Performing artists bios

2020 Season Performer Bios

Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark, born in Louisville, Kentucky, was first taken to see the circus by his grandparents. From there, a fascination of the circus and its characters began to grow. The circus was a place where Jordan’s childlike imagination could manifest into a tangible experience.

After training on his own in high school, Jordan began his formal circus training in 2006 at the National Circus School of Montreal’s summer program. He was later accepted into the school’s prestigious college program where he completed his training in 2012. Jordan has performed his hand balancing act in over 20 counties as well as at sea.

Jordan is excited to be back in his hometown and see the circus community growing here. He looks forward to continuing to share the magic of circus with this city.

Michael Crinot

Michael Crinot began to juggle in elementary school and has performed with Turners Circus since 2012. He began his study of dance at Louisville Dance Alliance in 2014 and enjoys performing hip hop and modern dance in their studio and company shows. Michael’s first show with CirqueLouis was "East of the Sun" (2017), then "Kaleidoscope" (2017) , "Happy Birthday!" (2018) and "Gravity's Varieties" at Kentucky Center. Michael also enjoys playing soccer, traveling, studying languages, math, and science at St. Francis and having fun with his friends and family near and far

Zachary Haley

Zachary is a Purdue grad who found aerials through a college friend who posted about it one time on social media. It sounded like something neat, so he tried it on a whim in October of 2015, and has been hooked ever since. He trains when he can on a variety of apparatus, including but not limited to silks, sling, rope, lyra, aerial pole, and static/dancers trapeze in both a single performer and double performer context. Zachary performed with CirqueLouis in their 2017 performance of "Kaleidoscope" (2017), "Happy Birthday!" (2018) and now "Gravity's Varieties" at Kentucky Center. When not climbing things and hanging off of them, he enjoys board games, hiking, cosplay, terrible puns, and tinkering with computers.

Abraham Heil

Abraham is a junior at Central High School. He got his start in gymnastics, but he turned to circus arts seven years ago when he discovered he likes performing more than competing. He has appeared in the CirqueLouis productions "Midsummer Night's Circus" and "East Of the Sun". He regularly performs on silks, sling, lyra, stilts, unicycle and does acro, devil sticks, poi and diabolo, as well. Abaham is also a musician; he plays the cello and ukulele and enjoys writing his own music and lyrics. Abe is a volunteer at the zoo in his free time where he takes care of his favorite animals which are housed in the MetaZoo.

Dylan Heil

Dylan got his start at Turners Circus at the age of seven. He began performing in their annual, seasonal circus but began training and performing year round when he was in middle school. He now teaches youth aerial classes at Turners and is a counselor at the summer camp there. Dylan has appeared in the CirqueLouis productions "Midsummer Night's Circus" and "East Of the Sun". He loves lyra, trapeze, pole and stilting best, and and he performs regularly on lyra, trapeze and stilts. Dylan is a founding member of a program called Clowncare which makes monthly visits to residents of local nursing homes and adult day centers.

Zane Heil

Zane became involved in circus in elementary school but soon learned he liked his feet on the ground and began working on his ground arts. Zane does poi and stilts and has done several 5ks on silts to support some of his favorite causes including CureSMA and Parkinson’s research. Zane also runs cross country and plays the viola at Central High School where he is a junior. He is very involved in their STEM magnet and participates in FRC and VEX as well as competing on their academic team.

Lily Kaelin

Lily Kaelin been tumbling for 10 years. Since joining CirqueLouis in 2016, she has expanded her repertoire to include contortion and acrobatics. She is also experimenting with juggling, stilting, and diabolo. In her free time, she enjoys skateboarding, practicing archery, and spending time with her friends.

Ashley Kennedy

Ashley has been involved with aerial arts since she was a child. At just five years old, she didn’t hesitate a bit when her dad swung her from the cradle, an apparatus 20 feet off the ground. From that point forward, she was addicted. With a gymnastics and diving background, Ashley performs both in the air and on the ground as a hand-balancer. Her entire family was a circus family for years, and she is continuing that tradition with her two daughters, Charlotte and Helen.

Charlotte Kennedy

Though Charlotte has performed in two Turners Circus shows and had premiere parts in CirqueLouis' shows and collaborations of "Happy Birthday" and "Pippin" with Acting Against Cancer. At only 5 years old, she is already flying high on the trapeze. Her parents, Ross and Ashley, could not be more proud of her!

Lee Mai

Lee is a Juggler and circus enthusiast who is one of CirqueLouis’ most consummate and active performers. He is a regular fixture at CirqueLouis’ city wide events and productions, playing a Vaudeville star in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Circus” (2016) and major roles in Pinocchio (2016), East of the Sun (2017), and Kaleidoscope (2017),"Happy Birthday!" (2018) and "Gravity's Varieties" at Kentucky Center. In addition to performing, Lee is also the Outreach Director of CirqueLouis’ educational branch and Social Circus program. Beyond circus, Lee enjoys food, good conversation, kindness, and cheesy sci-fi.

