Venardos

ABOUT

Venardos Circus Productions strikes an extraordinary balance between a circus consulting service and a full-scale production company.

Our reputation and our rolodex have been built working hand in hand with the principal players in American Circus for more than a decade.

With access to the best creative talent in the world, and the experience to flawlessly execute a complicated operation, Venardos Circus Productions is uniquely positioned to bring your venue - and your audience - all the magic and wonder possible.

Thank you for your interest!

Team

  • image descriptionKEVIN VENARDOSRingmaster and Executive Director

    Kevin and his Titanically Talented Team of Artists, Designers, Staff and Crew, bring you VENARDOS CIRCUS PRODUCTIONS, offering Broadway-Quality Circus Shows, Customized Experiences, and Circus Consulting to clients around the globe.

    Kevin began his Circus career as the Singing Ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH™, touring with the Blue Unit for 5 years in three different productions. He later joined the company of New York City's BIG APPLE CIRCUS for two seasons, and was featured in the highly-acclaimed PBS Television series, CIRCUS.

    Later on, Kevin joined forces with CIRCUS VARGAS, the premier one-ring Circus in California, as the show’s Creative Director. Still in the spotlight as Ringmaster, Kevin played a central role in the concept, musical design, staging, and script development of multiple full-scale production shows touring throughout the western U.S.

    After more than a decade on tour developing his signature “Musical Master-of-Ceremonies” style, Kevin has performed in more than 5,000 LIVE shows around the world to an aggregate audience of over 30 Million people.

    Venardos is a graduate of Ithaca College's BFA Musical Theatre program

    “The Circus I love of course has feats of strength and skill, and lots of laughs... but it’s got to have a big heart. When I say that I want people to have a truly unforgettable experience at our shows- I really mean it! I want them to be moved by these amazing artists and the world we create together. Humans are pretty amazing creatures. There really is no limit to what we can accomplish with drive, purpose, and a song in our hearts. Done right, Circus memories last a lifetime.” Kevin Venardos
  • image descriptionDANIELLE ESPAÑAStaging and Choreography

    Danielle has danced on stages around the world, touring with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Stevie Wonder.

    For the past 13 years, however, she has passionately focused her considerable talents in the world of Circus Arts, specializing in chiffon, Lyra, and freestyle web. Her wonderfully creative choreography is currently featured at Circus Vargas, touring throughout California, where Danielle also performs as a dancer and aerialist.

  • image descriptionLARRY LEESOriginal Music, Lyrics,
    and Orchestration

    Larry is a composer, lyricist, arranger, and orchestrator based in New York City. Original works include: Jonestown, 16 Days, Wonder Pig,the one-act operaObesa Cantavit, and full original scores for two seasons with Circus Vargas.

    Additionally, he has written incidental music for several plays, including The Magic of Mrs. Crowling (2007 Innovative Theatre Award nomination), The Colonel’s Holiday, The Blood Brothers Present..., and The Birth, Adoption and Death of Dorothy Dutchess.

    Apart from original compositions, Larry’s award-nominated arrangements and orchestrations have been featured in some of NYC’s most renowned music venues —including Birdland, Joe’s Pub, Don’t Tell Mama’s, and The Metropolitan Room.

    He was the conductor and orchestrator for We Tell The Story: The Songs of Ahrens and Flaherty (Lucille Lortel Theatre).

    Most recently, he co-created, conducted, and provided the arrangements for Carole Bufford’s acclaimed Speak Easy show, featuring the legendary, Grammy-winning, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
  • image descriptionROB TORRESCreative and Clowning Consultant

    For the past two decades Rob Torres has traveled to over 45 countries, performing in theatres, circuses, variétés, galas, TV and film. His performances at theatre, circus, and street festivals worldwide, have won him numerous awards, but more than that, laughter!

    From the moment he walks on stage, into the ring, or on the streets, Rob steps into the hearts of his audience and keeps them laughing long after he's gone.

    He is also among the most creative people in the entire universe*, often acting as creative consultant for multiple aspects of the shows he performs in. It is for all these reasons and more that Venardos Circus Productions is thrilled to have Rob's considerable talents on board.


    (*entire KNOWN universe. There may actually be more creative people on other planets, we just haven’t met them yet.)

