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Our core staff

Cirkidz is an Incorporated Association governed by a Board of Directors and managed by its General Manager and Artistic Director and supported by 7 core staff members.

Joshua Hoare: Artistic Director. Josh graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts (Swinburne University) University of Sydney and the University of New England. His work spans circus and physical theatre, opera and event direction and facilitation. He has been an Australia Council for the arts future leader, and Japanese government ship for world youth delegate. As an artistic director and trained linguist, Josh is committed to creative solutions for reclaiming sleeping languages. Josh has always been fascinated by the truths that bodies have access to, unavailable in verbal communication. His greatest work of art is his family with Andrea and his son Arno.

Nick Skibinski: General Manager. Nick has enjoyed a successful career in the Arts. Currently, he specialises in providing business process, strategy, HR and General Management advice and support for Not for Profits. Most recently he was the CEO of Australian Dance Theatre for four years. Before that he spent nearly 10 years at the Adelaide Festival Centre as a programming executive where he developed, presented and produced over 170 individual events and productions, from small scale industry developments programs through to the creation of the inaugural OzAsia festival as its first Executive Producer. He holds a BA in Arts Politics from Flinders University. His young daughter joined the Cirkidz Tiddlerz program in 2012 and is nurturing a keen interest in hula hoop.

Meredith Kitchen: Associate Director.  Meredith Kitchen has had over 30 years of experience as a performer, choreographer, teacher and more recently as a director across different performing art forms including, dance, physical theatre, puppetry and circus. She trained as a dancer from an early age and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She went on to perform with Australian Dance Theatre, Dance North, Chrissie Parrot Dance Collective and The One Extra Company, before leaving dance behind and joining Compagnie Phillipe Genty in Paris, France where she remained for over 12 years. She collaborated with Compagnie Genty in the roles of performer, rehearsal assistant, tour rehearsal director, choreographer in 5 different productions touring the world including the world expo 1998. She created a full-length solo work “Disappearing Acts” which toured Portugal and Spain. On returning to Australia in 2010 she took up the position of Head of Movement Studies at The National Institute of Circus Arts. She was in charge of designing, implementing and teaching the movement studies course overall year levels. She also worked the performance program on many NICA productions in both choreographer and director roles.

Kylie Tilley: Admin Coordinator. Curly Kylie has a vast background in customer relations, including work in the Disability sector & Construction industry. With a bit of a quirky personality, Kylie is loving the variety at the SACC centre. You will most likely see her smiley face welcoming you into the building.  Kylie is responsible for coordinating and running Cirkidz regular programs, events and workshops, gathering feedback and presenting insights and program performance to the executive team while ensuring all relevant standards, processes and regulations are upheld.  She loves her work with clients and staff and enjoys completing all projects as efficiently and promptly as possible, working to deliver programs that align with the organisation’s strategic visions.  She is integral in managing relationships with clients, liaising with the marketing and communications team to increase awareness of SACC programs, and helping to expand and enhance the quality of existing programs.

Hannah Tunstill: Digital Content Creation. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music, Hannah has had an eclectic career in music teaching, youth arts administration, and creative freelancing. She worked at Carclew Youth Arts before coming to the SA Circus Centre to assist in administration and marketing, and content production. Her freelance photography, graphic design and filming experience include working with local bands, live venues, arts organisations and local government. She also finds time to teach music and play regular DJ sets. Hannah loves working on SA Circus Centre’s projects, as there are so many amazing circus moments to help capture and share.