Free Ring Circus is the business of Rachel Wayne, who began her career in creative communications when she joined a student-run theatre troupe at Valdosta State University. Being part of the business side of creative enterprises stoked a new passion in her, and she endeavored to launch her own theatre business, which become DreamQuilt Productions, while working at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, FL.
Meanwhile, she accepted a position in the Office of Sustainability at Alachua County, FL and began developing social sustainability programs, as well as educational programs for employees. She then moved on to the University of Florida, where she joined the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a writer, but quickly donned many hats and began working with faculty, students, and alumni across a wide variety of disciplines. She became adept at writing features, pitching stories to the media, writing and organizing digital content, designing for both digital and print, and editing for web accessibility.
Meanwhile, DreamQuilt was growing, and Rachel regularly produced variety shows, art shows, and arts education events. She also served on two cultural organization boards while teaching aerial arts at the local circus school. Through this experience, she became a coach and consultant for several local artists who needed help with contracts, social media, and other aspects of being a creative professional.
In 2019, Rachel relocated to Orlando, FL, where she quickly became involved with several theatre troupes and launched Free Ring Circus.