angela Buccinni butch
Founder & director of The Muse and ABCIRQUE
Angela Buccinni Butch is the founder and director of The Muse Brooklyn and its professional in-house performance company ABCirque. The Muse Brooklyn was founded in 2011 and ABCirque formed in 2015.
Angela was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She attended the Boston Conservatory where she was awarded the Jan Veen Scholarship and Juline Ince Thompson scholarship for choreography. Through her studies at the Conservatory, Angela performed works by Jose Limon, Martha Graham, and Murray Lewis, and created her own works - which were performed for artists such as Yoyo Ma. After receiving her BFA in 2006 Angela moved to New York City where she began to pursue a career in acrobatics and circus artists. She kept one toe on the ground dancing with Tribe of Human, The Chase Brock Experience, and began getting air time with the Brooklyn-based, 'PopAction' dance company STREB.
Angela has been spotted dancing and in flight with many NYC & Israeli circus companies performing around the world as an H2H acrobat, aerialist, bullwhip & fire performer! Company credits include: Phoenix Entertainment NYC, Fuerza Bruta, featured aerialist and co-choreographer in the Off-Broadway production of Caligula Maximus NYC, Grounded Aerial, the world tour of The Aluminum Show, Cirqutacular's "Circurious," Helium Entertainment, Pilobolous, Circus y, Bordel Total and Pyromania Show.
She teaches Acrobalance and Games, Acro Standing Circus and Family Acro at The Muse.
Yoni Kallai started doing acrobalance in a beginners workshop in Israel, while studying at The Hebrew University. This started out as a hobby that quickly became a primary occupation. He found himself teaching people tricks and showing them that they can do more than they think all the time, not just in class.
A Philadelphia native, Larissa joins The Muse as Director of Events with a background in fashion, nightlife, human resources, activism, and mind/body work. Larissa lives in Brooklyn with her cats, Dorian Gray and Klaus Nomi.
Marketing & Development director
A Colorado native turned crowd-averse New Yorker, Casey is a writer, drummer, and content strategist. You can usually find her behind a laptop making endless to-do lists, writing, and managing marketing at The Muse. When she's not at the studio, she's drumming for the New York Giants, buying last minute plane tickets, and fawning over animals with 0-4 legs.
STUDIO MANAGER & pAYROLL
Funfetti is a dreamer, never holding back when it comes to chasing a life full of purpose. Tired of 10 years behind a desk in a traditional job, she left everything behind and now lives her best aerial/circus adventure, a passion that keeps her going. Her spirit animal is a unicorn, as she is always looking for the magic in people and places, trying to pursue a life where she can be her own happy, creative self. The Muse is part of this journey and she is excited to be in this amazing community!
Taylor was born in Massachusetts, went to school for sociology, and got educated through travel. He has a background in student affairs, creative coaching, martial arts, improv, and clowning. He performs burlesque routines on stage and in his living room as Steven MechMuscles. Taylor coordinates the work study program and helps facilitate community engagement in order to promote awareness through the circus arts and the philosophy of The Muse.
Benjamin E Oyzon
Aerial Rigger & Safety Technician
Benny has been flying through the air as an aerial acrobat for over 15 years. With Science Degrees in both Theater and Engineering has now mainly shifted to the other end of the ropes. Constantly creating different ways to find the beauty in nature, and the magic in physics.
ABCirque is a contemporary circus company that specializes in immersing the audience into the narrative of each performance. These non-traditional circus shows keep the audience on their toes while breaking the fourth wall with a diverse, dynamic cast that provides top-notch entertainment for both independently produced shows and external bookings. As founder and director of ABCirque, Angela has choreographed many shows for the company such as “Different Trains,” “Petroushka,” “Symphonie Fantastique,” “Cordis” and more. Many of these shows are accompanied by live musicians. In addition to these modern performances, Angela has directed/choreographed entertainment for well-known corporate companies such as Bloomingdales, Swarovski, and Nike.