  • image descriptionJORDAN BLAISDancer

    Jordan is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance. Her latest accomplishments include the Presidential Excellence Award from the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in October 2011.

    Jordan is currently signed with McDonald and Selznick Associates (MSA) Talent Agency, represented by their Commercial, Print, On Camera and Choreography divisions. Her recent work includes dancing under the direction of Mandy Moore in a Sketchers Flex Appeal commercial, dancing on the hit TV series GLEE, Bunheads, and representing the Mattel Toy Company as Barbie.

  • image descriptionKEVIN SCOTT CANNONHand Balancer

    Kevin was born in Oregon but lived most of his life in Los Angeles and Europe, where he discovered a driving love for entertainment and performance. While involved in theatrical and cinematic productions in and around Hollywood, he earned degrees at the University of Southern California in Cinematic Arts and Business.

    In Italy for the following two years, he was privileged to travel and perform Physical Theatre, Circus, Masked Performance, and Commedia dell'Arte under the guidance and direction of numerous well known European Masters.

    For over 15 years, Kevin has also been performing traditional Shakespearean Theatre, Dance, Acrobatics, Fight Choreography, Comedy, Clowning, and multiple Circus Disciplines.

    He is excited to be able to share his many talents with new and seasoned audiences everywhere!

  • image descriptionMANDY DRAYDancer

    Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Mandy Dray grew up dancing and training in a multitude of styles at Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance in Kansas City, Mo. Currently in her fourth year at Chapman University in Orange, CA, she hopes to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance.

    Performing and leadership accomplishments include: the premier show of the professional Mather Dance Company at the Grove in Anaheim, CA, performer in Chapman University’s Tap Ensemble in the 2012 LA Tap Festival Concert by Debi Allen, performed “Falling Angels” choreographed by Jurì Killian for Chapman University’s Fall Dance Concert, danced in the winning piece for the 2011 Palm Desert’s “Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival” and was an ambassador and participant for the 2011 and 2012 Cirque Du Soleil Symposiums at Chapman University.

  • image descriptionDANIELLE ESPAÑAAerialist

    Danielle has danced on stages around the world, touring with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Stevie Wonder.

    For the past 13 years, however, she has passionately focused her considerable talents in the world of Circus Arts, specializing in chiffon, Lyra, and freestyle web. Her wonderfully creative choreography is currently featured at Circus Vargas, touring throughout California, where Danielle also performs as a dancer and aerialist.

  • image descriptionMICHAEL FERRERIJuggler

    Originally from Seville, Spain, Michael began juggling at a very early age, practicing quietly backstage as his father Miguel Ferreri performed low wire in Circuses in Europe and around the world.

    Since then, Michael’s prodigious skills have been featured at Circus Royal, Circus Merano, and California’s Circus Vargas. Michael is proud to be a part of the Venardos Circus Productions team!

  • image descriptionELYSE FRELINGERDancer

    Elyse is a recent graduate of Chapman University’s BFA Dance Performance program where she had the privilege of performing in Jiri Kylian’s Falling Angels, Bella Lewitzky’s Pietas, and over two dozen other faculty and student-choreographed works.

    Currently, Elyse is a proud member of both Elke Calvert Dance Project and Jacque Price Collective.

    Most recently, she performed the work of Nick Lanzisera as part of the Dancescape Gala and was a featured aerialist in the Velvet Nation’s production of Together Again, a tribute show featuring the work of Michael and Janet Jackson.

    She is thrilled to be working with the Venardos Circus Productions family!

  • image descriptionGETTI GARCIAHula Hoops

    Getti, her husband Leo, and sons Maximus and Zander are GARCIA THRILLS, offering audiences the most extreme and thrilling acts in live entertainment!
    *The Human Rocket (a.k.a. Human Cannonball)
    *Triple Splitting Globe of Death
    *The Wheel of Destiny
    *Hula Hoops

    A seventh generation Circus family, the Garcias take great pride in presenting thrill acts of the very highest quality. From their patented, custom-engineered equipment, props and costumes, to their simply amazing talents and professionalism, GARCIA THRILLS guarantees a heart-stopping, spine-tingling experience for audiences of all ages! For more information, go to GarciaThrills.com.

