Board and Staff

Lynley Elliot

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Founder/President

Born fourth into a performing family, Lynley has spent her whole life involved in the circus. She first became part of Turners Circus as an infant, and in 2008 stepped in as Circus Director. Through her leadership and vision, she helped initiate the transformation of the over 65 year old program into the year round training and performance entity that it is today.

Lynley has been instrumental in bringing new apparatus into Turners Circus, as she did in 2008 with the introduction of Silks and in 2014 with the creation of Chadelyra, increasing her own 30+ year repertoire of Static, Flying and Triple Trapeze, Casting, Lyra, Teeterboard, Swinging Ladders, Cradle, Spanish Webs, Adagio and Acro-Balance.

In May of 2015 she joined forces with her former cheer partner and Trapeze/Chandelyra doubles partner, Abbie Springer, and Turners Circus Artistic Director, Christine Moondancer, to form CirqueLouis in order to continue challenging the status quo by supporting new ideas, acts and concepts within the Louisville circus arts community.

Christine Moondancer
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With a background in art, dance, and education, Christine became involved with circus arts in 2009 and found a home for her combined talents as Artistic Director for Turners Circus in 2012, redesigning its One Ring style show to unite her love of theater, costuming and production design.

In 2015, she co-founded CirqueLouis as a way to get the circus arts out of the gym and into the community. Focusing on all three branches (performance, social circus and instruction), Christine is dedicated to CirqueLouis’ vision of creating a thriving circus arts community in the Louisville area through contemporary circus theater and exceptional training and instruction promoting trust, confidence and compassion.

Developing imaginative and unique performances to inspire and enhance the Louisville community, Christine takes an active role in almost all aspects of show creation: storyline, sound design, costumes, set, staging and direction. Her CirqueLouis productions include Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016) and Pinocchio (2016). When not creating new shows, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and nurturing the performance artist within herself through Hoop Dance.  

Abbie Springer
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Growing up in Kansas City, Mo, Abbie moved to Louisville to compete with the nationally ranked University of Louisville cheerleading squad and in 2009, she began her circus arts training. Abbie has trained extensively in doubles acts and apparatus (Acro, Adagio, Trapeze, Chandelyra, and Sphere). She has trained foundationally on Silks, Aerial Rope and Lyra through NECCA (New England Center for Circus Arts).

Abbie has appeared with her family in the annual Turners Circus spring production since 2009 and she has performed in CirqueLouis’ previous productions, Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016). Abbie is also a part of CirqueLouis’ event performance troupe appearing at prestigious venues all over the city

Founding CirqueLouis in 2015 has been part of her calling to share the circus arts with the Louisville community and Abbie believes fiercely in CirqueLouis’ vision of creating a strong circus arts community here in Louisville through contemporary circus theater, high level training and social circus outreach. Abbie’s other passion lies with spending time with her husband Adam and her three children Annabelle, Aeson, and Abram.

Jessica Marquardt

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Jessica has been training in aerial arts for nearly three years. She began her journey at Turners Circus, where she is still currently an instructor. She joined CirqueLouis shortly after its inception as the Program Director and in December 2015 she was promoted to Executive Director.

Jessica trains on Silks, Aerial Rope, Lyra, Static Trapeze, Aerial Anchor, and also practices partner Acro-Balancing, Fire Arts, and Stilt Walking. She performed fire in CirqueLouis’ debut production Bootleg Untapped (2015), and was part of the Gypsy clowning troupe in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), where she exemplified her partner work in both Acro-Balancing and on Silks. She performed both acro-balancing and stilting in Pinocchio (2016), and triple trapeze in East of the Sun (2017).

Jessica’s true passion lies with serving others, and she has spearheaded the formation of Louisville’s first social circus program – CirqueLouis’ CirqueCompassion. Jessica works with CirqueLouis’ social outreach and education branches, taking circus arts into schools and into the Louisville community as a way to transform lives. When Jessica is not participating in her many Circus activities, she is likely to be found outside gardening or reading.

Lisa Wolf

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Director of Safety/Rigging Master

Lisa has been performing in circus arts since she was six. Over the span of 40 years she has performed Static Trapeze, Adagio, Swinging Ladders, Casting, Cradle, Spanish Webs, Tightrope and Fire Eating. She enjoys being in the spotlight and working in the shadows behind the scenes as part of the stage crew. Being a “Circus Freak” helps Lisa be an extrovert in her introverted little world. She loves being part of the circus village that is nurturing a new generation of circus freaks.

Loving to hang around above the crowd led her to train as a High-Angle Rope Rescue Technician at her “real” job as a Paramedic. What could be more fun than saving lives while perched precariously high above the ground? Lisa served as the Safety Officer for the Jefferson County Disaster Response Team making certain that all the emergency responders made it home safe and sound. She brings her experience and passion for safety to the CirqueLouis family.

Jesse Alford

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Program Director

Jesse AlFord is the Head Coach for My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus, and serves as the Board President for the American Youth Circus Organization and the American Circus Educators. He grew up in the Great Y Circus in Redlands, CA, and received a BA in Theatre Arts from Washington State University. He is based in Louisville, KY where he also works as a freelance Lighting Designer, working with many local theatre companies including Circus Flora, Theatre [502], Stage One Family Theatre, Pandora Productions, and more.

Amy Murphy

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Graphics Design

Upon getting her degree in Graphic Design in 1998, Amy has worked in the printing industry as well as doing freelance design work. Most of her work involved design work for her husband’s real estate and building company. Shortly after graduation, Amy had four children and has focused the majority of her time caring for and homeschooling them. In 2013, she decided she needed a hobby of her own and also wanted a fun workout. In her quest to achieve both of these things, she came across Turners Circus. There, she and her daughter have had a fun fitness training they are able to do together; as well as perform together. Amazing things started evolving from there. She started performing in shows and outings and creating posters and programs for the shows. Then, the love of fire arts were born. She has fallen in love with her circus family and what circus fitness and arts have done for her life and her family.

Carter Webb

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Marketing/PR

As a dancer, Carter has been performing since the age of four. She has lived in both Louisville and Chicago and trained in various dance styles, including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Pom, Lyrical, and Modern. Carter was introduced to her first aerial apparatus in 2012, Pole.  She fell in love with aerial arts, taking her first class at Louisville Turners in the summer of 2013.

Since then, Carter has performed on Silks, Pole, Aerial Pole, Lyra, Spanish Web, Hammock, and Ladders with Turners Circus, Suspend Louisville, and CirqueLouis.  She performed on Pole in CirqueLouis’ debut production of Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and on Aerial Pole in A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016).

Carter has participated in multiple non-profit organizations and boards across Louisville and has a passion for promotions and branding. She joined CirqueLouis as the Marketing and PR Director in January, 2016 as a perfect hybrid of her loves of circus and volunteerism. Outside of circus, you can find Carter working as a Management Consultant and an Adjunct Professor or spending time with her husband, Mike, while traveling on outdoor adventures.

Brad Cottrell

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Photographer

Alex Bays

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Photographer

Our Core Members

Ashley Kennedy
Production

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Dean Serneels
Ringmaster
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Cindi Wolf
Circus Queen

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Lee Mai
Social Circus & Education Instructor

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Jordan Clark
Artistic Advisor/Choreography Director

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