic UK based company who create bespoke performances internationally. 

Please follow links to view sample productions: http://vimeo.com/102775944 & http://vimeo.com/113695498

The Asian Arts Forum, South India & France: Project co-ordinator for cultural exchanges organised by the French ministry of culture.
The Natural History Museum, London UK: Assistant stage manager for the London’s Children’s Festival

Additional Non Theatre Related

Founder and creator of my own successful company; The Flying Took Tuk based in Lisbon, Portugal: A bespoke tour guide company offering guided tours in the historic city of Lisbon in a lovingly converted Piaggo Tuk Tuk.
Personal Assistant to an award winning Novelist: Organising  professional engagements & busy daily schedules, plus public presentations and tours
Bike Pop, Lisbon Portugal:Community bike workshop manager.
South Coast Bikes, Brighton UK: Professional bike mechanic.