Meet the Viva Team
Michele Jenkins - Founder & Artistic Director
Trained in gymnastics from age 4, Michele discovered a passion for performance in 1991 with Swamp Circus Theatre in Sheffield, UK going on to co-found Greentop Circus School in 1994 moving to London in 1999 to co-found Viva Aerial Dance. She has extensive performing and production experience from the worlds of circus, theatre, film and tv, working as an aerial stunt artist for several Hollywood movies and developing a reputation as a go-to professional for aerial productions. With her technical background of a PhD in Physics and Materials Engineering, she has a special interest in teaching and performance projects involving science. Known in the UK and on IMDB by her maiden name, Michele Laine.
Darren Jenkins - Operations Manager
Originally from Western Australia, Darren joined Viva in 2009. As Operations Manager and Head Performance Rigger, he has been instrumental in the development of the Viva Occupational Health and Safety Management system and looks after everything technical including site visits, equipment design, LOLER examinations, stage management and performer liaison on events. Darren looks after all the performer flying at BREC for incoming shows as well as all Viva performance rigging. He is qualified to IRATA Level 3 and has a high risk work licence (CV,RA,WP). He also has a BSc in Exercise and Health, a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management (Level 7) and is a Graduate Member of IOSH.
Our Aerial Performance Team in Western Australia is based at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre where we are Company in Residence. We perform at in-house and local events with aerial silks, hoop, stilts, mime characters. All our performers have a respect and a passion for performance and we work to the highest of safety and professional standards.