Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Announces First-Ever Female Ringmaster

Kristen Michelle Wilson Joins The Greatest Show On Earth®
January 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida

ELLENTON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live family
entertainment, announced today that Kristen Michelle Wilson will join Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
® Presents Circus
® and become the first-ever female
ringmaster in the brand’s 146-year history. A dynamic performer with
tremendous stage presence and exceptional vocal skills, Wilson beat out
hundreds of candidates in a nationwide open audition process to earn the
prestigious role.

For over a century, female performers have been some of Ringling Bros.
biggest stars, and Wilson will continue the tradition when she joins the
show on January 12, 2017. Her premiere performance will be at the Amway
Center in Orlando, Fla. A national tour will follow, including stops in
Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta; Cincinnati; Greenville, S.C.; and
Greensboro, N.C. A professional singer with a background in theater,
Wilson brings her talent and enthusiastic energy to the iconic role of
ringmaster, transforming and further modernizing The Greatest Show On
®. As a young woman with a diverse
background, Wilson will serve as a role model, inspiring and empowering
children everywhere to follow their dreams.

“We constantly travel the globe looking for the best and brightest
talent,” said Alana Feld, Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment®
and Producer of Ringling Bros. “Kristen Michelle Wilson wowed us
with her powerful voice and charismatic personality. We knew immediately
that she would be able to connect with the audience and bring them along
on the Circus XTREME adventure.”

Wilson will be the 39th ringmaster in Ringling Bros. history and
will star 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. “The Feld Family
continues to bring fresh, modern elements to their productions and Circus
is no exception,” says Wilson. “To be the ringmaster of The
Greatest Show On Earth
is a bucket-list role.”

For the national tour schedule and to find out more about Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Presents Circus XTREME, visit RINGLING.com
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Feld Entertainment
Lisa Taylor, 703-749-5520
Maninger, 314-800-3938