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Contemporary Circus Programming at Montclair State Aims to Defy Expectations of Virtuosity

I remember sitting in a patch of sun after I had finished teaching for the morning. I spoke with Jed Wheeler, Executive Director for Arts and Cultural Programming at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, for just under half an hour before dashing off to my next job. Some minor precautionary measures had started to be put in place that day due to Covid-19. Little did we know how much would change in just a day or two. Montclair was on spring break, and not too much had shifted yet on campus, but Jed and I agreed that the future seemed undefined, open ended. We mutually shook off the temptation to let the feeling of uncertainty monopolize the conversation. 
Jed Wheeler, Executive Director for Arts and Cultural Programming at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey Jed Wheeler: Let’s talk about circus! Madeline Hoak: Yes, let’s talk about circus! ...
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Madeline Hoak

Madeline is a NYC based performer, producer, professor, and choreographer specializing in aerial, acrobatics, dance and movement direction. She is an adjunct professor of Aerial Arts at Pace University, on staff at Aerial Arts NYC and The Muse Brooklyn and initiated the Aerial program at Muhlenberg College where she taught from 2011 - 2017. Her movement direction contributed to Circle Theater NYC’s production of The Mountain winning Outstanding Original Choreography/Movement, 2015. She co-choreographed The Battles, a musical voted by Broadway producer Ken Davenport one of the top 10 new scripts of 2016. Madeline's choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, Circus Warehouse, BAX, The House of Yes, Abron Arts Center, Times Square, The Flea, STREB, Galapagos, and The Muse. She received BAs in Dance and Theater from Muhlenberg College and is currently studying at NYU’s Gallatin school of Individualized Study where she is designing a master’s degree in circus studies with a focus on dramaturgy and creative processes. madelinehoak.com.