Circa’s first-class new chair

Circa Contemporary Circus is catapulting into 2024 with the appointment of Ann Sherry AO as the new Chair.

Announcing the appointment, Circa’s Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz said: “As Circa embarks on an ambitious growth phase in these unstable times, we look forward to Ann’s guidance and insights as we move forward, touring the globe, building new initiatives and preparing for the 2032 Olympics.”

Ann Sherry is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, Enero Group, the Port of Townsville and Queensland Airports Limited, and also Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology and a Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank.

Ms Sherry was awarded an Order of Australia in 2004, and the Australian Government’s Centenary Medal in 2001, and in 2015 won the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.

Responding to the appointment Ann said: “Circa is an outstanding arts organisation with a wonderful international reputation, an amazing collaborator with other art forms and companies, and an innovator in the circus world. I am excited to be joining the Circa team.”

In honour of previous Chair Michael Lynch, they have renamed the Circa Studio to The Michael Lynch Studio.

“Michael’s contribution to Circa has been inestimable. …He provided robust and compassionate leadership through the dark, challenging days of Covid and has been an indefatigable supporter and champion of our executive team and the company as a whole. On a personal level, Michael has provided the wisdom of a true mentor…” Mr Lifschitz said.

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