Board of Directors
We’re a talented group of creative individuals interested in art, cinematography, design, music, and all niches in between. Get to know us and what we can do for you!
Luke has performed and taught circus arts all around the world, including juggling, ball spinning, German wheel, and Cyr wheel. He is a certified wheel coach through the USA Wheel Gymnastics Federation and an original co-founder of the Madison Circus Space. Luke dabbles in all types of trapeze, aerial straps, rope, and whatever else is hanging from the ceiling that looks like fun.
Carly is an original co-founder of MCS, where she teaches and practices both German wheel and static trapeze. When she is not doing circus things, she works on her own business as a freelance writer and editor. Carly enjoys scheduling all the awesome events that happen at MCS and using color-coding to make everything look beautiful.
Danielle Lee has been hooping since 2004 and teaching since 2008, and has served on the board of the Madison Circus Space since its start in 2013. At MCS, Danielle keeps track of all things financial and is also the board representative for hooping and the flow arts. She lives to lead flow jams, teach classes, perform, and do everything possible to share the transformational joy of hooping.
Josh Casey is a co-founder of MCS and spends his time juggling, riding a circus bike and recently started doing flying trapeze. You might have seen Josh emceeing a show or performing some of his comedy juggling act at MCS events.
Deanna got her start in circus in 2010, when her then 7 year old son declared that she absolutely must learn to walk on stilts (after she learned to build stilts, of course). Since then, Deanna has dabbled in stilt walking, tight wire, aerial, and German wheel. But her true circus love is AcroYoga, where she gets to stay firmly planted on the ground, while lifting other people to the sky. Deanna believes that circus is for everybody and every body. Come play!
Karen started practicing aerial in 2010 at the Bellingham Circus Guild in Washington while working as a traveling physical therapist. She was inspired by the strength, skills, and messages of acceptance and joy delivered at shows by the dedicated troupe of circus artists who she worked with there. Karen moved to Madison in 2014, where she found another wonderful circus family and joined MCS as an aerial member specializing in cloud swing. Since then, she’s been a performer, teacher, board member, and arranges rigging inspections for the space. She is dedicated to keeping circus open and available in the Madison community, as a source of inspiration and joy to all who find it.
Nick is an active circus enthusiast specializing in Juggling, which he learned from Bruderhof Bob the bookseller in 1995. Since that time Nick has gained significant insights from the social circus community. He believes that the Madison Circus Space community is unique and valuable. As a board member he is working to make MCS a fixture in the neighborhood.
Liz Sexe is the choreographer/artistic director of Liz Sexe Dance Company established in 2014. She is described as a “clean and efficient mover,” and having “toughness under her grace.” In her processes, tasks inspire poetic movement, game theory finds logical, yet often unexpected phrasing, and athletic dancing is paired with deep intentionality. Her choreographic work has been featured at the World Dance Alliance Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Danceworks in Milwaukee, WI, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, WI. She was an artist in residenceUniversity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Bubbler at Madison’s Central Library. Most recently Liz is interested in curating and creating more opportunities for Dance in the greater Madison area. She has collaborated with Dane Arts, LunArts, and various local dance companies and organizations in Madison to ensure moving artists have more opportunities to show their work. Please contact Liz if you reside in the Madison Area and are interested in opportunities like this!
Stephanie is an aerial member, instructor, and show producer. She served as Director of Development through MCS’s capital campaign having only written a grant or two prior to taking on the goal of raising $1 million. By day, she is an arts administrator for the UW Community Arts Collaboratory, managing youth arts programs, research, and community partnerships. She is excited to formerly join the board and support strategic initiatives for the next generation of circus and movement arts.
Past Board Members
Rob Summerbell’s life has been a circus through and through. His training began as a touring skateboard performer in his teens, and built eventually into the beginnings of regional circus institutions: Cycropia Aerial Dance, Wild Rumpus Circus Camp, Jolly Giants Stilt Troupe, and most recently, The Madison Circus Space. He is proud to have been an original part of the ‘back of bar napkin discussions’ that eventually led to the fledgling beginnings of the Madison Circus Space. He is equally proud to have served the board for 4 years, and to continue on as a supporting member as it grows to accommodate the next level to serve today and tomorrows growing circus community. He still regularly gets his ya-ya’s out rolling around at festivals and parades on his oversized German Wheel.
Past Director, Treasurer
Jeremy Perkins is so adorable that you just want to put him in your pocket and keep him there forever. Jeremy is also an original co-founder of MCS, but that is less important.
A biophysicist by training, Trilly wandered into an aerial circus class 5 years ago and has been hooked ever since. She dabbles in almost everything MCS has to offer but spends most of her time either hanging from a trapeze or suspended from silks. Trilly learned most of her aerial skills here in Madison, largely through Madison Circus Space. She is passionate about both flying and serving the MCS aerial community, and is a firm believer in promoting an open, accepting environment for aerial arts. Trilly has served as aerial board member since June 2015.
Tom is semi-retired, so he can devote time and energy to his passion for table tennis. He is a nationally certified coach, and loves to share his love of the game with others. Tom is co-manager of the Madison Table Tennis Club, which meets regularly at MCS.