Cindy Marvell

Cindy Marvell began juggling as a teenager in New York from school shows to gigs at festivals and on stage. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B. A. with honors in 1988 and in 2016 completed the MFA screenwriting program at Full Sail University. In 1989 she became the first woman ever to win the International Juggling Association’s Championship. She toured as a cast member with the Off Broadway show Lazer Vaudeville from 1994-2010 including shows in Singapore, England, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Alaska, and North America. Her solo work has taken her to Europe, Japan, and ex-Soviet Georgia. In the early 90s she joined San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus with director Larry Pisoni, performing at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Guthrie Theater, and Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park. She studied dance at the Limon Institute and the Isadora Duncan Foundation, performing with Howard Fireheart’s dance theater company in the East Village. New York shows include Bouncing Back at the Dance Theater Workshop, Ladyfingers at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Young People’s Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, Sesame Street and the N.Y. Renaissance Festival. She has won two Groundhog Awards (the first solo woman) and a team silver medal at the IJA with the trio Darn, Good and Funny. She is co-founder of the Boulder Circus Center and has also taught at the Big Apple Circus School. DVDs include A Juggling Journey (I & II), Trailblazers: Women Who Juggle, Lazer Vaudeville Off Broadway, and Juggling for Japan (available on to benefit earthquake response). She has written a young adult novel, “Shadow Princess: An Indonesian Story” with puppeteer Tamara Fielding. This performance adventure story is available on and the Barnes & Noble website. She performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland with Freedom Family Circus twice and was featured in David Michelak’s Slow Dance. She has a son, Theo, who works his way into variety acts.

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