Staff List

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Lindsay Tyson

Lindsay has been climbing things since childhood, and was a competitive gymnast and springboard diver for many years before falling in love with flying trapeze. She has been training at Circus Center since 2013 and remains both an active student and instructor.

Eli Finlay

Eli spends most of his time moving, talking, or making. When not at Circus Center he moonlights as a neo-burlesque seven foot cabaret artist. Eli hails from a drizzly island off the coast of Washington State, much of his adult life has been spent adventuring his way throughout Central America and Europe. He developed an early love for juggling and flexibility and has continued to pursue that love for uncommon movement into a professional setting. Eli is a fitness and yoga instructor, spreading his love of mental and physical connection through mindfulness in the bay area.

Sarah Hail

Growing up in a theatre family in a small town, Sarah is no stranger to the stage. Being a musical theatre and ballet performer since she was a young child, instructing children at her family's performing arts school, and acting in theatrical haunts for 10 years, Sarah now uses her theatrical skills, dance technique, and love of all things horror as a burlesque performer in the Bay Area. You can see her saucy alter ego or her neo-burlesque troupe "Hex and the City" perform in miscellaneous clubs, bars, and events around San Francisco. She is very excited to join the Student Services Team and to be a part of a community that strives to keep the performing arts alive in the age of Netflix and holographic concerts.

Kiebpoli Calnek

Kiebpoli Calnek is an actress, aerialist, and founder/artistic director of Black*Acrobat- a social enterprise that empowers fringe communities through the vertical world of aerial acrobatics and with devised theatrical performances. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and of Actors’ Equity Association. Her works received generous funding and support from Elizabeth Streb, Astrea Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, and The New York Foundation for the Arts.


She trained at the Circus Space in London and with Kevin O'Connor in NYC. Kiebpoli taught and held aerial theatre performances at Aerial Arts NYC, Big Sky Works, The Muse Brooklyn, Dixon Place, The Kitchen, LAVA, The Skybox, STREB, The Zipper, P.S. 122, The Red Lotus Room, Irondale Center, 3-Legged Dog, La MaMa E.T.C.


Kiebpoli is thrilled to be teaching classes at SF Circus Center, coaching students utilizing constructive feedback, motivation, and patience while focusing on technique, form, and dramatic flourishes.



Julie Lockfeld

Julie Lockfeld, is a circus mom and now that the kids are grow she is here for herself. Julie has been active in the San Francisco theatre community for all of her adult life as an actor, director and teacher. She is also educated in classical homeopathic medicine and lives in the neighborhood.

Jen Crane
Dr. Jennifer Crane is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, board certified orthopedic specialist, and published author. She has been a sports medicine professional for eight years, and has worked with a wide variety of athletes and performing artists throughout that time. Most recently, she worked as a physiotherapist living in China with the Chinese Olympic Teams in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics. While in China, she worked with multiple sports teams: diving, weight-lifting, fencing, gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and track and field. Of the athletes she worked with, 18 of them went on to get an Olympic gold medal in Rio. Now happily back in San Francisco, Jen’s practice is based at Circus Center, where she specializes in injury prevention and treatment of circus artists. She works closely with performing artists of all specialties and all levels, from the brand new aerial student to professional acrobats, aerialists, hand-balancers, and contortionists. When she’s not working with circus artists, she can usually be found standing on her hands, swinging on flying trapeze, or spinning on a single point trapeze.
Veronica Blair

An aerialist of elegance and true excellence, Veronica Blair has studied with some of the most celebrated and prominent artists in her field, including trapeze great LaNorma Fox; Pamela Hernandez, who bears the distinction of being the very first African-American aerialist to perform with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus; and the renowned “God Father of the Tissu” Gerard Fasoli, director of Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque, in Belgium.Veronica started her acrobatic career at the age of 14 with Make*A*Circus, a community-based circus. In addition she trained in Chinese Acrobatics at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts (now known as Circus Center). Her first professional performance was at the age of 17, making her one of the youngest professional African-American trapeze artists in the U.S. Shortly after, Veronica was personally selected by Cedric Walker, the founder of the UniverSoul Circus, as a single trapeze artist. Under Mr. Walker’s supervision, Veronica rapidly developed as an aerialist, and was the show's resident aerialist for 5+ years. After her residency with UniverSoul, Veronica performed with world-renowned performance groups in various productions around the world, including AntiGravity, Universal Studios Japan, and AFRIKA! AFRIKA! the most successful circus show in Germany.

Jacob Haslem
Jacob Haslem began competitive sports at the age of 8, taking up soccer, wrestling, hockey, & snowboarding. In high school, he found team gymnastics & cheerleading, competing on floor and vault at a state level, and helping to catapult his cheerleading team to the Nationals. He also began to explore his passion for self expression performing swing and breakdancing. After leaving his hometown of Chicago, Jacob took up acting and filmmaking and was soon working as an actor. He took up yoga stretching techniques and meditation next, and on finding circus in 2012, was able to merge his gymnastics background and his love for dancing and acting all into one. He continually searches for different ways of self expression through the language of movement. These days Jacob’s focus is more on educating others and sharing what he has learned about health and fitness over the years, but he still feeds his passion performing regularly with The Vau De Vire Society as a Character Performer and Cyr Wheel Artist.
Sabrina Wenske

Sabrina Wenske is a San Francisco-based theatre actor and deviser, primarily in clown. She is proud to have been in many devised ensemble works, including "Bend the Rules, Eat the Head" which won best of the 2015 SF Fringe Festival, her clown scenes in Circus Center's "Guilty as Sin," "How to Ripen" with Addie Ulrey for 2014 FuryFactory Festival, "Portrait of the Young Artist as a Young Artist" with Ragged Wing for FoolsFury Factory Parts 2013, and "O Best Beloved" which won best of the 2013 SF Fringe Festival.


Sabrina graduated with honors in History from UC Berkeley, and then attended Dell’Arte International in 2012. In the Bay Area, she has worked with Bay Area Children’s Theater, FaultLine theater, and Ragged Wing Ensemble. Sabrina teaches theatre and circus with SF Shakes, Circus of Smiles, Living Dream Arts, Acrosports, and Circus Center.


With the Naked Empire Bouffon Company, Sabrina is currently developing her own Bouffon piece “My Fellow ‘Mericans" with Cara Sue McClendon, directed by Nathaniel Justiniano, and set for premiere in 2016. As program director for Naked Empire, she is delighted to keep putting together monthly curated cabarets with others who are bouffon-minded, every third Saturday of the month at Pianofight.


Sabrina teaches Circus Skills Jam with Oscar Velarde, an LA-born martial artist, stunt clown, and diabolo artist.


Photo Credit: Kellen Freeman.

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