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My name is Lindsay Surmacz, and I wanted to be many things when I grew up including a circus performer. I finally took the dive into circus arts in 2017, and now, I consider myself part artist, part mad scientist, and a staunch proponent of STEAM education. Oh, and I'm a percussionist. I have worked in theatre since I was old enough to hold a paintbrush; and I have been holding drumsticks since I saw STOMP! live at age 8.

Black and white photo of a female percussionist seated on the floor while juggling and playing with drumsticks on a top hat.

My name is Lindsay Surmacz, and I want to be many things when I grow up. A picture of my career thus far is more like a mosaic comprising a deep background in music and theatre, a degree in creative writing, a certificate in digital media, more than a decade spent in informal science education, and a dream of being a circus performer. I finally took the dive into circus arts in 2017, and now, I consider myself part artist, part mad scientist, and, in general, a proponent of coordinated confusion. 

My main creative inspirations involve confluence. I'm a percussionist and a character actor who juggles, so it was only a matter of time before I wondered what would happen if I tried percussive juggling in character. What followed was a lot of trial and error, a lot of "Happy Birthday" videos, and an idea to build a brand whose name derives from my pet name for my niece (Punkin' Pie). Another interdisciplinary pursuit close to my heart is

The Starry Messenger, an educational outreach initiative through which I teach young learners science and literacy through circus arts.

Circus has a way of challenging your expectations. As this journey unfolds, I continually find myself looking down a path that looks very different from the one I long-thought to see ahead. Regardless of where this experiment takes me, I remain hungry yet humble and always eager to uncover the next adventure circus has waiting for me.