Circus International Film Festival: Meet the 2023 Jury - Johnny Kim (USA)

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Circus International Film Festival: Meet the 2023 Jury – Johnny Kim (USA)

A festival jury is no mysterious cabal that judges the rights and wrongs of art; rather, they are a team of fellow circus artists, creators, producers, and professionals, each of who contributes their unique perspective to the team. Over the next few weeks, the Circus International Film Festival will help us get to know its jurors, such as American artist Johnny Kim, and learn how they see art and the world.

Johnny Kim started out as a gymnast and classically trained pianist when he was young and moved into Drama and Theatre as a teenager. He accompanied the musical Pippin at the age of 16 and musically directed Rancho Buena Vista High School’s Charlotte’s Web and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at just 18 years of age.

Johnny has had an eclectic performance background in dance, musicals, and circus and graced many stages around the globe. Favourite productions include working for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night and Cameron Mackintosh’s Encore Mr. Producer with Jean Ann Ryan Productions; Les Folies Bergere at the Tropicana; Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular Arena Tour; Miss Saigon at North Carolina Theatre; Cirque de la Mer for World Entertainment; and Voyage de la Vie at Resorts World Sentosa.

On pushing the boundaries in entertainment, he is also the only male to have played the female role “Dark Queen” in Franco Dragone’s The House of Dancing Water. He also served as the Choreography Captain of the show and transitioned into management as the Artistic Coordinator of cast changeover and operations for several years. Johnny landed a dream job with Cirque du Soleil as the Assistant Artistic Director on the creation of VOLTA and spent two years creatively shaping the production with his mentor. After a successful stint on VOLTA‘s North American tour, he then joined TOTEM as their Artistic Director. Most recently, he was the Artistic Director of the relaunch of Cirque du Soleil’s ALEGRIA and is now proud to be the Artistic Director here on BAZZAR.

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