Nathan Drackett


Nathan Drackett stumbled upon the circus arts a bit later than most. At 21 years old, a stage actor for most of his life, he was always most excited by productions that included bodies in movement in physical and emotional risk. No wonder he ended up teaching and training circus at The Actors Gymnasium in Chicago for 11 years. Though he’s found himself incapable of choosing any one discipline to focus on, he’s become most proficient in juggling, fabrics, partner acrobatics, parkour, clowning, stilts and unicycle.

Though Nathan loves performing his circus skills at private parties and special events, nothing beats using circus to tell a story. He helped build Filament Theatre in Chicago, whose mission it is to “create immersive and site-specific performances for young and family audiences.” He played many roles for them, including the Centipede perched upon a stem and juggling boots in “James and the Giant Peach”, as well as Watson in a Sherlock Holmes show where the audience solves the mystery on bikes. His theatrical credits also include Kitsap Forest Theatre, Dacha Theatre, 500 Clown, Piven Theatre, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In 2016 Nathan moved to Seattle with his wife Lauran and joined the SANCA team, where he teaches brave people to do dangerous things in a safe way. A mischievous spirit who loves to follow the rules, Nathan hopes to push the boundaries of what we think circus, theatre, and telling a story can be.