c/o Commonwealth Circus Center
8 Brookley Rd
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 U.S.A.


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Sophia Herscu

Board Member and Instructor

Sophia graduated from Colorado College in 2011 with degrees in drama and sociology. Following her graduation, she received a Watson Fellowship, which awarded her $25,000 to travel the world studying the ways different communities utilize circus pedagogy in order to work for social justice. She then went to professional aerial dance school in Boulder, Colorado, where she focused on aerial rope and choreography. Prior to moving to Boston in 2014, she performed and taught aerial dance with Iluminar Aerial and Frequent Flyers Productions in Colorado.

Sophia is now a co-founder and co-manager of the Commonwealth Circus Center in Jamaica Plain. She also teaches with Esh Circus Arts in Somerville, MA, and is the co-artistic director of Boston-based physical theater and circus company Spoke Movement Ensemble. In 2015 Sophia received a JUMP Choreography Mentorship with The New Movement Collaborative and a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts for developing choreographers. Sophia graduated in 2015 from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an Ed.M. in Arts in Education and is excited to be joining the Circus Up team!