John Gilkey is an award winning circus performer, actor, director and teacher. He has performed internationally for more than thirty-five years in circus, variety, comedy clubs, theater and television. John’s original and quirky routines are known for being an influential part of the contemporary circus movement that began in the 1980’s.

John often collaborates with top entertainment companies to create memorable characters and comedy routines for world class shows. 


In 2002 John was invited to Pixar Studios to consult on the physical comedy routines that were eventually included in the Oscar winning film Ratatouille.

John continues to create challenging and experimental theater in California, including We Are Nudes which earned a Best of the Fringe award in the 2009 San Francisco Fringe Festival and Wet The Hippo which was nominated for Best Comedy in the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.