Meet the Team

Vicki McManus
(Artistic Director/Head Instructor)

Back in 1998 Vicki was inspired to learn trapeze at The National Centre for Circus Arts in London after working with two trapeze artists on a dance project. She had just graduated with a BA Hon degree in performing arts specializing in dance and physical theatre and it wasn’t long before she was performing aerial professionally with many contemporary circus companies in theatres at festivals and corporate events across the UK and internationally.

Vicki’s’ experience has been vast ranging from performing with Kylie Minoque, Pericles at The Shakespeare Globe, La Clique at The Famous Spiegletent to Mary Poppins in the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Vicki has been teaching aerial skills for many years now, being inspired by the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of her students engaging in aerial circus.

Alex Poulter (Head Rigger)

Alex Poulter has been a professional performer for over two decades specialising in circus and aerial arts. His most recent credits are for choreography in a Sony Expedia Commercial (Beautifully thin) and the Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony, and as an aerial, circus and special skills consultant in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Tamati (Aerial Instructor)

Tamati runs Acrobody, a Brighton based independent company dedicated to aerial acrobatic coaching and fitness. He specialises in aerial silks, but also teaches and performs all aerial disciplines. Tam regularly performs at Brighton cabarets and festivals.

As a charity we also have a strong board of trustees, made up of a cross-section of users – from parents of the youth circus to professional circus practitioners. The board works alongside our instructors and other team members to continually drive The Circus Project forward. Further information about our board can be found at The Charity Commission website.

  • Peter Hedgethorne – Board Chair
  • Dan Hewitt – Treasurer
  • Lucy Kenward – Secretary
  • David Ward – Trustee
  • John McDermott – Trustee
  • Position Vacant – Trustee
  • Position Vacant – Trustee

The Circus Project is looking to add to the current board of trustees.
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