Connecting the Dots: A Casting Conversation with Talent Seekers - CircusTalk

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Connecting the Dots: A Casting Conversation with Talent Seekers

This winter, the COVID-19 pandemic will mark its grim two-year milestone. Meanwhile, the performing arts industry continues its tireless preparations to rebound, redefine and one day, recover. Behind the scenes, CircusTalk’s growing focus on job opportunities, casting, and career advice motivated a research project spotlighting employment and casting infrastructures in the industry. The aim? To better understand the casting models and processes used to find talent, and to assess whether there is an appetite for innovation in casting. What follows is a summary of the results of this casting research.
I spoke with a diverse collection of international talent seekers representing various sectors of circus and the performing arts who generously contributed their professional insight. The topics ranged from their personal work practices to their thoughts on multi-skill performers to the role of technology and social media in their casting process. . Human Connections While personal experiences and professional work styles varied, the resounding takeaway across all interviewees was the importance of the talent’s pe...
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Stacy Clark

A former gymnast and professional circus performer, Stacy worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind to perform and teach circus around the world on stage, at festivals and on screen. Stacy is co-founder of Creative Athletic Performance, a consulting service specializing in casting, coaching and creation. She also teaches career development and act development to the next generation of circus artists training at San Diego Circus Center. Until 2020, Stacy was the Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil, leading a team of international talent scouts and advisors. Stacy's journey at Cirque du Soleil began in 2007 when she joined the Casting department as a Talent Scout, recruiting athletes and circus artists for the company’s shows worldwide. In 2011 she became Acrobatic Coach on Amaluna, touring North America. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University and a Leadership diploma from Concordia University. She is a certified yoga teacher, nutrition coach, NASM performance enhancement specialist and CrossFit level 1 and CrossFit Kids trainer. “I believe in safe, open learning environments, and cultivating a sense of agency in students, athletes and artists. Excellence in human performance begins with being an excellent human.”