Circus [sur-kuhs]


  • 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

Oz [oz]


  • 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 


Chad Albinger  

Circus practitioner and rigger and Circus Oz company member 

James Atkins  

Director of Vantage Strategy 

Margaret Beattie  

Consultant specialising in contracts negotiation, technology and intellectual property law 

Sue Broadway  

Founding member of Circus Oz, practicing artists and Circus Oz company member 

Anni Davey  

Artistic Director Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Circus Oz company member 

Tanya Hosch  

Executive General Manager Inclusion & Social Policy AFL 

Kate Torney  

CEO Peter MacCallum Foundation 


Circus Oz 2021-22 Circus Arts Incubator Fellows 

Jarred Dewey 

Mitch Jones 

Jess Love 

Harley Mann 

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