Thank you to these amazing performers who thrilled us at this year’s Grand Circus Rounds!
Calvin Kai Ku
Calvin Kai Ku, variety performer, has performed in the prestigious WuQiao Circus Festival in China, events in the U.S. including eBay, Oracle Open World and HGTV, as well as the San Francisco Symphony and the ISES Gala. Through the culmination of his many talents, he now performs his signature comedy pole act. Additionally, his new passion is spreading laughter through his work in hospitals of San Francisco.
Tristan Cunningham began her performing career with Circus Smirkus, Vermont’s country circus, when she was only 10 years old. After touring for eight years, she changed her focus to acting and graduated with a B.F.A from S.U.N.Y Purchase Acting Conservatory. Tristan’s Bay Area credits include: Julius Caesar with African American Shakespeare Company, The Road to Hades with Shotgun Players, Tenderloin with The Cutting Ball Theater, A Midsummer Nights Dream with The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, A Winter’s Tale with California Shakespeare Theater, and The Arsonists with The Aurora Theater.
COVENTRY & KALUZA
Jamie Coventry and Natasha Kaluza were clown school sweethearts and are graduates of both the first and second year programs of the Clown Conservatory at the San Francisco Circus Center. They have performed with the New Pickle Circus, Pickle Circus School Tour, Circus Bella, Flynn Creek Circus, Circus of Sound, Vegetable Circus, Sweet Can Productions, and many others. Coventry & Kaluza won Best Comedy/Clown Act in the American Circus Festival two years in a row, and Best Duo in the Picklewater Free Circus Festival.
Horns a Plenty Brass Band with Johannes Mager
Horns a Plenty Brass Band is a 6 piece brass ensemble that is re-defining what it is to be a brass quintet. They are all organic. Nothing electric. They play ballroom dance music, swing, jazz, rhumba, cha-cha, Dixieland, classical music, fanfares, 19th century Americana, wedding favorites, love songs and ballads. One foot is in JS Bach and the other in Duke Ellington, with plenty of brass in between. Horns a Plenty (hornsaplenty.org) performs music for private parties, swing dancing, wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events, restaurant evening entertainment, church services, public events or even an afternoon concert in the park. Because they perform without amplification, they can set up anywhere, indoors or out, and can moderate our sound level to suit most any kind of setting.
Steven & Marina
Steven Delaney and Marina Mendoza joined forces a year ago from backgrounds in flying trapeze, capoeira and gymnastics, and have been wowing Bay Area audiences with their dynamic hand-to-hand partner acrobatics. They are currently also training with Master Lu Yi’s new acrobatic troupe, Acrosanct. In their free time, Steven is a tech support engineer at Aspera, an IBM company, and Marina is a nurse at the UCSF Medical Center!
Jeremy Vik graduated from the Clown Conservatory (directed by Jeff Raz) in 2005. Realizing that clowning is the hardest thing on Earth, he returned to acting and spent 5 years performing around the Bay in mostly Shakespeare and Musical Theatre. Then in 2010, he completed the Circus Center Professional Acrobatics Program, specializing in handstands. Jeremy has performed for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Shotgun Players, Goldenthread Productions, Marin Shakespeare Company, 42nd St. Moon, Virago Theatre Company, and many more. In addition to acting, Jeremy performs chair balancing and juggling all over the Bay, with Circus Bella, Sweet Can Productions, the Clown Cabaret, and more. Jeremy has a BFA in Performance from Southern Oregon University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
At the age of 21, Michelle auditioned for Ringing Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus on a dare. Three days later she boarded the Red Unit Ringling circus train and began the first of many tours of the United States. In 2008, Michelle continued her clown and circus skills education at The Clown Conservatory in San Francisco. Michelle has since toured with Culpepper and Merriweather Circus, Circus World Museum and in Finland with Sirkus Finlandia. Currently Michelle is working from her home base, San Francisco for the Medical Clown Project and Velocity Entertainment.
One of the newest members of the Medical Clown Project, Doyle has a Ph.D., Arizona State University, Theatre (concentration in Theatre for Youth) and an MA, San Francisco State University, Interdisciplinary Arts Education. He is a performer and director with 20 years professional experience, holds certificates from The Clown Conservatory in San Francisco and the Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuale in Italy and has trained at Circus Center, the Dell’Arte School, and with the SITI company. He has worked with Splash Circus in Emeryville and Lunatique Fantastique and is currently a lecturer at Sonoma State Univeristy and oversees all aspects of Children’s Theatre at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland.
Julie Douglas is a Bay Area actor, deviser, teacher and clown. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Julie has performed here in the Bay Area with SF Shakes, Shotgun Players, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and more. She is also a core actor with the site-integrated theatre company We Players where she has performed in Ondine at Sutro Baths, Macbeth at Fort Point (2x), and Odyssey on Angel Island. Before getting her MFA and moving back to the Bay Julie lived and made theatre in Chicago as a company member of The Moving Dock Theatre Company and performing with various Chicago companies. She was previous a medical clown with Clown Zero and can be seen performing in clown cabarets around the Bay. Julie is overjoyed to join the Medical Clown Project, to be back in hospitals sharing her love of laughter and play.
Bruce Lindsay Glaseroff is a professional clown, performance artist, musician and teacher living in San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of The Clown Conservatory, and holds a bachelors degree in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is currently pursuing a masters degree in education. With his company, Pi-The Physical Comedy Troupe, Bruce performs across the United States and Canada, at festivals, regional theaters and with circuses. Bruce’s acting credits include roles in The Winters’ Tale, and Princess and The Pea with Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He has also performed at Treatro ZinZanni’s late night cabaret both in San Francisco and Seattle.
Kathy Rose (Production Manager)
Kathy hails from Omaha, and attended the University of Nebraska/Lincoln. She moved to San Francisco in 1989 when the San Francisco Opera hired her. She has extensive stage management experience, including with the Boston Ballet, the Santa Fe Opera, Berkeley Repertory Theater, ODC/Dance, Teatro Zinzanni, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Through a sponsorship from the US Department of State, Kathy led a tour of dancers to Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma). With pride they danced as “citizen diplomats serving as cultural ambassadors.”