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.


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

Some of the ways TNA supports the capt sector

  • 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.






The strategy overview is available as a PDF or Word document. For the full strategy or for further information please email Steph.

CaPT  initiativeS

Producer Club

Introducing the ‘Producers Club’ for Circus and Physical theatre producers. A bi-monthly session at the TNA saloon (in Melbourne) / or online, to meet, have a tea and biscuit, work through challenges and share successes with a bunch of like-minded and experienced folk. Bespoke to the most urgent needs, skills, and conversations that the participants have identified for their producing practice. Sessions will be partly facilitated and partly driven by the participants - blending conversation with dedicated work sessions. There will also be an opportunity for participants to get supported with business-like advice on topics like superannuation and industry standard rates.

Next Session:

Monday 13th December 14:00 - 17:00 (All career points) & Friday 17th December 14:00 - 17:00 (established Producers only).

Check in and workshop difficulties with your peers. December sessions will be held in real life in our Melbourne Office, TBC on restrictions. More details to come.


International Touring in 2022 – Realities & Expectations for Independent Circus Companies (Online Panel held on Wednesday 10th November)

International touring has been key to the survival and growth of many Australian Circus companies. As we begin to recover from the disruption causes by COVID-19 we set our sights on taking the long-haul flights back across the Indian Ocean in 2022, and with that companies need to know what the risks, expectations, and realties are.

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.