Profile Type: Creative Business
Creative Business
Circus Minimus

Imagine a circus that pops out of a suitcase and teaches your students about living with compassion and following their dreams. Our school assembly and family theater show The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase has been performed over 500 times for enthusiastic audiences over the past twenty-five years.

Imagine another kind of participatory, educational circus that offers your students life lessons and integrates school curriculum through the experience of learning real circus skills. We design and lead in-school residencies programs, including integration of circus, yoga, world culture, anatomy, life sciences and
more. Some of the titles include Circus Around the World, Circus Poeticus, Circus Musicus, The Time Machine Circus, Animal & Insects, and The Human Body.With Circus Minimus and students can runaway to join the circus and be back in time for math class!

As CircusYoga for the Whole Family we've been hosted over forty-five times by the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA. This is the largest and best place in the US to explore the yoga of life. Year after year families return to play, learn and connect with us and their tribe of CircusYogis. Over 100 teachers have been trained in these methods and continue to teach them around the world.

Many schools have hosted our Family Fun Nights inviting parents to participate in their kids’ enrichment. We are award-winning and seasoned educators committed to educational excellence. Contact us today for a DVD and packet featuring our menu of educational offerings. We would be happy to discuss the  specific curricular goals of your school—and bring the circus to your community.

My wife- Erin Maile and I have been teaching and performing for a collective fifty years in twenty-nine states and thirteen countries. We've taught and performed in schools, community centers, museums, libraries and family theaters. We've done shows in volcanoes, Native American reservations, Indian palaces, Speigel tents, high in the Andes and down under in Tasmania. We've taught in Alaska and return to Erin's homeland of Hawaii every year.

In 2003 after being hired by the New England Youth Theater we moved to Brattleboro,VT.



I Have Worked With

  • July 2006

    I've been directing Circus Minimus - The Circus Kids Create through NEYT since 2002.

  • June 2006

    Bess and Jay have produced both my One-Man Circus in -a-Suitcase and The Circus Kids Create. Jay's son  and Bess's sister were in  the show!

  • Creative Business

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
422 Meadowbrook Rd.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Physical Address: 
422 Meadwobrook Rd.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
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Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Circus
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Humanities - General
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - History
Music - Orchestral
Theater - Children's
Theater - Mime
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing

I am a Touring Artist

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
IJA - Excellence in Education
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: