Jennifer Devereaux Ellington, Camp Director, is a proud co-founder of 888 Monkeys SAP. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a BA in Theatre Arts and English. Jennifer has performed, directed and designed with several Bay Area Theatre groups including West Valley Light Opera, Saratoga Drama Group, Theatreworks and Studio Theatre of California. Most recently, she finished Noises Off with South Valley Civic Theatre. Next up: one acts with Limelight Theatre. She is a founding member of Walking Sideways Theatre Company and teaches and directs the Theatre program at Bret Harte Middle School in San José Unified School District. Bret Harte will present Fiddler on the Roof under her direction in May.
Carlo Gentile, Program Administration, has been teaching circus arts to children and adults since 1994. He has performed with Circus Flora and toured with the Royal Lichtenstein Circus as a clown, juggler, unicyclist and diabolo artist. Carlo is a charter member of the American Youth Circus Organization.
Singing and dancing since age 3, Orlene Gentile started her work as an educator by teaching Filipino folk dance in 1990. She cut her teeth as a variety entertainer on the streets of India, Vietnam and the back woods of Thailand. She has taught circus, gymnastics and dance since 1999. She is a Past-President and Festival Co-Director of the American Youth Circus Organization.
Together, Orlene & Carlo have been teaching and directing circus programs for the past eleven years. In 2002, Carlo and Orlene founded Fool Time Circus, an ensemble of teachers/performing artists dedicated to building confidence and expanding life choices through recreational circus arts. Both are graduates of Santa Clara University and the San Francisco Circus Center's Clown Conservatory. But, it took multiple trips to China for the perfection of their foot juggling number. [photos | video | facebook] Since creating that act, they’ve toured the USA coast to coast on the Zoppé Family Circus multiple seasons, Switzerland's Circus Monti in 2007, and, most recently, Krystallpalast Varieté.