faculty & staff
The faculty and staff of The Creative Circus are at the school for the same reasons our students are: the thrill of creating great advertising, design, copywriting, photography and interactive user experiences. Circus instructors are working professionals who make themselves available to teach in order to share their experience and professionalism with the next generation.
Circus students have the advantage of working with teachers who earn their living actually doing what they are teaching. Many staff members, like the instructors, have enjoyed successful careers in advertising, development, design, illustration and photography. Others have strong ties to education and school administration. Together, they bring an integrated team dedicated towards student success.
But because he loves to create, it wasn’t so much work. It was mostly fun.Norm’s had jobs as a Designer/Art Director, a Copywriter, a Creative Director, an Executive Creative Director and even an agency owner. He’s worked on clients such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Lincoln-Mercury, Bristol-Myers, basically on all kinds of large and small companies.For many of us, Advertising is a great way to make a living. So in 1995, he opened The Creative Circus to help others who feel the same. Since then, about a thousand Art Directors, Copywriters, Designers and Image-Makers have graduated from The Circus. About 95% are in on the fun.Contact:
Executive Creative Director
Department Head, Advertising
Department Head, Design
He has produced images professionally for advertising, design and corporate and editorial clients. Greg enjoys excellent, intelligent, and memorable commercial photography.More amazing facts:
-Enjoys being surrounded by creative people
-Works hard to make “it” better
-Takes him his Image grads bowling, and he recently bowled a 201
-As a Valentine’s birthday gift, he’d been described by his friends using words like: generous, talented, sensei, patient, respected, caring, tall, Hawaiian-shirted with crazy hair. Yep. True dat.
-Lives with his wife, Karen, and four rescued cats in the Historic District of Madison, Georgia. Contact:
Department Head, Image
Interactive Department Head
Jen is married to an overgrown boy scout software engineer from Rhode Island, and you can often find them traveling the backroads in the Airstream they share with their 4-legged wunderpup, Gussie.
Please don’t call her Mrs. Magoo. Seriously.
Art Direction Department Head
Director of Education
left her with artistic knowledge but no skills to help pay bills. So she started at The Creative Circus in its original location. She loved the people who started The Circus. It was Rob Lawton, Benita Van Winkle, Norm Grey and Carol Vick that got her excited to start, not the broken folding chairs and tables. She graduated as an Art Director in 2000.While attending The Circus, her first internship was at Match Inc. She made a few ads (and some sandwiches and cocktails). After graduating, she was hired on full time as an Art Director and Assistant to the Executive Creative Director and learned a lot more than she had ever expected. Then the economy crashed, and she learned to freelance. A lot. The Circus asked if she would come back to help them, and she has been working here as a teacher, the Director of Education, and now the Director of Career Services and has enjoyed it all. Outside of work, she has two lovely girls and two English Bulldogs with faces ‘only a mother could love’ named Beans and Marmite. Contact:
Director of Career Services
Senior Copywriting Advisor
* She only works with adults, as children frighten and confuse her.• Is the Owner & Creative Director at Green Dog Studio, a design/advertising studio in Inman Park. She frequently hires the top students to work with her on a part-time basis, helping them gain real world experience throughout their time at the Circus. www.greendogstudio.com• Freelances as a dog portraiture artist. Her rescue dog Oliver serves as her muse.• Is currently embarking on her MFA in Illustration at SCAD, hoping to bring her newfound skill set to the student body here at the Circus, in the form of new and exciting classes. If you happen to catch sight of her in the halls or around town, take the time to try and catch her attention (Move slowly though, and do NOT try to take her picture. Like the ever elusive Loch Ness Monster or Big Foot, she spooks easily) and she will be more than happy to lift your spirits with a funny story…or listen to, and help with, any problems you may be having…at school, or in life.
Senior Design Advisor
James by default is a Lakers guy, an L.A. guy. Living in L.A. for the first five years of
U.S. living, he has grown a love for L.A. Sports. Don’t let him fool you; he loves Atlanta, and he roots for the Braves and Hawks. He just happens to be a huge Falcons fan, too. James got his introduction to technology at an early age. He came to The Circus from a private school where he was known as “the tech guy” and, more officially, the Middle School Instructional Technologist. Most “tech teachers” find themselves going through the basics of Microsoft Office, but James found himself teaching the middle-schoolers layout, shadow, overlay, copy and opacity which makes him a perfect fit for The Creative Circus.
Financial Services Director
-You’d never know she was born in Germany by her southern accent.
-She has an education in holistic nutrition, loves being super healthy and only eats organic. She could very well be Whole Foods’ no.1 customer.
-She loves the beach and HATES when the temperature drops below 70 degrees.
-She’s married to the famous Ron Moore, mother to Tiffany and Wesley. And who can forget Ron & Finny’s furry son, Gus?
-She never meets a stranger and will always find a way to pet a dog.If you have questions about finding a roommate or would like more apartment information please contact Finny.
Student Services Manager