Throwback Tales: A Retro Spectacle

a Boston Circus Guild Production

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Staff | Bios | Special Thanks

Director - Karin Webb
Production Manager - Evan Avery
Stage Manager - Deirdre Benson
Marketing Manager - Ricky Hawkins
Marketing Associate - Geneveive Martineau
1st Week Rigging and Rigging Design - Sable Stewart
2nd Week Rigging - Karin Webb and T Lawrence-Simon
Down Rigging - Michael Mucciolo
Graphic Design - Ricky Hawkins
Videographer - Beren Jones

Stage Hands
Kate Hausler, Ophelia Orchid, and Lanya Butler


About the Cast and Crew

Photos of AC Wiley by Michael D'Angelo

Wes Hazard (Emcee) - A New England native, Wes Hazard was named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! podcast – based on the critically-acclaimed IFC television show — with Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins. In 2016 he took 2nd place in the Story Slam at the National Storytelling Festival hosted by the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. His debut humor book Questions For Terrible People was published by Adams Media in 2016. Wes wishes you only the best.

A.C. Wiley (DJ) specializes in all vinyl DJ'ing with a focus on 70's disco, 80's new wave, and European dance music from the late 70's and early 80's. Wiley regularly hosts nights at local venues, and has a monthly residency at Brass Union. When not spinning records or jutting across the globe to buy more, he can be found in his store High Energy Vintage in Somerville.

Tori Markwalder - Originally from Crystal Beach, FL, Tori Markwalder began her training in competitive gymnastics as well as acting before she discovered her passion for circus arts. Specializing in aerial hoop and duo trapeze, she trained extensively at the Orlando Circus School, the Irish Aerial Creation Centre, and is a graduate of Esh Circus Arts' Professional Prep Program. From 2012-2015 she performed professionally for NIL Entertainment and toured both nationally and internationally with the show Life in Color. After moving to the Boston area in 2015 Tori joined the cast of ToUch Performance Art's AcousticaElectronica and became a proud member of the Boston Circus Guild.

T Lawrence-Simon came to circus from a very meandering path through careers in theater, magic, juggling, and then aerial arts. He has always been doing weird theater, and his decision to become a circus artist wasn't a shock to most of his friends. Specializing in metal apparatuses, T attended the New England Center for Circus Arts' Professional Training Program, before getting brought onto the staff there, coaching hoop, trapeze and silks. Since then, he has become an internationally sought-after teacher, and loves performing solo, or with his amazing duo partner Tori. T lives in Somerville now, and coaches at ESH Circus Arts. He is excited to relive some memories of his past with you, and hopes you have the time of your life.

Ellen Waylonis first performed on stage at the age of 5, tap dancing to Frank Sinatra's "High Hopes." After graduating from Northeastern University with degrees in English and photography, Ellen discovered partner acrobatics and aerial arts, and fell head over heels for the magic of the circus. Ellen graduated from the Professional Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts, where she focused on partner acrobatics and aerial rope.

Ellen is a founding member and frequent performer with the Boston Circus Guild, and has toured nationally with Cirque Dreams, Nimble Arts, and her own company, Off the Ground Circus. She now splits her time between performing, coaching, and keeping the circus in business as the Chief Executive of Esh Circus Arts.

Roger May is a wicked rad child of the 1980s. His early days on the playground mostly consisted of pumping up his sneakers, playing with slap-bracelets, and forming his school's first ever Nintendo club. Back then his dream was to be a BMX rider, who was also a park ranger. Things worked out a bit differently, and he became a professional acrobat with more than a decade of experience in hand balancing, partner acrobatics, and juggling. He's a founding member of the Boston Circus Guild, has toured nationally and internationally with Nimble Arts, A Different Spin, and his own company Off the Ground Circus. When not performing, he's coaching the next generation of acrobats as Co-owner of Esh Circus Arts.

Siena Moon is in love with all things circus. After discovering hula hoop dance​ almost a decade ago, she dove head first into fire and aerial arts training and spent​ many years performing across the Northeast music festival circuit. She has performed for Gillette Stadium, Hilton Hotels, Wang Theatre, Burning Man, and Northshore Magazine. In 2015, she ​began training in the Professional Preparatory Program at Esh Circus Arts and earned aerial teacher certification from the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont. In addition to her involvement with the Boston Circus Guild, she has also been performing and teaching with the Boston Hoop Troop since 2011.

Alexis Hedrick - Having decided to become an elephant rider in Barnum & Bailey, Alexis Hedrick left competitive gymnastics and began her circus training at age 10. Although there were no elephants, she learned acrobatics, aerial, juggling, and clowning, touring the Bay Area with Splash Circus and the San Francisco Youth Circus. After running away to Vassar College, she returned to circus full-time at the National Institute of Circus Arts, Australia, specializing in aerial rope, cyr wheel, and comedy acrobatics. She has since performed around the world with P&O Cruises, All Wheels Sports, and special events, and performs locally with the Boston Circus Guild.

