Joe Putignano is a performing artist and contortionist with Cirque du Soleil. He was the star of the Cirque show, Totem, which has just finished touring. He has performed in The Times They Are A’changin,’ by Twyla Tharp and in a number of stage productions with the Metropolitan Opera. He was a member of the Junior Olympic team, and since 1987 he has won numerous state and regional championships. Putignano has also appeared on various TV shows and soap operas. He resides in New York City.