Chelsea Laumen is a proud founder and director at Sky Candy Austin. A veteran performer of 20+ years, Chelsea teaches Silks, Contortion conditioning and techniques, Lyra, Capoeira acrobatics and handstands and children’s classes. In addition to the curriculums above, Chelsea performs professionally as an aerialist, both as a soloist and in doubles acts on a variety of apparatuses, as well as a contortionist and actor. As a founder, Chelsea was quick to galvanize the original Sky Candy Collective into a theatrical ensemble, directing Sky Candy’s first work The Red Shoes. Chelsea has since assistant-directed Land Without Evil, which was featured in the Emmy award-winning show Arts in Context, and she has participated in every mainstage work produced at Sky Candy.
Noted performances over her 20+ year span as a performer include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world held each year in Scotland, as well as Bassnectar, SXSW Official Interactive Party, Circus Luminous at the historic Lensic Theatre of Santa Fe, and many others. She has worked professionally as an actor in film and stage, devoting many hours to the classics, most prominently the works of Shakespeare, Ibsen and Greek classics, as well as working professionally as a physical character actor in farce and the tradition of Lecoq. Her educational history includes a BFA in Acting from the College of Santa Fe, teacher training in Capoeira from the Birimbau Academy of Capoeira, Introduction to Teacher Training from Nimble Arts, aerial training from Wisefool New Mexico, and many masterclasses from the likes of the Royal Shakespeare Company, among others in the fields of clown, mime and puppetry, as well as an internship at the Tony award-winning theatre The Alley in the field of dramaturgy. She is committed to continuing her education with other working professionals in her field, and devotes countless hours to personal movement research.