New creative director joins Spaghetti Circus team
WITH more than 25 years of experience in theatre, circus and dance, Simone O'Brien was the perfect person to take on the role of creative director with Mullumbimby-based Spaghetti Circus.
She recently worked as the artistic associate for Legs on the Wall, an internationally recognised company which has two distinct strands of work: large-scale outdoor performances, and more intimate productions in conventional venues.
Ms O'Brien said she was looking forward to joining the Spaghetti Circus team.
She is particularly excited about the upcoming Term 3 classes.
"There is no better way to get to know someone than being play with them on the floor and have great fun and exercise in a positive, safe and inclusive way," she said.
"I love circus for this reason and for many others and I love Spaghetti Circus particularly because it has been doing this so well for so many years."
Over the years Ms O'Brien has worked on ABC Kids TV (as a monkey), Circus Oz, the National Institute for Circus Arts, Urban Theatre Projects and Force Majeure.
She recently finished a four-week clowning course in Paris.
At Spaghetti Circus, she will use her experience in aerials, community development and social circus to continue to grow the organisation.
"Spaghetti Circus is an amazing social enterprise, long before the term was hip," she said.
"It has been serving the Northern Rivers community for over 22 years, thanks to the love and boundless energy of some really passionate people, such as Leonie Mills (the founder of Spaghetti).
"I am so pleased to be able to work with Leonie, Alice and all the other Spaghetti staff as it fulfils many personal and professional goals for me in the areas of quality teaching, working with children and young people and community cultural development.
"I look forward to working with the team to build on our strengths, fortify our position as a thriving community owned and run organisation and explore avenues for sustainable growth into the future."