Lisette Markham

Lisette is from a long family history of performers; her Mother, Grandmother, and HER Grandmother were all classical singers. Her Mother and Grandmother traveled on a circus train and performed in vaudeville. Lisette started early with folk and ballet classes at 5 years old, and voice lessons with her Grandmother. she has over 25 years of training in ballet, jazz and tap. She trained in classic pantomime with Mick Sgroi, student of Marcel Marceau. She has appeared with Music Theatre Louisville, Clarksville Little Theater, Actors Theater, The Kentucky Opera, Juneteenth Legacy Theater, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She has also performed in film and television. Lisette appeared with CirqueLouis in East of the Sun (2017) as the Troll Queen and in Kaleidoscope (2017) as a Mime, "Happy Birthday!" (2018) and "Gravity's Varieties" at Kentucky Center. When not performing, Lisette is a counselor with a private practice, loves genealogical research, travel with her family, her church choir, and volunteering.

Henry Marchal

As the youngest of three boys, Henry has enjoyed being in the spotlight most of his life. He loved being in his first circus production in the spring of 2017 with Turners in Stagecoach and continued at Turners in Bayou in 2018. After joining the social circus at CirqueLouis, he has expanded his circus skills from trampoline and mini trampoline to include juggling and acro balancing. "Happy Birthday" is his fourth performance with CirqueLouis. Outside of circus he enjoys being on the wrestling team, gymnastics, drawing and flipping. He will be a junior at Atherton in the fall.

Madeline (Thyme) Martin

Madeline studied dance for five years before discovering her love of circus at age 9. She has performed in the air and on the ground in seven Louisville Turners Circus shows; including Acro-Balancing, Dance, Hula Hoop, Stilt-Walking, Ladders, Lyra, and Trapeze; and performed as a main character in Bayou (2018) and Spellbound (2019). When she’s not circus-ing, Madeline is a junior at Atherton High School and is active in theater. She has appeared in Antigone (2018) and The Interview (2019) at Atherton and 1984 (2018) at Trinity. Initially joining Cirquelouis to participate in The Unicycle Project, Madeline is excited to join Cirquelouis and Acting Against Cancer onstage in "Pippin"!

Aydie Nase

Zoie Pois

Zoie Pois began circus arts in elementary school and started training in aerial arts at Turners in middle school. She recently added stilt walking to her repertoire. She has performed in Turners Circus and performed with CirqueLouis in "Bootleg Untapped” (2015). Zoie created the logo for the Unicycle Project after the death of her brother by suicide. Zoie also plays volleyball for Walden School and KIVA. Zoie is passionate about kindness, acceptance and loving one another.

Leighann Pusateri

Leighann is a native Louisvillian. At age 3, she began gymnastics classes at Louisville Turners, which had an annual circus performance every March. As she progressed through 13 years of competitive gymnastics, she continued to performing. In addition to tumbling and acrobalancing inherent to gymnastics, she has also trained extensively in the aerial arts and has recently added stilting and fire eating to her repertoire. Over the years she has performed in various productions and events with Louisville Turners Circus and CirqueLouis including their recent productions of Bootleg “Untapped“ (2015), "A Midsummer Night’s Circus" (2016), "Pinocchio" (2016), "East of the Sun" (2017), "Kaleidoscope" (2017), "Happy Birthday!" (2018) and "Gravity's Varieties" at Kentucky Center.. When not performing or working at her day job teaching, Leighann enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and son Sal.

Alyssa Schlimm

Alyssa has been performing acrobatics and aerials since 1996. She began her circus career in the Turners Circus at age 9 and is trained on aerial silks, spanish web, lyra, and trapeze as well as in tumbling and hand balancing. She is a former gymnast and diver and a national championship cheerleader with Northern Kentucky University. When not in the air, Alyssa is an event coordinator and the social media manager for CirqueLouis, loves working at her "big girl job" at Sacred Heart Academy and can often be found rock climbing at ClimbNulu with her family. She'd like to thank her parents for signing her up for gymnastics, her husband Klaus and kids Konrad & Louisa for their love and support, and the CirqueLouis board for giving her the opportunity to do her favorite thing in the whole world on stage. "May all your days be circus days!"

