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About Aerial Edge

Glasgow's Circus School

About

Our team has a passion
for circus and developing people.

Aerial Edge was founded by Mark Gibson and Charmaine Muller in 2007 from their passion for circus and teaching people. Over the last 13 years we’ve had many great additions to the team who have helped to build a top quality circus training facility in Glasgow which is open to everyone.
Mark Gibson

Mark Gibson

Founder/ Director

Rachel Aisling-Smith

Rachel Aisling-Smith

Director of Strategy

Scott Craig

Scott Craig

Aerial Instructor & Operations Manager

Stewart Watts

Stewart Watts

Aerial Instructor/ Finance Manager

Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Marketing & Communications Manager

Ellie Taylor

Ellie Taylor

Events Manager

Adam Wright

Adam Wright

Aerial, Acro and Youth Instructor

Lauren Jamieson

Lauren Jamieson

Aerial Instructor

Kit Rodman-Orr

Kit Rodman-Orr

Youth Instructor & In-House Director

Sam McFarlane

Sam McFarlane

Acro Instructor

Lauren Hendry

Lauren Hendry

Acrobalance Instructor

Paul Lagah

Paul Lagah

Parkour Instructor

Eve Mutso

Eve Mutso

Foundation Course Teacher (Ballet)

Imogen Smith

Imogen Smith

Receptionist

Ashleigh Gorman

Ashleigh Gorman

Receptionist

Charmaine Piggott

Charmaine Piggott

Founder/ EAAC Event Organiser

  • Mark Gibson
  • Rachel Aisling-Smith
  • Scott Craig
  • Stewart Watts
  • Richard Walker
  • Ellie Taylor
  • Adam Wright
  • Lauren Jamieson
  • Kit Rodman-Orr
  • Sam McFarlane
  • Lauren Hendry
  • Paul Lagah
  • Eve Mutso
  • Imogen Smith
  • Ashleigh Gorman
  • Charmaine Piggott
  • Mark Gibson

    Mark is the Managing Director of Aerial Edge and has specialised for the last 20 years in education for both technical, physical and artistic disciplines. When he’s not on a trapeze Mark works in humanitarian education providing education to disconnected communities around the world.

    In 2000 Mark began training in static trapeze and has since been performing with both solo and doubles aerial acts for the last 19 years. Amongst other places, Mark studied at The Circus Space, London for 8 years; but also attended intensive courses at The Circus Warehouse, New York, ARCAA, Sydney, The Circus Centre, San Francisco and Circocan in Brazil. He has been teaching aerial disciplines since 2007.

    Mark has an extensive background in Chinese Martial Arts and Tai Chi in which he is an international gold medal winner and has been training and teaching for the last 32 years.

    Mark develops education systems and learning content for community learning centres and schools around the world. Initiatives include connecting communities with mobile broadband, providing education in conflict zones and programmes to increase equality in access to education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • Rachel Aisling-Smith

    Aerial Edge is delighted to welcome Rachel Aisling Smith as its new Director of Strategy!

    Rachel comes to us with a wealth of experience across several art forms, covering artistic direction, creation and performance, project and company management, organisational development, formal education and creative learning.

    Rachel will collaborate with Managing Director, Mark Gibson and the whole Aerial Edge team to lead on the strategic and artistic development of the organisation, which encompasses professional performance, full-time training, recreational classes and performance opportunities for all ages, and community outreach and inclusion initiatives.

    “I’m really looking forward to working with everybody on creating the long term strategic plan and steering the company to achieve the goals we set for the future. There’s masses of talent here and lots of successful work going on, so I’m really happy to become part of the team and start building on that. There’s also a lovely, fun vibe around the place and I’ve been made very welcome. Looking forward to meeting many more of the big family - everyone involved - so come and say hello and ask me anything you’re curious about!” - Rachel

    “I’m excited to have Rachel join our team and I’m very much looking forward to working with her. She brings with her a great deal of experience which can help us in every area of our organisation.” - Mark

  • Scott Craig

    Scott started his life in the circus as a child over 20 years ago in Australia after a chance meeting with the legendary Reg Bolton. Since then he has performed, rigged and coached with the biggest names in the industry including: Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, Dragone, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. He has also taught and trained at The National Circus School in Montréal where he was apprenticed to another legend: Victor Fomine.

    Scott was also a member of the famous Flying Ashtons and a founder of Fliptease.
  • Stewart Watts

    Stewart first discovered circus while studying towards a PhD in pharmaceutical science (naturally!) and has been performing aerial acrobatics since 2012. Although experienced in many aerial and circus disciplines, Stewart’s main passions are silks and rope (corde lisse). In 2014, as part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, he performed around the country as a member of the Commonwealth Youth Circus for the Queens Baton Relay tour. He also performs at corporate events and has appeared in film as a stilt walker. He continues to perform regularly as an aerialist at a number of cabaret venues around Glasgow including Wild Cabaret in the Merchant City.

    Stewart has been a full-time aerial instructor with Aerial Edge for the past 2 years, teaching regular classes in aerial silks, hoop (lyra), static and flying trapeze, circus fitness, and youth circus. He also offers private lessons. In addition, Stewart works as Aerial Edge’s finance manager.

