PASSION FOR PANTOMIME
Stephanie Abrams is an award-winning mime and director as well as contortionist and circus coach with over 30 years of experience in theatre. She began her performing career at the age of 13 and then ''ran away'' to San Francisco to join the circus just after high school. Legendary circus coach, Master Lu Yi took her under his wing, and she spent the next 4 years training intensely in contortion and acrobatics at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts (now SF Circus Center). As a contortionist, Stephanie has performed around the US and in Hong Kong, in films including Minority Report directed by Steven Spielberg, and even modeled for Pixar (rumored to have inspired the Elastigirl character in The Incredibles).
LOVE OF CIRCUS
FOUNDATION IN THEATRE
In 2000, Stephanie created Kinetic Theory Experimental Theatre (an ensemble experimental theatre company) and went on to win awards at the 2001 San Francisco Fringe Festival and also received public and critical acclaim for all 5 of the companies original productions. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and opened Kinetic Theory Circus Arts, school for circus and physical theatre training, in 2008. Stephanie has since coached hundreds or students, written and directed more than 25 original productions and served as artistic director and dramaturg for many others. Her theatrical work has been performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, New York City, Washington DC, and in 10 countries including a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. Her unique approach to circus and physical theatre training and performance has helped launch the circus careers of many professional circus artists. Her students have graduated from Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal, Ecole de Cirque de Quebec, and are performing with some of the top circus companies in the world including Cirque du Soleil and 7 Fingers.
Stephanie closed the Kinetic Theory Circus Arts Los Angles studio and theatre permanently in 2021 after a year of forced closure due to Covid-19, but she continues coaching students privately and developing her artistic repertoire. She is currently teaching in Los Angeles, Vermont, and virtually as well as developing new works she plans to bring to the stage in the next year including a solo mimed play and Vaudeville acts.