Deb Wilks – Executive Director
Deb’s dedication to Performing Arts has seen her working for over 20 years in the Arts Sector, and she is know as a driving force in Australian Circus. She has worked with many emerging and established artists and has a passion for improving the business skills of Artists and building the value of the arts to non-artists.
This passion is the impetus behind Cluster Arts.
“I am a quick thinking arts professional who enjoys thinking outside the box. I understand the importance of strong governance. I have enjoyed a solid career in business, and in the arts and believe you cannot have one without the other.”
Deb has a strong track record in working with community organisations and working collaboratively with a diverse range of people. Her career has included CEO of Flipside Circus (2009-2015) and CEO of Aboriginal Centre for Performance Arts (ACPA) (2015). She has worked as a creative writer on her own range of cookbooks, and starred in a series exercise videos. Deb holds a Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts & Culture) and is currently completing her Masters In Management (Arts & Culture).
“The circus and performing arts community is one big global family and I love travelling and finding the Artists wherever I go. From ‘winning’ a lap dance from Briefs Artist Davy Sampford in Brisbane, to watching Company 2’s Scotch and Soda in London, to seeing my son Tim performing Flying Trapeze in Japan, and more. I am looking forward to seeing what the next generation of emerging Artists has to show the world!”