Jacques Derrida suggested that to be haunted by a ghost is to remember something you have never lived through. [Sugar Beast Circus] is like a physical manifestation of this idea…” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 2010

“The Sugar Beast Circus is less plot and more metaphysics” - Franco Milazzo, The Londonist 2010

“Circus, science, kitsch (a Sugar Beast Circus trademark), fiendish intricacy – definitely worth the price of admission.” - John Ellingsworth, SideShow Circus Magazine 2012

As an independent artist, director and academic I create performance that synthesizes textual research and ontological approaches with embodied knowledge.  Emerging from the lineage of circus, dance-theatre and vaudeville, my work uses extreme physicality, imagination and nonlinear connections with fact, science and history to actively distance the audience from conventional narrative structures in order to sketches intuitive landscapes, alternate realities and new discourse with mainstream culture. My work coalesces under the company name Sugar Beast Circus. Established in 2007 Sugar Beast Circus is an interdisciplinary platform that has toured internationally and developed multiple works through interdisciplinary collaborations.  Sugar Beast Circus was shortlisted for the prestigious Jeunes Talents Cirque and is recognized in the French contemporary circus anthology Panorama contemporain des arts du cirque.


• Gabriel Sullivan and Xixa audio-visual collaboration 2015 • Marisa Carnesky’s Ghost Train UK 2003-2013 • SHUNT Events and the National Theatre/London UK/2006-2010 •  Tai Shani, Barbican Theatre & NFT Watch this space 2010-2012 • Duckie Vauxhall and H. Plewis 2011 •  Puff Ball Project and Mark Storor, assistant circus devising. Contact Theatre | Manchester | 2013 • Assembly Part-1, Atalante Theatre, Sweden / Paris. Choreographer Linda Remahl 2010 • Burlesque! West End Show & Lady Greys, The Arts Theatre, London, UK, 2004 


Arizona State University: Current PHD student in Performance and Theatre of the Americas. • University of Arts London: MA Scenography and Design, London, UK | 2003
University of Arizona: BFA studio art, performance and sculpture, Tucson, AZ | 2000


• Teaching Assistant, Herberger school of Design, Arizona State University 2015-2016 • Adjunct Faculty Pima Community College, Arizona 2013-2015  • Workshop leader for: Devising, Writing and Integration of multi media in Live Performance / The Roundhouse Youth Program | London, UK | 2009-2011 • Cabaret Finishing School Teaching circus skills with performance artist Marisa Carnesky / The Roundhouse Youth Program | London, UK |2009-2011 


• IFTR Conference 2016 "Reading the Landscape behind Wild West Shows: Staging and subverting environmental propaganda in the American West"   • Towards A Science of Consciousness Conference, Quantum Physics and Performance: Presentation of {Event(Dimension):} Tucson, AZ 2012  Interdiscipli-nary Performance University of Arizona. Tucson 2011 • Burlesque and the New Voyeurism, Co-lecture with Marisa Carnesky, Theatre Museum London, UK 2005 • New Feminism and Burlesque Performance / Lecture -"Magicians and Rabbits; the female assistant and the magic box" Institute of Contemporary Art. London, UK  2006