Tessa Overbeek studied at the University of Groningen, where she focused her research on the development of various art forms in a broader cultural context. She came into contact with contemporary circus via Inside Out by the Swedish circus company Cirkus Cirkör. Her interview with Tilde Björfors, founder of Cirkör, was published in Community Art: The Politics of Trespassing (Valiz), and her essay on circus and the changing education in Sweden appeared in Teaching Art in the Neoliberal Realm. She is also an author and editor at Circuspunt, a website dedicated entirely to contemporary circus. In recent years she has begun training in various circus disciplines.