The Circus Now Artistic Advisory Committee is comprised of presenters, agents, funders and creators. As Circus Now grows, we believe it is important to express the diversity of the circus arts to the public. We look to the members of the Artistic Advisory Committee for their expertise in their chosen fields. The Artistic Advisory Committee is responsible for selecting finalists for the Circus Now Residency Program, nominating and voting on honorees for the Celebration of American Circus, promoting Circus Now’s programs nationwide, and participating in the selecting process of any future Circus Now programs that require artistic judgement or selection. Learn a little more about each member of the Artistic Advisory Committee below!
Jonathan’s career in professional entertainment spans 35 years, during which he has worked in every medium from Broadway to Off Broadway, National Tours, International, Film, Television, and the Circus Arts.
Most recently Jonathan won Best Director for Ficticious, a new musical by Paul Cozby and Tom Hyndman at SOUNDBITES sponsored by Disney Theatricals and Music Theater International for Theatre Now New York. He directed Windywoo and Her Naughty Naughty Pets for NYMF and directed and staged Harold Rome’s musical revue, Pins and Needles, for NYC La Mama ETC and the HOWL Festival.
For television Jonathan has choreographed Orpheus in the Underworld for Great Performances Evening at Pops and Dear Mr. Gershwin at Canada’s Royal Theatre for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He also choreographed the Big Apple Circus’s Carnivale! and Picturesque at Lincoln Center. He was the Choreography Consultant for the Broadway production of Say Goodnight, Gracie starring the late Frank Gorshin. Additional Broadway credits include Assistant Director/Choreographer for Band in Berlin, Associate Choreographer for Anna Karenina, featured dancer in Legs Diamonds and CATS, and assistant to two-time TONY award winning Director and Choreographer, Joe Layton on The Three Musketeers.
Off Broadway he choreographed Under Fire, which won the NYMF 2009 Best of Fest, Midsummer Night for Musical Theatre Works, Wonderful Town at the equity Library Theatre, and directed Uta Hagen’s 50-Year Tribute.
His film and television work also includes Assistant to the Choreographer on The First Wives’ Club, Donny Osmond’s This is the Moment, and Natalie Cole’s Christmas Special. Jonathan also had the pleasure of working with Bette Milder by creating the Special Effects Movement for her in Paramout Pictures The Stepford Wives.
Regionally, he choreographed Camelot at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and was private dance instructor to Uta Hagen in Six Dance Lessons at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. He also has directed and choreographed for Studio Festi and the New York City 2010 Columbus Day Parade, hosted by television personality Maria Bartiromo. This was broadcast live on both NBC and in Italy on RAI TV.
Jonathan is currently developing a one-man burlesque bio-drama, The Fifth Dentist in Search of Sid’s Treasure starring Mike King, and Willie and Me, In the Spotlight Again, based on the life of circus artist, Emmett Kelly. He is a proud member of SDC, the Stage Director and Choreographers Society, Actors Equity Association, the Dramatist Guild, and the Drama League, and is honored to serve as Vice-Chair on the SDCF Callaway Award Committee as well as a nominator for the prestigious Lucille Lortel Awards recognizing Off Broadway theatre. For a more in depth profile please visit his web site at www.jsctheatrials.com.
Dominique Jando began his involvement with the performing arts more than five decades ago in his native France, when he first stepped into a circus ring as a clown at the legendary Cirque Medrano in Paris. Later he pursued an artistic and administrative career in both the theater and the circus. In 1974, as General Secretary of the Paris Cultural Center, he participated with Alexis Gruss in the creation of France’s first professional circus school, and of Le Cirque à l’Ancienne, which eventually became the French National Circus School and is considered the catalyst of the European ‘New Circus’ movement.
He moved to New York in 1983 to join the Big Apple Circus, and served as its Associate Artistic Director for 19 years. He then worked as Creative Director of Circus Center in San Francisco, CA. He is now an independent circus arts consultant and writer, and is Vice-President and Artistic Director of Lone Star Circus® in Dallas, TX. He is also Founder and Curator of Circopedia.org, an international online circus encyclopedia funded by the Big Apple Circus.
A circus and popular entertainment historian, Dominique has published several books and written many articles on these subjects, both in Europe and the US. The Russian translation of his Histoire Mondiale du Cirque is used as a textbook at Moscow’s Circus and Variety State College and GITIS theater institute. He often lectures on circus and popular entertainment, teaches classical European clowning at Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory, is the international Circus Consultant for Guinness World Records, Ltd., and is a founding member of the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, an international circus competition that has been held each winter in Paris since 1977. He has served on the juries of international circus festivals in Europe, Russia, Mexico, and Israel. Dominique is married to trapeze artist and aerial coach Elena Panova. They presently live in San Francisco, CA.
James is the Executive Director of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, a multi-disciplinary performing arts center in Lake Placid, New York. There he oversees more than 100 performances each year in various disciplines. Previously, he has served as General Manager at Florida Studio Theater and Associate Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre in Dallas, Texas. James is a member of Autopistes, a network of presenters dedicated to promoting circus arts in North America. He has also served on multiple grant panels for New York State’s Council on the Arts and the Essex County Arts Project.
