Michael Giovinco has spent a large portion in his life working with what some might call “unconventional art forms.” Having been raised amongst clowns in New Jersey, Mike has had the pleasure of stilt walking, juggling, balloon twisting, operating puppets and creating magic in walk-around and parade environments. It was not until later that stagecraft became part of his vocabulary. Throughout his education, Mike has immersed himself in courses and workshops that would expose him to the full spectrum of the dramatic arts. Mike’s roots in circus arts have flourished while others have planted in lighting, movement, writing, and directing. Now he would consider himself first and foremost a movement artist, a title that highlights his passion for what the human body can do within its surroundings. While at the University of Virginia, Michael realized his passion for teaching and took a path to provide more educational opportunities in the arts at UVA through the Miller Arts Scholars, Virginia Players, the Department of Drama, Drama Arts Board and the Virginia Circus Club. With every opportunity that he faces, Mike hopes to better his ability to tell a story and to create an energetic, safe and didactic working environment. You may have encountered Mike as an assistant stage manager for the rehearsal process of Pig Iron Theatre Company’s A Period of Animate Existence, on the tent crew of Circus Smirkus, as a entertainment technician for Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom or as the Assistant Lighting Director at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and The Studio Theatre at Tierra Del Sol. But perhaps you have run into him on his most recent adventure as the Head of Lighting for the Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic tour with Feld Entertainment.