Meet our Exciting Circus Place Team!


Our coaches and are incredible performers and dedicated teachers. Our office staff is knowledgeable and helpful. 


Our Awesome Coaches.


Amelia Wieger
Lead Coach
and Camp Director
Specialty: Hooping, Silks, Act Creation
Devon Light-Wills
Lead Coach
Aerials and Acro
Specialty: Trapeze, Lyra, Balance Skills, Acrobatics
Jackie Zalewski
Aerials Coach
Jackie has been coaching circus for almost 10 years. Some of her past teaching credits include guest coaching at Circus Juventas and Circus Smirkus as well as being the Youth Aerial Coordinator at The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. She currently also coaches at Secret Circus in Philadelphia. She has also performed all over the place as an aerialist and was chosen twice as a finalist at the Denver Aerial Acrobatic competition as well as recently being chosen to participate in the 48 Hour Project as part of Moment circus festival in Chicago.
Alex VanDriesen
Lead Coach
Specialty: Juggling
Jessie Schadt
Aerials Coach
Jessie is a lifelong artist, athlete and fitness enthusiast. She fell into the world of circus when she discovered hoop dance at neighborhood block party. Jessie has been hoop dancing professionally (both teaching and performing) since 2010. She also teaches/performs a variety of circus and aerial arts including poi, flags, circus manipulations, balance props, aerial silks, aerial rope, and more! She has experience teaching students of all ages!
Olivia Musanti
Acro and Tumbling
Olivia comes to us with 11 years of competitive dance, tumbling and flexibility training experience. She currently teaches all types of dance and acrobatics and will be joining us an Assistant Coach in Acro Troupe and lead Tumbling Coach in Jr. Troupe.
Melissa Spero
Unicycle and Partner Acro
Melissa has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching for the past two. She has developed a passion for acrobatics and has taught many workshops throughout NJ. We are excited to have her as a coach at Circus Place!
Richard Kennison
Juggling Coach Youth Troupe
Circus Place is thrilled to announce the addition of esteemed juggling coach, Richard Kennison to our staff! Coach Richard spent the last 2 decades as head juggling coach at Circus Harmony in St. Louis. He is presently the co-juggling coach at the newly opened Circadium-America's only university level circus school. Throughout his years, Coach Richard has trained award winning jugglers including Tony Pezzo, Thom Wall, Delaney Bayles and Kellin Quinn.

Our Amazing Administrative Staff.


Sharyn Brandman
Owner and Executive Director
Matt Dranzik
Assistant Director
Matt has a MFA in Physical Theatre from Academia dell'Arte, a school located in Arezzo, Italy, and a BA in Theatre with a double minor in Dance and Physics from Bucknell University. During his program in Europe, he trained at FLIC Scuola di Circo, a circus school in Torino, Italy, in partner acrobatics, aerial, circus performance, and clowning. Since graduating, he has directed, created and performed diverse work across the country. He also teaches various forms of performance; including mask work, puppetry, and Commedia dell'Arte.
Fran Desesso
Office Manager
Lynn Lombardo
Workshop/Party Coordinator
Lynn is a born performer. Her first starring role was in First Grade as Ms. Weathergirl. She studied dance and gymnastics for 20 years, and she started her involvement with circus at the age of 44 when her daughter became interested in Aerial Arts at Circus Place. Lynn has focused on Lyra for the past 2 years and loves to perform at birthday parties and Circus Place variety shows. In addition, Lynn holds a BA in Economics and a CDA in child development. Lynn loves creating wonderful birthday party and workshop experiences for groups of all ages!