Who Is Circus Kazoo?

"J"ennifer Richard

"J"ennifer Richard

“J” is our fearless leader! She brings a wealth of circus experience and a love for the circus world! Coach J founded Circus Kazoo in 2013 and has served as Director since. She is also an IL certified educator with experience teaching in pre-K through middle school. Coach JBird is Director of Circus Education at Kazoo, teaching classes, workshops, and events of aerial and ground-based circus skills.  Coach J is German Wheel National Champion 2018, Runner-up 2019 All around and Duo Competitior,  and is an ongoing presenter at AYCO/ACE Conference 2016, 2017 & 2019. circuskazoo@gmail.com
Robin Dunlop

Robin Dunlop

Unicycle & Juggling Instructor

Coach Robin is an avid unicyclist who has attended dozens of unicycling conventions all over the world over the past 20 years. He got into the circus arts while attending college, and is happy to be able to combine his passion for unicycling and juggling with his passion for teaching and guiding folks in their own circus-arts skill journeys.  Coach Robin is always happy to help someone learn a new skill in unicycling or juggling, and dabbles in some of the other circus arts.
Amanda Rodriguez (she/her)

Amanda Rodriguez (she/her)

Aerial Arts Instructor

Coach Amanda currently offers instruction to youth, teens, and adults on both silks and hammock.

“I was born and raised in Chicago and am currently a teaching artist at CircEsteem, a non-for-profit organization bringing a mix of social work and circus arts to underserved youth across the city. I started exploring prop manipulation 9 years ago, working towards fire performing which I’ve done for the past 7 years. I also have 4 years of aerial training and 3 years of partner acro training. I can teach skills such as spinning plates, flower sticks, juggling, poi, staff, double staves, dragon staff, hoop, tight wire, aerial silks, aerial sling, lyra, and partner acro.”

Doug Slack

Doug Slack

Acrobatics Instructor

Coach Doug is a “Jam-bassador” of the AcroYoga practice and skilled slackline walker. He enjoys the laughter, teamwork and community of training co-created shapes and group builds. He is a valuable addition to the Circus Kazoo family, bringing years of yoga, balance and anatomy experience to his students. Coach Doug hosts slackline and acrobatics events, offers his help around the gym as a handy set of hands, and always gives a warm greeting to us all.

“I was introduced to Acro Yoga 12 years ago. This is a partner practice of challenging balance that is available to children of all ages. I am 75 years old and find this to be one of the most fun things I have ever done!

Jason Muzzo

Jason Muzzo

Acrobatics, Rolla Bolla Instructor

Coach Jason offers instruction in both acrobatics and rolla bolla, often in combination! He is a circus performer with varied experience so also subs for the silks classes when needed. 

Jana Mayer

Jana Mayer

German Wheel

Coach Jana is the newest to the CK Staff (welcome her!). She offers instruction in German Wheel to youth recreation and Level 2 Competition Team.

“My name is Jana (pronounced like Yana but spelled with a J) and I’ve been doing gymwheel since 2016 at SpVgg Warmbronn. I’m from Germany and after graduating this summer I was ready to start a new adventure. This is why I decided to come to the US to work at CirquesExperience doing after care and coaching gymwheel classes. 
I want to share my passion and knowledge about gymwheel with my students and hopefully they fall in love with this sport as much as i did.”
Matt Trujilo

Matt Trujilo

Unicycle & Juggling Instructor

Matt lives in Grayslake, Illinois and has worked/lived in Lake County his whole life. He started his passion for circus when he learned how to unicycle and juggle at a one week camp in 7th grade. Later he went to Illinois State University where he gained more circus skills through the Gamma Phi Circus. He was the juggling act captain for two years and also spent 4 years with the Junior Gamma Phi circus teaching circus skills. Following college he started his career in Parks and Recreation, where he puts on events and youth programs for the community. Matt missed circus, so he did a google search and found circus kazoo. He has been a volunteer coach since 2019, and enjoys being a part of this great organization!