2022 Artist & Entertainers

Stacy Everson

Stacy Everson

Palm Theater Performer

Stacy Everson’s love for aerial dance found her on the island of Kauai, enthralled by spatial play upon witnessing the abilities of the human body through a Cirque de Soleil performance.

Searching for the new and innovative in aerial representation is her goal. However, her true joy comes from teaching others not to be merely spectators but actual participants.

She has been performing for seven years throughout Colorado in California and beyond at Envision stage in Costa Rica.

Katie Shewbridge

Katie Shewbridge

Palm Theater Performer

Katie, dancer with the Telluride Dance Collective, has been dancing since she was young, and recently rediscovered her passion for dancing when she moved to Telluride six years ago. She has performed, competed, and choreographed many shows in her dancing career. She is so happy to have joined TDC, as it is what she had been searching for all along—an empowering, supportive community of dancing for FUN with many opportunities to share her art. She will be performing Dec. 2! at the Palm Theater. Photo by Dustin Miles

Anneke Dean

Anneke Dean

Violinist

Anneke grew up in Denver and started playing the violin at the age of eight. She studied at Denver School of the Arts under the tutelage of the Moscow String Quartet’s first violinist, Eugenia Alikhanova. She holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts where she studied with Almita Vamos, MingHuan Xu, and Frank Almond. Anneke was exclusively playing classical music for the majority of her career. While in Chicago, she started exploring other genres including jazz and mariachi. Since moving to the Telluride area in 2018, she has worked with numerous local musicians exploring country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, improvisation, classical, and more. Anneke joined the band, Birds of Play, in the summer of 2020 and tours full time with them.

Dan Gundrum

Dan Gundrum

Welding & Digital Projection Artist

Dan Gundrum specializes in immersive digital art through projection mapping, lasers and special effects with his company, Pivotal Effects. He serves the community’s tech needs through his primary company Home Technology Group by installing home automation and lighting control in clients homes. He regularly shares his talent through artist workshops and holds an annual welding workshop for Rocky Mountain Arts. Dan is the Technical Director and Ensemble Member with Telluride Theatre, helping direct the cogs behind the scenes to make the show go on seamlessly. He is an active member at Deep Creek Experimental, and fine tunes his plethora of creations in a studio built in an old limestone mine.

Nate Robertson

Nate Robertson

Fire Artist

Nate started building at age seven for family businesses. He completed a welding certification program in 2012 and has spent the past decade incorporating all he learned into fabrication methods and processes, building everything from roller coasters to 60-ton stainless steel pressure vessels and everything in between. Nate connected with the NM’s Burning Man Regional in 2019, and fell in love. Now, he is a Board Member! He says, “I’ll never stop making large scale fire art until the day I die if I have anything to say about it.” The Installation, Hex Machina comes to the Festival with his partner Garrett.

Jeff Paley

Jeff Paley

Palm Theater Performer

An environmental engineer bitten by the circus bug at a climbing gym, Jeff Paley is now a multi-disciplined circus performer based in Boulder, CO. He is excited to share his love of stilt walking and Dragon Staff at the Telluride Fire Festival this year and honored to be performing with such amazing talent on Friday night at the Palm Theater.

Dave Mechtly

Dave Mechtly

Fire Artist

You may remember Paphiopendulum, pictured above, which was showcased here in 2019. Dave is a Denver-based artist, fabricator, master electrician, musician, and welder. He has contributed to the Colorado art community with large sculptural works for nearly five years. Dave is coming back this year with his awe-inspiring Tree Of Life. Attendees will be able to make the leaves flame into the night sky on Saturday night.

Ashley Higgs

Ashley Higgs

Fire Performer & Aerial Silk/Lyra Instructor

Ashley began her circus life in 2010 at the Detroit Fly House out of Detroit, MI. With almost 5 years of practice, she joined the Detroit Circus troupe in performances for a year before taking a step back from aerial. It was then that Ashley discovered her love for the dragon staff and all things fire! After moving to Mancos, CO in 2016 Ashley was inspired once again and joined Alpine Aerial Acrobatics in 2021 where she is now a substitute teacher and teaching assistant! Ashley will be teaching aerial silks and lyra workshops as well as performing Saturday night.

