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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Announces

First-Ever Female Ringmaster


Kristen Michelle Wilson Joins The Greatest Show On Earth®

January 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida


ELLENTON, Fla. (December 14, 2016) Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live family entertainment, announced today that Kristen Michelle Wilson will join Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME® and become the first-ever female ringmaster in the brand’s 146-year history. A dynamic performer with tremendous stage presence and exceptional vocal skills, Wilson beat out hundreds of candidates in a nationwide open audition process to earn the prestigious role.


For over a century, female performers have been some of Ringling Bros. biggest stars, and Wilson will continue the tradition when she joins the show on January 12, 2017. Her premiere performance will be at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. A national tour will follow, including stops in Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta; Cincinnati; Greenville, S.C.; and Greensboro, N.C. A professional singer with a background in theater, Wilson brings her talent and enthusiastic energy to the iconic role of ringmaster, transforming and further modernizing The Greatest Show On Earth®. As a young woman with a diverse background, Wilson will serve as a role model, inspiring and empowering children everywhere to follow their dreams.


“We constantly travel the globe looking for the best and brightest talent,” said Alana Feld, Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment® and Producer of Ringling Bros. “Kristen Michelle Wilson wowed us with her powerful voice and charismatic personality. We knew immediately that she would be able to connect with the audience and bring them along on the Circus XTREME adventure.”


Wilson will be the 39th ringmaster in Ringling Bros. history and will star in Circus XTREME alongside artists who redefine the word “extreme” in everything they do by combining never-before-seen spectacles with original, fast-paced performances. “The Feld Family continues to bring fresh, modern elements to their productions and Circus XTREME is no exception,” says Wilson. “To be the ringmaster of The Greatest Show On Earth is a bucket-list role.”

For the national tour schedule and to find out more about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube — @RinglingBros.

About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at