Big Apple Circus fan favorite with the fastest feet north of FiDi, 79-year-old comedic acrobat and NYU and Julliard professor Hovey Burgess is AS NEW YORK AS IT GETS. After having taught circus arts for exactly 100 semesters at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting program (1966-2017), Hovey retired from teaching to, of course, focus on his performance career. Known as the “King of Circus,” Hovey has performed on every inch of the city at various underground, above-ground, and ground-level New York performance venues, entertaining locals and tourists alike. He created, directed, and performed with the Circo Dell’Arte. He taught at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and at the Ultimate Clown School. He wrote the book on circus. Literally. It’s called “Circus Techniques” (1976) and it is still in print. Hovey choreographed and appeared in the motion picture “Popeye,” starring Robin Williams, one of his former Juilliard students. He is
the recipient of the Red Skelton Award: Gifted Mentor to Clown Theatre Artists, the International Jugglers’ Association’s Excellence in Education Award, City Lore People’s Hall of Fame Award for Mentoring a New Generation of Circus Artists, the Downtown Clown Golden Nose Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Circus Now Lifetime Achievement Award.