Our Incredible People
Stephanie has been teaching, directing and choreographing circus and theatre for nearly two decades. Drawing from over twenty years of experience as a mime, contortionist, and theatre performer, she has created a unique approach to circus and physical theatre training and performance.
Physical Theatre/Performance Troupes
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Kennedy Kabasares is an aerial artist and actor. He grew up in San Francisco, where he went to high school at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (formerly San Francisco School of the Arts), where he studied theater and was also taught circus arts from Judy Finelli of the Pickle Family Circus. Kennedy was a theater major at California State University, Northridge and at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Kennedy was invited to compete in the 2011 Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival in Denver, where he took first place for static trapeze, and went on to perform in the finals. Kennedy, along with artist Traci Kato-Kiriyama, founded PULLproject, a hybrid theater/circus performing ensemble, which premiered their highly acclaimed piece, Tales of Clamor, in Los Angeles in 2019.
hand-balancing / Contortion
Junru "June" Wang started her acrobatic training with an award-winning coach in China at the age 4. She joined Chengdu Military Flag Circus school at 7, and at the age of 9, started touring as a solo hand-balancer with Cirque Du Soleil's Dralion. After 5 years with Cirque du Soleil, June returned to China and performed with Circus of China. She went on to win China's Got Talent season 4 in 2013, and the same year created a Guinness World Record for hand balancing which she still holds. June has also performed several times on Chinese television, in shows and venues around the world including Sea World and Lincoln Center. June moved to the U.S. in 2016 and started school at Pasadena City College. In 2019, she transferred to University of Southern California, where she is currently majoring in Film and TV Production.
Aerial Arts/ Contortion
Tyler Jacobson started training circus in 2006 at the Great Y Circus in Redlands. After completing BA’s in English and Spanish, he came to Kinetic Theory’s pre-professional troupe to formalize his training and became the Apprentice Mentorship Program student of 2016. He toured with the show Pippin throughout 2017 and has resettled in California to pursue a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. His coaching style emphasizes active flexibility and performance and he encourages students to explore their disciplines and find their own unique style.
Lynn has been an athlete her whole life and a dancer since she was 16. Originally from Cleveland, OH, she moved to Los Angeles in 2003 after graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in film production. Upon arriving to the city of angels, she realized her aspirations were to be a performer and not to be behind the scenes. After taking an aerial workshop in 2009, she fell in love with circus and has been striving to become a professional aerialist and circus performer ever since. She joined the Kinetic Theory Pre-professional program in 2010 and has performed in many Kinetic Theory productions, as a student and a professional artist. She also performs and choreographs with LA Unbound Dance Collective.
Malaika began her circus training at Kinetic Theory at the age of 7. She has explored every circus discipline but primarily focuses on juggling, contortion, and Chinese pole. She has performed in over 15 productions as a member of KT's Youth Troupe and Pre-Professional Troupe. She has also performed with Eye of Newt Circus, was the juggling consultant for the film “Honey Boy” featuring Shia LeBeouf, and was the featured contortionist in the music video “Humans” by Maggie Lindemann.
Patrick Branstetter is a left handed native Vermonter who started his performing life in circus arts at age 10. Twenty one years later, he has trained in advanced acrobatics, juggling, equalibristics, hand-balancing, clowning, and acting. Patrick performed with Blueman Group from 2007- 2009 and found a deep understanding of comedic timing, percussion, and stage direction. Now, Patrick spends his days as a piano and harpsichord technician at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and his evenings with his circus family at KT. He thrives on the creative community and is very happy to play and intricate and impactful role in the performing arts.
Youth Program/Chinese Pole
A native to Northern CA, Genesis has always been inspired by the many feats of skill, strength and grace that encompass circus but never had the chance to practice until he was 22 and traveling in Mexico. Seeing another traveller who was staying at the same hostel ride a giraffe unicycle while balancing a ball on their head and juggling clubs, he thought to himself "I want to do that!" It motivated him to the point of asking his new found friend to teach him to juggle. He was a immediately hooked. The very next day he made his own juggling balls and a few weeks later his own juggling clubs. Genesis quickly made it a personal goal to get his skills to a level that he could perform professionally. The next few years were spent learning new object manipulation skills from fire props to hat tricks as well as taking improv and clowning classes. While living in Santa Rosa, he would daydream about being a part of a performing circus ensemble. He would spend countless hours scouring the internet looking for a performing circus program until he found Kinetic Theory. After reading about KT's pre-pro troupe and Apprentice Mentor Program over and over again his mind was made up. A few months later he found himself walking through KT's red door asking what it takes to become a troupe member. Genesis joined the pre-professional troupe at KT in 2018 and was the 2019 AMP student. He has created unique, original clown and Chinese pole acts under the guidance of director Stephanie Abrams. He is looking forward to an exciting career in circus and plans to perform around the globe.
YOUTH PROGRAM/CHINESE POLE
Andrea has been performing with circus and music groups in Los Angeles since 2013. She is an alumna of KT's pre-professional troupe and performs as an acrobat, musician, and musical director with KT's Circus Missfits. In 2018, Andrea was Kinetic Theory's AMP student, using her time in the program to create an original apparatus -- the Tower -- which gained international attention and was debuted on KT's own stage. As an instructor, Andrea dedicates herself to developing strong, confident students and spreading the joy of circus. A versatile performer, she loves to create multifaceted, dynamic performances that are at times eccentric, at times moving, and always memorable.
Jb was born and raised in Los Angeles until she was 16 years old and moved to Georgia to study fine art at The Savannah College of Art and Design. Not long after moving back to California she met a great arboricultural pioneer and returned to her studies to become a Certified Arborist with The International Society of Arboriculture. During a storm in 2005 she blew off a tree and into a circus school and has been a dedicated aerialist ever since. She has been blessed to be coached by a collection of the finest people (including Eric Newton) and to have a husband and children who are always willing to cheer, critique, wait patiently, and create with her.
Makenna has spent most of her life training in circus. She started at Kinetic Theory in our Summer Circus Theatre Camp at age 8 and found her calling. She took Youth Circus Arts classes and then joined KT’s Youth Troupe and then the Pre-Professional Troupe. She has performed in over 12 productions at KT, "Momentum Place'' at the Theatricum Botanicum, as well as numerous events around LA. Circus is an integral part of Makenna’s life. She plans to pursue her rope, acrobatics, and juggling and see where it takes her. Makenna also enjoys photography and graphic design and shot all of the staff bios pictured on this page and designed the posters for our 2019 Halloween production “Whispers in the Woods”.
Eric's impressive performing career began more than 20 years ago. He has been a principle performer with Cirque du Soleil Believe and Quidam; Cirque Eloize (Cirque Orchestre); Teatro ZinZanni; as well as innumerable performances of his original acts. He has coached at the SF Circus Center, throughout Los Angeles and Seattle, in London, Israel and Las Vegas. In 2002, he founded Eye of Newt Circus and created solo, duo and group aerials, ground acrobatics and character driven comic acts and innovative theatre productions.
He began his training in trapeze, rope and hand balancing with Chinese master Lu Yi at the San Francisco Circus Center and with Make*A*Circus, Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloize (with Jacinthe Trembley and Kristof Sorojenski) in Montreal. In acting, clowning and dance, Eric trained with American Conservatory Theatre, SF Mime Troupe, Ringling Bros. Clown College and SFSU. He is recognized as a master coach/teacher and act choreographer.