Cirque of the Dead

a Boston Circus Guild Production

Staff | Bios | Special Thanks

Theatrical Director
Production Manager
Circus Director
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Managers
Deckhand
Production Assistant
Marketing Director
Marketing Associate
Rigging Supervisor
Down Rigger
Volunteer Stagehand
Makeup Artist
Makeup Assistant
Props Design
Choreographer
Graphic Design
Videographer
Horror Movie Montage
Band Leader
Live Music
Script Writing
Front of House Manager
Producers

Creature aka Karin Webb
Deirdre Benson
Michael "Mooch" Mucciolo
Cesara Walters
Samantha MacArthur, Micaela Slotin
Lanya Butler
Kate Hausler
Ricky Hawkins
Genevieve Martineau
Henry Wheaton
Chenoa Albertson
Jacqueline Judith
Savannah Luther
Courtney Morse
Cesara Walters
Ellen Waylonis
Ricky Hawkins
Beren Jones
Whorechurch
Chuck Lechien
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
Tim Ellis
Brandy Wine
Lauren Sullivan, Steve Minnihan

 

About the Cast and Crew

Alex Jackson is an avowed bandanna enthusiast from Boston, Massachusetts. After earning degrees in Biology and Theater from UMass Amherst, his passion for rock climbing and being in the air led him to Esh Circus Arts, where he fell head over heels for aerials and trained for 4 years before attending NECCA. His first love is aerial rope, being a bit of a Masochist, decided it just wasn't painful enough and is spending his time at NECCA focusing his training on straps and hand balancing. Alex regularly sneaks out of Brattleboro to perform with the members of Boston Circus Guild, Sirlesque, and teach at Esh Circus Arts and Commonwealth Circus Center.

Photo by Jon Beckley

Andrew Insect is an object manipulation, fire, and sideshow performer. Andrew grew up in California doing theater, and moved to Boston in the late 90’s to study painting and sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Ten years later he discovered circus, and was promptly eaten by it. Mr. Insect dearly loves being in Cirque of the Dead because it allows him to be slightly spookier than usual. This is his second year in the cast.

Photo by Miles Boyer

Danny Drake - With the body and soul of an action star, Danny Drake spends most of his time gallivanting across the globe breaking hearts and bones alike. He enjoys mixed martial arts, tumbling, and mixing martinis in tumblers. Danny is a long time member of Sirlesque and can often be found being thrown through the air by his acro partner Dale Stones! In the air he focuses on trapeze and lyra where he mixes his dynamic style with quiet grace. You might have seen him performing in the past at "Masculinitease", "Blonde Side of the Moon", or "Holy Sh!tsnacks: An Archer Burlesque". This is Danny's third year performing in Cirque of the dead and he hopes you look forward to being simultaneously terrified and aroused as he returns to the Oberon stage!

Photo by Jon Beckley

Ember Flynne is a full-time circus artist who works in a number of different disciplines. This September marked her tenth year lighting things on fire for fun and profit! Since joining Boston Circus Guild, she has appeared in venues from New York to Hong Kong and performed with BCG in three previous iterations of the bloody mess that is Cirque of the Dead. Kellyn and Ember made their duo aerial debut as Darth Vader and Obi Wan earlier this year; Alex and Ember have known each other since 2014 and have both appeared in Cirque of the Dead, Stupid Cupid, Geek Peek, and Holy Sh*tsnacks I and II.

Photo by James Woodbury

Ellen Waylonis - After graduating from Northeastern University with degrees in English literature and photography, Ellen discovered partner acrobatics and aerial arts, and fell head over heels for the joy, sweat, and magic of the circus. Ellen trained at the New England Center for Circus Arts in the Professional Track Program, where she focused on partner acrobatics, aerial rope, and Spanish web, while also studying a variety of other circus disciplines.

Ellen is a founding member and frequent performer with the Boston Circus Guild, and has toured across the US with Cirque Dreams, Nimble Arts, and her own company, Off the Ground Circus. She now splits her time between performing, teaching, and keeping the circus in business as the Chief Executive and co-owner of Esh Circus Arts in Somerville and co-owner of the new Commonwealth Circus Center in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

Photo by Chuck Jones

Fonda Feeling - This will be Fonda's 5th year of Cirque of the Dead and they couldn't be more psyched! An international circus and burlesque dynamo, they've gathered skills in aerial acrobatics, drag, burlesque and sideshow worldwide and through the Professional Preparatory Program at Esh Circus Arts. This zombie-loving, spook-sharing, horror-hunting, fear-feeding, scream show has brought something new and exciting this year. Get ready for a bloodbath.

Photo by Chuck Jones

Kellyn Morrow - When Kellyn was younger her parents tried to get her into playing sports, but no matter what they tried she would always complain that she was "too sweaty". One day while watching Kellyn play softball her mom noticed her leaping around the bases and decided to try putting her into dance classes instead. Kellyn has been addicted to the stage ever since. She spent the next 10 years doing competitive dance, and then went to Northeastern University where she majored in theatrical performance. It wasn't until she went home one summer that she discovered circus and aerial arts. Kellyn has been doing silks for 5 years. This past year she joined Esh Circus Art's Professional Preparatory Program where she met Ember and began her journey into duo silks. She can't wait for you to see her first performance with BCG and COTD.

