THE LOST BALLOON
Helen Cassidy has performed, trained, taught and directed in many performance disciplines, including physical and classical theatre, Shakespeare, circus, clowning, cabaret, street theatre, film and television with companies such as the Queensland Theatre, La Boite, deBASE, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Grin and Tonic, Strut n Fret, Bell Shakespeare, MTC and Unlimited Theatre (UK).
She is an award-winning actress with a vast range and true breadth of experience; from classics like The Glass Menagerie and Mrs Warren's Profession (QueenslandTheatre) to new works such as The Wishing Well (Matrix Theatre/La Boite) and the clowning, comedy shows The Furze Family Variety Hour (deBase Productions/ Brisbane Festival). Helen has toured her clown show to European festivals, produced an acclaimed solo comedy show Erotic Intelligence for Dummies and moonlighted on the variety circuit in London and New York.
Career highlights include performing in The Glass Menagerie, Boston Marriage, The Seagull, Orphans, Man Equals Man, Long Days Journey into Night, Scapin, Mrs Warren's Profession, A Christmas Carol and Absurd Person Singular for Queensland Theatre. Also, As You Like it, The Wishing Well, The Drowning Bride, and Post Office Rose for La Boite Theatre Company. She toured London and the UK with Unlimited Theatre in The Moon.
In 2018 Helen spent the year working in Las Vegas as a lead creator and performer of a brand new comedy/variety show called Opium for Spiegelworld International. As part of the process, she worked with arguably the world's best comedy director and one of her idols, Cal McCrystal. Helen's Film and Television appearances include Sisters of War, Wanted, Australia Day and Through My Eyes, alongside numerous short films and TV commercials.
Helen is a dynamic and compelling teacher who brings a wealth of training and global experience to her workshops. Her breadth of training and experience in acting, movement, physical theatre, voice, clown and character gives her a well-balanced approach and vision. Helen has led workshops for high schools, primary schools, corporations, industry peers and at festivals; and can easily tailor workshops to meet her client's/student's needs. Her directing experience means she can also facilitate the creation of new work.