PRO Talk: Shana Carroll on Creativity, Casting, and The 7 Fingers - CircusTalk

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PRO Talk: Shana Carroll on Creativity, Casting, and The 7 Fingers

Our April PRO Talk guest Shana Carroll, director, choreographer, and co-founding artistic director of The 7 Fingers, recounts her journey from drama student to Pickle Family Circus artist and the moment she “knew” what path she wanted her life to take. Tune in to learn about the fragile balance between creating circus art and running a company, why being a good human as well as a good artist matters in our industry, and how multidisciplinary artists are the hallmark of the 7 Fingers’ work.



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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.”