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Festival Snapshot–1st Annual San Diego Circus Festival 2019

The first annual San Diego Circus Festival, hosted by San Diego Circus Center and produced by Jean-Luc Martin, was a three day event in San Diego, CA illuminated by different levels of circus artistry in aerial, floor, jeu, and dance. Acts in those categories were submitted through the Festival website, selected, and divided up into three evening productions : Professional, Emerging, and Youth. Preceding each production of talent was a Cirque-Off where contestants competed against each other through improvisation to live taiko drums.
By exposing nationwide, hand-selected talent to the community, San Diego Circus Festival became a pathway for youth and emerging artists to excel as well as an avenue for established professionals to perform. The Festival gave talent an opportunity to present their work while also providing education through workshops held by professionals in the industry. As executive director, I took on the role of branding, concept collaboration, execution, talent, content creation, project management, scheduling, and communication. Festival Snapshot Country and City of Festival:  San Diego, CA, USA Date of Festival: August 23rd – 25th 2019 Festival Activities: Workshops – Slapstick Clowning by Dan Griffiths, Aerial Rope by Christian Sanchez, Chinese Pole by M...
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Kelsi Mathey

Kelsi Mathey recently took on the role of AYCOfest showcase director for the 2019 biennial festival and was the executive director for The 1st Annual San Diego Circus Festival. Her 26 year background in circus and dance, many years of professional performance and coaching, experience in circus program direction and Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design & Dance / Movement from Chapman University has given her the foundation to excel in her current work. Kelsi finds joy in celebrating human expression, exploring individuality through circus, empowering teams, and delivering projects from concept to completion.