Co-Founder of the 'Congress of Jugglers', that DC area juggling fest, he used
to organize, used to produce and emcee the show, now he just shows up and takes
the credit. He has honed and escalated his organization and delegation skills
to a level of consciousness where it appears that he has accomplished much,
assists in everything, yet does very little. What little he does he does well,
he also has an amazing skill of thinking on his seat, diverting blame or making
mountains out of mole hills, depending on the situation. No one knows exactly
why he is involved, but he is believed to be invaluable to the process. Today
when Wil isn't MotionFesting, he performs for free, his avocation is network
marketing, where he teaches performing for free, based on unlimited future returns,
you can contact him here.
Secretary & Treasurer of the Laughter Arts Foundation
Phil has been performing for five years and now he is entertaining audiences with his
Fire & Steel show on Carnival Cruise Lines. He is excited to be working for
MotionFest. Phil is part of the main backbone of this conference and sits on the
Board of Directors for the Laughter Arts Foundation, Inc. Phil makes sure everyone
stays together and does not stray off the road. Phil is a Senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County studying Information Systems and Spanish. Phil has done small work in
digital imaging and video development. As if all of this were not enough,
he is a paramedic top responder at the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Department specializing
in EMS and Technical Rescue such as Swiftwater and Dive Rescue. You can
find out more about him at www.philipdepalo.com.
President of the Laughter Arts Foundation
Winner of two Maryland State Individual Artist Grant Awards for Solo Theatrical
Performance, Michael began his career in 1985 as a street performer at Harborplace.
Since then he has performed for people of all ages around the world. He has
been picked for 13 national and regional NACA showcases and has performed at
over 100 college and universities. A favorite of cruise ship audiences, Michael
has also been seen as the featured variety performer at the Showboat Hotel &
Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. He studied at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum
& Bailey Circus Clown College as well as at the Celebration Barn. He also studied
and performed at the Mid-Atlantic Movement Theatre Festival. Michael's personal
web site is here.
Todd was the juggling teacher at the National Circus School of France and Die
Etage circus school in Berlin. Todd is the author of several books on juggling-related
skills: "The Devil Stick Book", "The Diabolo Book", "Diabolo für Fortgeschrittene",
and "The Dice Stacking Book". Visit Perceptual
Motion, Todd's web page.
Dedicated to never getting that normal job his mom hoped for, Strong
sharpened his skills by training with Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus
instructors, renowned acting coaches, and world-class jugglers. After graduating
from Tannen's Magic School, he completed his formal education at Towson University's
College of Fine Arts and Mass Communications. His education included acting,
mime, speech, voice, comedy, and improvisation. Based in Baltimore, Strong has
entertained from Atlantic City to Las Vegas, as well as in Europe and Asia.
When not touring, Strong enjoys visiting the site of his initial inspiration,
Baltimore's Harborplace amphitheater. Visit Robert Strong online: strongentertainment.com
Furst (aka Fyodor Karamazov)
Tim began his performing career as Technical Director of The Flying Karamazov
Brothers. He slowly migrated from the light board to the lit boards, then spend
20-odd years (and they were very odd years) performing as Fyodor Karamazov, and
touring the world from the driver's seat of a bus. He recently retired (for the
second time) to pursue his twin hobbies of juggling and puttering around the
house. Mr. Furst occasionally emerges to teach the almost-lost art of Indian
Club Swinging or to perform esoteric acts of fire manipulation.
Cybelle has been working full force behind this MotionFest. She has been performing
strong in the Maryland Renaissance Festival for many years now and we have finally
captured her sense of organization. Cybelle has been an intricate part
of many other small festivals and conferences and her skills and experience
will be put to good use, especially at 3 am in the morning.
The MotionFest liaison, Wes has helped us communicate with our world renown
instructors all over the globe. Without him, we may not have had any good
instructors and would need to resort to using Michael to teach us something...good
luck there! In addition to his communications, Wes is also a performer
and can be checked out at www.magicwithwes.com.
Rich Potter has been on stage for over 20 years--they just can't make him leave.
As a cartoonist, graphic designer, physical comedian and tilter at windmills,
Rich has always had his hands full. It's no wonder he was drawn to juggling.
He studied at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and then toured
with their circus for 3 years in the USA and Japan. He left for greener pastures,
which happened to be covered with concrete. Rich, as a street entertainer, has
been through 22 different countries, has performed in a number of different
languages and has met a variety of interesting drunks. He has only been arrested
4 times for making people laugh (the Japanese got him twice, but he apologized
and they let him go). Currently, apart from his day job performing at festivals
and corporate events, he is also active in the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit.
Oh yeah; and he does some of the graphic design work for MotionFest. He dwells
virtually at www.flightsofwit.com.
Nelson (aka The Butterfly Man)
A former research chemist at Vanderbilt University, Mr. Nelson first metamorphosed
into his Butterfly Man character in 1978 while performing at Mardi Gras in New
Orleans. Soon after, he indelibly affirmed his commitment to performing by getting
his now famous butterfly tattoos. This veteran stage entertainer and busker
has been traversing the globe ever since. Repeatedly voted the most popular
performer at San Francisco's legendary Pier 39, he also has won numerous international
performing competitions and is still going strong after 20 years onstage. Mr.
Nelson, also a writer and actor, lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kumi. His
home on the web is here.
Lauren Muney (On site Coordinator / What would
we do without her?)
Lauren Muney is a professional variety entertainer with over twenty years performing
and event experience. Her production duties include stage management, convention
coordination and performer coordination for vaudeville, variety, corporate and
festival events. Lauren graduated from Ringling Clown College, had her own fire-eating
show in Las Vegas and has traveled with several specialty touring troupes across
the US, Canada and Europe. She can also walk stilts, build professional props
and costumes, perform as a Human Statue, crack a cigarette out of her husband's
mouth with a bullwhip, do facepainting with a brush or airbrush, perform a great
Charlie Chaplin, and write her own bios. Contact Lauren at: www.snakeoilproductions.com
Jim of The
Jim Show - (The web guy)
Jim has spent the last ten years traveling the States and beyond with his one
man comedy juggling and variety show.
He's never won any national or international competitions because he's never
entered any. And he has no formal theater or performance training unless you
count 10 years of serious street performing. Still, his show seems to go over
pretty well with the crowds and with other performers. Since 1997, he's been
the designer/developer/creator and host of www.performers.net
- The online community of international variety acts. In late 2000, Mike Rosman
asked Jim if he could do a little work on the MotionFest site and, well, look
what happened... (Mike,
just keep sending the changes over...I get right to them.) Visit Jim's other
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Maryland State Arts Council
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Since 1997, performers.net has been THE online Community for International Variety
Entertainers. Discussion Forums, Resource Library, Web Services, Performing
Links... Always growing, always accepting contributions. The MotionFest web
site was designed and is hosted by performers.net.
Barn - Get your act together!
The Celebration Barn offers a full summer season of intense and creative study
programs with some of the world's finest instructors in a beautiful setting
in Western Maine. The Celebration Barn has helped to nurture some of America's
finest touring artists, dancers, mimes, jugglers, storytellers, (you name it!)
and has earned an international reputation.