CREATIVE TEAM - Bios

Sara Moore (Playwright/Jess Majeska) is a beloved & multi-award-winning SF based clown, actor, director, author & filmmaker who is actively raising the stakes of new American Clowning. As director of SF’s famed Clown Conservatory, Moore has brought a punk rock sensibility to the teaching and performance of Physical Comedy & Tragedy. Her substantial body of creative work covers the full spectrum of clowning and spans multiple media, from the big top to film and stage, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Krofft Puppets, Royal Caribbean Int’l. in NYC at Ars Nova, Women’s Project, La Mama ETC & P.S. 122, regional theatres, casino resorts, guerilla busking and as the comic foil in mega shows for entertainment tycoon Merv Griffin. She has opened for and performed alongside such greats as Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Rita Moreno, Sammy Cahn, Phyllis Diller and others while working for Mr. Griffin, who called Moore “the hardest working clown in show business” and “our new Fanny Brice.” Moore is also the proud writer-director of the cult indie film Homo Heights starring the late Quentin Crisp, prompting Variety to rave “witty narrative clowning with continuous laughs & brilliant performances.” Known and loved well by SF audiences for her work with Oasis, Theatre Rhino, Brava, NCTC, Center Rep, Circus Bella, New Pickle Circus, Make-A-Circus, Circus Center & George Coates Performance Works, among others, she’s been hailed by critics as everything from a “21st century Pagliacci” to “a comedic powerhouse.” Moore’s trademark “human cartoon” productions include her nationally toured one-woman tour-de-force Show Ho as well as Wunderworld and now Atomic Clown: A Human Cartoon Fantasia, based on Moore’s book of the same name. Both the NEA and the Fleishhacker Foundation have honored Moore’s recent clown opera THE SUPERS with grants, enabling this “live silent film” about cosmic refugees to debut at Z Space in SF in February 2020. In the works is also CYCLONES, a future human cartoon production about the cosmology of the Cyclone rollercoaster!

Colin Johnson (Director) is a multi-hyphenate theatre and video production artist/ educator who has been recklessly operating in the Bay Area since 2008. He is Founding Artistic Director of Awesome Theatre, Creative Director of Troubleshoot Productions and Director of Film at The Clown Conservatory. He recently performed alongside Sara Moore in 2019, ATOMIC CLOWN at Potrero Stage. Other notable collaborations include: PianoFight, Playground, Circus Center Cabaret, San Diego Comic-Con, Image Comics, Pegasus Books, Shotz, The Curran, SF Fringe, SF Olympians, 3GT, Quantum Dragon and BattleStache Studios. 
He makes movies until he gets too frustrated and makes theatre until he has a panic attack.

Rob Reich (Accordionist, pianist, composer) has performed in concert halls, circus tents, dance clubs, and chapels. this breadth of experience has made him a foremost performer and composer in the SF Bay Area.

CAST MEMBERS - Bios

Joel Baker (Waldo The Wonder Dog)  As a much-loved theater clown performing worldwide, Joel Baker brings to the stage a unique style of physical comedy, acrobatics, and improvisation. He is a graduate of SF’s Clown Conservatory and the SF Circus Center, where he began incorporating acrobatics, handstands, and chair balancing into physical comedy. Now regarded as one of the best comedic animators for festivals, cabarets, theaters, and corporate events, Joel launched his career as an acrobatic clown in SF’s legendary New Pickle Circus. For seven years, Joel was a key performer—and additionally served as an Artistic Coach - in the award-winning Cirque du Soleil show The Beatles’ LOVE on the Las Vegas Strip. Joel has also performed main clown roles in LOFT by The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) and SOAP (Chamaeleon Theatre Berlin). Currently, Joel is touring in a main clown role with Cirque Bouffon in the new circus theater production LAFOLIA. Other recent engagements include five years with PALAZZO dinner theater show GLÜCKSJÄGER in Germany and Austria as well as the lead character role in CIRKOPOLIS by Cirque Eloize. He is a three-time, returning director for Circus Bella and performed with this troupe at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrating the Circus Arts on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Other directorial credits include the show ALIS in Italy’s Le Cirque World’s Top Performers and the Nevada Ballet Choreographer’s Showcase. Joel has had the honor of teaming up with Clowns Without Borders in Ireland and Belgium to bring laughter to children in Europe’s refugee camps. He has appeared on the national TV shows America’s Got Talent, The View, and The Night that Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles and has performed under the direction of James Cameron in the film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.

