Nick “The Creature” Harbar is not only a co-founder and -director of the Wanderlust operation, but also a multifaceted circus performer. He produced the gypsy-themed Circo Romani at San Francisco’s CELLSpace theater before relocating to Portland to start his new Wanderlust Circus with Noah Mickens.
Whether playing a fictionalized version of himself or walk-on characters like The Caterpillar in Wonderland Circus, Creature is a presence onstage in every Wanderlust production. As our resident menagerist, he deftly commands his pride of acrobatic lions, his reluctant balancing bear Barnaby, and the rarely-seen Fannie the Elephant; and appears at our outdoor events as a stilt-walker. As the mastermind behind our MegaBounce dubstep party extravaganza, he selects our DJ mixes and manages the onstage chaos of balloons, glitter cannons, and eight-foot happy faces that gives the show its signature charge. Through his recently-devised Wanderlust Games, he continues to explore and abolish the territory between the audience and the stage in the name of experimental interactivity. Behind the scenes, Creature manages the technical staff, oversees the design of costumes and sets, and does whatever it takes to keep the boat afloat.