Five Ring Lead Mentor

We're looking for an experienced youth circus teacher to join us at Circus Central as a Lead Mentor for our Five Ring Youth Circus Programme.

About Circus Central:

We are a circus arts charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We use circus arts to transform lives. We run activities for all ages and abilities across a broad spectrum of circus arts.

Our mission is to:

  • Connect and strengthen individuals of all ages and abilities
  • Develop physical, social and professional skills
  • Build confident and resilient communities

Check through our website to find more about who we are and what we do.

About Five Ring Youth Circus

Five Ring is our flagship youth circus programme. Through Five Ring we use circus, performance, and physical skills to enhance young people’s lives. Five Ring is an inclusive hub for young enthusiasts who want to focus on their training and have the opportunity to perform locally, nationally and internationally. During term time, Five Ring meet twice a week to train and develop their circus skills.

About you:

We're looking for an enthusiastic, skilled circus teacher to join our team as a Five Ring Lead Mentor. You will work closely with the Five Ring Director to run the Five Ring Youth Circus. You will be a main point of delivery for teaching on the programme, you will also work with a variety of regular and specialist mentors. We're looking for someone that works well independently as well as part of a team, and has a passion for youth circus. Please see the role descriptor for more information.

About the role:

This is a 1 year freelance contract. Salary: £20/hour: On average 5 hours teaching time per week with additional planning time during term time. Additional Five Ring teaching hours also available during holiday intensives and short courses. Other teaching opportunities on our wider programme of clubs, classes and community outreach also available.

To apply: click here to see our Five Ring Lead Mentor role descriptor (opens in a new tab). Please send a cover letter of no more than one page summarising your experience, suitability for the role (in line with the role descriptor) and why you'd like to join the team. Successful candidates will be invited to interview week commencing 8th March.

  • Deadline for applications: 4pm, Monday 22nd February
  • Interview: Week commencing Monday 8th March
  • Start date: Negotiable from Monday 22nd March

 Become a Core Mentor

Want to join our team of regular mentors? We're keen to add to our vibrant team of freelance circus mentors: whether your skills lie in technique, creative practice or you can do it all we'd love to hear from you. Send an email to to request our application pack.

 Offer a Masterclass

Are you a professional with the ability to teach a masterclass, or series of specialist circus arts workshops? We are always keen to offer our amateurs and professionals the chance to develop their skills and learn something new. If you would like to offer a specialist class (in person or online), then get in touch via