Brent McCoy was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hardwick, Vermont. His father milked cows, his mother taught music, and they both encouraged him to follow his dreams. He imagined flying planes, driving trains, or going into space, but he never really knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. In fact, he didn’t really want to grow up at all. So it should come as no surprise that he joined a circus.
Brent began performing in a staff talent show at Circus Smirkus Summer Camp in 1999. He soon started coaching there and eventually became a year-round Smirkus residency artist. From 2003 to 2006, Brent traveled around New England, teaching and entertaining thousands of students. Meanwhile, he practiced for hours every day and developed a solo show. Since 2004, he’s performed his show at theaters, schools, fundraisers, festivals, parties, street corners, international airport terminals and one civil union.
Brent has also studied with Avner Eisenberg & Julie Goell at the Celebration Barn, Fritz Grobe & Mike Miclon of The Odd Company, Peter Gould & Stephen Stearns of Gould & Stearns, and Christopher Beaulieu of Creatively Independent. He has also studied painting with Robert Feintuch and holds a BA in Studio Art from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Brent currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, where he practices, paints, and prolongs his childhood.
To find out more about Brent’s work, please visit his website (listed below)