Whether its creating artistic collaborations, facilitating or presenting at seminars and conferences, mentoring companies in artistic or company development, fundraising advice, research laboratories, or making meaningful circus if you need help, you are in the right place; I am your circus expert.

These are a selection of companies I had had the pleasure of mentoring, consulting and collaborating with over the years.

The Bridge-Imagineer Productions

Bridge is an ambitious outdoor experience produced by Coventry-based Imagineer Productions and created by artistic director Orit Azaz in collaboration with a creative team that includes designer Dan Potra, choreographer Corey Baker, writer Nick Walker, composer Peter Reynolds and circus director Paul Evans.

Ali Williams is working as consultant for the Imagineer production team and critical friend to Director Orit Azaz who is using best practice co learned through their combined  experiences of producing large scale outdoor performances ( Parklife, Barricade, Open House) together for nofitstate.

A bridge appears in the centre of town and becomes the setting for a three day programme of free pop-up events and happenings before culminating in an exhilarating live performance with an international cast.

Extraordinary Bodies

Ali is consultant and chair of Extraordinary Bodies Talent Development Think Tank. Looking at integrated training practice and career pathways for disabled circus artists Ali has been leading a panel of training providers that includes National Centre for Circus Arts and Circomedia and supporting the delivery of an inclusive circus action plan.

Pirates of the Carabina

Pirates of the Carabina are a trailblazing circus company of highly experienced artists, riggers and musicians from across the world who specialise in theatrical, highly technical shows with a very strong live music ethos.

Circus Mash

MASH’s mission is to train and develop future circus artists, and to apply circus skills in non-circus communities to inspire and empower individuals and teams. We want every person and group to achieve their highest potential. 


Mimbre creates breathtaking and highly skilled acrobatic theatre. Find more information about our shows, learning programmes and bespoke performances.

Mr & Mrs Clarke

A South Wales duo – making performance, live art and dance theatre since 2002. Their work has a playful and interactive element inspired by happenings and live art events that bring art forms and people together. 

Run Ragged Dance

Based in Cardiff, Run Ragged Productions was established by Jem Treays in 2011 to create intelligent, accessible and vibrant dance and theatre work for family audiences.

Crashmat Collective

Crashmat Collective investigates original concepts and experiential live performance


“Ali has been mentoring myself and CircusMASH since 2014 and in that time has opened a wider network for us to access resources to grow our outreach and develop our own artistic identity. She has initiated many professional relationships with CircusMASH and commissioners, which has led to longstanding growth of our work in the West Midlands, while also inviting us to work alongside larger projects in the circus sector, giving us experience on how to increase the scale of our reach. She has gone above and beyond, allowing us unlimited access to her unprecedented skills and Industry contacts. Ali’s experience and knowledge has been invaluable, not just to the development of our organisation or to myself as an individual, but to the growth of circus as a whole in our region and beyond. Zaq Andel, CircusMASH

Ali Williams has a vast knowledge of Circus- touring, production, creation, direction and skills. She was a brilliant mentor for our company- very honest and straight talking and supportive at the same time. I would highly recommend working with Ali. Shaena Brandel ( Pirates of the Caribina)

I cannot speak highly enough of Ali as both a manager and mentor. She has an incredible way of managing you to do your current role, while also tailoring your training for the role you want to have next. While she won’t let you get away with delivering less than your best, she is full of encouragement that makes you realise you are capable of more than you thought. I feel very lucky to have worked with Ali on several large-scale outdoor circus projects which has allowed me to access her experience and sectorial knowledge and enabled me to develop my own network of professional contacts. Clare Fitzsimons Freelance Producer ( formally nofitstate trainee producer)