Our Circus Family
Stephanie Abrams an award-winning mime and director with over 30 years of experience in the theatre. Stephanie has written and directed more than 25 original productions and served as artistic director and dramaturg for many others. Her work has been performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, New York City, Washington DC, and in 10 countries including a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. Her unique approach to circus and physical theatre training and performance has helped launch the circus careers of many professional circus artists. Her students have graduated from Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal, Ecole de Cirque de Quebec, and are performing with some of the top circus companies in the world including Cirque du Soleil and 7 Fingers.
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Patrick Branstetter is a left handed native Vermonter who started his performing life in circus arts at age 10. He has trained in advanced acrobatics, juggling, equalibristics, hand-balancing, clowning, and acting. Patrick performed with Blueman Group from 2007- 2009 and found a deep understanding of comedic timing, percussion, and stage direction. Patrick now spends his days as a piano and harpsichord technician, but he still thrives on the creativity of the circus community. He has played an integral role at Kinetic Theory since he walked through the doors in 2015. He has coached or subbed nearly every class at KT in the past. And in addition to coaching, Patrick has performed in KT productions, choreographed some of the most memorable acts in our shows, repaired equipment, handled rigging and strike, moved the dolly, and operated the elevator.