Casting Agents Curious Advice People Behind Table

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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.
Rowan Hayden-White. Photo credit Big Fish. 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...
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Madeline Hoak

Madeline Hoak is an artist and academic who creates with, through, and about circus. She is a Writer for CircusTalk, Adjunct Professor of Aerial Arts and American Circus History at Pace University, Editor and Curatorial Director of TELEPHONE: an international arts game, and curator and director of Cirkus Moxie, a weekly contemporary circus show at Brooklyn Art Haus. Madeline has performed, coached, produced, and choreographed at elite regional and international venues. Her background in dance and physical theater is infiltrated into her coaching and creation style. She is passionate about providing her students holistic circus education that includes physical, historical, theoretical resources. Madeline initiated the Aerial Acrobatics program at her alma mater, Muhlenberg College, where she taught from 2012-2017. She is also a regular contributor to Cirkus Syd's Circus Thinkers international reading group. Her circus research has been supported by Pace, NYU, and Concordia University. Recent publications include "Teaching the Mind-Body: Integrating Knowledges through Circus Arts'' (with Alisan Funk, Dan Berkley), a chapter in Art as an Agent for Social Change, "expanding in(finite) between," a multimedia essay in Circus Thinks: Reflections, 2020, and "Digital Dance & TELEPHONE: A Unique Spectator Experience." Madeline has presented academic papers at numerous conferences including Circus and its Others (UC Davis), International Federation for Theatre Research (University of Reykjavík), the Popular Culture Association, Gallatin (NYU), and McGill University. Madeline earned an MA from Gallatin, New York University’s School of Independent Study, where she designed a Circus Studies curriculum with a focus on spectatorship.