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  • Aethena Enzer-Mahler

    Instructor
    Specialization: Youth Classes, Group Therapy

    Aethena first ran away and joined the circus when she was 13, spending three summers at Circus Smirkus camp focusing on tightwire and juggling. Following a 15 year hiatus, she returned to study wire in hopes of returning some (literal) balance to her life. Since 2010 she’s trained on tightwire, tried acrobatics, various aerials and now focuses on aerial fabric.

    When not at circus, Aethena is an LICSW and has been practicing as a Child Therapist for over 10 years. She specializes in play and expressive arts therapy as well as utilizing mindfulness, and CBT-inspired techniques. She is particularly interested in the neurobiology of play and the ways in which play can be healing and transformative for people of all ages. Aethena also works with local schools as a mental health consultant. Aethena is excited to be part of the SHOW Circus team and looks forward to bridging her love of circus with her therapeutic work.



  • Allison McDermott

    Instructor
    Specialization: Lyra, Handbalancing

    Allison was first introduced to circus at The Children’s Circus of Middletown in CT. She began teaching circus at camps and schools throughout CT and soon she discovered her love of aerial arts at the New England Center for Circus Arts. In 2011-2012, Allison performed in ArtFarm’s Circus for a Fragile Planet: Submerged as well as performing in Soviet Bloc Party’s Missed Connections in 2012. Allison has recently completed the New England Center for Circus Arts Professional Track Program where she performed in The Flying Nut and Gathered Safely In, as well as Trapeze Teacher Training with Nimble Arts. She is currently teaching and performing in the New England area and is looking forward to sharing her brand of fun, pop circus with the world! Find more about Allison as a performer and teacher at www.allisonmcdermott.com

  • Audrey Hyvonen

    Project Manager

    Audrey Hyvonen currently works with SHOW as Project Manager where she serves as researcher, planner and developer, guiding various projects, with the focused intention of expanding the offerings of circus within the community. She previously worked for two years as the SHOW office manager and before that, was a circus mom. Her enthusiasm for recreational circus is contagious and she is a big promoter of our kids and adult classes alike. She brings a strong background in organizing volunteers in both local schools and farms, a lengthy movement background in the martial arts and a retail history of having worked in health food stores and co-ops since 1990. She trained as an EMT, a doula and a childbirth educator, home-schooled her kids for a handful of years and now works as a fiber artist in her home studio.
  • Catherine Jett

    Instructor
    Specialization: Static Trapeze, Straps

    Catherine Jett found circus as a bored 20-something and has never looked back. She delights in how circus combines athleticism, creativity, and collaboration in one single pursuit! Catherine’s first circus love is the static trapeze, and she also enjoys practicing straps, duo trapeze and mooooost other disciplines she’s tried. Catherine trained at Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance in Boulder, Colorado, then joined the staff at Aloft in Chicago, where she taught for over three years before moving to MA. She has also trained with several Chicago- and Montreal-based coaches. Catherine loves seeing her students get more confident, skilled and strong in her classes!
  • Chenoa Albertson

    Instructor
    Specialization: Trapeze

    Chenoa began her circus career in a youth circus in Californian at the age of 9. In 2012 she attended the Academy of Circus Arts in the UK where she specialized in swinging trapeze and double lyra. After graduation she was hired by Zippos Circus and performed swinging trapeze in their London Christmas Cricus and toured with them around the UK during their 2013 season.
  • Christopher Oakley

    Executive Director/Instructor
    Specialization: Contortion, Hand Balancing, Solo Trapeze, Diabolo

    Chris has been performing and studying contortion and circus for the past nine years. He has studied at the San Francisco Circus Center, EOA Contortion Studio in Las Vegas and The New England Center for Circus Arts where he graduated from their Professional Track Program in 2008, majoring in solo trapeze and contortion. He is a freelance performer for various circus companies in the United States and continues to perform as a contortionist and aerialist. He has been teaching youth circus and adults since 2006. While focusing on teaching high level contortion, he is also highly experienced in coaching aerials and most ground circus skills. In 2009 he opened SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton, MA with Henry Wheaton and is currently co-owner, executive director and circus instructor.


