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Johna Applestein


Johna found circus in 2011 while attending Warren Wilson College outside of Asheville, NC. In her time there, she participated in acro, aerial fabric, unicycle, and clown groups. During her senior year, she wrote and directed a theatrical Dr. Seuss-themed circus, complete with a rhyming dialogue. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Education and immediately moved to Vermont for circus school. After rejection and injury, she was accepted into the Intensive program, and later, the second year ProTrack program, at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). She specializes in Chinese pole and focuses on creating unique choreography, with attention to character, storytelling, and props. Johna’s work is influenced by her training in Lecoq style clowning, and she aims to make audiences experience an array of emotions. During the 2018 holiday season, she performed 92 shows for Cirque Dreams as a character in Unwrapped. She enjoys combining multiple disciplines to create acts that have not been seen before, such as object manipulation on Chinese pole. She cyrwheeliously loves bad puns and sharing circus with other people and she is excited to be part of the C3 community.