WHO WE ARE




 

Barry Kendall | Executive Director | Circus Center

BARRY KENDALL, PhD

Executive Director


Since becoming Executive Director in 2013, Barry Kendall has led the revitalization of Circus Center as a San Francisco arts institution, a national treasure, and an international hub for the circus arts.

Along with nurturing the growth and improvement of Circus Center’s core recreational and professional training programs, Barry has created a new professional performance season, serving as executive producer on 28 shows (and counting) featuring dozens of artists and entertaining thousands of audience members. He also established an innovative outreach program delivering the unique physical, cognitive, and social/emotional benefits of circus instruction to special needs and at-risk children. These achievements have expanded and strengthened Circus Center’s community of students, professional trainees, audience members, and individual and institutional donors.

Barry brings nearly two decades of experience as a non-profit executive, and a lifelong dedication to arts and culture. He successfully led three organizations prior to Circus Center, including the renowned international theater company 7 Stages, based in Atlanta. He holds degrees from Emory and Yale, and 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.

 

Sara Moore | Clown Conservatory Director | Circus Center

SARA MOORE

BOSS CLOWN


Sara Moore brings to the leadership of the Conservatory over three decades of experience as a performer, writer, director, and teacher. Her substantial body of creative work covers the full spectrum of clowning and spans multiple media, including the big top, film, Off-Broadway theaters, casinos, and outdoor venues.

Moore has created, directed, and performed material for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Krofft Puppets, Royal Caribbean International, Tropicana Hotels and Resorts, The New Pickle Circus, Six Flags Show Productions, and Merv Griffin’s Resorts Casino and Hotels, among others. She also wrote, directed, and co-produced the independent feature film “Homo Heights” starring Quentin Crisp, which is widely considered a cult classic today. Her recent solo show, Show Ho, has earned critical and popular acclaim through several sold-out runs.



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

Rigger & Flying Trapeze Department Director

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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

Sarah Hail | Student Services Manager | Circus Center

Sarah Hail
Student Services Manager

Ash Rexford | Administrative Team | Circus Center

Ash Rexford

Party & Event Coordinator

Sarah Bruhns | Grants & Developments Associate | Circus Center

Sarah Bruhns

Grants & Development Associate

Robin Berry | Faculty | Circus Center

Robin Berry

Manager, Circus Center Presents

Sebastian GlamFish | Student Services Team | Circus Center

Sebastian GlamFish

Student Services Team

Eli Finlay | Student Services Team | Circus Center

Eli Finlay

Student Services Team

Caroline Ashcroft | Student Services Team | Circus Center | San Francisco

Caroline Ashcroft
Student Services Team

Julie-Lockfeld

Julie LockFeld

Student Services Team



SENIOR FACULTY


Chloe Axelrod

Chloe Axelrod

Aerial

Veronica Blair | Faculty | Circus Center

Veronica Blair


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

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



FACULTY

Zack Bodinger | Faculty | Circus Center

Zack Bodinger


Flying Trapeze


Kiebpoli Calnek | Faculty | Circus Center | San Francisco

Kiebpoli Calnek


Aerial


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Colin Davis

Acrobatics

Michelle Cooper | Faculty | Circus Center 

Michelle Cooper


Stretching
Keri Forster

Keri Forster

Aerial

Gabriel Galdamez | Faculty | Circus Center

Gabriel Galdamez

Flying Trapeze

Lena Gratz | Faculty | Circus Center

Lena Gratz

Flying Trapeze

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Jade Ford

Juggling

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Jackey Ip

Flying Trapeze
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Christine Lee

Flying Trapeze & Aerial
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Celine Masson


Aerial
Mike-Greenberg

Mike Greenberg

Flying Trapeze

Aus Lacroix | Faculty | Circus Center 

Aus Lacroix


Flying Trapeze

Amy Olson | Faculty | Circus Center

Amy Olson

Aerial

Sommer Panage

Sommer Panage

Aerial

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Miriam Telles

Aerial

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Ross Travis

Acrobatics

Lindsay Tyson | Faculty | Circus Center

Lindsay Tyson

Flying Trapeze

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Ellen Valkevich

Flying Trapeze

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Oscar Velarde

Circus Skills Jam

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Jeremy Vik

Acrobatics


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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 | Program Manager | Circus Center 

Tracey Shababo

Registrar

Sarah Hail | Administrative Team | Circus Center

Sarah Hail
Student Services Manager

Sarah-Bruhns

Sarah Bruhns

Assistant General Manager

Robin Berry | Faculty | Circus Center

Robin Berry

Manager, Circus Center Presents

Ash Rexford | Administrative Team | Circus Center

Ash Rexford
Party & Event Coordinator

Sebastian-GlamFish

Sebastian GlamFish
Student Services Team

Eli Finlay | Student Services Team | Circus Center

Eli Finlay
Student Services Team

Caroline Ashcroft | Student Services Team | Circus Center | San Francisco

Caroline Ashcroft
Student Services Team

Julie Lockfeld  | Student Services Team | Circus Center

Julie LockFeld

Student Services Team







SENIOR FACULTY

Chloe Axelrod
Aerial

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Contortion

Heidi-Button 
Aerial

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Acrobatics, Trampoline & Stretching

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Acrobatics & Flying Trapeze

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Flying Trapeze & Aerial

Jeremy Sheets
Aerial

 





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