Since it’s inception in 2006, Sweet Can has enabled over 50 local circus artists of the highest caliber to share their art. Former cast members have also worked with Cirque du Soleil, Teatro Zinzanni, The Seven Fingers, Flynn Creek Circus, Circus Bella and The Pickle Family Circus, to name a few. Our current core members are featured below. Be sure to check out our upcoming events to find out who the latest artists are to jump in the Can.
Beth Clarke (Founder): is one of a hand-full of women who perform on the slack rope. A graduate of the Ecole Nationale de Cirque, she has also studied with Masha Dimitri and Szilard Skeley, two of the world’s most reknown slack rope artists. Beth’s performing credits include working with les sept doigts de la main, Circus Cirkor, Cirque Elioze, The Pickle Family Circus, The Discover Channel, Disney, and many other circuses, varieties and theatrical groups throughout the world. She is one of the founders of Sweet Can, a theatrical circus based in San Francisco.
Jamie Coventry (Co-Artistic Director): was raised in central California by a family of eccentrics. He studied theatre arts in Santa Fe, music in San Luis Obispo and education and circus arts in San Francisco. Jamie has worked with Flynn Creek Circus, Circus of Sound, New Pickle Circus, The Pickle Circus School Tour, Teatro Zinzanni, Sweet Can and more. He is perhaps best known for his work with partner Natasha Kaluza. Coventry & Kaluza won Best Comedy/Clown Act in the American Circus Festival two years in a row, and Best Duo in the Picklewater Free Circus Festival. Jamie is also the co-creator of the neo- vaudevillian harmonica trio, Tin Sandwich and a dedicated member of the Bay Area Harmonica Club. www.coventryandkaluza.com
Natasha Kaluza (Co-Artistic Director): holds a degree in theater and a graduate certificate in dance from UCSC, and attended two years of the SF Clown Conservatory under Jeff Raz. She’s performed with the New Pickle Circus, Pickle Circus School Tour, Circus Bella, Flynn Creek Circus, Circus of Sound, Sweet Can Productions, Teatro ZinZanni and many others. Aside from being the Super Duper Hula Hooper, she is perhaps best known for her work with partner Jamie Coventry. Coventry & Kaluza won Best Comedy/Clown Act in the American Circus Festival two years in a row, and Best Duo in the Picklewater Free Circus Festival. www.coventryandkaluza.com
Nina Sawant (Company Member): is a circus performer and choreographer who has found her home in the Bay Area. She has performed as a modern dancer and circus artist in the US,France, Ukraine, and Mexico. In 2009, Nina graduated magna cum laude from the University of
South Florida Dance Program. Nina has performed with the national tour of Peter Pan 360,Incanto Productions, Earth Circus, Yea Big Dance, Shoes at the Door Dance Company, Femme Dulce Cabaret, and Busch Garden’s KaTonga. In 2013, Nina founded her own circus entertainment company, Maison Aurora to facilitate the creation of collaborative and innovative circus.
Jeremy Vik (Company Member): is a juggler, acrobat, singer, and clown, but also works as an actor in Shakespeare, musical theatre, and children's theatre. Some of his favorite roles have been Feste in 12th Night (Marin Shakes and Shotgun Players, the Emcee in Cabaret (Ind.Cabaret Prod.), Dromeo of Ephesus (SF Shakes), and Bibinski in Silk Stockings (42nd St. Moon).Jeremy is also the Head Coach of the Super Novas, the middle group of Circus Center's pre-professional Youth Circus here in San Francisco. Jeremy has a BFA in Acting from Southern Oregon University and is a graduate of the Clown Conservatory and Professional Acrobatics Program at Circus Center.