Photo by Gillian Barnes

Siena Moon is in love with all things circus and exploring the will to be weird. After discovering hoop dance almost a decade ago, she dove head first into training circus arts and spent the next 7 years performing across the Northeast music festival circuit as a fire performer and aerialist. She has performed for Gillette Stadium, Northshore Magazine, Hilton Hotels, and the Wang Theater. Siena is a recent graduate of Esh Circus Arts' Professional Preparatory Program and Nimble Arts Aerial Teacher Training in Vermont. In addition to her involvement as an artist and Board member of the BCG, she has also been performing with Boston Hoop Troop since 2011 and Boston's Burning Man Fire Conclave, Incineration Congregation, since 2015.

Photo by Jon Beckley

T Lawrence-Simon is a Boston semi-native, world travelling, whimsy-inducing performer. A graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts 2 year professional training program, and Temple University's theater program, T has worked all over the world through circus. Specializing in bar apparatuses: trapeze, aerial hoop, as well as duo trapeze, T loves telling stories through circus. He is excited to be bringing a solo on an invented apparatus this year, it's going to be a bit shocking. Learn more about T at HoopArtist.com, and come take a class from him at ESH Circus Arts.

Photo by Roger Gordy

Tim Ellis is a juggler, acrobat, fire artist, musician and writer. He loves working with the Boston Circus Guild, (credits include: writer/performer for Cirque of the Dead and Midnight At the Midway; performer in Throwback Tales, Speakeasy Circus, Vaudevillainy, and Reign of Revelry). He has also traveled the continent with A Different Spin, and collaborates often with local groups like Off the Ground Circus, ToUch Performance Arts, and Cirque de Light. Tim coaches juggling and acrobatics at Esh Circus Arts and is always excited to spread the love of circus to kids and adults of all ages!

Photo by Chuck Jones

Tori Markwalder - Originally from Palm Harbor, FL, Tori is a lifelong lover of circus. A former gymnast turned aerialist she specializes in aerial hoop and duo trapeze and has been performing professionally since 2012. She has toured both nationally and internationally with the show Life in Color and can currently be found performing with ToUch Performance Art and the Boston Circus Guild. Tori is excited to be getting bloody and returning to Cirque of the Dead for the second time!

Photo by Roger Gordy


Creature aka Karin Webb Performance Artist, Director, Clown, Character Actor, Theater Teacher, and Sexuality Educator. Creature has been producing, directing, and performing in Boston's Drag, Burlesque, and Underground art scenes for over 20 years professionally. They co-created "All The Kings Men" and "Bent Wit Cabaret", they've toured all over the US, Canada, and London with various theater companies as a Drag King, Burlesquer, and Puppeteer. Their solo show, NO SHAME, is an award winner and always looking for new venues. You've probably caught sight of them in Slaughterhouse Sweetheart shows, Boston ICA, The Slutcracker, working with various theater companies, and driving around town in a ridiculous yellow puppet tour van covered in cartoon monsters... This is Creature's second time Directing for the BCG. Happy Halloween!

Photo by Karin Webb

Deirdre Benson is a Boston-based stage manager, production manager and sound designer. She is the Summer Production Manager for Stoneham Theater’s Young Company, Assistant Production Manager of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival and a part-time Stage Manager with the Boston company of The Blue Man Group.

Michael "Mooch" Mucciolo has been Circus Director for numerous Boston Circus Guild original theatrical/experiential circus productions including those during the organization's residency with the American Repertory Theater. In addition, he is both an owner and BCG's Director of Operations, working to help keep the organization growing since it's inception. Michael has also been managing circus entertainment in the New England area for over 8 years, as Senior Bookings Manager for Boston Circus Guild as well as co-owner and Booking Manager for A Different Spin.

Photo by JPOC Photography

Cesara Walters is a Boston based theatre practitioner specializing in directing, stage management, and properties design/fabrication, and received her BA from Rose Bruford College in London, England. Her most recent directorial credit was with the Promenade Opera Project and their production of JUSTICE OR MERCY, a modern immersive adaptation of Mozart's La Clemenza Di Tito. Recent stage management credits include THE DROWSY CHAPERONE with Greater Boston Theatre’s the young company and REVOLT and THE T PARTY with Company One Theatre. Property design and fabrication credits include FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, and puppet restoration for THE VELVETEEN RABBIT all with Boston Children's Theatre as well as custom pieces by commission including a giant monster eyeball!

Photo by Michael O'Reilly

Brandy Wine has been involved with Cirque of the Dead of many years, as a performer, a Production Manager, and an audience member. She's thrilled to be part of the production in the capacity of Front of House Manager. When she's not hanging with the BCG ghouls, you'll find Brandy producing and performing burlesque and variety shows around Boston with Rogue Burlesque and Drunk Dragon Productions.

Photo by Rob Starobin

Ricky Hawkins has been helping out behind the scenes with the Boston Circus Guild for eight years, wearing many different hats. Currently he is playing the role of Marketing Director, and one of his devious advertising projects is likely to be one of the reasons that you know about this fantastic show. When not crafting Facebook ads or doing graphic design, he can also be found juggling as part of the group A Different Spin, and teaching circus skills to people of all ages in the Greater Boston Area. Halloween is his favorite time of the year, and he's very happy to once again be spending it being a part of Cirque of the Dead.

Genevieve Martineau is passionate about circus and loves being part of the behind the scenes marketing team for Cirque of the Dead. About five years ago, Genevieve decided to add hula hooping to her bucket list and since then has increasingly become involved with the local circus community. Although not a performer, Genevieve decided that she could instead lend her marketing expertise to the Boston Circus Guild. This is her second year working on COTD.

Photo by Jessica Healey



Special Thanks

Skip Curtiss
Alex Giorgetti
Justin Paice
Emma Watt
The staff and crew of Club OBERON
The American Repertory Theater
Chuck Jones
Andrew MacRobert
Dylan Tully
Gabriel Rizzo


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