Biography

Since 1995 the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has traveled the world, bringing its unique hybrid of Vaudeville, Circus, Wild West Shows, Burlesque, and Sideshow to theaters, clubs, colleges, and festivals. The company has produced innumerable cabaret shows, custom performances for special audiences, all-ages and family productions, and sophisticated adult shows. Bindlestiff provides a contemporary twist to the grand traditions of American Circus.

The Bindlestiff Family co-founders are Stephanie Monseu and Keith Nelson, who over the last two decades have hosted a variety of outrageous talent under the Bindlestiff banner. Their personal dedication to the variety arts, circus, vaudeville, sideshow, and burlesque has made the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus famous both among audiences and within the variety performance community.
In the past few years Bindlestiff has been developing variety arts and circus programs in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. These have included programs in conjunction with Hudson Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, Columbia Community College, and Bard College. 

Bindlestiff is now producing four festivals each year, two unicycle festivals, one juggling festival and a youth circus festival. Bindlestiff has brought the circus arts to every type of stage and audience imaginable, and some unmentionable. Its shows have ranged from family shows to musical parodies to burlesque Cirkus spectacles. For twenty years Bindlestiff has been keeping the variety arts alive by performing and teaching in New York City, Columbia County, and beyond. Bindlestiff has performed on stages and festivals around the world including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall (NYC), Glastonbury (UK), Burning Man (NV), Ruigoord (NL), Bonnaroo (TN), and in the Caribbean Seas.