Rena is a contemporary circus artist and dancer based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Born in Wuhan, China and raised in seacoast New Hampshire, she began studying both ballet and Tae Kwon Do at 4 years old. She discovered circus while studying at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and later went on to train in the New England Center for Circus Arts’ (NECCA) Intensive Program, where she specialized in Aerial Loops. When Rena is not on the road with Cirque Us, she can be found working at sea with AIDA Cruises as an aerialist and contortionist.
Justin began his circus training when he was 3 years old in Chicago. 20 years later, After earning his Bachelor of the Arts at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, England, Justin has spent the last few years performing in circuses all over the world: Midnight Circus in Chicago, Circus Aotearoa in New Zealand, and with different entertainment companies in London and the Middle East. Upon finishing his latest contract with Aida Cruises in the Indian Ocean, Justin is thrilled to be back for his second tour with Cirque Us!
Most of Mariah’s circus background is from attending and working at Circus Smirkus Camp. After thirteen summers there, Mariah can now do at least a tiny bit of just about everything. Mariah’s specialty, however, is clown. Mariah attended Bont’s International Clown School in the Spring of 2016, and has taken a handful of clown workshops with various teachers throughout the years. Mariah has performed as a clown in a number of circus and comedy cabaret shows, such as Washington’s Clown Cabaret; Aloft’s El Circo Cheapo, and iO Theatre’s Heels Over Head, in Chicago; as well as the TurboFest418 Open Stage in 2017. Mariah also very much enjoys theater, and has been in a bunch of plays and musicals. Some of Mariah’s favorite past rolls include Prince Cloten in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, Julia in Lend Me a Tenor, and Milky-White (yes, the cow) in Into the Woods. When not amusing other people, Mariah can be found amusing herself.
A native New Yorker, Nina discovered her love for circus and theatre at an early age. She had the privilege of acting with the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre in northern Manhattan, and attending Circus Smirkus Camp in rural Vermont for many years. Instead of applying to Law School after graduating from Cornell University, Nina decided to pursue circus professionally, and completed the Professional Training Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). Nina has since 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 the computer doing “circus consulting” (business development) for various circus schools, companies, and artists. Nina was an original cast member of RagTag, and is so excited to join the second tour of this show with Cirque Us!
Logan’s first steps into the circus world were guided and encouraged by Stephanie Monseu and Keith Nelson, the founders of NYC’s Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Still in high school at the time, she worked along side world-renowned circus and variety artists. Logan took everything she learned with the Bindlestiffs and headed to Chicago to train tightwire under Ariele Ebacher (a long-time Bindlestiff, herself) at Aloft Circus Arts. While there, she also partnered with fellow wire-walker Molly Plunk to form the duo KerrPlunk. Since then, Logan has walked wire as part of Midnight Circus in the Parks (Chicago, IL), Aloft’s Sanctuary (Chicago, IL) and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Washington, DC). Most recently, Logan partnered with musician Nate Tucker on a collaborative piece for Love Sick, as part of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at Nightfall, an event in Greenwood Cemetery (Brooklyn, NY). As of 2017, Logan makes up one-half of the band Logan & Book. Their debut album “Ivan” was released in 2019, and have an EP scheduled to release in 2020. Logan is proud and excited to join Cirque-Us for the first time, and looks forward to being a part of the RagTag cast.
Pher is a juggler, moviemaker, and general human based in Brooklyn, NY. She first found the wonders of the circus at the age of 8 when she picked up a diabolo for the first time and has not stopped juggling since. She grew up attending Circus Smirkus camp in rural Vermont and went on to coach juggling there for three years. She has taught hundreds of people how to juggle, leading workshops and performing all over New England. She now works in film and circus in New York, and is thrilled to be juggling in Cirque Us’ 2020 tour. She is also one of the pioneers of the JRog movement. #jrog