the company

Kate McBain

Executive Producer


Kate McBain is a freelance arts manager and training consultant with more than 15 years experience working across the performing arts, music and dance sectors as a producer, marketer and creative strategist. Her research and planning expertise is in audience development and learning/participation strategies for the arts; with a particular focus on embedding diversity in performing arts programming, policy and training provision internationally.

As learning designer and lecturer for the cultural and creative industries, she has taught events producing, research, marketing, entrepreneurship and collaborative practice to artists and in professional and academic institutions across the UK and Europe: and designed qualifications frameworks for music, dance, digital arts, performance and cultural events across Scotland. She is Lead Training Consultant for Visiting Arts on the World Cultures Connect Professional Development Programme for International Work across the Arts. Her consultancy research work includes national and international studies investigating the skills needs, training gaps and working conditions for emergent and mid-career professionals in, among others, the music industry, dance and museum curating sectors.


Ed Stephen       

Performer and Social Media 


Ed has been making and performing dance and circus work for over 15 years. He was a founding member of Ghetlow Pirates bboy crew, has competed nationally and internationally for over 10 years and is currently the UK Juste Debout Toprock Champion. Ed also has over 7 years' experience devising, managing and delivering youth arts workshops/projects for organisations including Hoxton Hall, the Roundhouse, East London Dance, Jacksons Lane and Albert & Friends Instant Circus.

In 2014, Ed collaborated on creating The Party and Shame, which completed a 28 date national tour and a complete run a the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His main interest is in creating accessible, honest storytelling through circus and dance. He currently teaches for the Roundhouse Street Circus, Jacksons Lane Youth Circus and Albert & Friends Instant Circus. 

Ed is a performer in the Party and the Flying Bazazi Brothers, teaches regularly for Nearly There Yet and coordinates their social media. 


Mimosa Percy

Youth Program Assistant and Administrator

Mimosa has been assisting Nearly There Yet for the past three years in their regular children and young people's classes at Jacksons Lane. She is also a regular tutor for many circuses in London including Albert and Friends Instant Circus, Jackson's Lane outreach programs and Stratford Circus. Mimosa was an acrobatic performer with Mimbre in Orfeo (2015), a co-production between The Roundhouse and the Royal Opera House, and is training as a hand to hand base.

She is incredibly active in the youth circus network and sits on the panel of various youth circus steering groups.


Jessica Mai Sims

Consultancy and Project Management

Jessica has over 10 years’ experience working on projects which have nothing to do with circus (policy research and public engagement). After taking a few adult classes, her love of acrobalance and transferrable skills inadvertently pitched her into helping set up Nearly there yet. She currently assists Nearly There Yet in various administrative duties, including project management and web design and maintenance. She is a keen crafter and also assists in prop design and costuming.