Molly Baechtold first stepped onto the stage at the age of four performing the “barnyard boogie” at a local dance recital. As a painfully shy kid, she found her passion through physical expression. She continued her career of dance and musical theatre through college, performing with the UNH Dance Company and summerstock theatre in Maine and NH. While in college, she took to the air at the UNH aerial program and never looked back. Molly performs and teaches aerials full time. Her performances have ranged from Cirque du Soliel’s Anniversary Celebration in Times Square, to EDM arena shows at colleges across the country. Molly is thrilled to share her art and be a member of this cast.

Joie Forbes has been performing in and around the Boston area for several years. She specializes in solo and duo performances on the Lyra, trapeze, cube, pole and lollipop. A dynamic and high energy performer she got into circus as a graduate student and was a former gymnast.

Tim Ellis is a juggler, acrobat, fire artist and musician who performs regularly with the Boston Circus Guild, most notably as a writer/performer for BCG's productions of Cirque of the Dead and Midnight At the Midway, as well as a performer in Speakeasy Circus, Vaudevillainy, Bohemian Bacchanalia and Reign of Revelry. He has also performed across the country (and Canada!) with A Different Spin: Circus and Fire Arts, and enjoys collaborating with other local groups like Off the Ground Circus, ToUch Performance Arts, and Cirque de Light. Tim coaches at Esh Circus Arts and is always excited to spread the love of circus to kids and adults of all ages!

A Different Spin is a juggling and fire performance troupe specializing in unique, adrenaline-pumping entertainment. They met in college 14 years ago and have been throwing things at each other ever since, using their unique brand of comedy juggling, integrated music, sound effects, and humor to delight audiences of all ages. A Different Spin has performed at colleges, state fairs, festivals, and private events all across the United States and Canada. They are proud members of the Boston Circus Guild, regularly performing in the BCG's original productions and on their roster as group jugglers.

Karin Webb (Director) Award-winning Performance Artist, Character Actor, Clown, Dancer, Puppeteer, Storyteller, Burlesquer, Drag King, Director, Writer, Teacher, Sexuality/BDSM Educator, and Activist. While they may be a Clown-School-dropout and professional puppeteer amongst other ridiculousness, this Performance Artist’s got a BFA in acting from Boston University, a certificate in ensemble and physical theater from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater, and studied abroad at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). Karin’s credits include creation of Drag King troupe All The Kings Men in 2002 (featured in Documentary “Play in the Gray”), and the monthly variety show “Bent Wit Cabaret”. The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts have been longtime collaborators, you could catch Karin each December in “The Slutcracker” for a number of years, Sparkletown Production performances, and “Asheville Vaudeville” shows. Karin is creator of Axe To Ice Productions, a member of underground arts collective Pan 9, and performed in “28 Seeds” by Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, they’ve worked with Whistler in the Dark Theater, The Gloucester Stage Company, and Liars and Believers. Karin is involved in documentary “The Scarlet Tongue Project”, and can be seen in the films “Ten”, and “Chainsaw Maidens from Hell”. They’ve toured the USA, Canada, and London as a Drag King, Burlesque Dancer, and Puppeteer, was in “Collected Stories”, a two-person Elliot Norton Award winning play production, was nominated for an IRNE award for their company Elephant Tango Ensemble Puppetry, two years running won awards at the “Asheville Fringe Festival”, presented new work for two seasons at “LEAF festival”, was commissioned to write, direct, and perform at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and has exhibited performance art at the Kayafas Gallery.

Evan Avery (Production Manager) has been involved in the performing arts across the country and around the world, both onstage and backstage. After coming to Boston, he quickly became enamored with the local alternative theatre and music scene and decided to stick around. He is very excited to be a part of his first Boston Circus Guild show.

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

Ricky Hawkins (Marketing Director) is a man of many creative pursuits, currently lending his artistic eye to the Boston Circus Guild as their chief Graphic Designer and Marketing Director. He has been juggling since the age of 10, but fell in love with the circus while studying at Vassar College and meeting the local circus group "The Barefoot Monkeys". Since 2008 he has co-owned the professional fire spinning group A Different Spin, writing shows, choreography, and running the business. He was there to help the Boston Circus Guild get off the ground back during its inception as a legal entity, and strives to help make Boston a center for circus arts.

Special Thanks

Skip Curtiss
Alex Giorgetti
Justin Paice
Emma Watt
Kat Sistare
Michael Policare
Sean Pieroth
Megan Minger
The staff and crew of Club OBERON
The American Repertory Theater
Hans Wedland
Chuck Jones
Paul Falcone

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