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Circus Smirkus Names Steve MacQueen as Executive Artistic Director


Michele Levy
President of the Board, Circus Smirkus

Circus Smirkus Names Steve MacQueen as Executive Artistic Director

After an extensive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG), nationally-known youth circus organization Circus Smirkus has named Steve MacQueen Executive Artistic Director. In this new role, MacQueen will provide strategic and artistic oversight for the entire Smirkus organization and promote a culture centered on excellence, innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

MacQueen was most recently Artistic Director at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Over the course of his 24 years as an arts administrator, he has also been the Director of Florida State University’s Opening Nights festival, Director of the Porter Center for the Performing Arts at Brevard College, and Marketing Manager and Jazz Curator at Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Circus Smirkus board president Michele Levy commented that, “We looked far and wide to find an accomplished, creative leader who could help advance our ambitious goals—we were delighted to find Steve right here in Vermont! The search committee was impressed with his reputation as an arts and community leader, and with his clear passion for the Smirkus mission. As we look towards our 35th summer, I am thrilled to welcome Steve to the Smirkus community!”

“I’m delighted to join Circus Smirkus and work with this fabulous team to maintain the organization’s invaluable traditions, while also collaborating with the staff and board to thoughtfully move Smirkus forward,” stated MacQueen. “This past decade has taught me that, though I may be from Florida, Vermont is my home — I’m just thrilled to be able to put my skills and years of experience to work for such a beloved Vermont institution.”

About Circus Smirkus

Circus Smirkus is a world-renowned, nonprofit circus arts organization that inspires kids of all ages to develop artistic, athletic, and life skills through the power of performance. Its three programs—Residencies, Smirkus Camp, and Big Top Tour—blend the best of circus tradition and contemporary practice to create immersive experiences that challenge kids to perform and live to the very best of their abilities. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in a 150-year-old farmhouse on a 38-acre parcel in Greensboro, Vermont, Smirkus has united circus artists from 32 countries and raised more than $2 million for other community organizations. Learn more: