360 Degrees with Stacy Clark--Casting from All Sides

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PRO Exclusive 360 Degrees: Circus Through a Holistic Lens with Stacy Clark–Casting from All Sides

With our video interview series called 360 Degrees: Circus Through a Holistic Lens with Stacy Clark, we share professional development tools around the concepts of coaching, casting and career with our PRO Subscribers. Stacy Clark is the host of this exciting new video interview series which will provide a deep dive into the world of elite athletes and performers while tying in the practical tools she provides with her holistic approach to coaching. Stacy has years of experience in the industry working with artists and industry leaders from around the world and her work has been instrumental in shaping the contemporary circus landscape.

In episode 8, I chat Casting with Sarah Davison, creative manager at Action Horizons. Sarah and I discuss early talent development, the importance of offering candidates feedback, staying open and curious as an artist and as a human, and the value of transferable skills in the ever-evolving world of on-stage entertainment.

Sarah started her formal dance training with her mother in Toulouse, France. After multiple prizes on the National scene, she obtained her degree in Dance and Choreography from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon at the age of 16.Sarah then started her professional career performing with several neo-classical and Jazz companies in France before she came to North America as an original cast member of Céline Dion’sA New Day. She continued to refine and broaden her experience in live theater inLe RêveandViva ELVIS.Sarah is trained in Ballet, Neo-classical, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop and Ballroom. Her TV appearances include “Dancing with the Stars”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “The Jerry Lewis Telethon” and the “American Music Awards”. Besides her busy career on stage, she has been a producer and project manager of many events in the Las Vegas area, and taught classes and workshops all over Europe and the US.In 2012, Sarah transitioned off-stage to become a dance and physical acting Advisor and Talent Scout for Cirque du Soleil Casting in Las Vegas, and eventually became head of the department. As a part of the Casting team, she offered her expertise to enthusiastic athletes, artists and performers hoping to joinCirque du Soleil.

Today, Sarah is the creative manager for Action Horizons in Orlando, where she oversees the creative process including sourcing, scouting, auditioning, training, and maintaining show quality for their operations in Orlando.

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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.”