DeMarcello Funes (Edgar Majeska) is a proud native of Oakland, where he studied Drama while attending Oakland School For The Arts. From there he found himself happily immersed in the world of Prescott Circus, the East Bay’s premiere youth training program for circus arts. Soon thereafter, DeMarcello became a star of the Bay Area’s celebrated homegrown one-ring circus, Circus Bella, sharpening his already considerable Clown skills while merging them with African stilt dancing and Hambone. DeMarcello was also the subject of a wonderful short film called “Balancing Act” about his mixed-race heritage, incredible teaching skills and ability to balance his many roles as performer, mentor and torchbearer of history: a true Super!

Maureen McVerry (Helena Majeska) is one of the Bay Area’s most cherished and lauded actors. As a stage actress, just like Jack Benny Ms. McVerry celebrates 39 years in the theatre. At ACT she played Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (SFBATCC award), Kitty Packard in Dinner at Eight (SFBATCC award), the Gypsy in Scapin, Carrie in House of Mirth, Mrs. Fezziwig in Christmas Carol and Sister Gabriella in the infamous The Pope and the Witch. At ACT she also played Mrs. Schlemiel in Schlemiel the First and went on with the show to the ART in Cambridge and the Geffen playhouse in LA. McVerry was featured as Kay in the SF Shakespeare Festival production of Oh Kay! (SFBATCC award) and in two long-running SF shows, Noises Off (SFBATCC and Dramalogue award) and Curse of the Werewolf (SFBATCC award). At Marin Theatre Company she has appeared in Side by Side by Sondheim, You’re Going to Love Tomorrow (SFBATCC award), Born Yesterday (SFBATCC award), Room Service, and Me and My Girl. Maureen has also appeared in four different productions of Noises Off and would gladly do that show once or twice weekly to stay in shape. At 42nd St Moon she has appeared in several shows: Pardon My English (SFBATCC award), High Spirits, Wildcat*, Very Warm for May*, Student Gypsy and directed the successful revival of Oh Kay! In 2011. She appeared at Theatreworks as Lady Bracknell in Being ErnestSylvia in Learned Ladies of Park Avenue* and Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods. She played Clara in SEX at the Aurora Theatre*. At Center Rep, the hit musicals, Bingo* and XANADU – her first Shelly nomination as Calliope. In 2014 at SF Playhouse, she reprised her role as Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods. She has performed VERRY McVERRY, her ever evolving Cabaret Show, at OASIS, Feinstein’s, the New Conservatory Theatre, the Herbst Theatre, the Plush Room, the Venetian Room, the Gateway Theatre and the Alcazar. VERRY McVERRY has also been performed at 88s in NYC and the Gardenia Room in LA and at other venues nationally. 

Guilhem Milhau (Charlue Majeska) is a French Clown and a physical actor born in the south of France. In 1995, he moved to the pacific islands (New Caledonia and Tahiti) where he was part of a physical theatre company: “pacifique et compagnie” and studied contemporary dance at Mado school. He participated at Jacques Lecoq’s ateliers in Paris, le Samovar France and traveled for clowning around the world (Brazil, Argentina, China). In 2017 he graduated from Clown Conservatory at SF Circus Center where emerged one of his character: clown mister Nonono. He is part of Jango Edwards ‘s Nouveau clown institute in Barcelona where he performs with his partner in solos and duos as an even more eccentric human cartoon clown.

Adam Roy (The Super) is an actor and educator specializing in creating new works in clown and physical theater. Adam has trained with Clown Conservatory at Circus Center and Second City Hollywood. Bay Area theater credits include SF Oasis, Central Works, Golden Thread Productions, AlterTheater and Marin Shakespeare. Adam is a company member at PlayGround where he performs with his partner in solos and duos as an even more eccentric human cartoon clown. Adam is a proud holder of a Whole Foods sandwich and burrito punch card.

Kaylamay Paz Suarez (Oopsy Majeska)  is a Bay Area born and raised first generation Philipina American performer. She is an alumna of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre acting training program. Recent Bay Area theatre credits include Z Space & Epiphany Dance Theater presents: Rock & Mortar, writing and performing her first one person show produced by Awesome Theatre: The Kaylamay Project, The New Conservatory Theatre Center Youth Aware Tours: Outspoken and Real Talk, Ragged Wing Ensemble's: Time Sensitive, BAMSF's Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Berkeley Playhouse's: Peter Pan, Bridges: A New Musical, and The Little Mermaid.


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