Linda Severt is the Program Manager of Room Circus. She spent seven years as a medical clown for New York's Big Apple Circus Clown Care at Seattle Children's Hospital, initially as a team member and later as supervisor of the team of six performers. Linda also benefitted patients and staff in Harborview Medical Center and UW Hospital for six years as part of a program called Integrated Music, which included some of the finest professional musicians in the Seattle area. In addition to her work in hospitals, Linda has been managing her own business as a family entertainer for 26 years. As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, actor and circus artist, she has performed for countless thousands of children and adults and has toured extensively in the US, Canada and Asia. Performance highlights include: The Kennedy Center - Washington DC, Kim Tom International Clown Festival - Shanghai, and Children's Festivals in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia and Seattle, among others. The LA Times called Linda's performance, "A tour-de-force comedic act!" Her latest family CD of original songs, "Grinning Streak", won several national awards, including a Parents' Choice Silver Award. In the judge's words, "...she successfully keeps so many musical styles going while singing some of the wittiest lyrics this side of Dr. Seuss." Linda has dedicated her professional life to entertaining and inspiring children. Though she has performed for thousands of children, she receives the most gratification performing for one sick patient at a time. Her work in hospitals is deeply rewarding and she hopes to be able to contribute in this profound way for many years to come. www.lindasevert.com
Victoria Millard was a member of The Big Apple Circus Clown Care at Seattle Children's Hospital From 1998-2009. She taught clown classes for Ear to the Ground and directed, coached and performed in "Not All Clowns Are Bozos IV". As a solo stage clown, she has performed at such venues as The Lucille Ball Festival of New Comedy, The International Clown Theatre Conference in Philadelphia, The First New York Festival of Clown Theatre, Seattle's Broadway Performance Hall, On The Boards, Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival, International Children's Theatre Festival and Bumbershoot. She appeared in Bill Irwin's "Largely/New York" at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Kennedy Center. She brings an international breadth and depth to her performing and teaching, drawn from her training in Paris with Jacques Le Coq, Yves Le Breton, Philippe Gaulier and Etienne Decroux, studies with Polish, Balinese, Mexican and Russian masters and knowledge of Native American clown traditions.
Keith Hitchcock has over twenty years of experience in entertainment and multi-media industries--as a video producer, film-maker, theater-maker, and, well... a clown. A Northwest native, he has worked both nationally and internationally.
He is Creative Director and Lead Producer for Hocus Focus Media, a video production company he founded in 2011. He helps local businesses and organizations communicate their stories in compelling ways.
He has performed at theaters throughout the Northwest (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Tacoma Actors' Guild, Seattle Shakespeare, Seattle Children's Theatre) and in France (Inedit Theatre, La Hors De, Et Compagnie). He is proud to have performed in a Guinness record-making show-- "Les 100 Heures de L'impro," a 100-hour non-stop improvisation show, which took place in Strasbourg, France. Since then, he has performed in "Les 125 Heures de L'impro," "Les 150 Heures de L'impro," and "Les 192 Heures de L'impro."
Keith's original theatre work has been supported by residencies at The Field-NYC, Studio Current, and Smoke Farm. Keith was awarded an Individual Project grant by 4Culture to develop and produce a full-length version of his original solo piece, Muffin Face.
Jeff Blank dove into the theater arts early in his college days at UMass/Amherst and soon found himself touring with the Patchwork Players Children Theater troupe in Columbia SC, and then the Odyssey Mime Theater in Cambridge MA.
His real exposure to the healing power of clowning came in 1996 when Jeff joined the renowned Dr Patch Adams on his annual clown tour to Russian hospitals and orphanages. While the joy of this experience led him to return to Russia with Patch for several years as "Head Clown", he was deeply moved to bring the work to his home turf, where he spent years taking heart-centered clown joy to Seattle Norse Home Retirement Community residents and University of Washington Medical Center patients. In 1999 Jeff created Joy in Action, an educational organization that offers presentations and workshops designed to connect people with their bliss and compassion.
Jeff is excited and honored to join Room Circus at Seattle Children's Hospital and give back to this great institution, for in 2009 his daughter received a life-saving bone marrow transplant there and is thriving today! When not wearing a red nose, Jeff runs a massage practice, Sunspace Massage Studio, with his wife Kellie Newton.
Sarah Liane Foster is a performer, creator, and teacher of clown and movement-based theatre. She has been creating, teaching, and performing theatre and clown since 2002, and has performed in thirty states and eight countries. She spent much of the past 4 years teaching at Helikos, a theatre creation school in Florence, Italy, and is now excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest, where she performs funny shows, walks on stilts, and teaches theatre, clown, and circus to humans of all ages. One of her recent theatrical projects is her solo clown show, The Last Show You’ll Ever See, a trombone concert interrupted by the end of the world. This spring, she is creating a new clown show with the Nomadic Theatre Co, which will go up in April. Sarah has been honored with Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship, several grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council awarded to her individually and as part of the Nomadic Theatre Co, and the Portland Jugglers’ Ben Linder Award for Most Inspirational Juggler. You can read more about Sarah’s work at www.sarahlianefoster.com, and www.nomadictheatre.org.