Circus and Physical Theatre (CaPT)

TNA works with the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre community to contribute to the development of a diverse, thriving, and sustainable sector. Our aspiration for the sector is for it to be recognised and supported by three tiers of government, presenters, programmers, and audiences alike.


The strategy overview is available as a PDF or Word document. For the full strategy or for further information please email Steph or call (03) 9947 1015.

TNA’s CaPT strategy has 9 Priority Areas:
  • ► First Nations First
  • ► Access & Inclusion
  • ► Promoting Equity & Justice
  • ► Membership & Engagement
  • ► Informing & Supporting
  • ► Gathering in & Connecting Out
  • ► Developing a Sustainable Sector
  • ► Advocating for Recognition & CaPT specific needs
  • Analysing Sector Trends, Realities and Evolutions


  • Deliver Mentorships & Observership programs for targeted emerging artists to develop relationships and connections within the sector.

  • Promote and provide opportunities for knowledge development on topics including; diversity, access and inclusion, and also employment standards.

  • Facilitate peer working groups to drive discussion, professional development, and support these groups with administration, promotion, and networks.

  • Advocate to state and federal funding bodies for increased support of Circus and Physical companies and projects.

  • Provide access to policies, procedures, documents, and case studies that support and promote TNA’s CaPT strategy priorities.







CAPT ProducerS Club

Held every second month at the TNA salon (in Melbourne) / online, CaPT Producers Club give circus & physical theatre producers a chance to meet, have a tea and biscuit, work through challenges and share successes with a bunch of like-minded and experienced folk.

Sessions are bespoke to the most urgent needs, skills, and conversations that participants have identified for their producing practice, and are partly facilitated and partly driven by the participants - blending conversation with dedicated work sessions.

Next Session:

July 2022 - standby for dates


Emerging AUSTRALIAN First NationS Mentorship

The recipient of the 2021-22 mentorship is Maggie Church-Kopp.

Maggie Church-Kopp is a 19 year old Arrernte woman who was born and raised in Mbantua (Alice Springs). She has been hanging off trapezes since before she could walk and has a lifelong love of all things circus. Maggie has performed at a variety of festivals including Woodford Folk fest, Wide Open Spaces and Karnidale, and has had the privilege of training with some of the best circus companies in Australia including Circus Oz (Blakflip 2018) and The Flying Fruit Fly Circus (NTP 2019).

While Maggie loves circus because it makes climbing on things and people socially acceptable, she is excited about the potential this art form has to unite communities and ignite passion in all kinds of people. Maggie is currently an ensemble member of Arterial with Na Djinang Circus.


Industry PANELs
"International Touring in 2022 – Realities & Expectations for Independent Circus Companies"

Online panel held on Wednesday 10th November 2021

TNA invited a panel of those in the know and on the ground to share what the current complexities and joys of international touring are. The panel included:

  • Aisling Galligan, Festival Programmer for Underbelly Festival
  • Wolfgang Hoffmann, Booking Agent & Consultant at Aurora Nova
  • Danielle Kellie, Executive Producer at Circa
  • Marty Evans, Acrobat at Circa
  • Jake Randell, Director, Acrobat and Founder at Gravity & Other Myths.

 If you missed joining us, and would like to watch the recording, please email


A snapshot of a zoom screen, six boxes each with one person, 3 males and 3 females.