In her first month as CEO of CircusTalk, Stacy Clark made time in her busy schedule for her favorite part of the job: getting to know the artists and people behind every performance. After her time in artistic gymnastics, Stacy fell in love with flying trapeze and left behind the advertising industry to make it as a street performer (earning her a raised eyebrow from her parents). She spent ten years as an aerialist in Toronto, and fourteen as a talent scout and face for Cirque du Soleil. She’s cheered young gymnasts on from the stands at sporting events around the globe, and helped create safe spaces like the Projet Lumiere Project for her fellow performers. Just in case you didn’t catch her introduction and welcome message, you have some options on how to listen to her fascinating story in more detail.
Stacy made her first stop on the podcast circuit in early June. Talking to Josh and Lyndsay Aviner of the Hideaway Circus Podcast, Stacy details her journey through the circus world, from gymnast to street performer to talent scout and acrobatic coach. She also weighs in on the impacts of the pandemic on performing arts and shares her goals for the CircusTalk platform.
Her next stop was the PMED Podcast, where Cirque du Soleil therapists delve into topics in performance medicine. In a mid-July talk entitled From Athlete to Artist, Stacy joins a panel with three of her oldcolleagues (including her roommate on the Amaluna tour!) about setting athletes up for success as performers.
Most recently, Stacy joined Roy Gomez andJulia Sanchez for the first episode of Café & Circo, brought to you by Hablemos de Circo radio. The three compare and contrast the Latin American circus scene with Stacy’s time at Cirque du Soleil, and chat about fostering communication and connections in the international circus world.
Stacy says she doesn’t have any plans for podcast guest appearances this August, but she is busy working behind the scenes with the CircusTalk team to bring new developments to life on the platform. And she is looking forward to more enriching industry conversations live and in person! Congrats to her again on a job well done.