  • Daia Bromberg

    Daia Bromberg is a high school student who lives in Easthampton. She took her first circus class when she was 8 years old, at SHOW Circus Studio. Since then she has also trained at Center Ring Circus School in Columbia, Maryland and was a part of their Youth Performance Troupe. She has attended Smirkus Camp, AYCO workshops and festivals, and many day camps at SHOW. Currently, Daia is excited to continue training at SHOW, be a part of their Youth Performance Troupe, and assist in youth camps and classes. Her favorite circus disciplines are trapeze, juggling, tightwire and partner acrobatics but she is continually expanding her interests. Outside of circus, Daia enjoys reading, baking, and petting her two cats.
  • Deborah Chesser

    Instructor
    Specialization: Fabric, Youth Circus

    Deb started circusing in 2011 when she tagged along with a friend to Detroit's Fly House and hasn't looked back since. She has moved and traveled around the US taking classes at NECCA, TSNY DC, Arachne Aerial Arts, and on Hawaii, before finding her home at SHOW. Pre-circus Deb was a rower/coach, and participated in Head of the Charles and Youth National Regatta with Albany Rowing Center, as well as Dad Vail and the Big East Regatta with UConn Crew. She was also a competitive Ballroom and Latin dancer and mentor at UConn, and grew up doing ballet. Deb specializes in fabric, but can often be found around the studio practicing trapeze, juggling, handstands, and acro, and dreaming about German Wheel. She is excited to be training and teaching at SHOW.
  • Hallisey Lawton

    Instructor
    Specialization: Youth Programming, Aerial Arts


    Hallisey adores children and has been working with children for several years. She has worked at countless summer camps and interned at a private preschool throughout college. Her degree was in criminal justice/psychology with the specific background in youth studies. She has worked in home and group facilities with children ranging from 0-17. For the past seven years, she has been a nanny of four and everything that entails. In 2018 Hallisey completed the Nimble Arts teacher training program.

    She started her dive into the world of circus performing about 4 years ago. While her strongest apparatus is Lyra without question she has also trained in partner acrobatics, contortion, aerial cube and duo trapeze. She has also enjoyed an occasional dabble in fabric, cloud swing, tippy lyra, trap top lyra, chains, and bungee hammock.



  • Henry Wheaton

    Technical Director/Instructor
    Specialization: Solo and Duo Trapeze, Tumbling, Partner Acrobatics

    Although Henry has followed a meandering path to it, circus seems to be the obvious choice for his career. He first became involved with circus in high school in 1987 as a tech, doing set construction and backstage production. Starting in 1988, Henry had a paid job as a lighting tech for my college theatre. After graduation he took graduate classes at Lesley University and taught for several years in elementary and middle school for a variety of programs at public schools in the Boston area. He also ran a rock climbing program for a two month overnight camp, which introduced him to the principles of safe human suspension and rigging equipment. Henry kept active by participating in ultra distance bike racing, specializing in 24 hour races. In 2007 Henry started taking circus classes, applied to, and was accepted into the Professional Track program at the New England Center for Circus Arts, majoring in duo trapeze and minoring in duo acro. He has been performing professionally since graduation in 2008. Henry is currently the co-owner and technical director at SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton, Mass, where he is responsible for rigging and maintaining the aerial equipment, teaching classes, and producing circus shows.
  • Jenna Ciotta

