Circus Skills Jam

This class is taught by:

Sabrina Wenske

Sabrina Wenske is a San Francisco-based theatre actor and deviser, primarily in clown. She is proud to have been in many devised ensemble works, including "Bend the Rules, Eat the Head" which won best of the 2015 SF Fringe Festival, her clown scenes in Circus Center's "Guilty as Sin," "How to Ripen" with Addie Ulrey for 2014 FuryFactory Festival, "Portrait of the Young Artist as a Young Artist" with Ragged Wing for FoolsFury Factory Parts 2013, and "O Best Beloved" which won best of the 2013 SF Fringe Festival.


Sabrina graduated with honors in History from UC Berkeley, and then attended Dell’Arte International in 2012. In the Bay Area, she has worked with Bay Area Children’s Theater, FaultLine theater, and Ragged Wing Ensemble. Sabrina teaches theatre and circus with SF Shakes, Circus of Smiles, Living Dream Arts, Acrosports, and Circus Center.


With the Naked Empire Bouffon Company, Sabrina is currently developing her own Bouffon piece “My Fellow ‘Mericans" with Cara Sue McClendon, directed by Nathaniel Justiniano, and set for premiere in 2016. As program director for Naked Empire, she is delighted to keep putting together monthly curated cabarets with others who are bouffon-minded, every third Saturday of the month at Pianofight.


Sabrina teaches Circus Skills Jam with Oscar Velarde, an LA-born martial artist, stunt clown, and diabolo artist.


Photo Credit: Kellen Freeman.

Oscar Velarde

Oscar Velarde was born and raised in Los Angeles. Growing up he trained in various styles of martial arts such as Karate-do and Brazilian Jiujitsu. He was introduced to the circus arts through his family who own El Gran Circo de Mexico, where Oscar performed as a stunt clown. In his first year on tour, he was introduced to Diabolo and began to teach himself for years until he was able to compile enough tricks to become a feature act.
Oscar teaches Circus Skills Jam with Sabrina Wenske, an award-winning San Francisco-based theatre actor and deviser, primarily in clown.

Every Friday night from 7-9pm, Circus Center holds a FREE open play session where you can experiment with juggling, tightwire, rolla bolla, feather balancing, clowning, and more in a casual setting, under the supervision of our instructors. Did we mention Circus Skills Jam is FREE?

No experience required.

Everyone age 8 and older is welcome, however, all students under age 18 must have a parent sign our general release form, and children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by parents at all times.