NICA announces New Head of Circus Studies

James Brown oncFor the second time in its history, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) has a new Head of Circus Studies, AND it’s one of their graduates!

After an extensive search, and following on from founder and former Head of Circus Studies Mr Lu Guang Rong OAM’s promotion to the position of Director (International Engagement), NICA has appointed 2003 graduate James Brown to the role of Head of Circus Studies.

James was selected in the first intake of students to the Bachelor of Circus Arts in 2001, where he trained circus basics and handstands with Mr Lu. Now, consistent with the evolution of circus, he finds himself working alongside his former trainer and mentor.

“As the former Head of Circus Studies, I am confident that with the help and support of the NICA team, James will raise circus education to the next level, meeting the needs of the post-contemporary circus movement,” said Mr Lu.

After his graduation from NICA James quickly established and co-founded his own business, ThisSideUp Acrobatics specialising in corporate and festival entertainment. ThisSideUp Acrobatics has performed in 14 countries, in over 85 festivals and to around 220,000 audience members.

Now, with more than 15 years of professional circus experience and knowledge, James said he is thrilled to returning to NICA, “focusing on creating ‘industry ready’ artists through realistic and meaningful assessment tasks.”

“I am confident that our new directions will further nurture NICA students to perform, create and develop into innovative artists who contribute to the evolution of the Australian circus industry,” he added.

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Image: James Brown