WHO WE ARE




 

Barry Kendall | Executive Director | Circus Center

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 family in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. He was a member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Equity Advisory Committee, a 2009 recipient of the “40 Under 40″ award from New Leaders Council, and a 2015 graduate of Leadership San Francisco.

 

Jennings McCown | Flying Trapeze Department Director | Circus Center

JENNINGS MCCOWN

Rigger


Jennings was introduced to circus while attending Illinois State University, which had a small campus circus troupe. He caught the “circus bug” and, upon graduation, spent the next three years traveling and performing with various small circuses throughout the US. He had a two-year career at Club Med, teaching circus skills and flying trapeze. Jennings joined the staff of Circus Center in 1999. He teaches flying trapeze and trampoline, serves as the company's master rigger, and performs with Xiao Hong Weng a spectacular hand-to-hand balancing act that has won over audiences throughout the Bay Area.



Steve Smith | Creative Director | Circus Center

STEVE SMITH

Creative Director


Smith began as a clown with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and went on to become that circus’s Goodwill Ambassador. He later was Dean of the Ringling Clown College for ten years, and also served as director for the 123rd edition of “The Greatest Show on Earth.” He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his work in children’s television, and a 1993 inductee into the Clown Hall of Fame. Smith has worked as a director and creative consultant for numerous clients, including Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, McDonald’s, Verizon Wireless, Walt Disney World, Chuck Jones Film Productions, The Reduced Shakespeare Co., Princess Cruise Lines, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and many Off-Broadway theatre, cabaret, theme park, and film projects.



Lu Yi | Artistic Director Emeritus | Circus Center

LU YI

Artistic Director Emeritus


Master Trainer Lu Yi brings more than 50 years of experience to Circus Center. For 33 years he was associated with China's celebrated Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, first as a star performer then as its Director. He was also Vice President of the Chinese Acrobats Association. During his long tenure with the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, Master Lu Yi toured internationally, and his company was the first Chinese group to perform in Western circus productions, notably with Circus Knie in Switzerland and the Big Apple Circus in the US. He also taught circus arts for Circus Oz in Australia. In 1990, Master Lu Yi moved to the US to become Master Teacher and Artistic Director at Circus Center. He has judged international circus competitions in Paris, Monte Carlo, and China.



PROGRAM & DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS



Elena Panova | Aerial Department Director | Circus Center

Elena Panova

Aerial Department Director

Xiaohong Weng | Acrobatics Department Director | Circus Center

Xiaohong Weng

Acrobatics Department Director

Jennings McCown | Flying Trapeze Department Director | Circus Center

Jennings McCown

Flying Trapeze Department Director

   	  	Sheet1 		   Sara Moore | Clown Conservatory Director | Circus Center 

Sara Moore

Clown Conservatory Director


Felicity Hesed | Youth Program Director | Faculty | Circus Center

Felicity Hesed

Youth Program Director

Texas Holly | Camp Director | Circus Center
Texas Holly

Camp Director





ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Katie Whitcraft | General Manager | Circus Center

Katie Whitcraft

General Manager

Tracey Shababo | Program Manager | Circus Center 

Tracey Shababo

Program Manager

Lane Lewis | Student Services Manager | Circus Center

Lane Lewis
Student Services Manager

Phoenix Paz | Party & Events Coordinator | Circus Center

Phoenix Paz

Party & Event Coordinator

Sarah Bruhns | Grants & Developments Associate | Circus Center

Sarah Bruhns

Grants & Development Associate

Fernando Gambaroni | Graphic Designer | Circus Center 

Fernando Gambaroni

Graphic Designer

Heidi Button | Talent Coordinator | Circus Center

Heidi Button

Talent Coordinator

Sebastian GlamFish | Student Services Team | Circus Center

Sebastian GlamFish

Student Services Team

Aidan Sigman | Student Services Team | Circus Center

Aidan Sigman
Student Services Team

Sarah Hail | Student Services Team | Circus Center

Sarah Hail

Student Services Team

Eli Finlay | Student Services Team | Circus Center

Eli Finlay

Student Services Team



SENIOR FACULTY


Chloe Axelrod

Chloe Axelrod

Aerial

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Laetitia Bodin

Aerial

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Catie Brier

Contortion

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Heidi Button

Aerial

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Jim Donak

Acrobatics, Trampoline & Stretching

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Jiggidy Jives

Acrobatics & Flying Trapeze

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Herdlyn Evans

Flying Trapeze & Aerial

Jeremy Sheets
 

Jeremy Sheets

Aerial

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Ke Min Xia

Acrobatics & Stretching

Chloe Axelrod

Chloe Axelrod

Aerial

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Laetitia Bodin

Aerial

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Catie Brier

Contortion

Heidi-Button 


Heidi Button

Aerial

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Jim Donak

Acrobatics, Trampoline & Stretching

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Jiggidy Jives

Acrobatics & Flying Trapeze

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Herdlyn Evans

Flying Trapeze & Aerial

Jeremy Sheets
 

Jeremy Sheets

Aerial

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Ke Min Xia

Acrobatics & Stretching



FACULTY

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Robin Berry


Aerial


Chris Cortez | Faculty | Circus Center

Chris Cortez

Acrobatics & Flying Trapeze

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Sylphie Currin

Aerial

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Jade Ford

Juggling

Mike-Greenberg

Mike Greenberg

Flying Trapeze

Jackey-Ip 

Jackey Ip

Flying Trapeze
Aaron-Koz 

Aaron Kozloff

Acrobatics
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Christine Lee

Flying Trapeze & Aerial

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Damon Lemmons

Acrobatics

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Celine Masson

Aerial

Sommer Panage

Sommer Panage

Aerial

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Phoenix Paz

Stretching


Svetiana Scherba

Svetlana Scherba

Ballet Basics

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Ross Travis

Acrobatics

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Ellen Valkevich

Flying Trapeze

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Oscar Velarde

Circus Skills Jam

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Jeremy Vik

Acrobatics


 Sabrina-Wenske

Sabrina Wenske

Juggling
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Caroline Wright

Aerial

 



PROGRAM & DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS

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Elena Panova

Aerial Department Director

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Xiaohong Weng

Acrobatics Department Director
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Jennings McCown

Flying Trapeze Department Director

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Sara Moore

Clown Conservatory Director
 


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Felicity Hesed

Youth Program Director 

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Texas Holly

Camp Director






ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Katie-Whitcraft

Katie Whitcraft

General Manager

Tracey-Shababo 

Tracey Shababo

Registrar

Sarah-Bruhns

Sarah Bruhns

Assistant General Manager


Fernando-Gambaroni 

Fernando Gambaroni

Graphic Designer

Heidi-Button

Heidi Button

Talent Coordinator

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Lane Lewis
Student Services Team Manager

Phoenix-Paz-2

Phoenix Paz
Party & Event Coordinator

Aidan-Sigman

Aidan Sigman
Student Services Team

Sebastian-GlamFish

Sebastian GlamFish
Student Services Team

Sarah Hail | Administrative Team | Circus Center

Sarah Hail
Student Services Team

Eli Finlay | Admin Team | Circus Center

Eli Finlay
Student Services Team







SENIOR FACULTY

Chloe Axelrod
Aerial

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Aerial

Headshot_CatieBrier_copy
Contortion

Heidi-Button 
Aerial

Headshot---Jim-Donak_copy3 
Acrobatics, Trampoline & Stretching

Jiggidy-Jives_copy
Acrobatics & Flying Trapeze

Herdlyn-Evans_copy
Flying Trapeze & Aerial

Jeremy Sheets
Aerial

Headshot---Xia_copy 
Acrobatics & Stretching





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