Felicity Hesed is a Clown, Aerialist, Actor, and Director. She delights and surprises viewers with her vibrant characters, technical skill, and audience interaction. After graduating magna cum laude from Kalamazoo College with a Bachelors in Theater, Felicity began acting professionally in Chicago. Her acting credits include performing with in the long-running hit show BS: An Improvised Parody of ER with the Free Associates at the Royal George Theater. Felicity also pursued her Master in Teaching, graduated summa cum laude from DePaul University.
Felicity discovered circus while in Chicago and proceeded to train with legendary circus families including the Flying Gaonas and the Wallendas. Felicity combined her theater and circus training to create and direct ground-breaking theatrical circus productions, including The Tangerine Family Circus and The Tempest: A Magical Circus.
Felicity moved to San Francisco to attend the celebrated Clown Conservatory Program. Felicity trained with world famous Circus greats including: Acrobatics with Master Lu Yi, Clowning with Jeff Raz, Trapeze with Elena Panova, and Juggling with Judy Finelli. Felicity has developed a unique style of clowning that incorporates acrobatic prowess, physical comedy, and theatrical storytelling.
Felicity has performed with renowned Bay Area companies including The Pickle Family Circus and Teatro ZinZanni. Felicity can regularly be seen performing at the Circus Center Cabaret under the direction of the illustrious Steve Smith as well as in innovative children’s theater productions at Children’s Fairyland.
Felicity was featured as a leading artist in her field in the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival. Felicity was a special guest performer in the Tenth National Golden Chrysanthemum Competition for Acrobatics and International Humor Art Week. Felicity was a favorite this year at Seattle’s Moisture Festival. Felicity recently premiered her first solo theatrical clown show, Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto, at the San Francisco International Arts Festival.
As a Director, Felicity specializes in incorporating character and narrative with circus and physicality. Felicity’s directing credits include The Tempest: A Magical Circus in Chicago, Ottavio Canestrelli’s A Clown Without a Circus, The Monkey King: A Circus Adventure, Lyle the Crocodile with Bay Area Children’s Theater, and Circus Addiction at Circus Center.