Stay up-to-date in the rapidly changing world of circus and the performing arts! CircusTalk PRO has all you need to ignite your career: job opportunities, talent database, a space to learn, share knowledge, connect and extend your network.
PRO Talks are regular virtual live events about relevant topics, led by industry influencers and experts. These events give you the opportunity to gain new insights, meet fellow professionals and keep your career connections strong. Our 2022 virtual conversation series features talent seekers from different sectors within circus and the performing arts.PRO Talks are free for PRO members and available for BASIC members for US$20/event.
Saturday, June 11, 12 noon ESTIn our June PRO Talk Stacy Clark’s guest will be Julien Panel, Talent Casting director at Disneyland® Paris, in charge of artistic recruitment for special events as well as acrobatic and stunt profiles for the shows. Julien started his career as a high-level artistic gymnast and won numerous titles before joining Cirque du Soleil as a performer (Corteo, ELVIS, and LOVE). Julien joined Cirque’s casting team in 2014 and has been a talent seeker on various projects since then.
Julien will share helpful insight and advice about the theme park show industry, including auditioning and casting at Disneyland® Paris. Join the conversation and take this opportunity to introduce yourself to Julien.
PRO Talks are bi-monthly LIVE events available free for PRO members.
All PRO Talk events are on Saturdays at 12 noon EDT (New York), unless otherwise noted. Check your time zone PDT (UTC -7) – 9am-10:30 amMDT (UTC -6) – 10:00 am – 11:30am CDT (UTC -5) – 11am-12:30 pm EDT (UTC -4) – 12:00pm – 1:30pmBST (UTC +1) – 5:00pm – 6:30CEST (UTC +2) – 6:00pm – 7:30pmAEST (UTC +10) – next day Sunday 2:00 am – 3:30 am
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CircusTalk Original Career Development Series
Learn from the PROS! Our Original Career Development Series brings exclusively to our PRO members numerous informative career development series on cutting-edge topics that are essential to your career in the performing arts. Gain insight from the experts and enhance your career!
PHYSICAL HEALTH, TRAINING, PHYSICAL THERAPY * RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS, PERFORMERS AND COACHES
In this new CircusTalk Original Video Series, Certified Athletic Therapist and former professional aerialist Yasmine Mucher will be educating us on all things physical health for circus artists. From general maintenance and wellbeing to specific care for various acute and chronic injuries, this series will teach you how to understand and manage your body, as well as provide practical steps you can take towards optimal wellness. The Physical Health Series will be a valuable resource for circus artists of any discipline, however, the information within the episodes should not substitute individualized diagnosis and treatment for injuries that require immediate medical attention. Series was launched on March 28th, 2022.
ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT, CREATION * RECOMMENDED FOR PERFORMERS, COMPANIES AND CREATORS
Designers don’t get enough credit for the phenomenal magic they bring to the stage, ring, street – wherever circus happens! In this series Madeline Hoak, CircusTalk’s long time Content Producer, celebrates circus designers and all they do for circus. This series highlights circus designers: costume, set, sound, lights, and even stage management. With her prestigious guest, Madeline digs into what makes working as a designer in circus different from other mediums. This series offer advice for people wishing to learn more about a career in circus design and a must-have insight for performers and creators who work with these designers. Series was launched on April 3rd, 2022.
.QUEER TALENT, EQUITY & INCLUSION * RECOMMENDED FOR PERFORMERS, COACHES AND TALENT SEEKERS
CircusTalk is pleased to present Journeys Through Queer Circus with Charles Batson, a series revolving around the culture and concerns of the LGBTQIA+ community in the circus environment. This series is dedicated to creating a space for queer voices to be heard and for queer art to flourish. Join us for a four-episode deep dive into queer circus as part of our continuing dedication to improving equity and inclusion in the arts, hosted by Dr. Charles Batson. Series was launched in October 2021
MENTAL HEALTH, EQUITY & INCLUSION * RECOMMENDED FOR PERFORMERS, COACHES AND TALENT SEEKERS
Janelle Peters, a Licensed Social Worker, addresses mental health issues and offers sustainable practices for well-being in the performing arts industry. Janelle and her guests from professional roles in circus, sports and performing arts around the world explore the unique strengths and challenges experienced by circus professionals when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. If you are a creative or work with them, this series will be a valuable tool and conversation starter for your team and colleagues. Janelle Peters (she/they) is a contortionist, aerialist, circus coach, and licensed therapist who specializes in working with dancers, athletes, artists and performers. Series was launched in September 2021
PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE, HOLISTIC AWARENESS * RECOMMENDED FOR PERFORMERS, COACHES AND TALENT SEEKERS
360 Degrees: Circus Through a Holistic Lens with Stacy Clark offers a deep dive into the three C’s: coaching, casting and career in the world of elite athletes and performers. Stacy invites an industry expert to each episode linking their key topic to holistic advice and practical tools. Stacy’s years of experience and industry work, as former Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil, co-founder of Creative Athletic Performance, teacher at San Diego Circus Center and circus performer, has been instrumental in shaping the contemporary circus landscape. Series was launched in April 2021.
STRATEGIC THINKING *RECOMMENDED FOR TALENT SEEKERS AND PERFORMERS
The 3 R’s, Review, Rethink, Regenerate with Matthew Jessneris a series of insightful conversation with top, leading industry professionals about reviewing policies, rethinking paradigms and regenerating the performing arts industry. Matthew’s decades of experience in the performing arts and the circus world, in particular, his visionary approach and his provocative questions allow the viewer to partake in the discourse around production, performance and growth in the circus sector. Matthew Jessner was resident artistic director of Cirque du Soleil’s show Saltimbanco before moving to the creative production and operating side of the sector with Dragone.
Series was launched in February 2021
ARTISTIC CREATION * RECOMMENDED FOR TALENT SEEKERS AND PERFORMERS
Circus bodies, as performing bodies, are important producers of culture and vital elements of the artistic process. They supply us with new knowledge by shifting perceptions and pushing against norms. The series, Circus Bodies, curated by Madeline Hoak, will explore and invite conversation about aging, fat, gendered, disabled and BIPOC/BAME circus bodies. It will also cover sideshow circus bodies and artists who use their body for extreme circus acts. Madeline Hoak is a NYC based performer, producer, professor, and choreographer specializing in aerial, acrobatics, dance and movement direction.
Series was launched in February 2021
HANDS ON BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE * RECOMMENDED FOR PERFORMERS
Think Like an Acrobat with Shenea Stiletto focuses on the practical aspects of the performing arts profession. Shenea provides advice for performers and shares insights about topics that are often considered taboo or just rarely talked about openly. Shenea shares her expertise as a career circus performer as well secrets from her guests about the circus business.
Shenea Stiletto is a two-time World Acrobatic Champion, USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, a World-Class Handbalancer and a seasoned PRO in the circus industry.
Series was launched in November 2020.
ARTISTIC CREATION, TECHNICAL SKILLS * RECOMMENDED FOR PERFORMERS, STUDENTS, COACHES AND TALENT SEEKERS
Circus Immersiontakes a deep dive into circus disciplines: read what they’re really about, and what makes their DNA. In each episode, three artists with three different backgrounds and approaches unite voices to unveil their chosen discipline’s best secrets. Their passion and devotion give the tone to pieces that will entice you to give each act a try. Dive into this series with Martine Frenette, a dancer, circus performer, and writer, who is passionate about everything performing arts.
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marketing * meet-the-presenter *mental health * new technology – digital – virtual
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safety * rigging * side hustle * touring
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