Gerardo Avila has been performing professionally since 1974 as a solo clown, mime, magician, and poet. He has a master’s degree in Hispanic and Italian Studies at UBC. Gerardo studied clown and mime in Poland, Mexico and Canada. He has been Co-director, writer and performer for Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre (recipients of the United Nations Global 500 award) and solo and group performer with the Cirque du Soleil (1984-1987). Gerardo has recently performed in several productions of Karen Flamenco as a comedian and actor. He has participated in major Festivals of the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver and has performed in Mexico and in Europe.