SANCA – New Executive Director

John Tannous hired as the new Executive Director of the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts

SEATTLE, WA – JANUARY 15, 2020 —The School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) is delighted to welcome John Tannous as the new Executive Director of Seattle’s only non-profit circus school for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After a nationwide, four-month search, John was selected to lead SANCA’s latest chapter in a 15-year history of playing a vital role in the health, arts, and cultural landscape of Seattle.

Over the past twenty years, John has served as the Executive Director of four different non-profit organizations including the Flagstaff Arts Council in Flagstaff, Arizona. Under his leadership, the Arts Council grew consistently and steadily. He also served as Executive Director for Tsunami on the Square Performing Arts Festival in Prescott, Arizona. Tsunami featured several stages and a variety of outdoor street theatre performances, including artists such as Carpetbag Brigade, Clan Tynker, Flam Chen, and Wise Fool New Mexico. John’s experience in these positions makes him an excellent choice to lead SANCA.

Regarding his selection, John says, “SANCA is a world class acrobatics and circus school with innovative programs and incredible artistic talent. I’m honored to have been selected as their next Executive Director. I’m eager to join them in the important work of serving the community of Seattle through the creativity of acrobatics and circus arts.”

Speaking on behalf of SANCA’s Board of Directors, Board President Bruce Ritzen says, “We are very pleased that John is going to join us at SANCA as the new Executive Director. He’s got a great blend of enthusiasm and practical know-how, which we think will fit in with SANCA nicely.  John’s extensive work in the arts field has included administration, fundraising, and even some circus! We look forward to SANCA’s future under John’s leadership.”

John succeeds Dan Bridge, who held the position of interim Executive Director during the last 6 months to guide the organization through this transition. All of us at SANCA are grateful for Dan’s keen leadership, support, and desire to help us chart the continued future of the organization.

John Tannous will officially start as SANCA’s Executive Director on January 20, 2020.