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Mike Finch is the Artistic Director of Circus Oz. Since 1990 he has studied (and taught) Communications, Theatre/Media at university in Bathurst, directed some short films and video, busked with street performers The Banana Brothers and directed big cabarets for petrol-head festivals in the Central West of New South Wales. His training includes acrobatics, juggling, cinematography and setting things on fire.
In 1992 Mike did a couple of weeks making coffee as the Work-Experience Guy at Circus Oz. From there he went on to be a founder of Circus Monoxide, a group of friendly lunatics performing a mobile show off the side of a convoy of big buses.
After a year on the road from Eden to Cairns performing in the show and living in a bunk, he accidentally applied to be Artistic Director and co-CEO of Circus Oz, a position he’s held since 1997, making it over a decade since he started the job.
Not withstanding the chaotic ambiguity of the creative process Mike reluctantly concedes that for him it’s probably the best job in the world.