Meet Us

Doug Stewart
Operations Director, Founder

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, Live305Entertainment, The Vampire Circus, Westchester Circus Arts, Cirque Dreams and has performed in 6 of the 9 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.

Justin Durham
Production Manager

Justin is a handbalancer, aerialist, acrobat, and dancer based out of Chicago where he started circus at the
age of 3. Deciding to pursue circus as a career, Justin attended the National Centre for Circus Arts in
London where he graduated with a BA Honours in 2017. Since then, he has been jumping between a
variety of contracts across the nation including a string of Cirque Us tours, Cirque Dreams national tours,
Midnight Circus in the Parks in Chicago, The Legend in New York, and 305 Live Entertainment in
Miami. Internationally, Justin has performed with Circus Aotearoa in New Zealand, AirOtic Soiree in the
Caribbean, AIDA Cruises in the Mediterranean as well as corporate performances in Europe and the

Middle East.

Jeremy Cifonie
Digital Content Manager & Office Manager

Jeremy Cifonie is a circus artist based in Chicago who specializes in aerial rope, German wheel, and
clown. His circus career began when he connected with the Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University
where he trained, performed, and graduated before starting work as a high school English teacher. He
spent his nights and evenings working as a circus artist before leaving the school system to pursue circus
full time. Most recently, Cifonie has worked and performed with Cirque Dreams, Cirque Us, Westchester
Circus Arts, and The Vampire Circus. Away from work, Cifonie often spends his time listening to true
crime podcasts, making coffee, playing video games, and wearing mismatched socks.

Past Collaborators

Jess McNamara ~ Kieran McKeon ~ Hannah Tymosko ~ Emma Travis

Trevor Brady ~ Max Ribbans ~ Sarah Tiffin ~ Nick Zelle ~ Shayna Golub ~ Nina Gershy – Daia Bromberg