Douglas MacIntyre & Maggie Petersen in Orchestra from Planet X
Gordon Carpenter & Maggie Petersen in The Mozart Experience
Sara Mountjoy-Pepka & Brian Neel in The Listener
Sara Mountjoy-Pepka & Douglas MacIntyre in The Magic Horn
K. Brian Kneel
Magic Circle Mime Co. is regarded as one of today's premier family attractions. Their highly acclaimed performances, which unite the concert orchestra with visual theater, are consistently praised for imaginative and innovative content. Magic Circle Mime Company performs with virtually every major orchestra in North America and has performed on numerous occasions with the Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Montreal, Saint Louis, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg; the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra; and on more than half a dozen occasions at The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts with the National Symphony Orchestra. 2014 will also mark their fourth appearance at the National Arts Centre of Canada.
Magic Circle Mime Company also has a growing reputation outside North America. In the Pacific Rim and Far East they have performed at festivals and with major orchestras in Australia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. Appearances include the Beijing Music Festival, Shanghai International Children's Festival, Taiwan International Children's Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, West Australia Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. They made their European debut with the Palau de la Música de Valencia in April of 2007 leading to return engagements in Spain in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013. In 2012 they performed in South America for the first time with Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota.
Magic Circle Mime Company is the creative partnership of Maggie Petersen and Douglas MacIntyre. Both artists have backgrounds in theatre and instrumental music, and have utilized that training to create their highly regarded programs. Their newest production, "Orchestra from Planet X", explores the many influences that helped create the music of the New World.
Mark Douglas MacIntyre
After completing his university studies in Theatre Arts, Mr. MacIntyre began his professional acting career in 1974 working variously as an actor, playwright and director in a number of regional theatres in the West and Midwest. In 1977, following an opera production in which he served as an assistant stage director, Mr. MacIntyre was approached by the Music Director of the Spokane Symphony and offered the opportunity to create and perform a touring educational concert for symphony orchestra. This program proved so singularly successful that it soon led to invitations from other orchestras.
With his creative partner, Maggie Petersen, Mr. MacIntyre formed the Magic Circle Mime Company in 1978 and since that time they have created and performed concert programs with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and in Europe. Mr. MacIntyre’s North American appearances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The National Arts Centre of Canada and numerous appearances at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. International appearances include the Beijing Music Festival, Shanghai International Children's Festival, Taiwan International Children's Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, West Australia Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Palau de la Música de Valencia.
In addition to performing Mr. MacIntyre has created and led workshops in theatre and music for numerous public and private schools, youth orchestras, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and in 2010 for the U.S. Army School of Music.
Maggie Petersen began playing the piano at quite a young age, mostly because her mother was a piano teacher. At Montana State University she continued to study piano but also began to pursue her interest in mime and movement theatre. After graduating from MSU in 1977 Ms Petersen began her acting career and with her partner Douglas MacIntyre started the Magic Circle Mime Company in 1978.
With Magic Circle Mime Company, Maggie has created and performed concert programs with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Internationally, she has appeared at the Beijing Music Festival, Shanghai International Children’s Festival, Taiwan International Children’s Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, West Australia Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, the National Arts
Center of Canada, and the Palau de la Musica de Valencia.
Maggie lives with her family in Walnut Creek, California. In addition to piano she now also plays the accordion and the harp, and teaches music and movement in workshops throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sara Mountjoy-Pepka became the first associate member of the Magic Circle Mime Company in 2007, the same year she graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in Bassoon Studies and Social Policy. While at Northwestern she performed in numerous musical ensembles and as a member of The Mime Company, a semi-professional theatre affiliated with the University. Since joining the Magic Circle Mime Company Sara has performed in MCM productions with the Delaware, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Nashville, Seattle, North Carolina and Utah Symphony Orchestras; and internationally with the Toronto Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Orquesta da Valencia, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and twice with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.
Originally from Seattle, Sara is now a Los Angeles-based improviser and actor and performs regularly with Los Angeles Theatresports. Regionally, she has worked with Book-It Repertory Theater, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Seattle Children’s Theater, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and has appeared in numerous local and national commercials.
In addition to his work with the Magic Circle Mime Company, Gordon Carpenter is an actor and stage fight choreographer. He has performed numerous roles with The Seattle Shakespeare Company, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and the Georgia Shakespeare Festival as well as many Seattle area theaters. In addition to acting he has worked as a fight choreographer for Shakespeare productions including MACBETH, OTHELLO, and ROMEO AND JULIET. He has also performed as a sword fighter in a Seattle Opera production of RIGOLETTO and has served as fight choreographer and movement specialist for the Young Artist Program also at Seattle Opera. His performances with the Magic Circle Mime Company include the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
K. Brian Neel
K. Brian Neel comes to the Magic Circle Mime Company with more than twenty years of experience in professional theatre. While a student at the University of New Mexico Brian began working with a physical improvisation company. This eventually led to his moving to Seattle, Washington in 1989 where he completed his studies at the University of Washington. Since then he has worked in numerous Seattle area theatres and toured throughout the U.S. for eight years with the Seattle Mime Theatre. Brian's eclectic resume includes musical performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, stage directing Verdi's "Louisa Miller" for Puget Sound Opera, clown work for Teatro Zinzanni and performing in the web based science fiction series, "The Coffee Table." He has also created six solo theatre pieces, including a one man ukulele opera, with which he has toured the US, Canada and Australia. His performances with orchestra include the Seattle Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Wheeling Symphony and Regina Symphony. Brian resides in Seattle with his wife and two daughters in a house that he largely designed and built himself - a holdover activity from his days as an architecture student in New Mexico.