  • image descriptionBILLY MURRAYClown

    Billy Murray began his career in entertainment at New York Goofs Clown School in 2004.

    Since then, Billy has performed for more than 11 million people in arenas across the country with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

    Billy Murray has also performed for various other world-class entertainment companies such as Disneyland Resort, Six Flags, Universal Studios Hollywood and more!

    Visit www.Billy-Murray.com for Pictures and Video updates!

  • image descriptionMOLLY MYERSDancer

    A dancer from the age of 4, Molly has won praise and several trophies in jazz, ballet, tap, and hip hop competitions throughout Southern California.

    At age 16, she began teaching jazz and hip hop, and for the past five years has worked as a master teacher at Elevate Dance in California and Park Cities Dance in Dallas, TX.

    At Chapman University, Molly has been featured as a dancer in the Fall and Spring Dance Concerts and in The College of Performing Arts’ musical American Celebration.

    Additional performance credits include Choreography Under the Stars Festival in Palm Springs, CA, The Headdress Ball in Riverside, CA  and at the Cirque Du Soleil Headquarters in Las Vegas, NV.

    As a choreographer, Molly has created several pieces at Chapman and won the Outstanding Performance Award and Best Choreography for her piece entitled Eight legs, One Body in 2012. 

  • image descriptionDUSTIN PORTILLOClown

    Dustin grew up in Independence, MO where he would attend every year the Ringling Bros. Circus and dreamed of becoming a clown with The Greatest Show on Earth.

    Portillo's dream came true in 2005 when he was invited to join the company. In 2008, Portillo became Boss Clown of the Red Unit, a job he would hold for the following 4 years.

    In his most recent year on Ringling Bros., Portillo performed double duty as Boss Clown and featured clown along side Vasily Trifanov.

    He currently lives in the Los Angeles area as a commercial actor.

  • image descriptionJESSICA PRELLClown

    Originally from the Bay Area, Jessica moved south to attend UC Irvine. While studying for her psychology degree, she got a job as a performer at Disneyland.

    Fast forward four years and she caught the acting bug!

    With a strong background in improvisation, Jessica is moving forward to transition from the Disney resort to Hollywood.

    She believes in raw, honest performances and tries to bring a positive energy to every job she does!

    Keep an eye out for her.

  • image descriptionBENJI SVYATOSLAVICHHand Balancer, Contortionist

    Born and raised Jacksonville Florida, Benji is proud to be the USA's onlymale Rhythmic Gymnast, placing 4th in the nation for Power Tumbling & Trampoline.

    A graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Benji’s diverse work experience includes dancing with pop legend Mariah Carey, appearances on Kevin Hart's comedy TV show The Real Husbands of Hollywood, and 4 consecutive years as a guest artist in the Jacksonville Symphony's Nutcracker Ballet, playing a number of different characters.

    Svyatoslavich has also managed to squeeze in work for the great Circus Gatti as a hand balancer, aerial hoop/silk artist and dancer.

  • image descriptionDAVE SNYDERFire Breather,
    Contortionist

    The Dave is a natural performer.

    A contortionist from birth, he's been performing in a variety of forms almost daily for the last eight years.

    He works in film as a creature character, stuntman, and fire-breather.

    In his own studio he is a yoga instructor, sculptor, model, masseur, woodworker and welder.

Video Production Credits

  • DirectorLorne Hiltser
  • CinematographerColin Akoon
  • ProducerSage Scroop
  • UPMJohnathan Newkerk
  • 1st ACSebastien Thibeau
  • Choreography and StagingDanielle España
  • Vocal Recording EngineerMorgan Gerhard
  • Mr. Venardos' costume fabricated byLuisse Krateyl
  • Principal Still Photography byJames Louis
  • Jib OperatorJoseph Walsh
  • Key GripMatt Arner
  • GafferNash Dutton
  • Set DresserMaya Levy
  • Original Music Recorded and Mixed atDAN RUDIN STUDIOS in Nashville, TN.
  • All stoning work on Mr. Venardos' costume done byChristina Cantlin
  • Mr. Venardos' top hat design and millinery byLynne Mackey Studio, NYC
  • Additional Still PhotographyJohn Higgins

Special Thanks to Wini McKay and everyone at L.A. Circus in Riverside, CA.

