Barry Kendall, Executive Director
Barry Kendall comes to the leadership of Circus Center with 15 years of experience as non-profit executive and a lifelong dedication to arts and culture. As the organization’s leader, he collaborates with the Board of Directors to set the strategic direction for the Center and marshal the resources needed to realize that vision.
Barry arrives at Circus Center having successfully led three non-profit organizations, including 7 Stages Theater in Atlanta. He holds a PhD in Directing and Dramatic Criticism from Stanford University.
Barry lives with his wife Mirit and dog Jasmine in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. He was a member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Equity Advisory Committee, and a 2009 recipient of the “40 Under 40″ award from New Leaders Council.
Katie Whitcraft, General Manager
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.
After leaving New York, Katie 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.
Erin Brothers, Program Manager
Erin Brothers rose through the Circus Center ranks to become our Program Manager, having started as a receptionist in 2012. In this role, she has primary responsibility for developing and implementing the full range of the Center’s programming, from adult classes to youth programs to private events and parties.
As the daughter of a professional oil painter in Hawaii, Erin grew up in art galleries, and she has worked in the arts her entire life. Her first jobs were assisting professional painters, ceramic artists, and glass artists in the studio. Meanwhile, following her own passion for music, and Erin started performing as a vocalist at the age of 8, and composed her first album of original music at age 16.
Erin left Hawaii for Boston, where she studied Visual and Media Arts with a concentration in film production at Emerson College. She went on to work in film and television in Los Angeles for nearly a decade. Her many credits include HBO documentaries, American Idol, Ghost Hunters International, and producing original programming for GSN, the Game Show Network. Erin later spent two years working in the music industry at Nettwerk Records, an independent record label and agency in Hollywood. She also continued to work and perform as an independent musician with her band Under Water, releasing an album in 2011.
From fine art, to music, to film and TV, Erin now finds herself in the most adventurous art form of all — circus! She strives to extend the beauty and benefits of circus arts training and performance opportunities to everyone in the Bay Area and beyond!
Chris Eaton, Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Christopher Eaton implements Circus Center’s strategy for marketing its wide array of circus offerings to the Bay Area community and beyond.
The son of a criminal defense attorney and a mosaic artist, Chris brings an eclectic background to his time at Circus Center. Over the years, he has worked as a butcher’s assistant, arts technology instructor, strawberry picker, sorority dishboy, screenwriter, photographer, and door-to-door salesman.
Chris attended The Thacher School, a boarding school focused on personal development through horseback riding, and St. Lawrence University, where he double majored in Music and Fine Arts with a minor concentration in Economics. He attended Empire College School of Law, where he ranked 6th in his class.
In addition to his responsibilities at Circus Center, you may see Chris training in Acrobatics or Chinese Pole with Lu Yi, juggling clubs, or pitching in at Circus Skills Jam.