Vancouver-born Angela McIlroy-Wagar began her circus training at the age of five, first at Circus West and later at the Vancouver Circus School. At age 16 she packed her bags and moved across the country, earning her Diplôme d’études secondaires (2014) and then her Diplôme d'études collégiales (2017) at Montreal's renowned Ecole Nationale de Cirque, specializing in aerial hoop, contortion, and aerial straps.
Angela has performed in festivals, private events, and major productions in Canada, the United States, Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Described in the media as "an exceptional talent [whose] flexibility on the aerial hoop takes on almost inhuman forms” (Luzerner Zeitung), Angela has worked with companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Circus Monti ("Dreambox"), Cirque Éloize, Montréal Complètement Cirque, Le Monastère, Zyrko ("Circo Désir"), Strut n' Fret Production House ("Love Riot"), and
Les 7 Doigts de la Main ("The Last Chapter").
Bringing to the stage a distinctive and sparkling theatricality that is by turns elegant, whimsical, and dynamic, Angela is always captivating. She is inspired by artists such as duel social commentator and grunge artist Lora Zombie, experimental electronic music producer Lorn, and master animator Hayao Miyazaki. When she’s not busy twisting her body into confounding shapes, Angela enjoys listening to jazz standards, creating chainmaille jewelry, and singing barbershop quartet harmony.
Angela is currently working with Cirque du Soleil on their newest upcoming creation, premiering in Orlando, Florida in March of 2021.