We are so excited and honored to be able to work with other talented artists throughout Denver and proud to include them in the Rainbow Militia family. Take a moment to browse and revel in the amazing people that make this great city thrive.
Circus, Theater and Dance Artists
Mia grew up performing community theater In Michigan with clowns for parents. When she moved to colorado she started spinning fire with Denvers "COFT" in 2004. In 2006 she moved to Albuquerque performing with "Agni Mirage." After a 7 year hiatus she returns to the stage to join her long time fire sister Ms. Pyro Pixie.
Meri is a circus artist, competitive pole dancer, and general weirdo from Boulder, Colorado and is known for creating unique and innovative apparatus-based performance work. Meri attended and graduated from the Frequent Flyers professional training program in aerial dance in 2015 and has since become a regular performer with Mesmerie Entertainment as well as The Phantom Circus in Denver. She is also a Finding Your Freestyle brand ambassador, a computer science undergrad at CU Boulder, and an instructor at Vertical Fusion.
Wonderbound Dance Artist
Conner was introduced to dance through a synthesis of musical theater and martial arts and received his dance training from Canyon Concert Ballet. He continued his education at Butler University, where he graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance with departmental honors. Conner has had the privilege of performing in Paul Taylor’s Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rehearsal), Gorgio Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, and George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Since joining Wonderbound, Conner has appeared in Rock Ballets, 7 Deadly Sins, DIVISIONS, and Celestial Navigation.
Director of Finance and Mental Health
aka Mo Money
Maureen’s former gymnastics background led to her love for aerial silks. She trains at MOTH Contemporary Circus Center in Denver, CO and recently completed her Aerial Teacher Training there.
She has performed at MOTH’s Winter Soiree Fundraiser in 2016 & Sawdust Cabaret in 2017. Most recently, she has performed with the Rainbow Militia in collaboration with Chimney Choir at the Levitt Pavilion in September of 2017.
By day, Maureen works as a Mental Health Counselor at Lutheran Hospital. She also loves healthy cooking and fine tuning tricking chocolate into being healthy.
Skills: Aerial Silks, Aerial Duo, Aerial Bartending, Gymnastics, Yoga, & Voice
Photo by Nina Reed Photography
Katie Mesmerie is a Denver-based aerialist, performer, and aerial coach. She teaches aerial silks, trapeze, lyra, straps, and fitness/conditioning at MOTH Circus, Aerial Cirque Over Denver, and Denver Dance. Katie owns Mesmerie Entertainment LLC, which provides cirque-style talent to events throughout the western states. She got her start with aerial silks and trapeze in 2007 and completed her teacher training under the guidance of the Brazilian-trained circus artist Corey David de Souza in Gainesville, Florida (2009-2012).
Katie has coached aerial and ground circus arts with the Academy of Circus Elements (Golden, CO), Iluminar Aerial (Broomfield, CO), Miraas Circus Arts (Denver, CO), and Frequent Flyers Productions (Boulder, CO). She performs aerial, stilt walking, fire arts, and more though Mesmerie Entertainment LLC and is a member of The Phantom Circus (Denver, CO). Her performance highlights include the Clocktower Cabaret (2012-current), the Irish Aerial Dance Festival (2014), Decadence NYE (2015-2017), and opening the Colorado Pole Championship with her iconic aerial straps solo, “Tesselate” (2016). Katie is a passionate teacher, performer, and student of the wide world of circus.
Lisa Natoli is a freelance aerial artist specializing in silks, rope, and lyra. She attended the Alvin Ailey Certificate Program before receiving a B.A. in dance at the University of Iowa. She trained as an aerialist in NYC with Laura Witwer, Kevin O’Connor, and Terry Beeman. As an aerialist, Lisa has performed nationally in private, corporate, and staged events including Jenny Rocha’s “The Dinner Party: A Whodunnit Cabaret”, “Migrations”, choreographed by Cirque Du Soleil-alum Kristin Young, and “Heroes” at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, with Steven Hoggett and Spiegelworld. Lisa has performed at Burlesque Below The Bridges (Brooklyn), The Floating Kabarette at Galapagos Art Space (Brooklyn), The Slipper Room (NYC), Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret (Denver), Folk Circus at Bizarre Bushwick (Brooklyn), Circus Revue at the House of Yes (Brooklyn), Big Sky Works (Brooklyn), Body Break 5.0 (Toronto) and Black Hearts Burlesque (Minneapolis).
