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Tristan Cunningham Tristan Cunningham, Clown Instructor

Tristan started performing when she was only ten with Vermont's own country circus, Circus Smirkus. After touring for eight years, she changed her focus to acting and graduated from S.U.N.Y Purchase Acting Conservatory. Professionally, Tristan performs extensively and frequently throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including with Circus Bella, California Shakespeare Theater, The Aurora Theater, New Pickle Circus, Circus for the Arts, The San Francisco Mime Troupe, and African American Shakespeare Company. Her credits include "Julius Caesar" with African American Shakespeare Company, "The Road to Hades" with Shotgun Players, "Tenderloin" with The Cutting Ball Theater, "A Midsummer Nights Dream" with The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, "The Arsonists" at The Aurora Theater, and "A Winters Tale", "Comedy of Errors", "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Life is a Dream" at California Shakespeare Theater, and "And I and Silence" at Magic Theatre, and "Tree" and "1-2-3" at SF Playhouse. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. Tristan teaches and directs at the Gritty City Youth Repertory Theater' working with underserved teens in Oakland, CA. She has served as the Director for the Circus Center Summer Camp, a teaching artist with the Arts Education Project, and as a lead teacher for Prescott Circus Theater. As a teacher, Tristan is recognized for her ability to instill children with a strong sense of self confidence and body awareness through clowning and circus arts.