John Beck

John Beck

Palm Theater Performer, Fire Performer

John Beck is a Circus and Fire performer who loves flowing in all ways! He started with poi and slowly fell in love with all flow props. He is a master in moving the body with aerial straps, cyr wheel, acro yoga, and partner acrobatics! John is grateful for the community and always learning. We are thrilled to have him back for 2022.

Maciej Mrotek

Maciej Mrotek

Fire Performer Lead

Maciej Mrotek started “Dance of the Sacred Fire in 2001 after performing fire around the world. He and his team perform fire shows for events like the Ringing Brothers Annual Ball, Aspen Bud Light, RedBull and Ozzy Motley. This will be Maciej’s 8th year performing and directing our fabulous group of fire performers.

Emma Boone

Emma Boone

Aerial Silk/Lyra Instructor & Palm Theater Performer

Growing up as a gymnast and a dancer, Emma has always loved to be in the air and move creatively. She began her aerial training at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts and brings over 15 years of aerial and acrobatics obsession to the Telluride Fire Festival. Her main disciplines include trapeze, aerial silks, lyra, hand balancing and partner acrobatics. She is passionate about building inclusive and creative communities through circus education and performance art. Emma currently trains and teaches classes at Alpine Aerial Acrobatics in Durango, which has been her circus home for the past four years. She will be teaching a few of the free workshops as well as performing on Friday night.

Niel Ringstad

Niel Ringstad

Fire Art

Originally from NYC, Niel is distinguished as a 32-year Telluride local, living for his first 10-years in a ski-bum shack of 72 square-feet. Though a graphic designer at heart and an accomplished painter, Niel has graciously built six towering sculptural works (out of clean, salvaged lumber) for the Festival, which have been the cornerstones of Fire on the Mountain from 2016 to 2021. We welcome him back this year again, as one of the trio of artists for this year’s reimagined event at the end of the box canyon.

Val Russell

Val Russell

Aerial Silk/Lyra Instructor

Val has spent more than 20 years teaching pilates, yoga, and aerial arts. An acclaimed circus-arts performer herself, she also owns and manages Alpine Aerial Acrobatics, a circus-arts school and performance company. Val has a deep appreciation for the trapeze and working with individuals with previous injury or limited abilities to gain confidence in the air! Val will be teaching four free workshops along with Emma and Ashley at the local library.

Rikki Morehouse

Rikki Morehouse

Palm Theater Performer

Rikki is a passionate and dedicated performer, teacher, and designer of things. She is also a contortionist-hand balancing-aerialist clown, and one of the creators of SacCirque, a Sacramento-based collective of circus and flow artists (saccirque.com). She currently lives in Paonia, CO, where she has formed a performance organization called Homestead Circus Productions with her partner Dominic Del Signore. You can read more about Rikki here: http://www.rikkimorehouse.com/

Homestead Circus Productions

Homestead Circus Productions

Palm Theater Show

Homestead Circus Productions is a Colorado-based company on the western slope focused on evolving circus entertainment, culture, and education, while pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus everywhere. This is their second year collaborating with Rocky Mountain Arts for the Friday, Dec. 4 show at the Palm Theater.

Dominic Del Signore

Dominic Del Signore

Fire Performer & Palm Theater Performer

Circus performer Dominic Del Signore shares the art of object manipulation in western Colorado. He has recently displayed his acts at Carbondale’s Mountain Fair and the Telluride Fire Festival. As Co-Founder of Homestead Circus Productions with his partner RIkki Morehouse, Dominic practices a multiplicity of skill toys. Constantly expanding upon the visually elusive practice of balance and isolation, he brings an element of mystery and playfulness to all his performances. Photo by Scott London.