Since 2008, Lisa has presented her own evening length and ensemble work as Lisa’s Bright Ideas, and has curated performances as Bright Ideas Aerial Salon. LBI has collaborated with pedal steel-player Bob Hoffnar, German photographer Henryk Spiess, and playwright Carrie Louis Nutt. Lisa has taught ongoing classes at Circus Warehouse (NYC), Aerial Arts (NYC), The Muse (Brooklyn), House of Yes (Brooklyn), and Frequent Flyers (Boulder). She has also taught workshops across the country including, Aircat Aerial Arts (Boulder), Aerial Acrobatic Arts (Denver), Miraas Circus Arts (Denver), Bumbershoot (St. Louis), Project In Motion (Las Cruces), Vertical Arts (Phoenix), Tucson Circus Arts (Tucson), Agora (Detroit), Canopy (Athens, GA), and Toronto Contemporary Circus Arts.
aka Cat Lady
Leilani has been learning to get untangled (& sometimes fly) on the aerial silks since 2013. She has trained at Kinetic Theory Circus and Aerial Physique in Los Angeles, CA, and continues her training at MOTH Contemporary Circus Center here in Denver, CO where she also completed her Aerial Teacher Training in 2018.
Together with the Rainbow Militia, she has performed live with Jonny 5 of the Flobots, Chimney Choir, and was featured in LA-based Molly Moore's music video, “No Stress.” She has also had the opportunity to perform with Atlas Obscura in their immersive event, House of Embers.
When she’s not in the air, Leilani works as the Community Director at Tack Mobile, a mobile design & software company in RiNo. Leilani kind of loves her two cats Luna & Sophie more than life itself and thinks her husband Eddie is the bee’s knees.
Skills: Aerial Silks, Aerial Duo, Aerial Bartending, Hula, Theater, Voice, Piano
Photo by Nina Reed Photography
Wonderbound Dance Artist
Morgan Sicklick is a Dance Artist with Wonderbound, an innovative contemporary ballet company located in downtown Denver. Originally from Woodcliff Lake, NJ, she received her dance training at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet under the direction of Irine Fokine, Eugene Petrov and Jeanette Hoffman. In 2013, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Marketing from Butler University. Following graduation, Morgan became an inaugural member of Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company. She has also performed with the Kansas City Dance Festival and Quixotic Cirque Nouveau. Since joining Wonderbound in August of 2015, Morgan has been featured in Garrett Ammon’s Rock Ballets, Winter and Celestial Navigation, and has performed with the company at the Breckenridge Music Festival and the Vail International Dance Festival. She is thrilled to be a part of the Tabula Rasa cabaret!
Bekah taught herself to juggle with hackey sacks quite randomly in 2002, and was instantly hooked. In 2009 she made her debut, performing at Denver’s Clocktower Cabaret, in Boulder on the Pearl Street Mall, and on the road with Lazer Vaudeville. In 2010 she co-founded Up Down Circus with her husband, Warren Hammond, for which they received the Excellence in Education Award from the International Jugglers’ Association. She now performs and teaches full time and takes her odd mixture of circus talents all over the world.
Aerialist: Aerial Sling
Jennifer began her love affair with aerial silks during her last semester of college in 2007. Though she graduated with a degree in architecture and worked in architecture for around a decade, she immediately made room for aerial. She’s only more recently begun cheating on her silks with lyra, rope and sling. And maybe a one-afternoon stand with a trapeze, once. Her training began in Boulder with Cathy Gauch at Aircat Aerial Arts, and has included brief moments of training with a number of gifted aerialists such as Fred Deb in La Baule, France, Cecile Magdeleine and Roman Bonaton of the Lido De Paris, and Cirque Du Soliel artist and stunt woman Petra Sprecher in LA. An artist by nature, she’s explored most mediums of art throughout her life, and aerial is no exception. After many performances including a Devotchka Halloween extravaganza at the Fillmore auditorium and multiple years with the MAX Holiday Fashion show, she opened and ran Relevé Aerial Dance Studio for 5 years before taking a sabbatical from the studio to focus on aerial creativity. A year of exploration down, Jennifer began to share her passion for silks and creativity again, and is currently teaching silks and sling at Gravity Aerial Arts, helping teach the Adult Professional Track program with Cirque Du Soleil veteran Jonathan Cole and MOTH artist and owner Deena Markum, and teaching one of her favorite invented classes “Innovative Aerials” at MOTH where aerial theory is fully and unabashedly explored. She has taught for numerous studios in Denver and given a number of workshops around the country, and continues to enjoy freelance performing around Denver!
Master of Ceremonies
Brenton Weyi uses the power of word and performance to help people cultivate humanity. He is a first generation essayist and award-winning creative polymath; informed by travel to over 60 nations, Brenton's 'poetic essays' blend story and history in order to examine the struggle and beauty of the human experience. He also writes his own unique style of narrative poetry that borrows from Greek classical forms. His work on the page, the stage and the screen has received numerous awards across several disciplines, and he has been featured in the LA Times, BBC and more.
Musicians and Bands
Musician: Irish Fiddler
Adam Agee’s fiddle music is alive, dynamically fluid, and colorful. Raised in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California and Boulder, Colorado, Adam came first to Ireland in 2004, basing himself in Ennis, County Clare, where he discovered a new home. Through opportunities in America and Ireland, he has had the chance to study with many of today’s living tradition-bearers. His exposure to diverse influences makes Adam’s music deeply American, while his pursuit of sound has led him to focused expression through the Irish tradition. Within the rapidly developing culture of traditional music, suffused and enriched by a global exchange of ideas, Adam’s fiddle playing is grounded in a personal, aesthetic quest. He has been teaching and performing for 15 years.
Chimney Choir combines folk harmonies, ambient electronics, and swirling textures of rhythm and melody into a style of music that is not easy to define. They began in 2011 with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, and suitcase drum and have since toured the country extensively, recorded and released five recordings, and developed layers of electronics, live looping, and percussion. They still remain fascinated with folk music and traditions while they constantly evolve and experiment - their performances often take on a theatrical quality that has incorporated puppetry, ritual, dance, storytelling, interactive video and even a sci-fi mini-drama. Their newest album, "(dream)" was released November 2016.
"Chimney Choir has never been a conventional band. Its songwriting has roots in Americana and pop, but it’s informed by an avant-garde sensibility, so that any musical idea or offbeat concept could be incorporated at will. Albums and shows reveal the group’s conceptual and theatrical side: Its last album-release performance was part concert, part game show, and included audience participation. Another album-release show took place in an architectural warehouse, and the performance was a kind of treasure hunt...the group reliably offers up high-concept, often interactive experiences. '(dream)'finds Chimney Choir in fine form, with its signature mix of Americana and ambient soundscapes resulting in thought-provoking pop songs. The new tracks aim for a commercial sound without compromising that experimental edge." -Westword
“With a hearty electronic influence, the album is whimsical yet powerful, playful and self-aware.”- Denver Post
“...the album seamlessly blends folk instrumentals with electronic punches for a plucky, meandering ride.”- 5280
Kevin Larkin - mandolin, samples, percussion, harmonica, accordion, synth, vocals
Kris Drickey - keyboards, guitar, violin, percussion, vocals
David Rynhart - guitar, flute, piano, percussion, vocals
Carl Sorensen - percussion, shakers, bottles, cans, random metal and trash objects
Tom Plassmeyer - bass
Although his musical talents make it easy to believe he’s always been a full-time musician, Rob Drabkin attended Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where he graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with the intention of becoming a doctor. His focus quickly changed after a family trip to New York. “My Dad played Jazz full time for 30 years before he got into medicine. On that trip, we re-connected with his old musician friends, and it was inspiring to see them giving their lives to music night after night for so many years. That was the night I dropped science and dedicated myself to music. After that moment, I spent every possible minute singing and honing all of the songwriting skills that I could.” He took to Denver’s music scene quickly, and set his career into motion. Drabkin’s newly released single, “Someday,” has earned a spot on major international Spotify playlists and in just a few months, the single accumulated over one million plays from listeners around the world. As Rob describes the song, ”we too often forget that love is ever-present. We share it with each other through laughter, smiles, and sympathy. We can find it in everything and we can also create it in the smallest, most unassuming moments of our lives.
