- an eclectic artform only limited by your imagination
- a place of uproar and confusion
- a large open-air venue used for public events in the ancient Roman Empire
- affectionate term for Australia often heard at the cricket or footy
- alternative definition, friends of Dorothy
- abbreviation for ounces for measuring weight of gold
At Circus Oz we are embarking on our next exciting chapter.
Circus Oz has a rich and extensive history. Founded in 1977 we have entertained generations of audiences and had an impact on many Australian artists’ careers. Our enduring resilience and relevance are grounded in a trail-blazing spirit; being unafraid to innovate and embark on each new area of the company’s history. And there’s likely been no bigger marker of a new time than now.
The pandemic has been the most dramatic of interruptions. It has flipped us around. The Melbourne context has kept us suspended longer. But we’ve embraced it as a rare gift to reflect. It has sparked us to question our direction. It has challenged us to explore what can circus uniquely contribute to our new world? Risk-taking, joy, innovation; the extraordinary out of the seemingly ordinary.
Our 2021-22 program sees us transform our extraordinary home base into a lively engine room for circus creation. We will open our doors as a venue for new shows and next generation circus. We will provide opportunities for career development to support the health of our incredible industry. And you’ll experience circus popping up in surprising places as we contribute to the vibrancy and energy of our society.
This is an Experiment will test the boundaries of making and sharing creative moments. We invite you to be part of the journey.
Circus Oz Board
Chair: Nick Yates
Treasurer: Mike McCredie Senior Managing Director FTI Consulting
Circus practitioner and rigger and Circus Oz company member
Director of Vantage Strategy
Consultant specialising in contracts negotiation, technology and intellectual property law
Founding member of Circus Oz, practicing artists and Circus Oz company member
Artistic Director Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Circus Oz company member
Executive General Manager Inclusion & Social Policy AFL
CEO Peter MacCallum Foundation
Circus Oz 2021-22 Circus Arts Incubator Fellows
Roya the Destroyer
Current associate artists
14 groups and 12 individual circus artists. See full list of Associates here.
Executive Director & CEO: Penny Miles
General Manager: Tahlia Azaria (on maternity leave)
Head of Business Operations: Julie Amos
Executive Producer: Brian Robertson
Producer Market & Engagement: Anna Pidgeon
Producer Artform & Industry Development: Steph Speirs
Program Managers: Annie Stephens, Spenser Inwood, Christian Schooneveldt-Reid
Creative Circus Technician: Geoff Dunstan
Operations & Safety Manager: Mitchell Hunt
Venue Production Manager: Andrew Earle
Stakeholder Manager: Hannah Andrews
Engagement Officer: Hanne Grant
Finance Manager: Stephanie Ohrt
Contact Circus Oz