Teaching Options

WORKSHOPS | 1 – 4 hours
Brent and Maya’s circus and comedy workshops build coordination, confidence, and focus.  With professional expertise, they foster goal setting, self-directed learning, and age-appropriate skill acquisition.
These workshops are also SUPER FUN.

RESIDENCIES | 5 – 10 days
YES! Theater artist-in-residence programs harness students’ energy and creativity to create original circus acts, clown gags, and stories.  To conclude the program, the community comes together for a fantastic student-generated performance.

“What a wonderful experience… you covered team-building, risk taking, creativity, ‘outside-the-box’ thinking, fine & gross motor skills, and FUN!!!”

– 6th Grade Teacher at East Montpelier Elementary (Vermont)

“It was an exhilarating feeling to watch the ENTIRE student body and faculty laugh… a phenomenal act!”

– Parent of students at Clermont  Elementary (Alexandria, Virginia)

Her Majesty’s Secret Circus Show

Her Majesty’s Secret Circus Show features professional acrobatics and juggling, hilarious physical comedy and a rock-solid message about saying yes to the challenges in life.  Secret Circus Agents Honeymoon and Butterfly must stop supervillian Dr. Awful from crushing the dreams of children all over the planet. It’s been called “hilarious”, “phenomenal”,  and “amazing” by schools all over the country.

Brent McCoy

Brent before a Vermont Vaudeville show in 2016.

Brent is a founder of YES! Theater and has been teaching circus and theater in schools since 2003. He has been a juggling and circus enthusiast for nearly 20 years.  He started performing professionally in 2005 and has since toured all over the planet with his solo performance, The Real McCoy Show. He has studied with master eccentric, Avner Eisenburg; improv guru, Keith Johnstone; and juggling world champion, Fritz Grobe. He loves his job.

Maya McCoy

Maya at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park in 2015.

Maya is a founder of YES! Theater and has been teaching theater and circus in schools since 2009. She started in circus when she was a kid at Circus Smirkus Camp. She went on to study philosophy & theater at The New School in New York City, study clowning at Celebration Barn Theater, and apprentice with Bread and Puppet Theater. She is a producer and co-founder of Vermont Vaudeville. Maya is currently on the board of directors for the Celebration Barn Theater and the Northeast Kingdom Arts Council.

Outside of performing and teaching Maya loves to travel.