Music and Wellness Director
aka Musical Healer
Kris Drickey has always loved to sing and play. These days she makes music in ever-evolving creative partnership with Chimney Choir. She is mainly self-taught and her enchantment with music took her into coffee shop open mics, late-night writing fugues, guitar lessons, and campfire sing-alongs before Chimney Choir burst to life. She studied classical violin as a kid, put it down for over 10 years, and reconnected with it pivotally a few years ago. Kris loves collaborating with body-based expressive artists, and recently, you can find her in the air as well!
Skills: Voice, Writing, Violin, Guitar, Acro-Yoga, Yoga
Alana started taking private drum lessons at 13 and has been performing in various musical groups since she was 16.
Her love of drumming and percussion led her to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where she studied classical percussion under international percussionist and composer, Ney Rosauro. She also studied Afro-Cuban hand percussion with first-call studio percussionist and Grammy winner, Richie Bravo, and jazz drum set under accomplished professor and player, John Yarling.
Alana spent many productive years after graduating in Miami working with many bands of varying genres from hip hop to house to indie pop and everything in between. She enjoyed having her playing become a staple in the Miami music community. She has also played on stage at many major Florida festivals including Bear Creek Music Festival, Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, and one of the leading electronic music festivals in the world, Ultra Music Festival. In 2014, Alana participated in the Hit Like a Girl Contest, and achieved 11th place internationally in the contest for female drummers.
Alana moved to Denver in 2015 and has been actively playing music around town ever since. She enjoys playing often with her two main bands, Coal Town Reunion and The Sessh. Since moving to Denver, Alana has also gotten the opportunity to share the stage with many nationally renowned artists including Eddie Roberts of the New Mastersounds, Joey Porter of the Motet, and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff of Lettuce. Alana enjoys the opportunity to play drums any chance she gets and truly loves collaborating with artists of varying musical genres and art forms.
Mackenzie Gault is a Denver, CO native who is best known for her role as a founding member/songwriter/performer in the band Flobots. Mackenzie’s favorite Flobots highlights include TV performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Show with Conan O’Brien, live performances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Denver’s 303 Choir, and touring throughout Europe.
Although her musical background is as a classically trained violist, Mackenzie has always loved experimenting with other styles and genres and taking musical risks. She has performed on stage with Matisyahu, Rise Against, Michael Franti, and Devotchka, and is currently working on her first solo album.
Rhetoric is a band of freelance jazz musicians from Denver. The name Rhetoric comes from Aristotle, and it is the concept of persuasion through language. Music naturally persuades and audience's emotions and is a language of feelings.
For booking inquiries, contact Jeff Tomlan at 303-828-8747!
Musician: Guitar/Loop Laboratory
Jen Korte blew into Colorado from Austin, Texas in 2005. She came guided by the momentum of Americana and Caribbean rhythms, a prowess for distinctively intricate guitar lines, and the grit and power of a Western storm in her voice. Since forming her Denver-based band, The Loss, Korte has been mesmerizing audiences at festivals and concerts across Colorado, for almost a decade.
Musician: Electro Magnificence; Ableton & Keys
Vince is a singer/ songwriter/producer who weaves musical loops with guitar and Ableton. He started playing music live in 2002 and played all over Colorado in the Mercury Project for 7 years before moving to Los Angeles to perform, release a few records, and try on various entertainment industry hats. He ultimately landed in tech after co-founding a social voting platform.
Love brought him back home. Now he spends his time making late night computer music in the cave, designing apps, practicing capoeira, instilling a love of handstands, music and movies with his son Avi, and rallying with other creative unicorns.
Mikey Smith likes music that is pretty but not too pretty. From the moment that he first heard Bill Evans at the age of 18, Mikey knew that the piano would become a central part of his life. He has since toured internationally, played for sold out crowds, and performed with some of the top performance companies in the world.
Mikey’s music splashes canvases of minimal classical textures with dashes of harmonic color. He is as inspired by Phillip Glass as by Brad Mehldau. Alongside his originals, Mikey like to play pieces from the modern classical repetoire, the Beatles, and Thelonious Monk.
In addition to his piano music, Mikey composes music for film, television, dance, video games, and commercial media, and makes electronic music under the name Particle Parade.