12 Jan Kristen Michelle Wilson makes her world debut as Ringling’s first female Ringmaster
History was made January 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida when Kristen Michelle Wilson made her world debut as Ringmaster of Ringling Bros. Presents Circus XTREME. With her performance, she became the first-ever female to hold the legendary position in Ringling’s 146-year history. And as Ringling’s 39th Ringmaster, Kristen is starring 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.
Talent scouts first discovered Kristen during Ringling’s worldwide search for our next great Ringmaster. And in the end, she beat out hundreds of candidates to earn the prestigious role, wowing the team with her powerhouse voice and dynamic personality.
“Never, ever give up on your dreams,” said Kristen. “My entire life, all I’ve ever wanted to do is perform and make people smile in the process. To be the ringmaster of The Greatest Show On Earth is a bucket list role.”
Her premiere performance run is happening now through January 16 at the Amway Center in her hometown of Orlando, Florida, followed by a national tour including stops in Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Greenville, South Carolina; and Greensboro, North Carolina.
Get a sneak peek as Kristen prepped for her big debut during rehearsals yesterday in Orlando: