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

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

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

Linnea Ridolfi

Linnea joined the CircEsteem staff as an aerial instructor in the Fall of 2015. She is a recent graduate of the Aloft Circus Arts Full-Time Training Program where she focused on aerial tissue loop and tightwire. While here in Chicago,…  Read More