Galway Community Circus is made up of a dedicated team committed to bringing the joy of circus to the community. We at Galway Community Circus are thankful for our many valued artists, administrators, technicians, volunteers and members. Meet a few of the people at the heart of our organisation:
Gwen Le Guillou
Youth Circus Coordinator
Arts Administration Intern
Tutors and visiting artists
We work with Galway-based circus tutors and performers, including Aengus Van Hout, Aidan Phelan, Alex Allison, Blue Hanley, Lauren Trainor, Lisa O’Farrell, Maria Auletta, Stephen McGinley, Rachel Webb and Victoria Furey.
We regularly bring in visiting Irish and international circus artists to share their expertise and teach in our classes. This gives our members a wider knowledge of different skills, as well as an insight into new developments in circus arts. We also bring in artists from other fields such as dance, theatre, visual arts and gymnastics
We have worked in partnership with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre and Tumble Circus for a number of years. Galway Community Circus and Fidget Feet have created nine large-scale productions together: CirComics (2016), Grimm’s Circus and Once Upon a Circus (2015), Circopolis and Circopolín Children (2014), The Circus of Lir (2012-13), The Lost Circus (2011), The Attack of the Circus (2010) and Hanging Out (2008).
Board of directors
Our directors bring a range of expertise and skills to the board. Board members make a commitment of two to three years and, as well as attending the board meetings, they work on specific tasks and projects throughout the year. If you would like more information about how we work or what being a board member involves, you can email the chair, Aine Kilgallon, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A heartfelt thank you to all former board members for their tremendous support over the years.
Galway Community Circus was founded in 2002 by Karin Wimmer, Lisa O’Farrell and Mariosa Hume as the first youth circus in the Republic of Ireland. Karin (Clown Pipa) worked as the Project Manager from the circus’s inception until July 2009, promoting the benefits of circus training for young people and giving her energy and commitment to the project. Today we continue to serve and build on the founders’ original mission of teaching circus skills to young people. Please see our Mission for further information about the aims and objectives of our circus.