The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) Nationwide Audition Search

Monday 24 September - Friday 5 October

Pre-Audition Workshop
, Saturday 14 July at NICA National Circus Centre Melbourne

Australia’s premier circus arts organisation, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), is undertaking a nationwide audition roadshow in search of Australia’s future circus stars.

As the only national arts training institute to offer a Bachelor of Circus Arts, positions at NICA are highly sought after and attract Australia’s most talented, physically gifted and creative young performers. NICA graduates have joined nationally and internationally acclaimed companies including Cirque du Soleil, Dragone (China), Cavalia (Canada), NoFit State Circus (United Kingdom) alongside Australia’s Circa, Circus Oz and Carnival Australia.

“Naturally we are seeking emerging circus artists but our hunt is quite broad, extending to dancers, gymnasts, martial artists, theatre students, trickers, parkour enthusiasts, BMX riders and more. If you are highly focused and wish to make a career out of your skills, we invite you to obtain a degree in elite, contemporary circus arts training,” said NICA’s Head of Circus Studies, James Brown who leads the audition search.

James Brown’s own artistic practice commenced in ballet and traversed acting, gymnastics and circus leading him to work across the globe including performing in the worldwide smash hit musical King Kong. Joining him on the search is VE (Vocational Education) Coordinator Tegan Carmichael, who has worked with Opera Circus, Freedom 2 Move and Victorian State School Spectacular.

Entry into the three-year Bachelor of Circus Arts degree is by audition, interview and successful completion of a medical assessment. Applicants must apply to audition.

The innovative curriculum includes individual and group circus acts, performance and movement skills, circus history and cultural studies, circus business and career management; anatomy, physiology, nutrition and sports psychology for circus artists and health and safety in the circus environment.

NICA also offers two foundation courses, the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Circus Arts.

On Saturday 14 July NICA is offering an intensive one-day Pre-Audition Workshop at their Prahran National Circus Centre to assist applicants to prepare for their auditions. The program includes performance and dance classes, circus training as well as information about auditions, facilities and student life at NICA.

Audition Applications are NOW OPEN and will close Friday 24 August. Applicants are required to apply via the NICA website at


SYDNEY: Monday 24 September at Aerialize, 7-9 Close Street, Canterbury

PERTH: Wednesday 26 September at Circus WA, 92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle

ADELAIDE: Thursday 27 September at Cirkidz (SA), 27 Fifth Street, Bowden

BRISBANE: Tuesday 2 October at Flipside Circus, 117 Mina Parade, Alderley

MELBOURNE: Thursday 4 October and Friday 5 October at National Institute of Circus Arts, 39-59 Green Street, Prahran

$50 fee to audition. Audition times will be advised to applicants as part of the application process.

More information and audition application:

For further information on the Pre-Audition Workshop, see:




Prue Bassett - | 0419 559 040
Michaela Hall – | 0419 113 633


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