Joanna Melville – Administrative Coordinator

Joanna is a graduate of Illinois State University (Gamma Phi Circus!) and University of Wisconsin-Madison with a MFA in Theatre, specializing in Costume Design.  She has worked as a freelance theatrical designer all over Chicago, and spent 3 years as…  Read More

Dan Roberts – Executive Director

  Roberts brings a diverse background in social circus, arts education, youth advocacy and non-profit leadership to CircEsteem.  He began his career in social circus in Chicago, serving as the associate director of CircEsteem from 2004-2007.  He went on to…  Read More

Cornell Freeney

Cornell grew up in Uptown and joined CircEsteem at the age of thirteen in search of excitement. He first took interest in tumbling and mini trampoline and in 2005 started training on the gym wheel.  Determined to master the wheel,…  Read More

Samuel Sake

Samuel joined CircEsteem in 2005 as a refugee from Ethiopia. His favorite circus skills are juggling, walking on the globe, unicycling, tumbling, and the gym wheel. In May of 2009, he traveled to Switzerland to compete in the Gym Wheel…  Read More

Arin Mulvaney – Operations Director

Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Arin moved to Chicago in 2002. As a freelance teaching artist, Arin has taught a variety of drama workshops and camps and was the Assistant Director of the Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre Drama Camp for two…  Read More

Andrew Tham – Finance Assistant

  Andrew graduated from Cornell College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English. Upon graduating in 2011, he became deeply involved in the new music scene in his hometown of Chicago, serving as an arts administrator and intern…  Read More

Pam Chermansky

   Our Circus Tots and clown teacher and most recent Summer Camp Director, Pam Chermansky is CircEsteem’s Clown-In-Residence. Her clown persona, Mme Boustière  was inspired by Marcel Marceau the world’s most famous mime with whom she trained and worked. Pam…  Read More

Kasumi Kato – Program Director

Born and raised in Atlanta, Kasumi graduated with distinction from Georgia State University from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies with a degree in Public Policy and Economic Development. She has been in youth and family circuses since the…  Read More

Helena Reynolds

Helena Reynolds is an aerial artist with a background in Contemporary Dance and Ballet. She is passionate about combining the beauty and grace of dance with the power and spectacle of the aerial arts. She received her BFA from the…  Read More

Carmen Kingsley

Carmen enjoys discovering new places and people. Her search for adventure and interest in human communication led her to spend time living in Spain, France, Colombia and Argentina. Interacting with people who have different perspectives and personalities inspire Carmen as…  Read More

Richie Schiraldi

Richie started working with CircEsteem in 2015. After studying Comedia, Traditional European Clown, and Circus Arts at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, he shipped off to Chicago to put his BFA in Physical Theatre to good use. He focuses in…  Read More