Fred Garbo got paid for doing a card trick in 1974, and has been a professional performer ever since.
On Sesame Street, he was the acrobat inside Barkley the Dog. On Broadway, he was the chief juggler in the musical Barnum. He toured Europe, Hong Kong and Australia with the Obie Award-winning Foolsfire, with Bob Berky and Michael Moschen.
Whether tumbling for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center or dancing with MOMIX in Brazil, Fred brings a gymnast's timing and an actor's presence to his Inflatable Theater Co.
He even was featured on David Letterman's Late Night. Fred Garbo continues to astound and tickle audiences with his pop-action inflatables and hilarious stage presence.
For more than two decades he has been inventing inflatables with artist/builder: George York. Fred has trained and performed with the Master of Illusion: Tony Montanaro. (Fred also trains in snowboarding every chance he gets.)
Kat Finck began her performing arts career as a busker on the streets of Spain. She went on to study circus arts in Montreal and Switzerland and has gone on to perform extensively in Canada, the US, and overseas including Norway and India. She is a multidisciplinary artist performing acts with Cyr Wheel, aerial hoop, diabolo, and clowning. She is a native Nova Scotian who has made Portland, Maine her home.
Molly Gawler grew up on Buttermilk Hill on a small farm in Maine. She danced from a young age and studied Vaganova ballet with Russian teacher and choreographer Andrei Bossov. Following that, she broadened her horizons with ballet, modern and improvisational studies at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance earning her BFA in Dance Performance.
While in New York City she danced with contemporary/modern companies "CorbinDances" with choreography by Patrick Corbin and "Noa Dance" with choreography by Nelly VanBommell. She danced with Pilobolus as the lead role as "the dog girl" in Pilobolus's Shadowland which toured the world. While in her home state of Maine, she plays fiddle, banjo and sings in the "Gawler Family Band" as well as her trio of sisters, "The Gawler Sisters." Her new dance company "Droplet Dance" uses performance art to celebrate and spread awareness of water. She has been dancing with Fred Garbo's Inflatable Company since 2013 in various venues in the USA.
Founding company memeber Daielma Santos was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her training includes studies at the Royal Academy of Dance of London, Michigan University, and with director Tony Montanaro.
In Brazil, Daielma danced with Studio de Dancas and was principal ballerina with the Opera Paulista II dance company.
Her performances span the Americas and Europe, both as choreographer and performer.
From The Nutcracker to The Inflatable Living Project, Daielma's choreography combines world-class artistry and technical brilliance with theatrical humor. Daielma became a US citizen in July of 2000. Daielma is taking a hiatus to raise her child in Chicago, IL. Many of the pieces Daielma choreographed are still in the company repetoire.