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About

Our Founder
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Fanny Kerwich

Fanny is an 8th-generation performer of a well-known French circus family. She is the daughter of Albert Kerwich, a renowned aerialist and circus entrepreneur in Canada. A performer since the age of 6, Fanny attended Annie Fratellini's celebrated National Circus School in Paris and later studied in Moscow under the legendary circus act director, Valentin Gneushev.

Fanny has since performed throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Russia, Canada, India, South America and the Caribbean. Among many other prestigious venues, she has been featured at the world-famous Lido and Moulin Rouge in Paris, Circus Roncalli in Germany, Feld Entertainment's Barnum's Kaleidoscape U.S. Tour, and at San Francisco's internationally renowned Teatro ZinZanni. A highly versatile circus performer, Fanny has performed as an acrobat, aerialist, contortionist, and clown. She has also thrilled audiences with her remarkable hula hoop act.

Fanny has taught circus skills at Dallas International School since 2003 and at Southern Methodist University (S.M.U.). She has choreographed circus skills for Kitchen Dog Theatre's production of Barbette (2002) and Dallas Children’s Theater’s Treasure Island: Reimagined! (2018). In 2005, Fanny created and directed a show for Dallas Scottish Rite, Extravaganza – Le Cirque. In 2015, Fanny was featured with the Dallas Opera in the world premiere of Great Scott, directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien. In 2016, Fanny created and directed Le Petit Lone Star Circus for the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, which was awarded “Best of Loop.”  Also in 2016, Fanny trained and directed Grammy Award-winner Erykah Badu in Bravo!, which marked the music icon’s circus performance debut as an aerialist. 

In 2006, Fanny founded Lone Star Circus Arts Center where she currently serves as Creative and executive Artistic Director of Lone Star Circus® and Lone Star Circus School. For Lone Star Circus, Fanny created and directed shows at Dallas Children’s Theater: Celebration Le Cirque (2007), Celebration Le Cirque (2008), Cirque Banquista! (2009), Cirque Banquisté (2011 & 2012), Charivari (2013), Oh la la (2014), La Fete (2016), Cirque Joyeux (2017) and Forever (2018). Fanny created and directed dinner shows at Moody Gardens: Cirque Joyeux Noel (2016 & 2017), and Cirque Joyeux (2018 & 2019). Fanny created and directed Cirque Holidays (2019) at WaterTower Theatre. Fanny created and directed a tent show, Cirque Kerwich (2019), in downtown Dallas. Most recently, Fanny wrote, created, and directed two virtual circus experiences: a show, Big & Bright (2020) and a movie, Circus Aura (2020).

Lone Star Circus represents Fanny's desire to share her deep passion and love for the circus with children and adults in her adopted home state of Texas. Fanny and her husband, Mark Doyle, are the proud parents of their daughter, Gitana, and son, Garrett.
Our Coaches
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Olga Karima-Spikes

Team Head Coach
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Pavel Karima

Instructor
Classes Coaching - Professional Training (Handstands/ Hand Balancing) 
 
Professional Experience -  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Moscow State Circus, Circus Renz Berlin, and many more
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Truett Adams

Head Coach

Classes Coaching - Kids Circus, Adult Silks
 
Professional Experience - Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, Lone Star Circus
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Shavai Hopkins-Trich

Instructor
Classes Coaching - Kids Circus
 
Professional Experience - Theater
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Stephanie Stewart

Instructor

Classes Coaching - Adult Advanced Silks 
 
Professional Experience - Lone Star Circus, cirque performances around the world
Our Board
Fanny Kerwich
Lone Star Circus Arts Founder and Artistic Director

Mark Doyle
President

Zan Keith
Chairman

Sheila Kelly
Secretary
Dominique Jando

Louise Daubois

Mike McFadden

Xarxe Rust-Stanton

Shawn Storey

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Policy


At Lone Star Circus, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all contractors, employees, and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability, feel valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all our productions, shows, classes, programs, and worksites. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire arts industry of the nonprofit sector, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, Lone Star Circus strives to:

  • See diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensure the well-being of our staff and the arts communities we serve.
  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
  • Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
  • Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.
  • Help to challenge assumptions about what it takes to be a strong leader at our organization, and who is well-positioned to provide leadership.
  • Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, committee, and advisory bodies.
  • Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.
 
Lone Star Circus abides by the following action items to help promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace:
  • Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization by creating substantive learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies.
  • Generate and aggregate quantitative and qualitative research related to equity
    to make incremental, measurable progress toward the visibility of our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. Once the content is curated it will be added to our website so others can access it.
  • Improve our cultural leadership pipeline by creating and supporting programs and policies that foster leadership that reflects the diversity of American society.
  • Pool resources and expand offerings for underrepresented constituents by connecting with other arts organizations committed to diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Develop and present sessions on diversity, inclusion, and equity to provide information and resources internally, and to members, the community, and the arts industry.
  • Develop a system for being more intentional and conscious of bias during the hiring, promoting, or evaluating process. Train our hiring team on equitable practices.
  • Include a salary range commensurate with national circus averages.
  • Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity. Challenge systems and policies that create inequity, oppression, and disparity.
 
Diversity
Diversity is the presence of differences within a given setting. In this case, the workplace is the setting, and the differences typically refer to identity like race and gender, and sometimes ethnicity, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. A person is not diverse. They are unique. They can bring diversity to a group though. You are not looking for a diverse candidate. Diversity is about a collective or a group.
 
Inclusion
Inclusion has to do with people with different identities feeling and/or being valued, leveraged and welcomed within a given setting (whether that is a team, workplace, or industry). Longtime Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion educator, Verna Myers, said: “Diversity is being asked to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” Inclusion is not a natural consequence of diversity. You can have a diverse team of talent, but that does not mean they feel welcomed or valued or are given opportunities to grow.
 
Equity
Equity is an approach that ensures everyone has access to the same opportunities. Equity recognizes that we do not all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist. It is a process that acknowledges uneven starting places and seeks to correct the imbalance. Diversity and inclusion are both outcomes. Equity is not. It refers to the process an organization engages in to ensure that people with marginalized identities can grow, contribute, and develop.

Contact Us

info@lonestarcircus.org
 
(214) 206-1449
Lone Star Circus® provides circus entertainment and is the performing arm of Lone Star Circus Arts Center, a non-profit, Dallas-based educational organization. Lone Star Circus Arts Center’s purpose is to promote circus arts through training, performance and community outreach.

Lone Star Circus Arts Center has an educational arm, 
Lone Star Circus School and a performance arm, Lone Star Circus. Lone Star Circus School provides circus education for children and adults. Lone Star Circus® provides circus entertainment for the community, including corporate and civic events, and for fundraising events for other non-profit organizations. Lone Star Circus Arts Center was incorporated in 2006.
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4207 Simonton Rd
Dallas, TX 75244

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