Under Construction


Under Construction is a new initiative from Australia’s National Youth Circus to develop and support emerging circus artists in regional NSW. It provides a structure for the creative development and presentation of original new physical theatre and circus works, concluding with a work-in-progress premiere during the annual Borderville Circus Festival in Albury-Wodonga.

Each residency will receive:

  • seed funding of $4,000 and in-kind support of up to $7,000
  • up to three weeks access to the Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC) rehearsal facilities and equipment.
  • advice, feedback and mentorship
  • public liability and workers compensation insurance for all artists contracted for the duration of the residency
  • free accommodation in our Circus House, a five minute walk from FFFC, subject to negotiation of dates
  • basic technical support for a work-in-progress showing during Borderville Circus Festival (December 2020).
  • 80% of net box office revenue from showing



The lead artist/s must have a NSW residential address. Other members of the team may reside elsewhere.

This is a residency program for emerging circus & physical theatre artists. We define emerging as in your first five years of professional practice.


Your Application

Applications for 2020 are now closed.


Introducing the 2020 Under Construction resident artists

Dylan Singh and collaborators Karina Schiller, Lesh Kelso and Tomas Correia will develop Insert Name, a joyful circus and physical theatre show that prompts young people to think about the role they play in society. Singh is a second-generation circus artist and is a cast member in Chasing Smoke, Australia’s only all First Nations circus ensemble.


Ellen Perry Armstrong, Maisie Walker-Stelling, Jacqui Turner and Mitch Craighead will develop Crossroads, a topical work exploring the tension navigating the world between circus and university studies. All four artists have many years’ experience in youth circus, including Walker-Stelling and Craighead who are both 2017 graduates of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. The four all attend Australian National University for tertiary academic studies, and continue their circus work at Aerial Sports Studio, Canberra.


Stephanie Pick will work on a one-woman show Derelict, using clowning, dance trapeze and puppeteering to explore the inner mind of a woman battling eating disorders. Pick is a recent graduate of the National Institute of Circus Arts, and came to circus later in life, having worked as a physical theatre performer and personal trainer until 2016.

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