Acrobat and comedienne extraordinaire

About

Honored to be part of 146 years of history; shocked that they not only captured my one year of touring, but that they ACTUALLY INCLUDED MY NAME! THANK YOU DAILY NEWS! *Click above for close-up!

     Native Brooklyn-based acrobat/comedienne Olivia Hallie Lehrman enjoys creating original circus theatre pieces, both solo and in ensemble.  Swinging from a Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus flying trapeze act to character work with Naropa University Masters students, she has trained within a tight community of friends in New York, Boulder and California, and from Master teachers including Giovanni Fusetti and Avner the Eccentric.  Whether performing aerial silks or clowning on a cruise ship, she loves the unique moments of interaction with each new audience.

     She has taught Pilates and circus arts all over New York City and the Bay Area, for such companies as Big Apple Circus After-School Program, and Aerial Arts Santa Cruz. Olivia volunteers on social clowning expeditions with Clowns Without Borders, and has performed at festivals and in venues worldwide. She performed with the Medical Clown Project, changing the health care system one laugh at a time.

     She was a semi-finalist in the 2011 & 2014 Andy Kaufman Awards, was nominated  for best clown character at the 2010 Downtown Clown Revue awards, and produced and performed Pretty & Papi, which won Frigid NYC’s audience choice award.  In 2011, she forayed into street performing, bringing her comedic acrobatic and circus skills to audiences from Boulder, Colorado’s Pearl Street to Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With Leah Abel, she formed their production company, Awkward, At Best, which brings their unique skills and comedy to corporate events across the nation, and with which they hope to soon perform on Olivia Cruise Lines!

Olivia’s favorite character, MS. PRETTY SMART, continues to emcee and perform her solo work at cabarets domestically and in Europe.