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About Jacob

I’m 25 years old and have performed in 13 countries, but I’m still at the beginning of my career.  I’m excited to introduce my new act and a new direction in my work.  My father is a scientist and my mother’s a philosopher and lawyer, and I grew up in New York City.

I started juggling as a hyperactive and curious 10 year old, and performed my first professional circus contract at 17. Later that year I began studying privately with Swiss juggler Kris Kremo. At 18 I moved to Quebec City to attend circus school and graduated 3 years later.  I viewed juggling as something separate from my parents’ paths or my thoughts and questions about the world.  A year ago, while working with contemporary dance and theater director Peter James, I realized that my questions about the relationship between my parents’ paths and mine, and my thoughts outside of circus brought meaning to my work.  The dissonance between my control of my juggling props and my fight to control and make sense of my 6 ft 4 inch body, the world around me, and my place in it shapes my act.

15 years after learning to juggle, at times I feel like a 10 year old trapped in a 25-year-old’s body, yet juggling is my quirky way of making sense of the world and approaching questions that intrigue me.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Experience

Circus

  • Circus World Museum – Baraboo, WI (Currently appearing)
  • The Royal Hanneford Circus – USA
  • The Box – Simon Hammerstein’s infamous nightclub/variety theater.
  • Celebrity Cruises – Featured speciality act aboard the Celebrity Solstice.
  • The Bello Nock Circus – “America’s Best clown”, Bello Nock premieres his own show featuring a small cast of circus artists.
  • Cirque Musica – a show combining top circus performers with a live symphony orchestra.
  • L’Impro Cirque – a fully improvised circus show presented as part of the festival Montréal Complétement Cirque.
  • Quixotic Fusion – Kansas City, MO
  • Squirm Burpee Circus – The Handsome Little Devils, Denver, CO
  • Big Apple Circus – a private event for Bloomberg, New York, NY
  • Mirage Entertainment – an action show at India’s largest beach resort. VGP Universal Kingdom, Chennai, India
  • Cirque Fantastic Concept – Montreal, Québec
  • Zoppé Family Circus – two US tours

Theater/Clown

  • The Tempest – Played the role of “Trinculo” in West Hyler’s production at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival.
  • Aga-Boom – Played the role of “Dash” in a three-person theatrical clown show with the two original clowns from Cirque du Soleil’s “O”.
  • Eclyps – Created and performed original comic material for a multimedia circus show at La Cité de l’Énergie in Shawinigan, Québec.

TV/Film and Special Events

  • L’Echelle du Talent, ZERO à 1000 – V Tele (television), Montreal, Canada
  • Papillon Circus, (Industrial) – Papillon Collective for IDENTITY Media, NYC
  • The 33rd Annual Drama League Benefit Gala – The Plaza Hotel, NYC
  • NBA Halftime Show – The Idaho Stampede, Boise Idaho
  • Opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” – The Little Orchestra Society, featured juggler/dancer Lincoln Center, NYC
  • DIFFA (Design Industries Fighting AIDS) – “Dining by Design” gala, NYC
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Phyzgig – the East Coast’s largest variety arts festival, Portland, ME

Education/Training

École de Cirque de Québec

  • Three years of full time, college level, professional circus training with a major in juggling. Graduated June 2011

Juggling Training

  • Apprentice to Kris Kremo
    • Kris won the Silver Clown award at the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo and is considered a juggling legend.
  • Juggling Workshops
    • The Gandini Juggling Project
    • Marco Paoletti
    • Sean Blue
    • Samuel Roy

Other Training

  • Acting
    • William Esper Studio, NYC
  • Clown
    • David Shiner, Francine Coté and others