By Hannah Gaff
I've worked at AcroSports for a year this Wednesday, November 9! I was originally hired as the Performance Program Coordinator, and by our Pre-K and Offsite programs. After a few months, I joined the management team as AcroSports' Performance Program Manager, coaching and managing our youth circus and performance classes and Youth Performance Ensemble, CircusLab, and producing AcroSports' in-house cabarets and youth showcases. I also coach an Adult Intro to Handbalancing class twice a week. I love how diverse my job is on any given day and how I am constantly in a state of play; I'm really able to utilize all of my passions and strengths. From coaching youth and adults in performance, clowning and circus, to event planning and production, to performing and clowning around in our cabarets, to directing and manifesting performances - I'm always on my toes and using my creativity and imagination.
My creative work at AcroSports feeds my work as an artist and performer outside of Acro! I am Managing Director and a core-performer and creator with UpLift Physical Theatre, an acrobatic theatre company in the Bay Area. I am a clown and physical comedian and I just began working with the Medical Clown Project which provides therapeutic medical clowning to children and adults in Bay Area hospitals. I have a MFA in ensemble-based physical theatre from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA.
Weaving together acrobatic movement and storytelling, this intimate play tells the tale of one woman following the disappearance of her soul-mate. Join UpLift Theatre’s all-female cast in an exploration of a woman lost between the waters of her grief and the mountaintops of her joyful memories.
Founded in 2013, UpLift Physical Theatre is a collaboration of actor-acrobats trained in ensemble-based physical theatre at Dell’Arte International. Pushing the edge of human ability, UpLift’s unique style uses the momentum and visceral engagement of our living bodies to create original works that explore the physical truths of gravity, emotion, and endurance.