Amity Stoddard joined her first circus crew fifteen years ago, searching for the stories of the extraordinary people who move the show down the road. In her time with Circus Smirkus, Big Apple Circus, and Cirque du Soleil, she has loaded-in, set-up, torn-down, pulled stakes, cooked meals, justified ledgers, tracked down props, secured visas, driven big trucks and finessed fine print.
Amity is currently working on a dual memoir with her husband, Sellam, a career circus artist and coach. In 2015, Amity and Sellam formed The Sellam Circus School here in Biddeford. In 2018, she launched CircuStories – a project dedicated to gathering, presenting, and archiving the stories of circus folks from around the world.