  • Original Music, Lyrics, and  OrchestrationLarry Lees
  • Original Costume DesignChristina Cantlin
  • Additional CostumesKiyomi Hara & L.A. Circus
  • Principal Makeup ArtistMayera Abeita
  • Video Graphics and CompostingSean Scott
  • Makeup Design ConsultantCeleste Fernandez Rivera
  • Body Art Design and Overlay AirbrushingAdam Tenenbaum

PRODUCTIONS

Venardos Circus Productions delivers unforgettable, interactive family experiences to your audience… and your venue!

Choose from ready-to-go productions, or our team of designers will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind show or event!

Our shows are built with the flexibility to be installed in virtually any space:
  • The classic setting of a beautiful Big Top Tent
  • Stages of all sizes, from convention space to your backyard
  • An arena filled with color and spectacle… and more

We will adjust our operation and style to take full advantage of your distinctive venue.

VENARDOS CIRCUS on ICE!

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“Come with me into a fairy tale,
And together we'll glide!
Through legendary stories,
The feats and the glories
Our endless inventory
Stretches far and wide!"

A unique partnership between Venardos Circus Productions and Cirque De Glace bring you this one-of-a-kind production set in a magical kingdom on ice filled with bravery, knavery, and valiant daring-do!


  • Amazing Choreographed Musical Production numbers- on ICE!
  • Olympic Figure-Skating Dancers
  • Inventive Circus Acts in a truly unique theatrical environment
  • Singing Ringmaster leads the magical adventure
  • Patented ice surface is custom fit for installation virtually anywhere

VENARDOS CIRCUS

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“The most Dramatic, Acrobatic,
Highly-flying, Death-defying,
Wonders great and small
And all for you,
With Venardos Circus Productions
Your dreams come true!"

Venardos Circus Productions seamlessly blends world-class acts with a Broadway circus score to deliver a show filled with astounding feats and heartwarming fun for children of all ages!


  • High-flying Acrobatics and Death-defying Daredevilry!
  • A Chorus Line of lovely Dancers!
  • Hilarious Clowns and brilliant Costumes!
  • All led by Singing Ringmaster Kevin Venardos!

PRIVATE/CORPORATE
EVENTS & SHOWS

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Nothing brings more joy to an
Audience than the Circus!

Venardos Circus Productions transforms your meeting, conference, event or party into a Circus Spectacular! Whether as featured entertainment or a fully interactive experience, we will create the most memorable event ever for your guests.


  • We will custom-design your show or event to showcase your unique products or services.
  • We can integrate your brand in amazingly colorful, innovative ways from the Big Top signage to concession packaging.
  • Our team will collaborate with you to achieve your goals and scale the production to work within your event environment.

CASTING

Our team of artists, designers, and technicians is constantly growing, and we always welcome the skills and expertise of professionals who share our passion for excellence.

If you are interested in joining our team on a future project, kindly direct your submissions to Casting@VenardosCircus.com. Please include your name and current contact details. Performing artists should also include a video demo of their work.

Thank you for your interest!

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TENT RENTAL

Venardos Circus Productions can coordinate the lease or purchase of an elegant circus tent for you with many choices of stunning styles, colors, and sizes

Share your vision with us, and we will recommend the right setting for you:
  • Different seating options
  • Imaginative interior décor for a fantastic, celebratory atmosphere
  • We can even arrange gourmet catering with a Circus-y twist!

Among our available tents is the one pictured here.

Designed and manufactured in Castelnuovo Scrivia, Italy by the world renowned tentmaker CANOBBIO S.p.A., this beautiful circus tent can seat up to 1,000 guests.

Contact us to find out how we can turn your event into a truly unforgettable experience!

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CONTACT

Delivering the incredible world of the circus to you is no small task, but one that we handle with confidence every day!

Venardos Circus Productions is committed to making our clients' experience exceptional in every way. Whether you're
looking for a turn-key circus production, or wish to create a one-of-a-kind event or show, you've come to the right place!

email:info@venardoscircus.comphone: (323) 790-4VCP(4827)

We welcome your inquiries, and look forward to making your circus dreams come true!

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