CaPT PD and Sector Support


TNA aims to provide opportunities for the Circus and Physical Theatre sector to access professional development, as well as offering support through a variety of means.


TNA facilitates access to workshops, training and advice for CaPT practitioners at all career stages.

In recent years this has included things like: an online panel on international touring, one-on-one feedback sessions on grant applications, access & equity training for the CaPT Advisory Committee.

Sign up to the CaPT Bulletin below to stay in the loop about upcoming PD opportunities for the CaPT sector.


TNA strives to promote equity, justice, access and inclusion across all of our programs. Our Equity Action Plan guides this work and is embedded in the Circus and Physical Theatre Strategy. Some of the ways we embed these values in our CaPT programs include:

Access & Equity Bursaries for TNA Events
For all TNA gatherings and events, we offer financial support to help alleviate barriers to participation, including costs like childcare, interpreters and regional travel costs.

Access in Circus Project
TNA will be working across 2023 with artists and practitioners from the CaPT sector who have lived experience of disability & chronic illness. This project will aim to better understand and begin to address the lack of representation of disabled people in the professional CaPT sector.

Email if you'd like to know more.


To celebrate, reward and support our sector, TNA offers a range of awards, bursaries and mentorships.

Emerging First Nations Artist Mentorship
This mentorship is awarded to an Australian First Nations CaPT artist in the early years of their professional practice, and includes a bursary to support engagement with the professional industry. More information.

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Johnny Brown

Johnathon (Johnny) is a proud Anawan, Kamilaroi Man from Armidale, NSW in the New England region. Growing up in a regional community Johnny didn’t have access to the performing arts, but despite this he forged his own path working with some of Australia’s leading choreographers and contemporary circus companies.

Johnny's passion for movement and storytelling have led him to perform all over the world in major festivals such as Sydney Festival (2022), and as part of award-winning shows Knee Deep and Chasing Smoke by Casus Circus. He is currently an ensemble member with Na Djinang Circus.


The 2022 Emerging Artist Mentee was Maggie Church-Kopp.

NICA Graduate Award
This award is presented to a NICA student who is graduating from the Bachelor of Circus Arts and beginning their first year of professional practice. It includes free TNA memberships and mentorship from the TNA CaPT team.

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Grace Robins

NICA Outstanding Student Leader - TNA Observership
This annual opportunity is offered to a final year NICA student, and allows them to attend and observe meetings of TNA's CaPT Advisory Committee. It is a unique chance to gain industry insight and make valuable connections across the country. 

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Amy Stone


The 2022 Outstanding Student Leader was Linda Corazza.

Melbourne Fringe Emerging CaPT Artist Award
TNA facilitates access to workshops, training and advice for CaPT practitioners at all career stages.

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Chiharu Valentino


Former recipients of this award include Georgia Deguara (2019) and Harley Mann (2018).