Cirque Du Soleil Guest Bios
David’s fascination with the circus began at age 14 when he landed his first job selling popcorn and cotton candy at the Arab Shrine Temple Circus in his hometown of Topeka, Kansas. After High School he literally ran away and joined the circus working first as a clown and later as an aerial artist. While performing the death defying high act; The Pirates of the Sky, he met his future wife Christine, a seventh generation circus performer. During their year long engagement, David designed and fabricated a brand new aerial spectacular to perform with his young bride. This act was an instant sensation and the duo toured extensively with circuses worldwide for the next seven years.
In 1990 David retired the act and settled with his wife and two young sons in Christine’s hometown of Sarasota, Florida. During this hiatus from the entertainment industry, David opened three restaurants in Florida but continued to design circus rigging and equipment, and take stagehand calls from IATSE Local 412.
With sawdust in his veins the desire to return to show business was just too strong. In 1997, David applied for a rigging position with Cirque du Soleil for their new production at Disney World. When the company discovered that David was not only a rigger but an avid scuba diver, he was offered a position at Cirque’s upcoming Aquatic Spectacular “O” at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
In January of 1998 David relocated his family across country to begin the arduous creation period for “O” as the Assistant Head of Rigging. In November of 1998, just days after the new show opened, he was promoted to Head of Rigging, a position he held for over nine years. In September of 2007, David was promoted to Technical Director for “O”.
In May of 2013 David accepted the position of Director of Show Support. His team oversees purchasing, training and systems support for all permanent Cirque du Soleil resident shows.
Kim Scott serves as the Company Manager for The Beatles LOVETM by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage in Las Vegas. She oversees more than 220 cast, crew and staff members who operate the production daily. She works with the marketing, ticketing, sales, public relations, health and safety, technical and show support departments to maximize the support to the show. Kim also manages the relationship with the MGM Resorts International support teams to ensure a successful and collaborative partnership between the two organizations.
Prior to her current position at The Beatles LOVE, she concurrently managed two Cirque du Soleil productions, CRISS ANGEL BeLIEveTM and The Beatles LOVETM. During her tenure with Cirque du Soleil, she served as Director of Show Support for the Resident Shows Division and was responsible for the conception and execution of the Educational Cooperative Program. This program is between Cirque du Soleil and key universities around the world. It gives faculty and students hands on training with technicians from our current productions.
Kim is a founder of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) Elite Training Program, a collaborative effort between USITT, Cirque du Soleil and their technical partners to provide students with an opportunity for hands on training with the technology used on the current Cirque productions. Kim is also the chair for the eSET Council; the Essential Skills for Entertainment Technicians. This council is defining the technical standards for entry level technicians working in live entertainment.
Kim is currently serving as interim Treasurer of USITT and is the chair of the eSET Council. She is also the Director at Large for the Intermountain Desert Section USITT. As well, she sits on the academic advisory boards of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Chapman University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, St. Clair College and the Academy of Art University. She is also proud to serve on the advisory boards for Nevada High School Theatre Technical Standards and Cure 4 the Kids Foundation Children's Specialty Center of Nevada.
Kim holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California-Irvine. She had a vibrant professional career performing in concert dance and musical theatre before joining Cirque du Soleil.
Yago Pita is the Operations Production Manager for the Cirque du Soleil’s Production “KA” performing at the MGM Grand.
He oversees all technical operations of the show, facility maintenance, artistic support and Performances. From a very early age back in Spain, he was drawn to the music business. He started touring with different bands and productions in Spain and parts of Europe at age 17. At 22 years old, he literally ran away with the circus. Cirque du Soleil came to perform in Madrid and he jumped on board with the French Canadian group and he has remained with the company up to today.
In his 19 years with Cirque du Soleil Yago has served as Tent Technician for the touring show “Alegria,” Rigger, Head Rigger and Technical Director for the Touring Show “Quidam,” Technical Director for “O” at the “Bellagio.” Operations Production Manager for “ZED” at Tokyo Disneyland and finally as the Operations Production Manager for “KA” at the MGM Grand.
In his time in Las Vegas, Yago was part of the trio that develop the Ascension program and has participated as Mentor for several years, Production Director for the first “One Night for One Drop,” develop the Technical Training Module for CDS and many other projects.
In his spare time, Yago loves to spend time with his family, travel and do projects at their home.Yago currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Allison has been dancing since she was two years old, training at various pre-professional competitive dance studios across the DFW area. She earned various performance awards and scholarships, including the opportunity to travel across the USA as a teacher's assistant at Co. Dance Convention. Allison also assisted choreographer Kim McSwain at Jump Dance Conventions. In 2010, she began her collegiate studies at Chapman University to earn a Bachelors in Dance and Bachelors in Advertising, and a minor in Film Studies. In her four years there, Allison trained under elite dance faculty including Alicia Guy, Leann Alduenda, Larry Rosenberg, Jenny Backhaus, and Holly Johnston. As a selected member of the Chapman Dance Touring Ensemble, she represented the university to high schools across the country. Dance tour allowed her to train with acclaimed choreographers such as Michael Jackson's original dancer Eddie Garcia, SYTYCD's Ade Obayomi, Diavolo's Chad Michael Hall, and Joffrey Ballet's Stephanie Powell. Allison was also a member of the undefeated national champion Chapman Dance Team and a lead choreographer of the hip hop group Team Shaka. After graduation in 2014, she traveled Europe with her mentor Alicia Guy and performed at the Divadlo Kolowrat National Theater in Prague, Czech Republic. After her invigorating travels, she moved to Los Angeles and signed with MSA Talent Agency to pursue dance professionally. Allison has booked various jobs including a GARNIER Commercial, Myke Terry music video, ARIA New Years Eve Gala, and the iHEART Radio Party at Light Nightclub. She most recently booked one of her dream jobs as an ensemble dancer in Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas, Nevada.