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Shana Kennedy
Executive Director

Shana is the Founding Director of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. She trained as an aerialist and a juggler at Circomedia, in England, and performed for many years in both capacities. She began teaching aerial skills in her home and backyard in 2001. In 2006 Air Play was founded as a performance and teaching company; and it evolved in 2008 to the full-fledged school facility. From 2010-2014, Shana’s husband Greg was performing in Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, and she and her three children (Baz, Ayla, and Isa) accompanied him on the tour.  Since their return to “normal” life, Shana has been thrilled to be back at her desk at PSCA.

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Greg Kennedy

Greg Kennedy is an internationally-renowned modern juggler, who performed as The Scientist in Cirque du Soleil’s show Totem from 2010-2014.  He has won gold medals at the International Jugglers Association Championship twice, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and performed on five different continents.  He is currently presenting several different shows at venues around the world – details can be found on his Web site,

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Kitsie O’Neill
Director of Programming

Kitsie has been a part of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts since its earliest days, first as a student, then as a graphic designer and administrative assistant, and now, as the school’s Director of Programming. After 5 years working in the corporate design world, Kitsie took the exhilarating circus leap and began working full-time with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts in 2008. She is thrilled to be a part of such an exciting and innovative time in American circus history. Knowing how the circus arts have shaped her life, she cannot wait to share and watch circus arts change the individuals who walk in the door as well as the Philadelphia community.

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Adam Woolley
Head Coach

Adam graduated from the conservatory program at the UNC School of the Arts, and the first Professional Track program at the New England Center for Circus Arts. He continued his training in San Francisco, and then found his way to New York in 2010, where he founded his private studio CircusEdge and cultivated his love of coaching and choreographing, becoming a sought-after Rope/Fabric coach as well as teaching Contortion and Hand-balancing.

In 2012, concerned about the needs of a growing sector, Adam joined the Board of Directors of the American Youth Circus Organization and chaired a committee of dedicated industry leaders in the creation of the Safety Program, a recognition program for circus arts programs and teacher training programs that meet excellent risk management standards. AYCO created the American Circus Educators Association in 2014, and Adam now works as the Safety Program Manager while continuing to hold his seat on the Board.

In 2013, Adam partnered with Duncan Wall to form Circus Now, a non-profit organization that serves the circus arts community and the public through education and advocacy for circus arts. Adam serves as CN’s Managing Director, curating events, workshops and programming opportunities for emerging companies to showcase new work.

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Treacy Gallagher
Summer Camp Director

Treacy has been teaching youth classes at PSCA since 2007.  Addintionally, she teaches physical education since 2004 for grades 1-8.  She holds a BS in Occupational Therapy and 10+ years experience prior to becoming a full-time mom.  Little known fact about Treacy is that she was  prison guard for 2 years which totally helps with class management.

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Terry Brennan
Parkour/Youth Circus Instructor

Terry Brennan is a professional actor, puppeteer and director.  He is a founding member of Tribe of Fools Theatre Company here in Philadelphia.  Terry has been on 5 national tours with Enchantment Theatre Company and has served as company road manager for 3 years.  He has also performed with various many other theatre companies including, BRAT Productions, EgoPo Theatre Company, Simpatico Theatre Project, National Theater for Children, The Berserker Residents and is a teacher at The Arden Theatre Company, 1812 Productions and HFS Parkour.  The  work he creates is a hybrid of theatre and stylized movement arts, pulling from disciplines like circus, parkour and dance.

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Nicole Burgio
Acro/Aerial Instructor

My name is Nicole Burgio. Friends and family call me Cole. From age zero to eighteen I defined myself as a gymnast. As a little girl I loved jumping, flying, flipping, training, and competing. Now that I am older, I define myself as much more. I am a hard worker, creator, athlete, trapeze artist, acrobat, dreamer, friend, sister, and daughter.

My artistic goal is to perform in an ensemble and work side by side with other movers. I strive to create beautiful movement and interesting shapes. I love what I do. I love the hard work and dedication it takes to be a circus performer. I love the people you meet and the places circus takes you.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to train gymnastics, static trapeze, hand to hand, and banquine for many years. I’ve enjoyed dedicating every day to the mastery of my skills. I have trained with some of the most talented coaches from Montreal’s Ecole Nationale de Cirque, New England Center of Circus Arts, and the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. My training has led me to Canada and all over the United States, and I can’t want to see where my next adventure will take me.

I am thankful for every day I get to do what I love. I am thankful for the people I train with, for the support I feel from family and friends. I am thankful for circus finding me and giving me a voice.

