Class of 2016

Zoe Boyer on trapeze

Zoe Boyer

Resume
Major: Single-Point Trapeze
Minor: Hand Balancing
What excited you about applying to this program?
Circus has been a life-long passion of mine and I was thrilled to find a program that allowed me to dedicate myself to circus full-time and develop my skills and abilities.

What do you imagine yourself doing after you graduate?
I imagine myself performing in the Chicago area and possibly teaching circus arts, as well.

What is one thing that makes you unique from everyone else?
Whether doing circus, climbing, or just hanging out, I’d rather spend my time in the air than on the ground.

Joey Heyworth on Chinese pole

Joey Heyworth

Resume
Major: Hand Balancing
Minor: Chinese Pole
What excited you about applying to this program?
I’m a 23-year-old, Bachelor-of-Fine-Arts-degree-holding, “where-is-my-life-going”, “I’ll-just-do-everything-I-love-and-hope-I-survive” kind of human. The decision between spending a year rolling on the floor, jumping, sweating, pulling, lifting, holding, stretching, climbing up poles, balancing upside down, ingesting pounds of rosin through my pores, and ultimately telling a story with my body that I couldn’t have told before or spending the year with a normal job in a normal life was a pretty easy one to make.

What do you imagine yourself doing after you graduate?
I don’t suspect I’ll have much time before I’m whisked away to star in the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VIII: Space Circus as the feared juggling Jedi. In the weeks before I’ll most likely indulge in the Chicago contemporary theatre scene and see what this whole “making friends” trend is all about.

What is one thing that makes you unique from everyone else?
After some years in the north of England, some in the south, a few in Chicago, Boston, Vancouver, Raleigh, and for some reason Louisville… It’s safe to say my voice is somewhat akin to a Jackson Pollock creation; unique, chaotic, and some day worth lots and lots of money.

Liz Loar on lyra

Liz Loar

Resume
Major: Lyra
Minor: Partner Acro
What excited you about applying to this program?
When I found circus arts two years ago, I was incredibly excited about the idea of interdisciplinary performance. The combining of circus elements with theater techniques to tell a story was a huge pull for me. Working with artists from Lookingglass Theater has shown just how many new possibilities can be created when you step out of the realms of each art forms traditions.

What do you imagine yourself doing after you graduate?
I would like to create a production company that combines theater, circus, and equestrian arts. I love the idea of bringing all of my passions together to create unique performance opportunities.

What is one thing that makes you unique from everyone else?
I have backgrounds in both theater performance and horse management and performance. The combined opposing backgrounds give me a unique perspective on both physicality and performance.

Arik Mendelevitz with juggling clubs

Arik Mendelevitz

Resume
Major: Juggling
Minor: Tumbling
What excited you about applying to this program?
The chance to be part of a continuous effort towards improvement, always building on the previous week’s work with other driven individuals.

What do you imagine yourself doing after you graduate?
Running off and joining the circus. Ideally I would like to do a bit of cruise work and then go on to study at either École Nationale de Cirque or École de Cirque de Québec for three years in Canada.

What is one thing that makes you unique from everyone else?
I come at circus with a more philosophical bend than many others. I see my study of circus as akin to Kierkegaard’s knights of faith and resignation. Making circus my life-long project is clearly absurd, but it is that very absurdity that I embrace.

Symphony Sanders on lyra

Symphony Sanders

Resume
Major: Lyra
Minor: Partner Acro
What excited you about applying to this program?
I was able to continue working and make a living while still being able to pursue my physical creativity.

What do you imagine yourself doing after you graduate?
I imagine I’ll continue to teach and hopefully working in physical theatre and doing events.

What is one thing that makes you unique from everyone else?
My theatre background helps me connect with an audience and stand out from other performers.

Cassandra Schiano on cloudswing

Cassandra Schiano

Resume
Major: Cloud Swing
Minor: Unicycle
What excited you about applying to this program:
This program seemed like the perfect way of blending all the of things I love, with circus as touchstone. I knew it would push me in ways I had never been pushed before, and it might also unlock a few things I didn’t know about myself as a performer.

What do you imagine yourself doing after you graduate:
I am hoping to take these skills and use them to heighten and enhance my work as an actor. It always hurts in a rehearsal situation where blocking has to be changed because you can’t dive-roll through a hula-hoop (yes, this has happened). Now, I can come to the table with fresh ideas and the skill set to pull them off.

What is one thing that makes you unique from everyone else:
My excitement for life and performing is all-encompassing and completely genuine. When I believe in a project, I go for it all the way.

Ashley Sylvester with hoops

Ashley “Sylvi” Sylvester

Resume
Major: Aerial Sling
Minor: Hoop
What excited you about applying to this program?
I was excited to apply for this program because I knew I would learn better in a program where I was able to train and have access to a gym 5 days a week. I was also excited to gain more strength and have a wider knowledge of multiple circus skills.

What do you imagine yourself doing after you graduate?
My goal is to continue teaching, and performing, but only bigger and better!

What is one thing that makes you unique from everyone else?
I am unique because I am able to chameleon into different characters seamlessly as well as adapt to different locations and crowds.

Andew Tardif with juggling clubs

Andrew Tardif

Resume
Major: Tumbling
Minor: Partner Acro
What excited you about applying to this program?
I was most excited about building the strength I needed as a performer and a physical actor. I was also excited to see how the training in circus would influence my current knowledge of clown.

What do you imagine yourself doing after you graduate?
After graduating I think I’ll reconnect with the group of theatre artists I work with and begin to create work.

What is one thing that makes you unique from everyone else?
I come from a physical theatre background where clown, mime, and devised work was the norm, and work primarily comedically.