Summer Circus Intensive with Dr. Jonathan Priest and Guests

Embark on a transformative journey of circus exploration and innovation with this unique and unparalleled opportunity!

Join Dr. Jonathan Priest, the visionary course leader of Circomedia’s Masters Program in Directing Circus, for an intensive week of circus training and creative workshops with an aerial focus.

This course is hosted by Circomedia’s MA in Directing Circus and features approaches to making work not available on other programs.

Our Masters program is the only one of its kind in Europe and will enable you to enrich your circus toolbox. This intensive week is for performers of circus who wish to develop the form and content of their work.

What to Expect…

Devising and Creation Tools: Taking place in our high-level circus facilities in Bristol, each day will begin with a warm-up followed by skills classes, as well as creative devising and performance games with some of the big names from the UK contemporary circus industry.

There will be regular opportunities for skills sharings between participants and the staff team. You will discover new devising and creation tools and learn innovative approaches to meaning-making, unlocking a range of creative possibilities.

Personalised Research Question: Receive guidance in designing a course of artistic research tailored to your specific creative circus practice. Dr. Jonathan Priest and fellow industry professionals will assist you to refine your focus and revitalise your artistic journey.

If you are looking to create new work, re-work an existing act, or simply want to work with new themes and new content, please get in touch. Please outline your idea within your application and, if suitable, we will invite you to join this summer intensive.

Masterclasses and Workshops: Engage in skills classes and creative circus-devising workshops led by skilled industry professionals. Elevate your technical proficiency and gain insights from experienced practitioners in the field.

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One-on-One Tutorials: Benefit from personalised attention with one-to-one tutorials, outside eye feedback, and directorial assistance from seasoned pros. Dr. Priest, Charlotte Mooney, Moira Hunt, the graduating Masters students in Directing Circus and other big industry names will guide you through your creative process.

Aerial Disciplines Focus: Delve into the world of aerial disciplines, or add to your skill set with courses in flying trapeze. Work closely with the legendary Mike Wright of Above and Beyond Flying School, enhancing your skills and pushing your boundaries.

Public-Facing Performance: Showcase your newfound talents in a live public-facing performance – an exhilarating cabaret hosted at our Portland Square venue in Bristol, UK. The event will be professionally filmed by the esteemed film school at Bath Spa University, providing you with a personalized promotional video to share with the world.

Network with Industry Professionals: Celebrate your achievements with a festive dinner where you can eat, drink, be merry, and mingle with influential figures in the circus industry. Network, share experiences, and pave the way for future collaborations.

There are only 10 spaces available on this exclusive week of circus exploration.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to revitalise your creative practice and emerge with an original act that reflects the depth of your artistic vision.

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Course details

Dates: Monday 15 – Sunday 21 July 2024.

There will also be the option to join us on Saturday 13 July to see a Circomedia Alumni trapeze show.

Location: Circomedia, Kingswood Estate, Bristol, BS15 8DB and Circomedia, St. Paul’s Church, Bristol, BS2 8SJ

Cost: £980 per student.

The fee does not include meals or accommodation.

Details of the guest lecturers will be announced soon.

Please register your interest in joining the summer intensive by emailing

Application details:

To apply, please email with the subject line ‘Summer Intensive Application’. Within the email or attachments, please outline your project/show idea and an explanation of what you want to achieve from your time with Circomedia.

These applications will be reviewed by Dr Jonathan Priest and he will decide which applicants receive a place on this exclusive course.

International applications are welcome.