Laura Shahan

Laura has been involved in the circus arts since 2012, specializing in Aerial Silks and Spanish Web, and recently added Fire-Eating to her repertoire. She has performed with CirqueLouis at many local events as well as appearing in their productions of Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), "A Midsummer Night’s Circus" (2016), "Pinocchio" (2016), "East of the Sun" (2017), and "Kaleidoscope"(2017), "Happy Birthday!" (2018) and "Gravity's Varieties" at Kentucky Center. When not practicing or teaching aerials arts, Laura is usually involved in outdoor activities or piloting herself around Kentucky’s airports and is in her second year of law school. Laura has a hard time keeping her feet on the ground!

Abbie Springer

Growing up in Kansas City, Mo, Abbie moved to Louisville to compete with the nationally ranked University of Louisville cheerleading squad and in 2009, she began her circus arts training. Abbie has trained extensively in doubles acts and apparatus (Acro, Adagio, Trapeze, Chandelyra, and Sphere). She has trained on Silks, Aerial Rope, Lyra and completed her instructional training through NECCA (New England Center for Circus Arts).

Abbie has appeared with her family in the annual Turners Circus spring production since 2009 and she has performed in CirqueLouis’ previous productions of Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), Pinocchio (2016), East of the Sun (2017), and Kaleidoscope (2017), "Happy Birthday!" (2018) and "Gravity's Varieties" at Kentucky Center. Abbie is also a part of CirqueLouis’ event performance troupe appearing at prestigious venues all over the city

Founding CirqueLouis in 2015 has been part of her calling to share the circus arts with the Louisville community and Abbie believes fiercely in CirqueLouis’ vision of creating a strong circus arts community here in Louisville through contemporary circus theater, high-level training, and social circus outreach. Abbie’s other passion lies with spending time with her husband Adam and her three children Annabelle, Aeson, and Abram.

Annabelle Springer

A regular circus performer since age 3, Annabelle is a Ball Walker, Acro-Balancer and budding aerialist and stilter who performs with both CirqueLouis and Turners Circus. When not balancing on circus props, Annabelle devours books and loves challenging herself with computer and math skills and dances for Gillmans Dance Studio/MAGIC Dance in the yearly production of “Nutcracker In A Nutshell”.

Elina Sulkowski

Elina started performing at the age of 6 with the Turner's Circus. Since then, she has participated in multiple shows at Turners, both on the ground and in the air. She enjoys ball-walking, acro-balancing, trapeze, and silks and has performed in "Happy Birthday" and "Gravities Varieties" with CirqueLouis. In addition to the circus, Elina loves horseback riding, singing, baking, and reading.

Asher Taylor-Dawson

Asher is a dancer, circus artist, and choreographer and performs with CirqueLouis, The Lexington Ballet Company, and Gale Force Dance. His lifelong love of dance informs his work in the circus context, and he likes to let a little circus spirit sneak into his life as a dancer, too. A transplant from Connecticut, he resides in the Iroquois Park neighborhood with his husband, Denis, and their cat, Merkah. He joined CirqueLouis in 2017.

Jordan Traylor:

Jordan Traylor is a former gymnast turned aerialist who started training and performing with Turner's Circus while in elementary school. Jordan has appeared in several CirqueLouis performances, on her favorite apparatuses, Lyra and Spanish web. When Jordan is on the ground, she enjoys spending time with her family and perfecting her newest act yet, being a new mom!

Carter M. Webb

As a dancer, Carter has been performing since the age of four. She has lived in both Louisville and Chicago and trained in various dance styles, including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Pom, Lyrical, and Modern. Carter was introduced to her first aerial apparatus in 2012; Pole. She fell in love with aerial arts, taking her first class at Louisville Turners in the summer of 2013. Since then, Carter has performed on Silks, Pole, Aerial Pole, Lyra, Spanish Web, Hammock, Ladders, Aerial Sphere, and Aerial Pole Silks with Turners Circus, Suspend Louisville, Sora Aerial Arts, and CirqueLouis.

Carter has participated in multiple non-profit organizations and boards across Louisville and has a passion for promotions and branding. She joined CirqueLouis as the Marketing and PR Director in January, 2016 as a perfect hybrid of her loves of circus and volunteerism. Outside of circus, you can find Carter working as a Management Consultant and an Adjunct Professor or spending time with her husband, Michael, while traveling on outdoor adventures.

Cindi Wolf

Cynthia “Cindi” Phillips Wolf: aka “Mama Wolf” has been involved with Turners circus since the mid 70’s. Over the years and 4 more children, she started a Show Group to take Turners Circus Kids on the road, performing in local parades, festivals and nursing homes. She also performed as an aerialist, a fire-eater, ring master, director and is still an instructor in their annual show, where 4 generations of Wolfs presently perform. Her family includes her husband Bill (her greatest fan), 5 children, 13 grands and 1 great! She has performed in all CirqueLouis shows and her favorite is performing fire-eating—whenever and wherever she can!

Headshots: AER Portrait