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PRO EXCLUSIVE – Casting Agents: Get Curious! Advice for People Behind the Table

Auditions are stressful. Everyone in the room has fingers crossed: auditioners want to be cast; casting teams want just the right person for a role. It’s a two-way street. There’s lots of advice out there for the auditioner, those “in front of the table” who are seeking the next great gig. This article flips the focus and offers people “behind the table” guidance from the extraordinary Rowan Heydon-White, Head of Circus for Circa. If you’re a budding director, a new casting agent, a rehearsal director, or anyone with a seat behind the table, Heydon-White has some sage advice for you.

Heydon-White is a creator, performer, trainer and leader with over 15 years experience in the circus sector. She has toured to over 23 countries and performed for more than half a million audience members while working as a collaborator and acrobat with companies such as Circus Oz, Legs on the Wall, and Circa. Heydon-White ran her own company, won international awards, received academic scholarships, studied physical theatre, circus and holds a post-graduate degree in organizational culture and creativity research. As a Circa Ensemble member she delivered 922 performances, across 16 productions, including the world premiere seasons of En Masse, Beyond, Aura, and Landscape with Monsters. Madeline Hoak: When casting, what is a less obvious pool of performers that you would advise someone to consider? Rowan Hayden-White: The thing we overlook a lot...

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Madeline Hoak

Madeline is a NYC based performer, producer, professor, and choreographer specializing in aerial, acrobatics, dance and movement direction. She is an adjunct professor of Aerial Arts at Pace University, on staff at Aerial Arts NYC and The Muse Brooklyn and initiated the Aerial program at Muhlenberg College where she taught from 2011 - 2017. Her movement direction contributed to Circle Theater NYC’s production of The Mountain winning Outstanding Original Choreography/Movement, 2015. She co-choreographed The Battles, a musical voted by Broadway producer Ken Davenport one of the top 10 new scripts of 2016. Madeline's choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, Circus Warehouse, BAX, The House of Yes, Abron Arts Center, Times Square, The Flea, STREB, Galapagos, and The Muse. She received BAs in Dance and Theater from Muhlenberg College and is currently studying at NYU’s Gallatin school of Individualized Study where she is designing a master’s degree in circus studies with a focus on dramaturgy and creative processes.