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Eric Geoffrey
Performance Coordinator

Eric brings almost 30 years worth of performing and teaching experience to his work at PSCA as performance coordinator and instructor. He began his performance career at age 14 with the Philadelphia-based Give & Take Jugglers. Immediately following high school Eric attended the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Clown College, graduating with a specialty in aerial slapstick and comedy flying trapeze. He then toured with Ringling’s Blue Unit, performing aerial insanity on a daily basis. Tiring of life on the road and embracing the changes that parenthood brings, Eric taught creative movement and circus arts for a couple of years at the Saratoga Springs Waldorf High School in upstate New York. Having permanently moved back to Philadelphia in the winter of 2011, Eric loves being a part of the vibrant circus community that is growing in the region, and is a proud member of the Funicular Station monkey pirate ship crew.


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Brendan Brolly
Aerials Instructor

Brendan Brolly has been teaching circus arts for over 20 years. He began his involvement as a juggler and specialized in incorporating movement and flow into his performances. In latter years his focus has switched more to aerials which he has now been doing for over 1o years. In that time he has studied at Circus Space in London, Circomedia in Bristol and NECCA in Vermont.

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Kendra Greaves
Aerials Instructor

Kendra Greaves is an internationally acclaimed aerialist who has performed on five continents, most notably in the trapeze act of Cirque du Soleil’s production “Varekai.” Her main apparatus are silks, rope, and trapeze. She has trained, performed, and taught all over the world. Kendra still performs a great deal, and recently began school for Exercise Science and Kinesiology, working towards a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
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Rachel Lancaster
Aerials Instructor

Rachel Lancaster graduated from the University of the Arts for Acting in 2012. She is a professional Circus Performer and an instructor at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. In addition to Acting and Aerials she Hula-Hoops and perform with fire. Her background in dance includes ballet, jazz, and modern.

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Alexander McCraw
Acrobatics Instructor

Alex has been doing gymnastics since he was six and coaching since fourteen, concentrating primarily on tumbling. He started taking aerials classes at PSCA in 2010. Alex focuses primarily on straps and acrobatics and is happy to have joined the circus family.

When he’s not doing circus, Alex works as an engineer and is pursuing his Masters of Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Eric Michaels
Aerials Instructor

Eric Michaels has devoted nearly his entire life to the performing arts.  A musician since the age of 8, his musical drive led him to the study of multiple instruments and a B.M. in Composition from the world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Eric has been studying the aerial arts since shortly after he left college, and has come to specialize in rope and aerial straps, performing whenever possible while maintaining his musical passions as well. He has a deep love of collaboration and the intersection of multiple art forms, and relishes the opportunities circus provides for exploring those intersections.

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Christine Morano
Aerials Instructor

Christine Morano is a freelance dancer & aerialist. She has been teaching at The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts since 2009, and is currently a dancer for DanceFusion and an aerialist for Greg Kennedy’s shows Spherus & Theorem. She earned degrees in Biology and Dance from Stockton University, and has completed the Professional Training Program at Frequent Flyers Productions Aerial Dance Theater.

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Shannon Sexton
Aerials Instructor

Outside of circus arts, Shannon Sexton is a professional actor with conservatory training in Meisner and Williamson movement techniques. She is also a certified snowboard and skateboard instructor, with over a decade of teaching experience in both disciplines. When she’s not training or performing, Shannon can be found belting out heavy metal tunes (loudly) and snuggling with her Shiba Inu puppy. She is truly grateful to be a part of the PSCA team!

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Meg Skill
Aerials instructor

Meg spent most of her life with her feet planted firmly in the dirt in softball fields up and down the east coast. In 2007, curiosity led  her to trade in her cleats for a life in the air. She entered the PSCA community as a student and put a ton of love, sweat and muscle into becoming an instructor. She also spends time training on the flying trapeze rig with Fly School Circus Arts and baking cakes as her alter ego “Nutmeg Treats”.

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Megan Gendell
Aerials Instructor

Megan Gendell has performed circus and dance professionally in NYC and around the world since 2007, working with ensemble companies including LAVA and STRONGERCircus, and performing solo handbalancing and duo trapeze nationally and internationally, including at the Golden Karl international circus festival in Riga, Latvia in 2015. She is a 2012 graduate of NECCA’s Professional-Track Training Program, and in 2014 she co-created an evening-length ensemble circus-theater show, Tinder & Ash, in Montreal through a TOHU residency.

Megan has taught handbalancing, trapeze, acrobatics, act creation, and more to youth and adults since 2008, at LAVA and the Espana-Streb Trapeze Academy in Brooklyn, and most recently at NECCA in Vermont, where she coached the Intensive professional training program; she has also given workshops and master classes around the country, including at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival in 2014.

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Molly Wright

Molly joined the PSCA team in 2015. She fell in love with the circus arts after taking a Cyr Wheel Workshop and Partner Acrobatics classes. Molly is not new to body movement, as she has been rock climbing for over 18 years and offers private instruction. She keeps busy by crawling around underground exploring and training single-rope technique with the Philadelphia Grotto and Commander Cody Cave Club. Molly also volunteers with the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild and is a climber aboard Philly’s Tall Ship, Gazela, located at Penn’s Landing. Molly teaches yoga and enjoys practicing partner yoga with friends. She is grateful to be surrounded by new talented friends at the Circus School and is excited to share her skills while learning new ones.

