A Wake Up Call for Inclusion 05 - Allyship in the US Circus Industry - CircusTalk

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A Wake Up Call for Inclusion 05 – Allyship in the US Circus Industry

This panel is part of CircusTalk’s ongoing panel series Circus and Changing Realities 2020. This episode was a live Zoom event on August 4th, titled A Wake Up Call for Inclusion 05 – Allyship in the US Circus Industry. Each panelist, representing a different facet of the US circus community,  was asked to prepare a 5 minute response prompted by the question: How are you/your organization defining and activating allyship? After the presentations, there was an open dialogue amongst the group and the live Facebook and Zoom audiences. The Zoom chat is recorded at the end of this article. A Note: Due to a hurricane on the east coast of the US, the recording of this event was interrupted. Many thanks to Beatrice A. Martino and Emily Holt for post-production video editing!  ...
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Madeline Hoak

Madeline Hoak is an artist and academic who creates with, through and about circus. She is an Associate Editor for CircusTalk, Adjunct Professor of Aerial Arts at Pace University, a member of the American Circus Alliance's EDI committee, and the Editor and Curatorial Director of TELEPHONE, an international arts game. Madeline has performed, coached, produced, and choreographed at elite regional and international venues. Her background in dance and physical theater are infiltrated into her coaching and creation style. She is passionate about providing her students holistic circus education that includes physical, historical, theoretical resources. Madeline initiated the Aerial Acrobatics program at her alma mater, Muhlenberg College, where she taught from 2012-2017. She is also a regular contributor to Cirkus Syd's Circus Thinkers international reading group. Her circus research has been supported by Pace, NYU, and Concordia University. Recent publications include "Teaching the Mind-Body: Integrating Knowledges through Circus Arts'' (with Alisan Funk, Dan Berkley), a chapter in Art as an Agent for Social Change, "expanding in(finite) between," a multimedia essay in Circus Thinkers: Reflections, 2020, and "Digital Dance & TELEPHONE: A Unique Spectator Experience." Madeline has presented academic papers at numerous conferences including Circus and it’s Others (UC Davis), the Popular Culture Association, Gallatin (NYU), and McGill University. Madeline earned an MA from Gallatin, New York University’s School of Independent Study, where she designed a Circus Studies curriculum with a focus on spectatorship. madelinehoak.com