Lisa B. Lewis, Founder and Executive Director

Lisa began her career with Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She earned a Masters Degree in Clown/Circus History from NYU. During the same period, she co-founded the Super Scientific Circus, a STEAM based series of 6 shows which tour the country using Circus Skills to make science accessible for all learning styles. Simultaneously, she joined the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit and inspired by the efforts to serve new audiences, Lisa became project coordinator for Circus of the Senses, a performance adapted for blind, visually impaired, Deaf, hard of hearing and those with cognitive challenges. Lisa doubled the reach of the program and seeing a need in the community, she spear-headed the Embracing Autism performances.

The new Big Apple Circus engaged her as Director of Community Programs. Lisa expanded both offerings and audiences, created an inclusive training program for staff and supported organization wide inclusive hiring practices.  Community programs became the pinnacle of the brand. With global pandemic comes essential change. It is time for a Bold New Circus.