Ballon Act | Cirque Performer | Comedy Burlesque | Juggler | Stilt Walker | Stilt-o-cycle | Unicyclist
I've always been a clown. It's hard to find a picture of me as a kid without a goofy face and outfit. When I was 10, I started going to circus camp in Connecticut and fell in love with it. I begged my parents for a unicycle and at Christmas, it finally came. But my mom hid it in the closet knowing I would sneak a peek in the middle of the night. I woke up devastated that there was no large package under the tree until she directed me to a long string that had a note: "Follow Me."
I was obsessed. I spent hours after school every day practicing new tricks. At 12, I was wearing stilts while riding a special tall unicycle I called a "stilt-o-cycle." I was asked to join a youth traveling circus at age 13 and toured around New York and New England. At 17, I traveled with a non-youth circus for a year. I spent another year volunteering with AmeriCorps in Albuquerque, NM, teaching circus skills to kids and working with an arts program for kids with autism. I helped start a children's summer circus camp there that's still running today.
After that, I left for San Francisco, where I graduated from a year-long program at Circus Center's Clown Conservatory under the direction of Cirque du Soleil performer Jeff Raz, Ringling Brothers Clown Paoli Lacy, and Chinese Acrobatics Coach Xiao Hong Weng. Since graduating I've taken workshops and intensives with James Donlon and Dan Griffiths.