Circus Skills Instructor, 2001–Present

  • Head instructor, Big Apple Circus After School at Children of Promise, leading a staff of four and teaching circus skills to children of incarcerated parents.
  • Skills coach, Circus of the Kids: juggling, rolling globe, rollerskating, fire eating, acrobatics, mini-trampoline, double trapeze, and web. Assist with scriptwriting, rigging, concessions, costuming, marketing, and souvenirs.
  • Juggling/circus instructor: Manhattan Youth, CirqOvation, Cirque du Jour, Children’s Workshop School (elementary), Lyceum Kennedy (preschool & elementary), IS 90/Mirabal Sisters School/Children’s Aid Society (middle school), School of the Future/Education Alliance (middle & high school), NYU (children & adults), TheaterLab (all ages), Big Sky Works (all ages), and private lessons (all ages).
  • Co-producer, Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth, showcase performances for variety artists under age 21. Direct and coach ringmaster/mistress, performance routines, and ensemble acts.
  • Balance coach, Glutton For Punishment, Paperny Films.
  • Circus cast trainer, Capitol Dinner Theatre’s production of Barnum (Harrisburg, PA).
  • Workshop leader, American Youth Circus Organization and International Jugglers Association.
  • Juggling instructor on Meet Me at the Corner.

Academic, EFL, & Test Preparation Instructor, Kaplan, 2005–2012

  • Teacher and tutor for GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, SSAT, and SHSAT preparation.
  • Teacher and tutor of intermediate, upper-level, and business English for non-native speakers.

Academic Writer, 2001–Present

  • Author of Cirkus Cirkör Study Guide on contemporary circus for the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
  • Wrote and edited instructor’s manuals for college sociology textbooks and websites (Pearson/Prentice Hall).
  • Edited scientific bibliography, annual reports, and other materials for American Museum of Natural History.
  • Writer and consulting editor of marketing, sales, and curriculum materials for Super Scientific Circus and Silly Billy/ Funniest Clowns in the Whole Wide World.
  • Author of Big Apple Circus Hospital Activity Book and Classical Circus Study Guide and editor of Clown Care Training Manual.
  • Co-founder, writer, and editor of CircusNYC and JuggleNYC.
  • Contributing editor and writer for JUGGLE magazine (Stagewrite publishing).


Workshop Training

  • Performance: MotionFest
  • Clowning/physical comedy instructors: Hilary Chaplain, Andy Sapora, John Towsen
  • Juggling coaches: Jason Garfield, Jay Gilligan, Yuri Podzniakov, Viktor Kee

Yale School of Management, Master’s degree in Public and Private Management

  • Dean’s and professors’ commendations for excellence
  • Teaching assistant: Consumer Behavior, Individual Decision Making
  • Tutor: Financial Management, Writing Assistance Program

Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude in literature

  • Semester abroad teaching English as a second language in Orizaba, Mexico
  • Disc jockey and competition director for commercial student radio station, WHRB
  • Theater sound designer and engineer for Harvard/Radcliffe Drama Club

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