About The No ring circus


The No Ring Circus is focused on the avant-garde fusion of theatre with circus. Using sideshow and traditional circus skills to tell a theatrical story, and not just as an accessory to one. We seek to rethink sideshow and circus skills outside of their niche and present them to a wider audience as intrinsic elements of our stories, not tokens. By blending them seamlessly with theatre, the audience experiences the traditional thrill associated with these skills, without compromising story or artistry. The company is comprised of world-class theatre professionals, accomplished musicians, and some of the most sought-after sideshow performers in America.

The No Ring Circus is responsible for two full-length productions, CLOWNS and PSYCHOPOMPS which have been produced in New Orleans, LA. They also have an ongoing series of revivalist sideshow nights called REPENT! and a burlesque show called VANTA BLACK’S CRYPTEASE, both in NYC.

In addition, they perform as solo, duo, or trio acts at variety shows, events, and in productions across the US. They have worked for Theatre Bizarre, The Box, House of Yes, Dances of Vice, Shanghai Mermaid, Company XIV, FNT, The Great Gatsby Party, and Torture Garden among many others.


Eli Rose



Eli Rose is a New Orleans based sword swallower, MC, palm reader, sideshow performer, composer, and clown. He's the co-founder of The Little Top Circus and Medicine Show, New York's raucous turn-of-the-century revivalist tent show; Montreal's Debonaire & Derriere production duo; and The No Ring Circus. He's appeared in print in Grey Magazine and on film, in Cage The Elephant's music video for their hit, "Cold, Cold, Cold". Eli is both the composer and pianist for The Clown Orchestra, as well as co-writer for all No Ring Circus productions.



Daphne Rose Malfitano


Daphne Rose is a writer, actress, sideshow performer, and director- frequently all at the same time. She has acted professionally from age four, and studied at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, the Lee Strasberg School, the School at Steppenwolf, and the Piven Theatre. Daphne is the librettist for two operas by Thomas Pasatieri, “The Family Room,” which premiered at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, and “The Martyrs,” which premiered at DiCapo Opera Theatre in New York, and which she also directed. Her play “Paternus” was premiered in Los Angeles at Rogue Machine Theatre. She has also been published as a film critic, and freelance journalist. Daphne is the director and co-writer of all No Ring Circus productions.