Where Is Circus Kazoo?

Circus Kazoo

100 S. Atkinson Road, Suite #102
Grayslake, IL 60030

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Jennifer Richard (Coach J) – Director

100 S. Atkinson Road, Suite #102
Grayslake, IL 60030

circuskazoo@gmail.com

(847) 986 – 5615

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 J 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. 

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!

 

Maria Tate

Maria Tate

Intro & Aerials Instructor

 

Maria recently moved back to the Chicago area after spending two years with the internationally recognized Phare Ponleu Selpak Association, home of Phare The Cambodian Circus. During their time in Cambodia Maria directed, produced and choreographed a world premiere circus for Phare; toured Cambodia with Circo Inzir of Bologna, Italy; directed a touring show/performed with Spark! Circus in Thailand; served on the board of Caravan Circus Network based in Brussels, Belgium. As a member of Caravan Circus Network, Maria had the opportunity to train and travel around Europe, including studying social circus pedagogy in Palermo, Italy and a guest speaking engagement about social circus at the first ever Circus ++ Conference at Tampere University in Tampere, Finland.
As a sought after coach and youth mentor, Coach Maria also coaches at Aloft Circus Arts and Elev8 Dance in Chicago.

A former public school teacher, Maria is certified in Early Education, Music and Dance for grades K-12 and co-authored the state standards curriculum in dance for the state of Oklahoma in 2020-2021.

Maria’s skills include clowning, aerial arts (Trapeeeeeeeze!  ), opera, ballet, contemporary dance and reading way too many books at one time. Maria also REALLY loves tacos… that might just be the reason they moved back to the US . Maria is VERY excited to return to Chicago after many years away and join the staff at Circus Kazoo!
Instagram: @circus_colab
Facebook: “Curvy” Aerialists Support Group  https://facebook.com/groups/466266167259201/

 

Tori Coleman

Tori Coleman

Wheel Instructor

Hi! i’m coach tori! i joined the circus about a year ago. i was patiently waiting for an audition to start and i met ceci. they told me about circus kazoo and about the intro class. i showed up the following week and have never stopped showing up. i have found so much joy here at CK! my current obsession is wire and german wheel. i specialize in mini tramp and enjoy learning how to juggle different equipment. I bring a background of cheerleading and diving to CK. you can blatantly see this when i try to handstand, and when teaching how to tumble. Circus has brought such a light into my life and i want to thank the entire community for welcoming me with open arms and pouring their love and encouragement into the CK space! 
Coach Tori