Jesse Dryden is the first Canadian graduate of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. In addition to appearing on stages throughout North America and Europe, he has participated in many festivals, ceremonies and street events. He is a member of Circus Smirkus of Vermont, where he has served as creative director of the Big Top Tour for 15 years. He also has performed with Cirque du Soleil and as the lead character in Birdhouse Factory by Cirque Mechanic. In Montreal, he teaches clowning arts and acting at the National Circus School.