Our Board

Our Board

Our Board Members

Mark Lonergan


Mark is the Artistic Director of Parallel Exit, a three-time Drama Desk Award nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience. With Parallel Exit, he has created many original and award-winning productions. Mark was the Guest Director for three productions of The Big Apple Circus, each a New York Times Critic’s Pick. He is also the Creative Director for Vermont’s celebrated Circus Smirkus.


Ariele Ebacher


Ariele is a low wire dancer who came to circus from the worlds of dance and theatre. She has a BA from UMass Amherst. She has worked in traditional, theatrical, and contemporary circus, with companies such as Midnight Circus, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, NoFit State Circus, Flynn Creek Circus, and the Big Apple Circus.

Serenity Smith Forchion


Serenity and her twin sister, Elsie, are award winning aerialists, founders of Nimble Arts & the New England Center for Circus Arts. Serenity’s resume includes Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey, Pickle Family Circus, Special Award at Wuqiao Festival, Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and American Circus Educators Award for Excellence in Education.


Abigail Munn

Based in San Francisco, Abigail Munn is the co-founder, executive Director and trapeze artist for Circus Bella, a modern twist on One Ring Circus. Founded in 2008, the vision of the company is to recreate and reimagine circus that is entertaining, beautiful, diverse and relevant.


Aloysia Gavre

Aloysia is a circus creator, director, and educator. After a 25-year career traveling the globe as a circus artist with The Pickle Family Circus, Cirque du Soleil, Monte Carlo Circus Festival and numerous international symphonies, she founded both Troupe Vertigo and Cirque School for Anybody with Any Body in 2009. From concert halls to dance and circus festivals, Aloysia builds a wider appreciation for the circus arts through powerful ensemble-focused productions, creating moving art that redefines visual spaces.

www.troupevertigo.com www.cirqueschool.com

Chris Lashua

Chris’s performance background in BMX and German Wheel informed the founding of Cirque Mechanics , the Las Vegas based theatrical circus company known for telling real world stories through the interplay of performer and machine. This innovative, artful, mechanical approach has earned the company worldwide recognition.


Debra Landau

Pic & bio coming soon.


Jessica Hentoff

Jessica was a founding member of Big Apple Circus and Circus Flora and is founder and Artistic/Executive Director of Circus Harmony, a social circus school that builds character and expands community by helping children defy gravity, soar with confidence ,and leap over social barriers, all at the same time!


Kim Anthony "Kip" Jones

Kim Anthony Jones

Kim Anthony Jones, aka Kip, is a second-generation member and the director of the world-renowned King Charles Unicycle Troupe. The troupe originated from New York City and made its debut as the first all-black group to perform with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1969.
It was love at first sight, Kip saw the ensemble of one-wheelers in action at the age 15 years – displaying their high-energy basketball on unicycles inside a Gymnasium and he’s been a member ever since.

The Troupe now in its 5th generation continuing the legacy of its founder Jerry King’s ideas and achievements both in the circus community and in the African-American community by “Building Character on Wheels” in under privileged communities.


Pedro Reis

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Pedro Reis began his circus training at the age of 12 at a local YMCA. He made his American debut starring with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1984.

In 1997, Pedro and Dolly Jacobs founded The Circus Arts Conservatory, dedicated to continuing the legacy of Circus in Sarasota – the CAC is a not-for-profit organization. Pedro serves as President / CEO & Artistic Director.

In 2004, Pedro received the Sarasota County Arts Council prestigious Arts Leadership Award; he is inducted into the John and Mable Ringling Circus Museum Hall of fame and the Circus Ring of Fame at St. Armand’s Circle.



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