Meet Lynn Carroll
Lynn is Director of CircusWorks and President of EYCO – the European Youth Circus Organisation.
Lynn Carroll is an internationally renowned expert in circus and education. Throughout her career she has performed globally as a multi-disciplined circus artist with some of the most pioneering and acclaimed contemporary circus companies of the time, as well as being at the forefront of developing the UK youth circus sector for nearly 40 years.
As a performer, Lynn worked with Circus Hazzard in Spain, Skinning the Cat in Germany, and completed four international tours and five site specific shows with NoFit State Circus. She also founded her own aerial, fire and theatre outdoor performance company, Chimaera, which toured internationally in the 1990s, and performed extensively as a solo artist, including at the Millennium Dome.
Throughout her performing career, Lynn continued to organise and teach youth and community circus, as well as tutoring professional artists. She founded Manchester Community Circus, Woodberry Down Youth Circus and Shoreditch Youth Circus, and was Head of Youth Circus at Circus Space (now the National Centre of Circus Arts). Lynn later became the head of NoFit State’s Community and Education programme. In 2011, Lynn became a founder member of The UK Youth Circus Network (which would later become CircusWorks) – she became director in 2014. In 2012 she became a board member of EYCO (the European Youth Circus Organization), and was made President in 2021.
For 40 years, Lynn has witnessed first hand the effect that learning circus can have on a young person’s life. As director of CircusWorks, Lynn works tirelessly to expand and improve the UK youth circus sector, so that one day every child will have the chance to learn circus.
Lynn will be presenting the Open Space, as well as ‘International and European Youth and Social Circus Projects’