Photo by Nina Mouritzen
Jennifer Miller truly is one of a kind: she is a playwright, performer and associate professor of performance at Pratt Institute (New York). In addition, she is the founder of Circus Amok. And she is a juggler and fire eater as well! Circus Amok is a circus-theatre company based in New York, whose mission is to provide free public art, addressing contemporary issues of social justice, to the people of New York City. The group performs its funny, queer, sexy and political spectacles throughout the city. Circus Amok invites the audience to envision a more empowered life of community interaction while enjoying a queer celebratory spectacle.
Jennifer Miller is the recipient of the 2008 Ethyl Eichelberger Award. Her work with Circus Amok was awarded a “Bessie” (a New York Dance and Performance Award) in 1995 and an OBIE in 2000. Circus Amok is the subject of a French documentary film, “Un Cirque a New York” 2002 and Brazilian documentary, “Juggling Politics” 2004.
As a dancer, Miller has performed with Cathy Weis, Jeff Weis, Jenny Monson, John Jasperse, Johanna Boyce, Doug Elkins, They Won’t Shut Up, and many more. She had a seven year stint on the Coney Island Sideshow by the Seashore. She toured in the United States and abroad with her solo shows Morphadyke and Free Toasters Everyday. She is the author of Cracked Ice or The Jewels of the Forbidden Skates and The Golden Racket.
On November 10th 2016, Jennifer Miller teaches the workshop ‘Big and Loud’ and gives the lecture ‘Playing the Parks – 20 years of Circus Amok in NYC’. Watch the lecture here.