PRO Exclusive: Think Like an Acrobat--The Art of Rigging

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PRO Exclusive: Think Like an Acrobat–Let’s Secure Ourselves: The Art of Rigging on a Global Scale with Ryan D’Cunha

Shenea Stiletto is a two-time World Acrobatic Champion, USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, a World-Class Handbalancer and a seasoned professional in the circus industry. Continuing the series into its second season, Shenea will share her expertise as a career circus performer as well as select insights and secrets from her guests about the business. Think Like an Acrobat will cover an array of useful topics from how to navigate a contract, to understanding the role of a good agent, and how to maintain long-distance relationships while living the globetrotter life.

Ryan D’Cunha, co-founder of iRig Event, has had a career spanning all areas of the industry including rigging for film & TV, corporate, theatre, and arena events across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Working on high-profile projects such as the London Olympic, Paralympic and Sochi Winter Olympic Ceremonies has afforded him the experience of installing the largest scale Automation Systems ever assembled. Aside from the above mentioned areas of expertise, Ryan also specializes in work at height, performer flying crew safety systems and rope access. He is the only rigging professional based in the UAE who has delivered rigging solutions in Olympic Ceremonies and Hollywood feature films.

In this episode, Ryan unabashedly breaks down the expectations and nuances of the niche circus rigging world and offers advice to artists on building relationships with the people behind the scenes.

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Shenea Stiletto

Shenea Stiletto (Shenea Booth) is a two-time World Champion Gold Medalist in Acrobatic gymnastics, a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, and World Acrobatic Society Inductee. Her career includes a decade of collaborations with Cirque Du Soleil including the coveted hand balancing role as "The Promise" in Varekai, becoming the first-ever African American female soloist to play a lead character in a Cirque Du Soleil production. Shenea was also a finalist on America’s Got Talent and has continued to be a featured artist with prominent circus entertainment companies worldwide.