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.