Joshua Shack (Joska) After seeing his first circus, Josh decided to become a clown at the age of three. He began by performing his solo show at many local events, and from 2000-2003 he spent his summers touring with Circus Smirkus, the award-winning international youth circus; becoming Boss Clown in 2003. In 2004 he toured the U.S. with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. He has taught circus arts for the Providence Circus School and was a consultant for the Commedia Dell’ Arte play The King Stag at Boston College. He directed, co-wrote and designed the clown play Out of Orbit in NYC. To benefit Circus Smirkus he conceived, directed, co-produced and performed in An Evening of Circus & Music. For Theater in the Open he has co-directed Harlequin Mother Goose: A Higgledy Piggledy Panto; Cinderella in December: A Frozen Fairytale Panto; Pied Piper’s Parade; and A Christmas Carol Panto. He is currently the Big Top Tour Production Manager and a School Residency Artist for Circus Smirkus. He also loves cooking, art, and ice cream.
Joy Powers (Joyka) Joy Powers makes up the entire female third of the Piccolini Trio. She loves circus and clowning, and first became interested in these things after seeing Circus Smirkus at age 13. After attending Smirkus camp, she auditioned for the Circus Smirkus Tour, in which she performed for two seasons. Joy has toured the country as a clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. She is a featured in and narrates Signe Taylor’s acclaimed documentary “Circus Dreams.” Besides performing, Joy enjoys knitting, hip hop, carrot cake, and graphic novels. She loves communicating with people of other languages and cultures. Her mom says she is the best clown ever.
John Stork (Sergio) began his training in circus arts at age thirteen with Zina & Valodia Augustov, former Soviet acrobats with the Moscow State Circus. He has perform with Circus Smirkus, SeaWorld, The Midnight Circus, The Second City, and on his own as a professional busker. He played “The Handyman” in the clown play Out of Orbit in NYC. In the summer of 2010 he was the star of Yakov Smirnoff’s Moscow Circus, playing the main character “Andrei The Clown”. John appears alongside Taylor Lautner and Pat Morita in the independent film “Shadow Fury”, as the lead villain “Kismet”, performing many of his own stunts and fight choreography. He has also appeared on television, once again performing many of his own stunts and martial-arts choreography, starring as “Goku” from Dragonball-Z in a national Burger King commercial, as “Hyper-Strike” on Sci-Fi Channel & Stan Lee’s “Who Wants To Be A Superhero?” and performing his comedy-martial-arts-acrobatic-board-breaking act on Comedy Central.