Avner the Eccentric is an internationally touring performer who makes his year-round home on Peaks Island. His performances have delighted audiences throughout Europe, Asia, South America as well as becoming a hit of the 1984-1985 Off-Broadway season. He is perhaps best known as the lovable holy man, the “Jewel” in The Jewel of the Nile, co-starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Before becoming a world-class performer, Avner trained for two years in Paris under master-teacher Jacques LeCoq. In addition to his performances, Avner currently teaches clowning workshops all over the world, including an annual two-week event at the Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine.
The Hadacol Bouncers play the music of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Louis Armstrong and more. The music is a fun hybrid of New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Style Jazz, novelty songs and other classics from the great American songbook. Hadacol has a traditional line up of banjo/tenor guitar, piano, tuba, drums, trombone, soprano sax/clarinet and trumpet/cornet. The music is fresh and bright and great for dancing!
Janoah Bailin traveled New England for two seasons with the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. During summers Janoah teaches the precarious skills of letting things fall and picking them up again at the Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro, MA. For the rest of the year he teaches students near Portland, ME how to juggle, perform and drop things playfully. Janoah also performs variety arts and unicycling for festivals, in parades and on stages; presents his contemporary solo circus show: SpinS; and manages kids classes at Studio 408 Dance in South Portland
Sharoan Cohen began her training when she was 11 at Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans. She was a member of the New Orleans Youth Ballet and regularly danced in production with Delta Festival Ballet. She spent a year as a BFA Ballet major at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, then went on to graduate from Marlboro College in Vermont with a BA in Dance and Literature. While in Vermont Sharoan taught ballet and pointe at the Brattleboro School of Dance and taught dance classes as adjunct at Marlboro College.
Norman Ng (Pronounced “ing”) has been performing his exciting and unique brand of magic throughout North America for over 24 years. He has performed for millions of people live, on TV and on the internet. His show has been featured in 48 US States, Canada, and on the TV Show, Penn and Teller Fool Us on the CW Network. Norman has also gained national recognition in the magic and performing arts community. In 2011 he was named “America’s Best Variety Act,” by Campus Activities Magazine.
Naked Shakespeare performs the works of the Bard in modern contexts in order to encourage audiences to re-experience Shakespeare’s language and imagery. Their work showcases the Bard’s text through performances presented without sets, lights and costumes, allowing the audience’s imagination to take center stage.
Martin Steingesser’s poems whisper, shout and occasionally slam. He’s author of two books of poems, Brothers of Morning and The Thinking Heart: the Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum. Individual poems have appeared in many publications, including The Sun, The Progressive and the Humanist magazines and in literary journals such as American Poetry Review, Ohio Review, Poetry East and Hanging Loose. Some have won awards, most recently the Betsy Sholl Award 2013 and First Place for an individual poem in Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance’s Literary Awards 2008. He was Portland’s first Poet Laureate, 2007-09. He has performed throughout the state and New England, taught poetry workshops in Maine for 34 years and was awarded the Maine Alliance for Arts Education’s Bill Bonyun Award 2006 “for exemplified talent and professionalism as an artist and contributions to arts education.”