Kate Malone  | Flipside Circus  |  Wednesday 28th January, 2015

New Leader of Flipside Circus

William Pike Flipside CEO

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to join such a vibrant and exciting youth-arts company like Flipside Circus and look forward to contributing to the company’s continued success.”

William Pike



A new year sees a new CEO take their place at Flipside Circus, Queensland’s largest youth arts company.  William Pike is taking the helm from Debbie Wilks who is stepping down after ten years of service at the company. William comes with a vibrancy that will no doubt continue to see Flipside Circus achieve world class success.

Hamish Clift, Chair of Flipside’s Board, says William comes to Flipside with a cornucopia of knowledge and experience of the performing arts sector. William also brings a particular understanding of the need to provide young people the opportunity to explore their place in the world through the arts and through circus.

“William comes to Flipside at a very exciting time for the organisation and his contribution will be vital to its future development. The board is utterly delighted to have William join us.” Hamish Clift

Mr Pike said he was happy to be building on the amazing work of Debbie Wilks, who has raised the profile of Flipside Circus not only nationally, but internationally. “Past students have gone on to perform for world-class companies like Circa, Company 2, Casus, Briefs and Cirque Du Soleil. The company’s reputation in the community at large is first-rate.”

“William is a terrific addition to our dedicated team and we are cannot wait to see the opportunities his appointment presents the young people of Queensland.” Hamish Clift

About William Pike

William joined the Brisbane Powerhouse team in 2006 in a newly created role of Theatre Hire Manager which was responsible for managing the commercial hiring of the theatre spaces. William set about harnessing the potential of the venues commercial activities and grew this commercial arm of the organisation. William was appointed to the role of Program Manager in 2011 and led a team of producers to deliver one of the most varied annual arts programs in Queensland.

William as Program Manager produced Brisbane Comedy Festival which has grown to become one of the most popular festivals in Queensland with over 30,000 visitations across the four-week festival each year. Another program William was passionate about was Powerkids the much loved school holiday program for children aged 2-12 and their families which he produced for three years.

Early in his career as a high school drama teacher William worked at Kenmore State High School.

“Being able to contribute to a young person’s development as a creative thinker is what I love most about teaching and learning in the arts.”    William Pike

IMAGE: William Pike via Flipside Circus
ORIGINAL SOURCE: Flipside Circus Media Release – William Pike