Coaching Staff

Joel Baker

Joel Baker is a professional performer, circus arts coach, and director, with over two decades of industry experience. After graduating from San Francisco’s Circus Center and their Clown Conservatory program in 2002, Joel launched his career as an acrobatic clown by joining the legendary San Francisco New Pickle Circus. Joel went on to perform in shows across the globe including LOFT by The 7 Fingers and the award- winning Cirque du Soleil production, The Beatles LOVE, the latter with an additional role as Artistic Coach.

Joel’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching eventually drove him to design the Physical Comedy & Connection Workshop. It’s here that he delves into his creative toolbox, helping students of all levels explore what makes them unique and interesting. This emotional and physical exploration allows artists to develop a sense of wonder, humor, and a genuine connection with the audience.

As a Handstand Coach, Joel Baker passes on over 23 years of experience, training as a handstand acrobat, and a student of the legendary Master Lu Yi.

When Joel isn’t busy teaching or performing on stage, he spends his time illustrating his fellow circus performers— each show Joel performs in becomes a new painting in a series of watercolors.

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