John Highkin

John Highkin has over thirty years in art – as a musician, circus impresario, theater director, and administrator.  He co-founded Fern Street Circus in 1990 with his wife Cindy Zimmerman, a visual artist and educator, building San Diego’s first theatrical and social circus into what The Reader called, “a San Diego treasure.” In 2003, Highkin left Fern Street Circus, subsequently working as Executive Director of Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the municipal government of Salina, KS, and as Executive Director of Young Audiences of San Diego, an arts education nonprofit and affiliate of a national network.  In 2014, Highkin and Zimmerman began to revive and reimagine Fern Street Circus, creating educational and performance programs. He holds an M.A. from Cambridge University and a B.A. from UCLA, both in English literature; Highkin taught literature at University of San Diego, Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS) and Kansas State University at Salina. He released his first musical CD, Heart of a Clown, in 2013.