Our Team

Our Team 2017-05-13T17:01:50+00:00

 Our Team

The CircusWest team is a tight-knit community of artists, administrative staff, coaches, and more. Find out more about the people who run our Big Top.
BRIAN ROBERTSON
BRIAN ROBERTSONSafety & Facility Coordinator
Brian coaches unicycle and trampoline, purchases equipment, and addresses any building concerns. In his 20s he taught in America with Circus of the Kids, an away summer camp. Then, in 1985 Brian helped found CirKids and the rest is history.
BRIGIT STEWART
BRIGIT STEWARTCoach
Brigit began coaching in 2016, working with the Tigers, Lions, and Cubs. Brigit joined CirKids in 2006 and now trains and performs with the Performance group. Outside of CircusWest, Brigit is involved in musical theatre and filmmaking.
CALLA MEDRANO
CALLA MEDRANOCoach
Calla’s been coaching Lions and Tigers since 2015. A CirKid since 2009, she is now in the CirKids Performance group. Outside of CircusWest, Calla performs with the Gladstone Dance Senior Company.
CAMERON FRASER
CAMERON FRASERProduction Manager
Our production manager, Cameron also focuses on acrobatics instruction, stage design, and acrobatic choreography. A CirKid from 1992 to 2006, Cameron runs his own circus company (Break|Contemporary Circus), as well as a design/digital media company and two clothing lines.​​
CHLOE ROGER
CHLOE ROGERCoach
Chloe joined CirKids way back in 2005, and is now a coach and a member of the CirKids Performance group, focusing on aerials with a specialty in lyra. You can catch Chloe’s performances at events around the Lower Mainland.
CHRIS MURDOCH
CHRIS MURDOCHCoach
Chris teaches prop manipulation, and dramaturges. Before joining CircusWest in 2008, he studied theatre at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Trinity College (London) and SFU. He’s produced 30+ local shows and taught/performed at juggling festivals in Canada and internationally.
COLLEEN YUEN
COLLEEN YUENCoach
Colleen’s a tissu Instructor with CircusWest. From a background of piano and gymnastics, Colleen started learning tissu at CircusWest in 2003, trained with La Caserne aerialists (Montreal), and currently does aerial work with Heath Arts Society and Firebelly Performance Society.
DORIS MARS
DORIS MARSFinance Officer
ELIANA JACOBS
ELIANA JACOBSCoach
Eliana’s been an aerials, handstands, and pyramids instructor at CircusWest since 2016. Trained in California, Copenhagen, and Vancouver, she’s taught circus arts since 2010. Eliana trains and performs with The Underground Circus, specializing in aerial and harness work.
ELLIOT WAGNER
ELLIOT WAGNERCoach
EMMA HART
EMMA HARTCoach
HANNAH GREENFIELD
HANNAH GREENFIELDCoach
Hannah’s been coaching, with a focus on unicycle, since 2016. She’s been a CirKid since 2010, and is currently in the CirKids Performance group.
HEATHER POTTINGER
HEATHER POTTINGERPre-Performance Program Coordinator
Heather has been coaching at CircusWest since 2013. Heather coordinates the Ring Master and Centre Ring programs. She specializes in aerials, specifically silks, trapeze, and lyra.
JADE NAWATA
JADE NAWATACoach
JAY NUNNS
JAY NUNNSArtistic & Community Development Director
Jay was one of the original CirKids in 1985, and he’s been the artistic director since 1996. Jay has written, directed, and produced most of CircusWest’s productions. Jay also spearheaded the development of the professional troupe in 2007.
JEN YAN
JEN YANCoach
Jen’s been a CircusWest coach since 2014, specializing in aerials: silks and tissu. She’s been training since she was a young adult, and is now firmly hooked! Jen occasionally enters pole dance competitions and places in the top three competitors.
JONEL EARL
JONEL EARLPerformance Program Coordinator
Jonel grew up with horses and later found a natural fit with the equine-based circus Voltige, which ultimately became Cavalia. During her time on the project, Jonel built a proficiency with whips that ultimately led to 7 years as a featured performer in the Las Vegas show Zumanity, by Cirque du Soleil.