    Instructor Specialization: Lyra, Partner Acrobatics, Pole, Youth Classes

    Jenna Ciotta found circus arts after completing her BA degree. Out of shape and looking for a creative outlet, she signed up for classes at a nearby pole dance studio. Weekly pole class quickly turned into pole, lyra, fabric, contortion, and fire eating. Having danced all of her life, circus offered a new and exciting creative outlet for personal expression through movement. Jenna began her training in Phoenix, Arizona and continued in London, England for a year while completing her MA. After finishing her degree she moved back to Phoenix to pursue circus arts full time, where she taught and performed regularly for private, corporate, and staged events and for some of Phoenix's best nightclubs. She now lives in Brattleboro, VT where she studies lyra and partner acrobatics in the ProTrack Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts. She is thrilled to be working with SHOW.
  • Jess Hill

    Instructor
    Specialization: Rope, Trapeze

    Jess Hill comes from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where she discovered her love for climbing on things. She grew up immersed in dance and gymnastics, and then began her aerial training at Aerial Space in Asheville, NC. In 2014, she moved to Vermont to attend the NECCA Professional Training Programs. She enjoys teaching people of all ages and abilities, and especially loves Corde Lisse and static Trapeze. Besides circus, she enjoys baking, farming and porch sitting.
  • Julie McNeely

    Julie McNeely found circus in 2012 after being inspired by seeing static trapeze for the first time in the film Wings of Desire and has been a devotee of bar apparatuses ever since. She began her training in Boston while working as an academic librarian, and in 2015, she moved to Vermont to train at the New England Center for Circus Arts, where she graduated from the ProTrack program in 2017. Julie’s main areas of focus are static trapeze and lyra, but she has also been known to enjoy some aerial fabric and corde lisse from time to time.
  • Marah MacRostie

    Instructor
    Specialization: Embodyoga® , Unnata® Aerial Yoga & Mindful Yoga Therapy

    Marah is excited to bring together her years of experience in both floor asana practice and aerial acrobatics by teaching aerial yoga here at SHOW. Aerial yoga practice can be strengthening, deeply relaxing, and a lot of fun. Marah is committed to holding a safe, welcoming yoga class, and using body-positive and gender-inclusive language to explore and learn together. Marah received her Embodyoga® Teacher Training at Yoga Center Amherst (2011-present), Unnata® Aerial Yoga Teacher Training in Hartford, CT with Becky Stella (2014), and is among the first group of 100-hour certified teachers of Mindful Yoga Therapy (for Veterans with PTSD) (2015). www.facebook.com/marahyoga
  • Margaret Butterfield

    Instructor
    Specialization:
    Trapeze

    Margaret fell in love with circus through the flying trapeze. Margaret began flying in 2009 when she went in search of something to relieve the stress of her academic life, and she was immediately hooked. She has a doctorate in Ancient Christian History from Harvard and has taught at Smith and Mount Holyoke, but finds circus to be much more fun. She's been coaching flying trapeze since 2011 at various schools in New England, and is happy to bring her love of trapeze, tumbling, and other circus arts to SHOW. She lives with her partner Henry Wheaton (coach and co-owner of SHOW), one dog, two cats, and the occasional foster kitten and (human) houseguest.
  • Michael Denton

    Special Workshop Instructor
    Specialization: Physical Educator, Functional Strength Coach

    There was a time when Mike was just another Canadian living in your midst. But then he took a swing on the flying trapeze and it all changed. Mike spent the better part of the last eight years teaching, managing and training at Trapeze School New York's Boston location. During a flying trapeze show in 2010, Mike suffered a rather nasty shoulder injury. Ordinarily, six months of rehab should have had him back in the air. But things got complicated and he no longer flies through the air with the greatest of ease. It was during this time that Mike developed an interest (some might call it an obsession) in learning how the very best athletes and performers in the world keep their shoulders performing at a high level.

