Our Story

Our Story

The CircusMASH dream began long ago, when co-founders Joe and Zaq met working for a youth circus school in America. Each specialised in a different skills set and with Joe’s experienced background in performance and education, combined with Zaq’s management expertise in circus development, they put their passion for circus and community into action.
In 2010, their ideas and dreams of opening a circus organisation in Joe’s hometown of Birmingham, became a much closer reality. As Joe began teaching Aerial classes a few times a week, Zaq moved to the UK to take on a rigging apprenticeship and help grow the dream behind the scenes. CircusMASH began to form itself through a wonderful network of community members, participating in the ever growing classes and community workshops that were available. By 2011, the name CircusMASH was brought to life, through a very literal MASHing of lives from the founders, community members and the various ideas of what the organisation would represent. As classes began to grow, so did the number of participants and programmes, branching out from community training and youth performance programmes, to professional development and producing unique circus experiences.
Now, CircusMASH specialises in the growth and development of circus in the West Midlands, both from a community standpoint as well as professional artist development. A passion to not only make circus accessible and approachable, but also to keep the highest standards of quality circus and maintain the highest regard for safety protocol.  CircusMASH combines experience and expertise, with passion and devotion, to create a network of circus in the West Midlands region and beyond. Working towards bridging the gap among disengaged communities, while being the connective tissue for emerging and professional artists to grow in their skills, CircusMASH has a programme to suit you. So join the family, come get your circus on and achieve something impossible!