Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

Chairman of the Board:  Hovey Burgess 2003-present
Professor (NYU Tisch School of the Arts ) Author (Circus Techniques) & Circus Historian

Chairman Emeritus:  Andy Davis 1999-2002
Author (Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition) Adjunct Assistant Professor, Otis College of Art and Design and California Polytechnic Pomona; Producer and Performer, Baggy Pants Productions

Secretary:  Jim Fleming
Founder, Editor and Publisher (Autonomedia)

Treasurer:  Sara Valentine
Independent Performing Arts Curator, Event Producer, Performer, Bookkeeper, and Tax Preparer.

Keith Nelson
Executive Director and Co-founder, BFVA, Inc., Performing artist

Stephanie Monseu
Artistic Director and Co-founder, BFVA, Inc.; Performing Artist; Youth Circus Educator

Michael Bongar – Entertainment Industry Professional
CEO and President, BONGARBIZ; Performing Artist, Ringling
Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (retired)

Paul Binder
Founder of Big Apple Circus

Kim Anthony Jones
Marketing and Entertainment Professional, King Charles Unicycle Troupe

Advisory Board:

Havona Madama – Attorney
CEO Kid Klass, Tot Yoga;
Founding partner, Madama Griffits O’Hara LLP

Michael Connor – Interactive Telecommunications specialist
Founder/ CEO Cloud Swing,Inc.

Anita Durst – Performing Artist; Producer
Founder, chashama

Viveca Gardiner – Circus Industry Professional
President,  Playful Productions; co-founder and editor, Circus
NYC and Juggle NYC; Program Consultant, Big Apple Circus;
Coach, Circus of the Kids; co-producer, Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth

Ellia Bisker – Arts Administration Professional
Performing Artist , Producer (Charming Disaster, Sweet Soubrette, Super Fun Variety Show)

Maike Schulz – Photographer
Founder, Maike Schulz Photography; Photographer, Spectacle:  A Quarterly Journal of the Circus Arts and Big Apple Circus

Laura Siegel – Non-profit management and program development professional
Administrative Assistant and Office Manager, BFVA,Inc.

Josh Bisker – Communications, Social Media, and Marketing professional
Co-founder, Producer, and Performing Artist, Superfun Variety Show

Tina Volz – Entertainment Industry Professional
Creative Director, BONGARBIZ

Woody Keppel – Entertainer, Producer
Performing Artist, Waldo and Woodhead; Artistic Director, Vermont Festival of Fools