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Starfish Staff

Starfish Staff
A Starfish residency team includes at least two lead coaches who are working circus professionals and an assistant coach, who may be an intern or junior company member. Each coach is responsible for a specific set of skills and works with individuals and groups. One of the lead coaches will also be the liaison with the school, theatre or camp hosting the residency. Our coaches also train and perform with the Aerial Angels.

Shared honors and awards include:
- "Most Daring Act" - London Fringe Festival
- "Top Ten Audience Choice" - Kingston Busker Rendezvous, 2005 & 2006
- Grand Finale Act - Feldkirch (Austria) Gauklerfest
- "Small Business of the Year" - Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center


Allison Williams, Starfish Artistic Director

Allison Williams, Starfish Artistic Director
MFA Western Michigan University(Playwriting)
BA Eckerd College
(Theatre)
Other studies: DePaul University, Nimble Arts, Toronto Mainspace School of Circus Arts, San Francisco Circus Center.
Faculty: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College.
Guest Artist: includes University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of South Florida, Otterbein College, Harrison Arts Center, numerous Thespian Festivals.
Performance: Aerial Angels Company Member, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, All Ears Radio Theatre.

The best part of Starfish is seeing the amazing creative ideas and new moves the students come up with - "I'm stealing that to use myself" is the best compliment I can give.

Figo, Coach and Technical Lead

Figo, Coach and Technical Lead
Figo is a world class professional magician with over 12 years experience, specializing in close-up and modern magic. He has traveled the globe performing his mix of magic and comedy in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Figo has worked for several national and international companies including the BBC, Shell and BP, as well as events including the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, the Calgary Stampede and the Edmonton Fringe Festival

MA Harrison, Lead Coach

MA Harrison, Lead Coach
Schooling: BA in French Language&Literature and Music at Kalamazoo College; thesis on French rap music, culture and politics written in French
Ambition: Aerialist, musician and a return to France.
Background: Homeschooled, extensive training in ballet, French and piano.
Starfish Connection: Applied for internship through Kalamazoo College summer program, learned hoop and fire and was hooked.
Performance: Aerial Angels Company Member, Frelon dance concert, Imagine Christmas!

ma@starfishcircus.com

James Warfield, Lead Coach

James Warfield, Lead Coach
Western Michigan University (Theatre Performance). Other Studies: i.O. West
Teaching: Commedia Zuppa, Longform Improv
Guest Artist: Grand Valley State University, Harrison Arts Center, Steinbrenner High School, Douglas Anderson Performing Arts Center
Performance: Aerial Angels Company Member, Busch Gardens Entertainment, Walt Disney World Entertainment, Commedia Zuppa, Mainstage Sketch

Nolan Racich, Assistant Coach

Nolan Racich, Assistant Coach
Schooling: Three years of undergraduate study at Kalamazoo College, majoring in Theatre Arts.
Sport: Studied Tae-Kwon-Do and played four years of varsity soccer in high school.
Starfish Connection: Interned with the Aerial Angels (Starfish Circus's parent company) in 2008.
Performance: Cirque du K, Kalamazoo College Festival Playhouse.

Zay Weaver, Lead Coach

Zay Weaver, Lead Coach
BA Western Michigan University (Theatre Performance). Other Studies: Nimble Arts, San Francisco Circus Center.
Teaching: Commedia Zuppa.
Guest Artist: Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University, Michigan State Thespian Festival, Tennessee Thespian Festival, Raleigh (NC) Charter School.
Performance: Aerial Angels Company Member

zay@starfishcircus.com

Todd Espeland, Lead Coach

Todd Espeland, Lead Coach
Studies:University of Nevada Las Vegas, Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre, Toronto Mainspace School of Circus Arts.
Faculty: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College.
Guest Artist: includes University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of South Florida, Otterbein College, Harrison Arts Center, numerous Thespian Festivals.
Performance: Daring Devilinis, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, St. Croix Festival Theatre, All Ears Radio Theatre.
Direction: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet

Colleen McIntee, Assistant Coach

Colleen McIntee, Assistant Coach
Studies: BA program in Economics and French Language & Literature at Kalamazoo College, graduating in 2011.
Sport: All-state softball player, gymnast for three years in high school, discovered circus arts with the student group, Cirque du K, at Kalamazoo College.
Teaching: Cirque du K, Detroit Flyhouse, Astuces Children's Circus School: Chamalieres, France
Performance: Aerial Angels Company Member, Cirque du K, Frelon Dance, Detroit Flyhouse

colleen@starfishcircus.com

Rachel Mahannah, Assistant Coach

Rachel Mahannah, Assistant Coach
Currently: Studying Theatre at Florida Southeastern College.
Ambition: Soccer Mom.
Background: Graduate of Harrison Center for the Arts, Lakeland FL.
Starfish Connection: Met Aerial Angels when they came to her school for mask and movement residencies. First cast as an acrobat/aerialist in Hamlet.
Performance: Aerial Angels Junior Company Member, plays including Children of a Lesser God, Hamlet, MORE

rachel@starfishcircus.com

Zach Martens, Assistant Coach

Zach Martens, Assistant Coach
Currently: BA from Western Michigan University, Currently a MFA Candidate at UCSD for Acting.
Ambition: Actor, Musical Theatre Performer and Aerialist.
Background: Graduate of Jenison High School, Michigan.
Starfish Connection: Met Aerial Angels when they were rehearsing in his high school theatre, then cast as an aerial monkey in Seussical.
Performance: Aerial Angels Intern, plays and musicals including lead roles in Anything Goes, Zombie Prom and Doctor Faustus with Leon Ingulsrud

zach@starfishcircus.com

Alex Kahler, Assistant Coach

Alex Kahler, Assistant Coach
Currently: Studying Visual Art and Everything Else at Bennington College.
Ambition: Aerialist, writer and lifelong nomad.
Background: Graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, majoring in creative writing. Training in aerial at Nimble Arts.
Starfish Connection: Met through a workshop at Nimble Arts, first worked a summer circus camp and then a six week internship.
Performance: Aerial Angels Intern

Siobhan Gale, Assistant Coach

Siobhan Gale, Assistant Coach
Skills: Silk, Hoop, Dance
Schooling: Graduated in Musical Theatre from Harrison School for the Arts in 2010 and currently attending Shorter University for a BFA in Musical Theatre.
Background: Since moving to Lakeland in 2005, Siobhan has worked with Lakeland Community Theatre, Theatre Winter Haven and the Polk Theatre. She has taught theatre and dance classes during the year and for summer camps and has participated in many children's theatre and mainstage productions.
Favorite Fruit: kiwi
Cats: Has 5 - who love the two guinea pigs.
Facts: Had a slight fear of fireworks- until she had to sing during them!
Angels Connection: Was an assistant for a Starfish Camp at Lakeland Community Theatre.