Incubator Announcement: Fellows and Associates

August 17, 2021 | 2 Min Read

Circus Oz is sharing our world-class circus centre and resources to provide an environment that is primed to support artists’ practice and strengthening and fostering creative community. We are thrilled to be able to announce today the incoming Fellows and Associates that make up our Circus Arts Incubator.


Five Fellowships valued at $40,000 each have been awarded to the following artists (in alphabetical order).

Harley Mann, a Wakka Wakka man from Queensland who grew up Gadigal country, Mann is interested in the value of land and how it holds memory and the relationships to country. His driving ambition is to establish a First Nations physical movement and circus company.

Award winning  Jarred Dewy hails from Adelaide, is a NICA graduate and spent 9 years as part of the Circa ensemble. Jarred’s fellowship will focus on the identity of all things “queer, raw, subversive and surreal through a hybrid of acrobatics and drag”.

Acclaimed artist,  Jess Love, will focus the fellowship on stories told through beautiful images and physical feats. Jess wants to challenge the status quo on gender, sexuality, lifestyle and “make work that is different and exciting, teaching that difference is exciting”.

Mitch Jones is a physical performer with over a decade of experience creating thought provoking and playful shows that experiment with genre and style. He wants to explore dynamic ideas about greed and altruism, social inclusion and exclusion, beauty and ugliness, crime and obedience, within a unique style that is absurd, darkly comical, and visually surreal.

Roya the Destroya is a strong believer that every day is an adventure. She is a passionate street performing artist who plays with her abilities to shock and disrupt the stranger into a soulful and joyful exchange. Roya has performed in events and festivals around the world from busking in the Middle East and performing at the White House. The Fellowship for Roya is driven by an ambition to create works that amplify representation and experiences for disability artists and audiences.


Over 100 artists have been selected to be part of the Associate program. Collectives, companies and artists in alphabetical order are: 

Groups and companies 

  • 5AM
  • A Good Catch
  • Dislocate
  • Circus Trick Tease
  • Dummies Corp
  • Head First Acrobatics
  • Highwire
  • Niow
  • One Fell Swoop
  • Stunned Mullet
  • Variation Three

Individual circus artists  

  • Amy Nightingale-Olsen
  • Anna Lumb
  • Ben Cooper
  • Bridie Hooper
  • Cameron Taylor
  • Ciara Thorburn
  • Gabriel Fenwick
  • Jake Silvestro
  • James Bartlett
  • Lucy Tan
  • Natalie Frijia
  • Winter Chapman
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