So you want my arts job: Circus Rigger

Working behind the scenes in the circus sector isn’t for everyone, but if you have a good head for heights and know what makes a stage safe, rigging could be the career for you.

Kaleb Hawkins is currently employed within the technical department at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) as Head Rigger where his main responsibilities include overseeing circus training safety, rig design for shows and general training, and ensuring all training spaces are equipped and operating to industry standard. Hawkins gained his Bachelor of Circus Arts specialising in swinging trapeze and tissue graduating in 2008. Following this he then continued his swinging trapeze training in Montreal under the master tutelage of world renowned coach Victor Fomine at École Leotard.   

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts