Meet Us

Doug Stewart
Operations Director, Founder

Doug Stewart is a professional circus artist as well as entrepreneur. Doug graduated from the New England Center for Circus Arts, the longest running professional training program in the United States. As a performer he has worked for Circus Smirkus, Chicago’s Midnight Circus, Diamond Family Circus, AIDA Cruises and was a cast member in the first three Cirque Us tours. Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business of Live and Performing Arts with a concentration in Touring Productions from Columbia College Chicago. At age 20, Doug founded Cirque Us. Doug is also a co-founder of the Upper Valley Circus Camp. Doug currently sits as the head circus coach for Circus Smirkus Camp and the Artistic and Operations Director of Cirque Us.

Nina Gershy
Business Manager

A native New Yorker, Nina discovered her love for circus and theatre at an early age. After graduating from Cornell University, Nina was admitted to the New England Center for Circus Arts’ Professional Training Program, where she specialized in Aerial Rope. Nina has performed with Hijinx Music Festival, New York Fashion Week, ABCirque, and Cirque Us. In addition to performing, Nina coaches circus arts across the country. If she’s not performing or teaching, you can probably find her behind her computer doing “circus consulting” (business development) for various circus schools, companies, and artists.

Shayna Golub
Admin Assistant

Shayna Golub is a New York City based aerialist, dancer, educator and arts administrator. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2016 with a B.A. in Dance and went on to study circus at the New England Center for Circus Arts. Most notably, Shayna performed with Phish at their 2018 New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden. She also performs with ABCirque as a member of their core company. In addition to performing, Shayna teaches kids and adults throughout NYC and is an admin assistant for dance and circus companies in NYC and New England. 

Rena Dimes
Web Admin

Rena is a professional contemporary circus artist based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Rena graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she received her Bachelor of the Arts in Linguistics with a focus in Dance History. Rena also discovered her passion for circus in Portland, where she began her performance career with A-WOL Dance Collective. Rena furthered her circus education by attending the New England Center For Circus Arts (NECCA), where she studied Aerial Loops and Contortion. Rena has been performing and working with Cirque Us since 2017, and has held many position including performer, ensemble supervisor, merchandise designer, and website administrator. When she is not with Cirque Us, Rena performs with AIDA Cruises as an aerialist and contortionist. 

Past Collaborators

Jess McNamara ~ Kieran McKeon ~ Hannah Tymosko ~ Emma Travis

Trevor Brady ~ Max Ribbans ~ Sarah Tiffin ~ Nick Zelle