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Joseph Ahmed
Youth Circus Instructor

Joseph Ahmed is a professional theater and teaching artist. He has been juggling since the age of fifteen, and was introduced to aerial acrobatics and the wider circus world while studying for his BFA in Theater Arts at Boston University, where he graduated in 2013. Apart from teaching circus at PSCA, he has also taught theater in the area with the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, Enchantment Theater Company, and Theatre Horizon. He acts, directs, and dances around Philly, and is also a performer with Foodplay, a Massachusetts-based company whose shows use circus arts to promote healthy lifestyles.

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Lesley Berkowitz
Youth Circus Instructor

Lesley is a local actor and physical theatre artist. She trained at Dell’arte International school of physical theatre in California. As a deviser, Lesley has created original works in Iowa, Colorado, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Locally, she has worked with BRAT Productions, Philly Shakes, Tribe of Fools, Curio Theatre Company, and Delaware Shakespeare Festival . With White Flag Productions, she has created a two-woman clown show called “Really, You Should Use Bullets” about a clown’s journey through the underworld. She has been working at the front desk at PSCA for a few years and has recently started teaching. Circus loves include Clown, Trapeze and the Rola Bola.

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Lauren Feldman

Lauren specializes in working with circus artists on developing their acts and ideas to their fullest artistic potential. She works with acts at any stage: developing the earliest seedling ideas, shaping and crafting acts-in-progress, or revising and polishing full pieces. She can work with you actively on your act (i.e. on your apparatus, on your feet), or she can sit down with you and talk through ideas, choices, and possibilities based on a video, image, notes, or questions (or a combo of the two).

Lauren’s plays and circus acts have been seen internationally. She is also a freelance dramaturg, an artistic collaborator, and a teaching artist and professor. She holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, is an alumna of NECCA’s Intensive and Pro-Track programs, and is passionate about the art of making live performance.

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Bronwyn Sims
Aerials/Acro Instructor

Bronwyn Sims is an actor, clown, aerialist, choreographer, and educator. She has appeared in film (Next Stop Wonderland, Dischord, Trial by Fire) and on television including a role in the Emmy award winning first season of The Sopranos.

Bronwyn was a Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama, and was on the faculty at New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). She also was a Lecturer in Stage Management at Yale School of Drama and has conducted guest master classes at Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, The University of New Hampshire, University of Florida, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, STREB, The Trapeze Loft and Big Sky Works. Her choreography and production credits include work with Yale Repertory Theatre (The Master Builder), Yale School of Drama (Orlando), American Repertory Theatre (The Donkey Show), and New England Center for Circus Arts. Bronwyn has trained in a wide range of physical and theatrical disciplines.

Her teaching specialties include aerial and acrobatic choreography, gymnastics, partner acrobatics, yoga, inversions, and physical work for the actor.

Bronwyn is currently pursuing her MFA in Devised Physical Theatre Performance through Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and The University of The Arts in Philadelphia PA.

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Fenix Cobbledick
Aerials Instructor

Fenix started his circus training at a summer camp in his hometown of Tucson, AZ, at age 12. After that, it was just more and more circus and dance, training in aerials, juggling, fire arts and partner balancing. Graduating from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a degree in mathematics and several years of training in dance, including tap, ballet, and modern, Fenix spent three years performing and training in Portland, OR. After three years, it was time for a change in scenery, so he packed up and moved across the country. Now living in Philadelphia, Fenix is spending his days teaching and training in as many disciplines as time will allow for.

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Dmitry Myers
Acrobatics Coach

Dmitry is a Circus Arts, dance and gymnastics professional who has studied with full scholarship at the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Program at the University of Alabama and at the National Circus School of Canada (Ecole Nationale du Cirque) in Montreal. In 2013 he finished two years of study at the Circus Warehouse in Long Island City, New York. He has performance experience in all forms of dance, including Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop, including starring roles in the ballets Nutcracker and the Sourcers Apprentice. He was a featured tumbler in the 2011 Columbus Day Parade. He has extensive study in Flying Trapeze and is one of a handful of people who performed the Triple. He has acting to his credit and was a competitive gymnast and diver.

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Justin Provoncha
Circus Coach

Justin has been involved with Circus since age 8 when he taught himself to Juggle and ride a Unicycle and after 25 years he’s still at it. Here at PSCA he is a Youth Circus Coach specializing in Tight Wire Walking, Balance, and Juggling. He is also the lead Project Manager for Circadium – Philadelphia’s Professional Circus School. Justin owns his own business, Mystery Circus Arts, which focuses on Interactive Magic & Circus Entertainment. Justin is also the Co – Founder and Performer in the Funicular Circus featuring Artistic Tight Wire Installations, Workshops, and Athletic Participation for museums, nature conservatories, and elite private events around the world.