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.

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 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: