Carlos Alexis Cruz is our Research Team Editor, Circus Now’s liaison to the academic community. An Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement at UNC-Charlotte, he holds an MFA from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre where he studied a range of movement techniques. For his thesis project, Carlos developed a study on the convergence of circus and theater, during which he trained under the tutelage of Master Coach Lu Yi at the San Francisco Circus Center, specializing in the disciplines of aerial straps and acrobatic rope. He was a full-time company member of the Do Jump! Dance Theatre and Imago Theatre. Currently, he serves as the artistic director Pelú Theatre, dedicated telling socially-relevant urban stories, particularly through a Latino lens, through creative uses of commedia, circus, melodrama, and clowning.