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Anni Kϋpper

Anni Kϋpper
is a juggler and performer from Germany. Her striking performance style and high-level club juggling technique has found international recognition in the juggling scene. Anni’s acts are shaped by conceptual ideas in which she takes juggling out of its traditional role and uses it as a means of expression. Since her graduation from the Academy for Circus and Performance Art, she’s performed her work in theaters, at festivals, and in gala and variety shows around the globe.

Her newest act, “Nimmerland,” which was showcased at the European Juggling Convention Gala Show 2017, is an atmospheric piece which features an extraordinary combination of club juggling with some “special effects.”

Today, more than ever, Anni is happy to be part of an open-minded juggling scene, which fosters international encounters and exchanges.

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly
is a 21-year old poi juggler from Eugene, Oregon.  He manages his business, “Techris…Things On Strings,” and also is the head coordinator of "The Prop Gathering" in Oregon.  This is his 3rd HJF.  HJF was his first juggling festival and was also where he first juggled 3-poi on stage.  He will be debuting his new stage act this weekend.


Circus Luminescence

Produced by Eli March and Scramble James, Circus Luminescence performs theatre, circus,
juggling, and comedy in a glow-in-the-dark wonderland of infinite imagination. Circus Luminescence's show is full of hilarity, epic combo tricks, acrobatics, juggling and a sense of play!

Dr. Bonkers aka Eli March is a professional juggler based out of Portland Oregon. Known for his fluid style, originality, and clean execution, he has become a highly regarded teacher and performer at Juggling and Flow Festivals up and down the West Coast. His past troupe, “Poetic Motion Machine,” won the silver medal in 2010 for Teams at the “International Juggling Competition.” He produces and directs the theatrical LED and Black-light phenomenon known as “Circus Luminescence.”

Curt Carlyle



Curtis Carlyle was born in 1980 in a lighthouse in Rhode Island. His father was a United States Coast Guard engineer and his mother was a championship rodeo horsewoman. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, his uncommon family instilled in Curtis a sense of possibility and discipline; a belief that anything can be mastered with practice; a recognition of the importance of joy in work.

However, as a natural redhead, Curt’s path was altered by his delicate complexion and coke-bottle glasses. Throughout his early years, Curt learned to survive the schoolyard with a quick wit and charming personality. These traits were a constant as his family moved across the country, as his father was transferred from port to port. As he grew older, Curt discovered the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and was immediately taken by the TV personality’s presence and kindness on the program.

Curt’s journey as variety artist took off when the Coast Guard transferred his father’s post to Portland, Oregon – home of the Reed College juggling club. Under the tutelage of juggling greats Rhys Thomas, David Lichtenstein, and Charlie Brown, Curt quickly learned the performance trade and began shaping his infectious personality for the stage.

While his early shows took place in coffee shops and street corners along the Pacific Northwest, his resume now includes performances for a dozen Fortune 500 companies, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the New Victory Theatre on Broadway in New York City, as well as colleges and universities across North America.

Curtis also holds a Guinness world record for the yoyo, has won a bronze medal at the International Jugglers’ Association stage championships, and has shared the stage with entertainment titans like the Beastie Boys, Peter Sagal, and Second City Improv – just to name a few.

Curt’s new school comedy juggling performances range from five to ninety-five minutes long, and highlight Curt’s mastery of balance, timing, and peculiar combination tricks. He is also recognized as a talented emcee and comedy writer, and often consults with variety acts across the planet.

When he’s not traveling with his show, Curt lives in Portland, Oregon with two acrobats and a grey cat named Houdini. He believes that life is about sharing experiences with others, that the world can be a better place through laughter, and that nothing beats warm socks fresh out of the dryer on a rainy day.


Erin Stephens

Erin Stephens
combines her juggling prowess with a feminine finesse that creates an enchanting experience for any audience.  Erin is especially glad to be returning to Humboldt for the 12th Annual Humboldt Juggling Festival.  It has been a festival that has shaped her as a juggler, and she looks forward to being back in the supportive and inspiring community.  She is also excited to be returning to the juggling festival scene after taking a couple years off due to injuries.  Erin currently resides in Durango, CO,  performs with The Salt Fire Circus, and teaches up and coming young jugglers.

Jefferson Freire


Juggler and violinist Jefferson Freire is an international circus performer and has participated in several juggling festivals in South America. He is now in the United States participating in festivals and making contacts. He was accepted at the Community Music Center School and in the Clown Conservatory at The San Francisco Circus Center, where he has been studying and growing professionally!!!


Haley Jo

Haley Jo is a self-taught hula-hoop extraordinaire. She has been hooping for eight years and continues to captivate audiences with her breathtaking and charming performances. In the time she has spent dancing and performing, she has primarily worked with non-profits to raise money for local causes throughout Humboldt County. Whether using one hula-hoop or four, Haley Jo’s skill and poise will leave you mesmerized.


Jennifer Deacon

Jennifer Deacon has been dancing and performing since the age of 2 years old.  She has years of background in ballet, jazz, modern, tumbling, yoga, contortion and aerial fabric.  She has taught yoga, tumbling, and contortion to people of all ages.  Currently, she is Head Aerial Teacher at “California Dance Company.”  She has performed locally for private events, parties, and festivals… including being an ongoing performer with “Redding Fire Festival.”  She thinks “Humboldt Juggling Festival” is “really fun and totally awesome!”

Jeremiah Johnston

miah learned to juggle in his youth, but it wasn’t until he discovered the Humboldt Circus community and Humboldt Juggling Society that his passion for the craft was awoken.  He filled every available moment between classes developing his skills, passing clubs with his friends of The Poetic Motion Machine, and taking every opportunity he could to get in front of an audience.  He eventually shifted his college studies toward Dance, the closest thing he could find to a degree in the juggling arts.  Holding two team juggling medals from the International Juggling Association, he currently lives in the SF Bay Area, working full time as an entertainer, and developing his vision for The Throw Zone, an educational hub for the juggling arts.


Kevin Axtell


Expert juggler and fire performer. 

Kevin is known worldwide as a dynamic entertainer.  With sharp juggling knives, and sharper wit, he blends comedy, juggling, circus, magic, and fire, along with upbeat energy and a positive message.  The result is unique, inspiring, and memorable.  Co-founder of Club Motion Juggling, Kevin is proud to announce the new online instructional project The Ency-Club-Pedia, now available online.  Created with HJF Circus Alumni, The Johnston Brothers.


Winner of several international juggling awards and medals including; 

2x Winner of The Humboldt Juggling Festival’s Judy Finneli Award. 


As director of The Firewalking Center, he is an accomplished motivational speaker and fire-walking instructor as well.  In 2011, he became a partner in the Flow Arts Institute, the nation’s leading Flow Arts festival producers.  They have now grown to 7 annual flow arts and juggling events all over the country.  Kevin was recently promoted to General Manager of the country’s longest running fire and Flow Arts Festival, FireDrums.  Happening May 31st - June 4th, 2018.  He hopes to see lots of friendly HJF faces in this year’s Fire Circle.


WEBSITE - www.kevinaxtell.com

FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=776841472

INSTAGRAM - https://www.instagram.com/propartistry

CLUB MOTION - https://www.facebook.com/ClubMotionJuggling

FIREDRUMS - http://www.firedrums.org

THE FIREWALKING CENTER - http://www.thefirewalkingcenter.com

Kyle Johnson

was born and raised in California. He learned to juggle at the age of 14. His years have been spent improving, performing, and teaching juggling. He has been featured on the list of "Top 40 Jugglers Of The Year" three times, voted "Most Inspirational Juggler" by his peers on two occasions, and is certified by the International Jugglers' Association to teach children to juggle.

Richard Hartnell


Richard Hartnell is among the most distinguished American contact jugglers.

From the fundamentals to the far reaches, Richard has a grasp of contact juggling technique that repeatedly brings him to stages worldwide. In 2008, Richard was a co-founder of the Bellingham Circus Guild in northwest Washington State. In 2009, he relocated to the Vulcan, a collective of movement artists in Oakland, California, to perform full-time. He is currently on an ongoing tour around the world, both solo and as a member of various troupes.

"...a sorcerer"
"...one of my favorites at the European Juggling Convention"
"...in the very top percent of contact jugglers, skill wise"


Trish The Dish

Tricia Riel..."Trish The Dish" has been involved in creative pursuits of all kinds since her first big role as a snowflake at age 5.  She has a Bachelor's degree from the Visual & Performing Arts School at Syracuse University in NY, a Masters Degree in Acting and Theatre Arts from Humboldt State University in CA, training in Dell Arte’, modern dance, tap, drumming, & more.  For over 15 years, she worked as an on-camera Acting Coach at "Kids on Camera.” Trish spent years in the performance art scene in San Francisco (working with “Contraband” & “The Wise Fool Puppet Intervention.”)  She is a SAG/AFTRA Actor and has worked on numerous films (Acting, as a Voice-Over Talent, Dialect Coaching, and as an Assistant Director on features).  Trish trained in Trapeze & Trampoline at “The San Francisco Circus Center,” enjoys Stage Combat, & has taught Partner Acrobatics at HSU, at “Om Shala Yoga Studio,” and at other locations.  Trish is quite the “organizational talent.”  She is the General Manager at Om Shala Yoga Studio & has been The Public Show Coordinator & Local Donations Coordinator for “The Humboldt Juggling Festival” for a # of years.  She has been a physical coach at "Circus Smirkus" in Vermont, directed the Circus Camp at “Island Gymnastics” on Martha’s Vineyard, and has taught Physical Comedy, Hat Tricks, & Acrobatics at Wavy Gravy’s “Camp WinnaRainbow.”  She has also headed numerous theatrically based after school programs in Northern California, Rhode Island, & in the SF Bay Area.  Trish “The Dish” juggles, intermittently works as a clown, does contact improvisation, and speaks German (as well as some Spanish).  She is the author of the wildly successful “Zephrum Gates” series (young adult fiction inspired by the Harry Potter books).  She has an amazing cat, a performing dog, and she can write while she sleeps.  She also has a trapeze in her living room.  Wooga Wooga!

A’okay & Nanny Nature

Bede and Denise (A’okay & Nanny Nature) combine their experience in leading educational programs for schools, science centers, and summer camps with their talent for teaching creative play. This is how they create the magic of “Circus Nature.” Circus Nature’s mission is to promote healing and teaching with cooperative play.

Their blend of storytelling with role-play, their enlightening performances, and their ability to inspire new games from free play has delighted participants and audiences of all ages. They offer entertaining programs at schools, camps, community events, parties, and festivals. These two fantastically whimsical artists bring the circus and toys from their home in the mountains above Willow Creek, California. They perform everywhere people play together & inspire all to be “A’okay.”