Keith D’Angelo

Keith D’Angelo

Fire Art

Keith has participated in the fire festival many times. You may remember Keith’s flaming 30-foot long LOVE, which burned at the top of the ski resort in 2018. This year, the 10-year veteran of Burning Man join’s us with two flaming sculptures: "My Heart’s On Fire" and the interactive "Agni", both on display at Resurrection. Roots run deep for Keith in Telluride, his family has been in the area since the 1880’s. He has been making public sculpture since his high school years and has public art installations in Carbondale, Aspen, and Telluride. He feels blessed for the fact that he can contribute to the Telluride Fire Festival again and looks forward to showing guests how to interactively participate in fire artistry.

Casey Moore

Casey Moore

LED Art

Casey Moore has been creating magic full-time since 2018. "It all started with Leggos", he says. He designs everything from walnut tables, to interactive propane fired art, to printed scales and LED Shoulder Armor! His Truffu LED a Tree will be on display Saturday night at the Festival.

Beth Henshaw

Beth Henshaw

Partner Hoop Workshop Instructor

Beth Henshaw is an accomplished hoop instructor, having taught for five years. Beth will be teaching partner hooping with Stephanie Brown at the library on Saturday at 1pm Participants will learn how to hula hoop with a partner— playing around with passes, jumps, and rolls.

Colin Sullivan

Colin Sullivan

Festival MC

Colin, well-known for his years as the Telluride Theatre’s Executive Director, has appeared in Telluride Theatre productions since 2008. He’s trained at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s professional apprenticeship program, the Michael Chekhov Institute, Double Edge Theatre, and the SITI Company. This will be his fourth year as the Festival’s MC. He looks forward to entertaining you in between acts at the Palm Theater.

Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown

Partner Hoop Instructor

Stephanie Brown, a multi-prop flow artist based out of Denver, CO. She will be teaching the partner hooping workshop at the library on Saturday at 1pm with Beth Henshaw.

Ellen Bator

Ellen Bator

Palm Theater Performer

Ellen Bator is a dancer, choreographer, and visual artist, who currently resides in the Denver area. She began her dance training at Joel Hall dance studio in Chicago, IL, where she was inspired by the company’s ability to mix different styles of dance along with it’s acceptance of all identities, ethnicities, body types, and ages. Ellen spent 16 years performing and teaching in Chicago, Denver, Telluride, and Las Vegas, before she began to combine visual arts with her choreography, which is now an integral part of her elaborate and playful work.

Jenna Wirtz

Jenna Wirtz

The Saturday Night Finalé

Jenna has been performing with fire fans, dragon staff, and poi at festivals for many years with Dance of the Sacred Fire. She is an annual participant at Telluride Fire Festival! Come watch Jenna perform Saturday night!

Vera Sizintseva

Vera Sizintseva

Fire Performer & Instructor

Vera is a Russian circus and flow performer based in Denver, CO. She has spent six years learning and teaching flow arts, her favorite prop is dragon staff. Vera will be performing as well as teaching free workshops at the library for the Festival. She loves performing and teaching dragon staff.

Garrett Briones

Garrett Briones

Fire Art

Born and raised in New Mexico, Garrett started woodworking with his father as a child. A knack for things running smoothly also inspired his degree in Flowology, focusing on making sure every aspect of life and work was streamlined for success. His true passion for fabrication began when he discovered tiny living, especially school bus conversions. He haven‘t stopped learning since. He currently helps with SunBurn, NM’s Regional Burning Man. Garrett leads the DPW Dept. and creates large scale art for the event as well. Making art is his passion and always will be. Garrett and Nate are the team behind Hex Machina for the Festival.

Wanda Valles

Wanda Valles

Fire Performer

Wanda was born in Peru and currently resides in Denver, CO. She has been fire dancing for over four years and has been involved in the flow arts community for eight years. Wanda is also a painter, wood burner, climber, and a loving husky Mom. Our Festival will be her first stop in her adventure with her newly renovated camper. Says Wanda, “I’m excited to share my fire art with this amazing event.”