Meet Our Camp Staff
For over 30 years, Smirkus Camp has been welcoming campers of all ages to run away with the circus. Smirkus Camp staff come from all walks of life, from circus arts and performing to teaching, childcare, and healthcare. With boundless energy and depth of personality, counselors, coaches, and camp staff bring passion for Circus Smirkus’ mission, a sense of fun, and love of their work to their interactions with campers, camp families, and staff.
★ William Forchion, Summer Camp Director
William was born and raised in Hammonton, New Jersey and is a graduate of Hammonton High School. He went on to graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and received a B.S. in Metaphysics from The American Institute of Holistic Theology.
William discovered the joy of performing while in high school where he participating in school musicals and the marching band. Mr. Forchion’s performing career has taken him around the world performing with many acclaimed companies such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Pickle Family Circus and Cirque du Soleil.
William’s acting and circus training made for a smooth transition to stunt work for film and television. As an actor and stuntman William has been highlighted in numerous television and film productions. In 2017 William made two trips to Turkmenistan as a U.S. State Department Cultural Exchange Ambassador representing Circus Arts.
When he is not writing or editing or otherwise producing film and television works in his Brattleboro, Vermont studio William does what he loves best and is dad to 3 beautiful children. William seeks every opportunity possible to pursue his mission to entertain, inspire, educate and innovate. Read more about William.
★ Amira Silverman, Assistant Camp Director
Amira Silverman is a Vermonter born and raised. She spent her first summer at Smirkus as an 11 year old camper, fell in love with the lyra, and has been returning ever since. Having worked as a counselor for the past two summers, Amira is excited to take on the role of Assistant Camp Director and has been hard at work with the other camp staff planning a magical summer under the tents.
During the year Amira is an undergraduate student at Skidmore College, studying Sociology, Intergroup Relations, and Spanish. When not circusing or studying, you can find Amira climbing, hiking, taking photographs, and eating Annie’s Mac and Cheese.
★ Mariah Fraker, Activities Coordinator
Mariah first attended Smirkus Camp as a camper in 2007. Beginning in 2014, Mariah has worked at camp every summer since and has had many different jobs, including counselor, coach, dishwasher and veggie-chopper, layover-mommy, and activities coordinator. Mariah loves camp more than anything. When not at camp, Mariah can either be found traveling, or working and keeping constantly busy with fun activities, such as musical theater or musical chairs.