He supervises the Human Performance Lab at the University of Manitoba which is devoted to research on physical literacy. He is a scientist of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, and an associate of the Spinal Cord Research Centre in Winnipeg. He is the Scientific Director of the Centre for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (CRITAC) at the Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal, Canada. He is the recipient of numerous awards for building community wellness through service to community, as well as major awards for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. He is the original designer or contributor for many tools for assessing physical literacy.
Director – Center for Research, Innovation and Transfer in Circus Arts,Holder of SSHRC Industrial Reseach Chair for Colleges in Circus Arts
Ecole National du Cirque, Montreal
Lina Johansson work as a director, specialist choreographer and movement director, alongside her role as Artistic Director of Mimbre- a female-led circus company using acrobatics, high physicality and strong visual imagery to illuminate human connections.
Originally trained in circus skills and specialising in acrobatics and acrobalance, Lina acquired further training from a variety of movement and performance practices which has shaped and informed her style of theatrical and physical language.
Mimbre has toured across 23 countries and has created performances for both the small and big scale, for indoor venues as well as outdoor settings. Most recently Mimbre performed at Dior’s Haute Couture show at Paris Fashion week, where Johansson choreographed 18 female acrobats to fill the runway with acrobatic gates and arches framing the models and the collection. Mimbre’s 2018 production, ‘The Exploded Circus’, was a visual extravaganza weaving a physical story about how we deal with change and new beginnings.
Since 2008 Mimbre has run a youth programme on housing estates in Hackney, using acrobatics, street dance, discussions and performance projects to build confidence, improve well-being, and promote inclusion.
Johansson’s directing and choreography credits include: ‘Lifted’ – mimbre UK and European tour, ‘Dream Parade’ – Christian Dior/Mimbre (Choreographer) for Paris Fashion Week; ‘The Exploded Circus’ – Mimbre – UK Tour (Director); ‘Aida’- English national Opera (Movement Director); ‘Wondrous Strange’ – Royal Shakespeare Company/Mimbre (Director); ‘City of The Unexpected’ – National Theatre Wales/WMC (Associate Director), ‘Orfeo’ – National Opera House/Roundhouse (Acrobatic Choreographer); ‘Polymer’ – Udderbelly, London (director); ‘Mergence’ – National Centre for Circus Arts (Director); ‘Falling Up’ and ‘Bench’ by Mimbre – National and European tours (Director); ; ‘What We Do Is What We Love’ – Roundhouse (Director); Boris Gudinov – Royal Shakespeare Company (Acrobatic Choreographer).
Steven Desanghere is fast becoming to go-to person for group facilitation among social and youth circusprojects in Europe. He works with emergent agendas, and ensures all participants feel heard, included and involved. He has been a facilitator for ASK- Assistant Trainers Sharing Knowledge- Erasmus funded project creating a new curriculum and guidebook for teaching assistant trainers. Steven is also an expert in social circus, and will facilitate discussions on the role of circus skills as a tool for social engagemen. He is the author of “Look at Me, The Circus Approach: working with children and young people through the circus arts”
Peter Duncan Freelance circus trainer ( Not Circus Eruption any more)
Peter became interested in Circus whilst on a Social work course. He was one of the founders of
Circus Eruption – a social circus based in Swansea. He has trained with Cirque du Monde , and
worked as a trainer with many Circus groups in the UK, and contributed to masterclasses across
Europe, A long term board member helping at several conferences and festivals.
Current work includes circus and physical literacy with under 5’s , University of the Third Age- health
and wellbeing circus for the over 60’s and work with Circushouse Manchester.
Joe is a Founder and Director of Circus Mash in Birmingham
Lynn Carroll is currently a director of CircusWorks, the UK Youth Circus Network. She has been a circus performer and teacher since training with social circus pioneer Reg Bolton in the 1980’s.
Lynn traveled Europe and Australia performing street shows and cabarets, as a juggler, acrobat, and aerialist. A long time performer with NoFit State Circus, Lynn has also worked with Circus Hazzard in Spain, Skinning the Cat, and her own aerial company Chimaera.
Lynn gained her skills at Fooltime and Circus Space, plus with Roqulio Rivel in Spain and with Lu Rong in Australia.
Lynn believes strongly in the power of circus to change lives. As head of Youth Circus at The Circus Space, London, she built the youth programme from a weekly 2 hour class to a major department within the organisation. She was Community Manager for NoFit State for 8 years, before leaving to spend more time on CircusWorks.
Teo Greenstreet has over 30 years experience in growing circus. He is a freelance creative enterprise director; currently Centre Director of Greentop Community Circus Centre and Development Director at Curious School of Puppetry, formerly co-founder and CEO of The Circus Space, now National Centre for Circus Arts, and CEO The Media Centre. He has a particular interest in sustainability and supported numerous project across a range of arts and learning environments, performed and taught for 5 years and is a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme.
Richard Moore has been a researcher at the Sport Industry Research Centre since 2008. He is a graduate in Journalism and Sport and Recreation Management with an applied working and volunteering background in Sport. Richard’s main area of expertise is in monitoring and evaluating sport or leisure programmes with particular specialism in school sport, leadership, coaching and volunteering.
Leah Carroll is marketing manager and survey co-ordinator for CircusWorks. She grew up in travelling circuses, only stopping to attend university and achieving a 1st class hons degree in English Literature and Creative writing, She studied fine art, and is a performer and artist when not working for CircusWorks