How we got here

Youth Worker Debby Maziarz receives a small grant to deliver a circus skills program to young female offenders at the Sunshine Juvenile Justice Unit.

Debby and her colleague Andrea Ousley establish a circus space at the Flemington Community Centre

The Circus moves to North Melbourne Community Centre and produces its first large-scale performance, ‘Fazed Out’, involving 25 young woman and a live band..
Westside Circus is incorporated as a not-for-profit community arts organisation and engages Steph Urruty as its Marketing and Administration Coordinator.
Workshop program for young people aged 3 to 25 continues to grow. Large-scale performances are presented in the Next Wave and Fringe Festivals
Westside occupies new premises in Smith Street North Fitzroy.¬†Steph Urruty is appointed General Manager and a performance troupe is established, called ‘Behind the Wall’, in reference to the famous ‘Barbed Wire to Bonbonniere’ mural on the Smith Street wall of the Westside building

Founder and Director Debby Maziarz resigns and new Executive Director Lena Cirillo is appointed.

Steph Urruty steps down, having seen the organisation going from strength to strength. Lena Cirillo leads Westside Circus’ relocation to its current home in Brunswick.

Westside settles into its new home and contemplates its future. Lena Cirillo leaves to have a baby.

New CEO Simon Clarke takes over and is joined by Artistic Director Sue Broadway. The troupe is re-established and performs at Festivals all over Melbourne, and many Westside participants – parents and kids – appear as deamons at the opening procession of the Ring Festival.

Firmly established in our new location and busier than ever, Westside continues to flourish and grow. Classes and Workshops are offered in locations from Truganina to Heidelberg. The Troupe performed at the NGV and many other events and festivals across Melbourne. At our headquarters in Brunswick workshops and holiday programs cater to our local community.

The Westside community will continue to offer opportunities to young people and their families, contributing to the health of the community, youth development and the growth of Circus Arts.