Justine Lucas attained her BFA degree with a minor in World Music & Dance from SF State University in 2011. From 2012-2015 she recorded 3 solo albums and 5 collaborative albums, one of which ("Make Me Mad" with co-composer Jonah-Udall) features several Big Band players from George Benson's studio band. From 2014-2018 she "ran away with the circus" and traveled throughout the United States and Canada with Cavalia, Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily, studying the art of live performance and theatrical production. Throughout her music career, she has played several renowned venues around the SF Bay Area including Yoshi's, Slim's, The Haight-Ashbury Music Festival, Herbst Theatre, the Swedish American Hall, and The Great American Music Hall.
From 2018-2020 she taught private music lessons (in guitar, voice, piano, and ukulele) at Mountain Music School in Santa Cruz. She also founded a music teacher's collective called Redwood Music Academy, connecting students with music teachers around the Bay Area. In recent years, Justine has been immersing herself in holistic health; discovering the healing properties of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Justine's Somatic Singing Program and Meditative Vocal lessons are a culmination of all of these experiences ~ singing, performing, teaching, healing, listening, meditating, and expressing.

A Life in the Circus...

Justine Lucas first discovered her passion for circus arts in a circus summer camp at the AcroSports center in San Francisco. Fascinated, she returned every summer for 7 years. Her focus areas were clowning, costume design, and prop design. She simultaneously attended Shakespeare theatre camp each summer as well and went on to study musical theatre in middle school. After graduating from an arts high school, she returned to her circus summer tradition and spent several months on tour with Northern California performance troupe Cirkus Pandemonium, where she lived on a giant purple tour bus with 10 other circus performers.

She started college at SFSU, creating a well-rounded degree in the arts studying as many forms as she could at once (painting, sculpture, music, and dance), and spent summers on tour either with other circus troupes (Freelove Circus, Humboldt Circus) or her own music performance project (The Jaunting Martyrs).

After college, Justine left SF completely on a continent-wide circus tour. She explored the US & Canada with various music groups and circus productions for 3 years, studying the art of performance, costume design, and stage production. Based in San Francisco, California, Justine Lucas now runs an independent film company, a jazz and swing big band dance cabaret, and continues exploring the lives of performers and artists with her own painting and illustrations.

  • Cavalia 2015-2018

  • Cirque Du Soleil 2016

  • Ringling Bro.s 2017



A Life in the Arts...

Justine Lucas was raised by poets and painters in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, California. As a young child, she excelled in painting and won several art contests for her drawings and paintings. She attended an arts charter school for part of middle school, where she first found her love for sculpture. For high school, she auditioned for and attended San Francisco School of the Arts, where she focused on figurative studies in painting and in sculpture. After graduation, and a gap year in the circus, she went on to attain her BFA from San Francisco State University in Studio Art with a dual emphasis in Painting and Sculpture, and a minor in World Music & Dance. Her mediums of choice at this point were oil paint, and wood and metal sculpture. Since graduating, Justine has continued creating and showing work in California. Her artwork focuses on the secret life of circus performers, as inspired by her years traveling with several local and international circus art troupes (scroll down for details).

  • Creative Arts Charter School

    Visual Arts Major

  • SF School of the Arts

    Visual Arts Major

  • San Francisco State University

    Fine Art Major
    Dual Emphasis in Painting & Sculpture
    World Music & Dance Minor

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