    Mike has over 20 years of experience as a coach, teacher and physical educator. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Functional Strength Coach through world-renowned Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning. He's certified in the Functional Movement Screen and has studied Shoulder Assessment and Evaluation with physical therapist Mike Reinold.

    www.GetCircusStrong.com



  • Miriam De La Riva Ovalle

    Front Desk and Registration

    Miriam graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 2018 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science and Art. Originally from Mexico, she currently lives in Easthampton with a pet rat, two golden retrievers, and a few humans. While she does not have circus training, she looks forward to learning more about the circus world while working here.
  • Naomi Ullian

    Instructor
    Specialization: Fabric

    Naomi Ullian trained in ballet and modern dance for 20 years before crossing paths with a trapeze. She began her aerial training in static trapeze and silks with Aerial Space in Asheville, NC, and went on to study aerial dance and acrobatics with Frequent Flyers. Naomi has completed Residency and Intensive Training Programs at NECCA and is currently enrolled in the Professional Track Training Program. As an instructor, she is fond of scrutinizing body mechanics, exploring conceptual movement, and squealing with excitement when students achieve their goals. When not doing pull-ups or handstands, Naomi practices clinical herbal medicine, writes, and goes foraging at every opportunity.
  • Ryan Freeze

    Instructor
    Specialization: Slackline, Partner Acrobatics

    Growing up Ryan enjoyed making costumes, keeping fit, and contriving to be the center of attention. He found all these things rolled up into one career: circus.
    Ryan trained partner acrobatics for five years as a serious hobby before getting accepted accepted into the Pro Track program at the New England Center for Circus Arts. While in the program he specialized in partner acrobatics and slackrope. Following his graduation from Necca, Ryan went onto perform with Speakeasy Circus and was regularly on Princess Cruise lines as a Specialty Guest Act. He also has performed at countless festivals and corporate events.
  • Sarah Luce

    Instructor
    Specialization: Lyra

    Sarah’s interest in circus began when she saw her first Cirque du Soleil show at age 12. Her curiosity in circus arts continued for many years until she found SHOW and took her first aerial class in fall 2015, where she quickly took an interest in lyra. Aside from lyra, she practices duo trapeze, flying trapeze and partner acrobatics. Sarah also holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and works locally in the Emergency Department.


  • Tara Jacob

    Operations Support/Instructor
    Specialization: Acrobatics, Object Manipulation, Introductory Aerials

    Tara loves being upside-down! Though she did gymnastics as a child, she got her first taste of contemporary circus as a teenager at The Circus Space in London, England and fell in love with the fun, creativity, and community she found in the circus. Since then, Tara has founded a college circus collective, traveled the USA in two summer street circus tours, and taught flying trapeze and acrobatics at several summer camps. Tara was thrilled to find a training space and circus community at SHOW in spring of 2010. She quickly became an AcroJam enthusiast and was the front desk intern during spring 2011. After completing the 2012-2013 Professional Track program at the New England Center for the Circus Arts, Tara is delighted to be teaching youth classes, juggling, AcroJam, and introductory aerials at SHOW! She is also SHOW's Operations Support.
  • Tom Naro

    Dr. Tom Naro, MSPT, DPT, CEASI, CEAII, AOEAS was born and raised in Westfield, MA. With inspiration from his parents, he enrolled in the Physical Therapy entry-level Masters program at Springfield College. The outpatient Physical Therapy setting caught his attention during clinical rotations so he sought out work in New Hampshire in 2006 after graduation. In 2007, Dr. Naro completed the level 1 residency program with the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy out of Woburn, MA. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010 from A. T. Still University through a post-professional transitional program while working full-time.

    Dr. Naro has devoted hundreds of hours towards continued competency training to advance his expertise in the examination and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. From 2012-2017 he was a partner, manager and primary Physical Therapist at a private outpatient clinic in Farmington, NH. Here he grew the clinic's reputation as a source of excellence in Physical Therapy and attention to patient care.

    Dr. Naro has advanced his clinical toolbox as a certified ergonomist and created an on-site Physical Therapy delivery service for parts of Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. My PT offers traveling Physical Therapy services that seeks opportunities to improve movement, function, health, and wellness of others.

    More Information about Tom and his services can be found online: https://mypt.us/


  • Joy Powers

    Bio coming soon
  • Nettie Lane

    Bio coming soon