    Out with his aerial career, Stewart also works as a massage therapist specialising in Swedish massage.

  • Richard Walker

    Richard runs all the Marketing and Social Media here at Aerial Edge.
  • Ellie Taylor

    Ellie has been working in the Scottish Events scene since 2014 and has now combined her work ethic and love of the performing arts to become the Events Manager for both Aerial Edge Artists and Aerial Edge Circus School - we’ve yet to get her on the Flying Trapeze though! Contact her at events@aerialedge.co.uk
  • Adam Wright

    Adam has just returned to Glasgow after graduating from the National Centre for Circus Arts.

    He has performed throughout the UK and Europe and as a multi-disiplinary performer he is adept at many aerial and ground based arts. His one love will forever be Rope.

  • Lauren Jamieson

    The Newest member to of our Aerial teching team!
  • Kit Rodman-Orr

    Kit is a graduate of the BA degree at Circomedia where they specialised in Aerial Silks. Kit then took the Masters in Theatre for Young Audiences at Bath Spa University where they graduated in 2016. As part of their degree programmes, they have created and participated in multiple aerial shows for audiences of all ages - performed around the UK.

    After Graduating, Kit moved back to Scotland in 2017 and can be found teaching classes for Hijinx, Aerial Edge and Aerial Arthouse.

    Kit is currently working with Starcatchers and has recently created work for the Imaginate Festival Family Fringe and the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, as well as performing as an artist at numerous family events.

    Kit also directed our 2018 Spring Showcase: Circus Through The Ages.

  • Sam McFarlane

    With an extensive knowledge of acrobatics and extreme sports Sam is no stranger to flipping around and being upside down.

    In addition to having his ADAPT Level 2 parkour coaching qualification Sam is also an experienced gymnastics and trampoline coach and has been teaching in the circus community for 12 years. Driven by his passion to learn he is constantly striving both to increase his own skill range and to share that knowledge with his students.

    As well as coaching Sam is also passionate about performing and has been involved in a number of projects including music videos, stage shows and wide range of photo shoots.

    Performance Highlights include Performing for Mercedes Benz, Glastonbury and touring with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

  • Lauren Hendry

    Lauren is a graduate of the National Centre for Circus Arts, specialising in acrobalance.

    Originally from a gymnastics background, Lauren created and toured acrobatic theatre with So and So Circus Theatre until 2013. She now works with companies including Circus Geeks to make and tour new circus work. Lauren has recently moved to Glasgow from London, where she taught at the National Centre and Jacksons Lane. 

    Lauren has a wide knowledge of partner acrobatics, with particular interests in risley and dynamic acrobalance. 

  • Paul Lagah

    Paul teaches the Youth Parkour Classes at Aerial Edge, with joggers as bright as his personality! He also runs his own Parkour company: West Coast Shift, a coaching organisation that has reached out to communities that have very limited outreach to them, bringing parkour workshops and local classes running consistently. Paul Lagah started up West Coast Shift as a way to give something back to the community that helped him get into the sport that he loves to train. West Coast Shift has been running for over a year and a half now, and have worked with many groups across the west coast, coaching in Dunoon, Ayrshire, Stevenson, Greenock, Glasgow, Garelochhead and even as far as Campbeltown!
  • Eve Mutso

    Foundation Course Teacher (Ballet)

  • Imogen Smith

    Receptionist

  • Ashleigh Gorman

    Receptionist

  • Charmaine Piggott

    Charmaine has trained in static trapeze for the last 15 years and has taught for 14 of those! She first trained, and taught at Aerialize in Sydney before teaching in Glasgow and The Hangar, London. She met Mark Gibson whilst training at The Circus Space (now National Centre for Circus Arts) and they set up Aerial Edge in London in 2007 before moving the school to Glasgow where it has been based for the last 8 years. Charmaine has an encyclopedic knowledge of static trapeze techniques and is passionate about the need for a high standard of tuition in circus work, and conditioning, there’s always time for conditioning! Charmaine began veterinary nursing at the same time that she discovered trapeze. She has worked in both vocations simultaneously for the last 15 years and they both share equal importance in her life. She is currently training and teaching at Aerialize and for Suzie Q pole studio (teaching aerials) in Sydney. She is also responsible for programming all workshops and managing the teachers at EAAC.
  • Mark Gibson
  • Rachel Aisling-Smith
  • Scott Craig
  • Stewart Watts
  • Richard Walker
  • Ellie Taylor
  • Adam Wright
  • Lauren Jamieson
  • Kit Rodman-Orr
  • Sam McFarlane
  • Lauren Hendry
  • Paul Lagah
  • Eve Mutso
  • Imogen Smith
  • Ashleigh Gorman
  • Charmaine Piggott

Who we work with

We work with some great companies.


Contact Us

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How to Contact Us

Our online reception is open 2pm to 8pm Monday to Friday.

Contact Info

  • Aerial Edge
  • Kelvin Hall
  • 1445 Argyle Street
  • Glasgow, G3 8AW

Contact Details

  • EMAIL: info@aerialedge.co.uk
  • TWITTER: @Aerial_Edge