Nice to Meet You
We're Circus of Smiles and we love to make people laugh!
In 2011, Circus of Smiles was launched with a performance tour across Southeast Asia. Since then, our shows and workshops have made their way across Central, South, and North America. To date, our outreach efforts have led us to teach and perform in libraries, schools, shelters, orphanages, hospitals, elder care facilities, community centers, and touched the lives of thousands of people both locally and abroad.
In 2013, we shifted our focus to the Bay Area. Through partnerships with schools and libraries we offer affordable and empowering circus experiences to youth and their families. Circus of Smiles offers 100+ free shows a year in Northern California through partnerships with libraries. We hope you'll check out our calendar to find a show near you.
Tyler loves to laugh and is thrilled to be spreading joy through the performing arts. He holds a Masters in Education from UC Santa Cruz and a rubber chicken from the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco. Tyler co-founded the internationally acclaimed physical comedy troupe Pi, and has taught for some of the premier circus institutions in the US, including: The Prescott Circus, Kinetic Arts Center, and Circus Smirkus. Through Circus of Smiles, Mr. Mustache (as he is known on stage), has performed family-friendly circus shows for thousands of families in the US and as well as on tour through Asia, Central America, and South America. When not onstage with Circus of Smiles, Tyler can be found working as a member of the Medical Clown Project in the Bay Area.
Andrew hails from the Raisin Capital of the World. He has brought heaven to earth through laughter since his birth as a ten pound baby. Most recent Bay Area productions include Bay Area Children’s Theatre's Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, Boxcar Theatre's The Speakeasy, The Cutting Ball Theater's Ubu Roi, Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory's IPersephone, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz's The Taming of the Shrew & Henry V. In his spare time, he performs nationally and internationally with his award-winning physical comedy troupe, Pi, which he co/founded, alongside Tyler Parks, while studying theatre at the University of California Santa Cruz. With the rest of his spare time, Andrew can be found performing with the Medical Clown Project in the Bay Area. Andrew is delighted to be working with Circus of Smiles and considers it a blessing to be a member of such a compassionate and authentic company.
Leah is an undeniable clown, and has circled the globe performing with the internationally renowned physical comedy troupe, Pi. Leah has worked professionally as a director, stage manager and house manager with companies including: The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre, Teatro ZinZanni, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Cal Shakes, The Mark Taper Forum, BrickaBrack, 42nd Street Moon, Cabrillo Stage and The Studio Theatre. She has taught clowning and juggling for close to seven years and recently joined the teaching staff at Tomorrow Youth Repertory in Alameda, CA, which is an organization devoted to teaching musical theatre to kids. Leah enjoys her role as the Booking and Office Manager for Circus of Smiles and considers herself very lucky to have cultivated her clown-wrangling skills. A native of the Atomic City, Leah transplanted to the West Coast in 2000. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she earned dual degrees in Politics and Theatre Arts, she attended the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco.
Paula is a bilingual Spanish/English educator with a passion for community building. She waited until just after she finished a graduate degree in Education to run away with the circus! Her journey as an acrobat and coach started in Argentina, then led to her living and teaching in 3 countries and traveling to 26 more. Her strong belief is that any skill can be taught with a social emotional focus and a little imagination. As co-founder of Circus of Smiles, she consults on programming and logistics.