Two Bit Circus lives at the intersection of technology and spectacle. We engineer entertainment that is imaginative and interactive, blurring the line between physical and digital playgrounds to create a new world of social amusement.

Based in Los Angeles, our interdisciplinary team of artists, engineers, and entrepreneurs develop spectacular productions with the goal to inspire, engage, and reinvent the way people play.

Robotics, lasers and electronics are in the mix. It would seem to be a mad inventor’s fantasy.”

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OUR TEAM

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BRENT BUSHNELL

CEO & Roustabout

A lifelong engineer and entrepreneur, Brent plays at making technology fun. Particular passions include group games, out-of-home entertainment, and inspiring kids to be inventors.

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ERIC GRADMAN

CTO & Mad Inventor

Eric is an inventor and entertainer who makes others see technology as magic. He has a colorful history as a circus performer, professional whistler, roboticist, and inventor.

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NANCY BENNETT

Chief Content Officer

Nancy is a former senior television and music executive, producer, and director. She has created TV shows, award winning music videos, and currently leads Two Bit’s Virtual Reality production specializing in 3D 360 immersive experiences.

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HECTOR ALVAREZ

Creative Director

Hector is a multi-disciplinary designer who revels in visualizing the impossible and making it real. With a background in digital marketing and industrial design, he sculpts ideas for maximum impact and efficiency.

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DAN BUSBY

Lead Engineer

Dan Busby is a Physicist who enjoys building creative pieces of art. From resonant fire tubes, to eight-person kinetic sculptures, to converting his ‘64 Spitfire to be 100% electric, he enjoys dazzling people with the beauty of science.

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JOHN ZAPOLSKI

Products & Strategy Acrobat

As an entrepreneur, designer, strategist, and educator, John has destroyed things (assault weapons) and made things (software, jewelry, financial services, films, and educational content). A hybrid thinker and maker, he has taught graduate programs in both art school and business school.

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GAVIN BUSHNELL

Event Manager

Gavin is an event guru who produces experiences that both inspire and entertain. With a background in architecture and client relations, he thrives on creating the perfect environment for fun.

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GRETCHEN HELPENSTELL

Art Director

Gretchen is a self-taught graphic designer who discovered her love for visual communication while studying entrepreneurship and crafting yearbooks. She’s a disciplined generalist who enjoys shaping cohesive design concepts while daydreaming about space and science.

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SPENCER HOCHBERG

Research & Development Engineer

Spencer is a mechanical engineer, media producer, and winner of multiple North American Unicycling Championships. He spends his time tinkering with electronics, dabbling in acrobatics, and trying not to fall off a Cyr wheel.

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ANDREW BAKER

Engineer

Andy is a fearless creative technologist who frequently finds himself engaging in marathon style mechanical and electronic engineering. Andy comes from a long line of makers, builders and tinkerers, who for the past 400 year have been perfecting the art of survival in the frozen tundra of northern New England through creative in-situ resource utilization and extreme self reliance.

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CASSANDRA ICHNIOWSKI

Producer

Cassandra is a producer and design researcher for location-based interactive experiences. Combining a background in theatre, computer science, and interaction design, she delights in making intuitive, immersive guest experience through quality storytelling and rigorous playtesting.

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ROB STAHL

Senior Art Director

A die-hard gearhead with hands in fabrication and product development, Rob is an industrial/conceptual designer who brings 20+ years of art directing video games to the bigtop.  A tactile thinker who sees every design problem as a challenge, he can put things back together…most of the time.

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JENNIFER JORDAN

Chief Communications Wrangler

Jennifer brings her playful background from the stage and classroom into storytelling and ink slinging, connecting the community with the circus. She is a brand strategist, arts integration specialist, and professional singer.

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ELISE LEMLE

Concept Developer & Circus Wares

Elise is an artist, educator, and theater nerd. Professional interests include immersive performance, the intersection of fashion and technology, and arts-integrated education.

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Katherine-Bomkamp

KATHERINE BOMKAMP

Creative Strategist

Katherine Bomkamp is a creative strategist on the Learning Team, using her unique experiences to create engaging STEAM-focused educational content. An inventrapreneur, she comes to Two Bit Circus with a background in engineering, entrepreneurship, biomedical technology, and dog rescuing.

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AARON THOMEN

Research & Development Engineer

Aaron works in robotics and software engineering. He created MindMIDI, which can be used to listen to the electrical symphony of your own brain. His story includes time as a welder, jeweler’s apprentice, and stand-up comic.

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MIYA SYLVESTER

Interaction Engineer

Miya is a creative spirit who joined the circus to conceptualize physically interactive installations that bring people together.  Her penchant for play is fed by her soft spot for the arts, including partner dance.

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JONATHAN YEPEZ

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Jonathan joined the team with a corporate background in healthcare, finance, event producing & education – specializing in the LGBT community. When he’s not being a social butterfly with his friends & family you can find Jonathan hard at work managing the CEO’s time and executing projects. Escaping the grasps of Corporate America, he’s happy to be able to wear a Marvel t-shirt to work.

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MOLLY WASEKA

Producer + Circus Gaffer

Molly is a creative thinker and problem-solver which she uses to drive Two Bit Circus’ special events including STEAM Carnival.  When she’s not using her passion for creativity to manage events you can find Molly making things of her own, from art projects, to logos, to small business concepts.

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CONOR O’LEARY

Fabricator

Conor studied Mechanical Engineering and is a power tool enthusiast.  He likes to think of everyday as casual Friday.  Conor also enjoys long walks on the beach and chilling with dogs.

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ANABELLE DWYER

Content Marketing Coordinator

Involved in circus arts since she was five, Anabelle fits in perfectly at Two Bit Circus. She combines her love for people and creativity in order to uniquely inspire and engage the community. Her passion for adventure and exploration lends itself well to pioneering new frontiers in and out of the workshop.

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CHRIS CHARLTON

Engineer

Chris is a published tech author and open source contributor. He comes to us from the corporate lands of DevOps; a software engineer who’s survived the island of misfit frameworks and interactive media. When Chris isn’t coding he’s converging art with electronics and 3D printing.

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KOJO OPUNI

Unity 3D Developer + Game Programmer

Kojo is a game programmer & new  media artist who came to LA via NYC. He is drawn to the marriage of both art and technology with a healthy serving of storytelling.

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ELIOT PHILLIPS

Engineer

Eliot is a mechanical engineer and hardware hacker. He got his start covering bleeding edge technology for a popular hacking blog. Now he applies that knowledge every day building LED sculptures, wearable tech, and magical boxes.

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SEAN VOLTAIRE

R&D Engineer

Sean is an R&D engineer for TBC. In his spare time, you’ll find him casting masks, designing props, and programming.  He likes creating games that put technology into the hands of the people and spark the creativity necessary for a better future.

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BRONCO

Chief of Security

Bronco loves bacon, squirrels, and woofing at everything that walks through the door. He is fashionably forward, accenting his spots with a red bandana. 

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