KAIA NIELSEN-ROINE
KAIA NIELSEN-ROINECoach
Kaia’s been a coach here at CircusWest since 2015, specializing in general aerials with the younger programs. A CirKid since 2006, Kaia is a member of the CirKids Performance group, concentrating on aerial silks. Her circus performances include the May Show with CircusWest and other events.
KENT THOMSON
KENT THOMSONCoach
Kent teaches aerial straps, Chinese pole, and strength conditioning. Before coming to CircusWest in 2012, Kent was a former National Team gymnast and a Cirque du Soleil performer, among other things. Kent’s also a stunt performer for films and TV.
LEYNA SHNIER
LEYNA SHNIERCoach
Leyna’s been coaching aerials to Ringmasters, Ensemble, Centre Stage, and Performance groups at CircusWest since 2016. Trained at Monica’s Danz Gym in aerials for 10 years, and contortion and hand balance, Leyna now trains and perform with The Underground Circus.
LINDSAY HONEY
LINDSAY HONEYCoach
LUCY HARVEY
LUCY HARVEYCoach
LOUIS PLOTTEL
LOUIS PLOTTELCoach
MACKENZIE CHAN
MACKENZIE CHANCoach
Mackenzie’s been a coach in the CirKids primary program since 2015, focusing on Lions. A CirKid herself, she currently trains in the Performance group. You can catch Mackenzie representing CircusWest in roving and small performances.
MERLIN MATTHEWSON
MERLIN MATTHEWSONCoach
Merlin’s been a CircusWest coach since 2016, leading and coaching birthday parties. He became a CirKid in 2007, and is now a member of the CirKids Performance group. Merlin also performs at various shows and events throughout the year.
MICHAEL LOCKE
MICHAEL LOCKECoach
As a CircusWest coach, Michael specializes in swing trapeze, double trapeze, and partner acro. Michael has several years’ experience performing partner acro.
QUINN BEASLEY
QUINN BEASLEYCoach
RYAN MELLORS
RYAN MELLORSCoach
SARAH HIGGINS
SARAH HIGGINSProgram Assistant
Sarah’s been a CircusWest​ program assistant since 2016, handling registrations and payments and liaising with the public. A theatre artist and writer with an MFA in Creative Writing, Sarah’s previous admin experience is in the non-profit realm. “I clowned once.”
SASHA MINES
SASHA MINESCoach
SOPHIE WATT
SOPHIE WATTProgram Assistant
Sophie’s been a CircusWest Program Assistant since 2016, handling registrations and admin duties. With an MA in Art History, and after teaching in South Korea, Tanzania, Abu Dhabi, and her native Scotland, Sophie’s next project? “Learning how to weave… Slowly.”
SYLVAIN DROLET
SYLVAIN DROLETRigging & Tools Coordinator
Sylvain specializes in coaching handstands, main a main, and act development. A graduate of the National Circus School, Sylvain has toured internationally and continues to perform all over BC as a member of CircusWest’s professional troupe, Avatar Circus Project.
TIANNA SEQUEIRA
TIANNA SEQUEIRACoach
Tianna has been coaching primary program groups at CircusWest since 2016. A gymnast and dancer before joining CirKids in 2012, Tianna’s a member of the CirKids Performance group. She focuses on aerial silks and isolation hoop.
TRIA MEDRANO
TRIA MEDRANOCoach
Tria’s a coach with CircusWest, specializing in the primary program. Tria became a CirKid in 2008, and is now the oldest current CirKid, and a member of the CirKids Performance group. She focuses on juggling, dance, and theatre.
VIRPI KANGAS
VIRPI KANGASOperations Manager
Virpi manages the operations of the CircusWest school, and occasionally teaches acting workshops. She studied theatre at SFU and Douglas College, and non-profit management at BCIT. Outside CircusWest, she works with her hands (including silversmithing) and performs (acting, singing, dance).
YUKI UEDA
YUKI UEDACoach
Yuki teaches juggling, which he stared learning in 2006. He’s juggled on streets and in festivals around the world, taught workshops internationally and is a member of Cause & Effect Circus in Vancouver. He’s been at CircusWest since 2011.

 

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