As the General Manager, Katie Whitcraft is responsible for the business operations of Circus Center. She works closely with the rest of the administrative team to create a wonderful community space for circus arts training in the Bay Area. Katie grew up in Alaska, where she began her arts career as an intern for the Alaska Theatre of Youth in Anchorage. At the age of 18 she moved to New York to study theatre at New York University, attending studio training at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. She worked on many productions while there, including assistant designing Love’s Labors Lost and Faust Off-Broadway, acting in Savage in Limbo and Macbeth, and producing a set of one-acts Off-Off-Broadway for the Tisch Talent Guild. Katie later moved to Colorado. She continued her career in management, production, and performance roles with notable theatres such as the Wheeler Opera House, Theatre Aspen (fka Aspen Theatre in the Park), and Equinox Theatre. Katie also assisted in the programming and management of the acclaimed Wolfe Theatre Academy at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center for more than five years. At the same time, she earned a Masters degree in nonprofit management from the University of Denver. In October 2010, Katie moved to San Francisco and joined Circus Center as its General Manager. She lives just down the street, and can sometimes be seen in acrobatics, handstand, and static trapeze classes.