New Victory Theater Director of Artistic Programming Mary Rose Lloyd is a curator of performing arts, recognized for her expertise in family and young audiences programming and for her support of new work across all disciplines. An accomplished speaker and frequent panelist and juror, Mary has been part of various international delegations for curatorial research and has served on assorted grant giving and funding panels. She is a former board member for TYA/USA and International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) where she received the Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award for her significant impact and contribution to the field of performing arts for young audiences. Mary was selected to be a juror for the 37th Edition of the Festival Mondial du Cirque du Demain in Paris, has been an official respondent for the TYA division of the Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC) and serves on the Board of Directors of The Chocolate Factory Theater in New York. She has an MFA in Arts Management from the Yale School of Drama where she received the Morris Kaplan Award for Excellence in Arts Administration.
Ms. Martin joined City Parks Foundation (CPF) in 2007; CPF produces SummerStage in Central Park and 100+ parks city wide. As Director of Programming she brings her vision and expertise in presenting relevant, fresh, and thoughtful programming to New York City communities annually. In 2013 she expanded SummerStage’s programming by including contemporary circus, presenting national and international artists.
Prior to joining CPF, she was Associate Director of Programming for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) as part of the River to River Festival.
As an independent curator, producer, and marketing consultant she has partnered with and produced for Joe’s Pub, Disney Theatricals, Apollo Theater, New Victory Theater, Southbank Centre/UK, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Harlem Stage, NJPAC, HBO, and numerous Broadway productions. Ms. Martin has served on national and international advisory committees, boards, and panels including Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), ISPA, Ford Foundation, and Women of Color in the Arts. Ms. Martin is an ardent facilitator of collaborations across cultures, sectors, and genres that build lasting partnerships and foster cross-cultural exchange.
Lance Olson has been a circus presenter since 2007 as part of a multidisciplinary arts programming series. He is currently the Executive Director of Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation in Stowe, Vermont. Lance is the co-founder of ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage. He previously served as the Theatre Manager of the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Gypsy Snider is co-founder and Artistic Director of The 7 Fingers, a contemporary circus collective from Montreal, Canada.
In the last 15 years the collective has created over ten original shows using their own flavor of acrobatic story telling. Several of these productions continue to tour internationally today. Gypsy wrote, directed, and choreographed six productions within the collective: Loft, Traces, Amuse, Un Dia, Intersection, and Reversible. She is currently creating and directing the company’s upcoming touring show, Reversible. Gypsy has also choreographed televised feature performances for America’s Got Talent, Her Majesty’s Royal Variety Performance, The Illusionist: Darcy Oake’s Edge of Reality, and the Underwear and Denim Fashion show for Bench Philippines. The 7 Fingers have collaborated on NYC’s Queen of the Night and several productions for Cirque du Soleil as well as the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics. In 2013, working with director Diane Paulus on a new vision of Pippin, Gypsy integrated circus into the narrative and choreography of the Broadway musical. Pippin received four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Gypsy’s work on Pippin also earned her a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award.
Originally from San Francisco, Gypsy is the daughter of the founders of one of America’s first contemporary circus companies, The Pickle Family Circus. She received her degree in Physical Theater at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland in 1993, and then continued to perform internationally for 18 years. Gypsy is also a guest teacher and director at the National Circus School of Montreal. In 2015, she received the Evolving Circus Award in New York City.
Jenni has been on the go since the day she was born. From girlhood days performing on the community stage in the Texas Hill Country to taking ballet lessons in Paris during a year abroad, she dabbled and dipped her toes in the arts. After graduating first as a Longhorn and then as a Razorback she found a place for her eclectic and adventurous interests at the Walton Arts Center. As an arts presenting professional, Jenni has honed keen arts programming insights to bring cool, amazing, spectacular, savvy, challenging, occasionally dull, interesting, educational, funny, wacky performing and visual arts to the communities of Northwest Arkansas. In her 26-year tenure as the programming leader at Arkansas’ premier performing arts organization, she created and advanced practical, mission-based programming strategies that defined Walton Arts Center’s aesthetic and education vision, a vision that continues to garner respect from the arts presenting field in North America and beyond. Eager to embrace inclusive audience development strategies, Jenni has explored multidisciplinary, movement-focused, and new circus presenting for more than two decades and as assembled an insider’s perspective of the evolution of these art forms along with a network of innovative and celebrated artists and organizations worldwide. In the spirit of running away with the circus, Jenni is now working under the banner of Potluck Arts, a newly created arts partner based in Northwest Arkansas–where she will hatch new arts programming models for community development.
Duncan Wall is a writer and an organizer based in New York City.
He is the author of The Ordinary Acrobat: Inside the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past & Present (Knopf, 2013), a non-fiction account of his experience as a Fulbright scholar at France’s École Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois, which won the Stuart Thayer Award for best book of circus history and which Kirkus Review named on its Best Non-Fiction list for 2013. His work has appeared in the New York Times and Playbill and has been featured in the New Republic and the Washington Post. As a featured speaker and panelist, he has appeared at BAM, Creative Mornings, and NYU.
He was the co-founder and former National Director of Circus Now. Previously, he taught circus history and theory at the National Circus School of Montreal and worked as founder and co-artistic director of the Candidatos, a clown-theatre company.
Currently he works as Community Director for ThoughtWorks, a social and economic justice oriented tech hub in New York City.
Jim Weiner is the Managing Director of Boat Rocker Entertainment, a theatrical production, management, marketing, and representation company located in New York City. Boat Rocker Entertainment presents live performances internationally which encourage the exchange of ideas and cultures. The company collaborates with a select group of creative artists and performing arts organizations. They have a special fondness for contemporary circus, physical theatre, theatre for young audiences, and arts education.