Pro Advice, Industry Conversations and Connections
curated by Circus Talk
Stay up to date in the rapidly changing world of circus and the performing arts and enter PRO Space with us.
CircusTalk PRO has all you need to ignite your career: 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. PRO Talks are free for PRO members and available for BASIC members for US$12/event.
We will announce new events continually, so keep checking in.
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All PRO Talk events are on Saturdays at 12 noon EDT (New York). Check your time zone
PDT (UTC -7) – 9am-10:30 am
MDT (UTC -6) – 10:00 am – 11:30am
CDT (UTC -5) – 11am-12:30 pm
EDT (UTC -4) – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
BST (UTC +1) – 5:00pm – 6:30
CEST (UTC +2) – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
AEST (UTC +10) – next day Sunday 2:00 am – 3:30 am
Saturday, April 24th
Circus Tech—Putting the Arts in S.T.E.A.M.
Moderator: Nadine Johnson
What can you do to make your show stand out? Use the world of science and technology to augment the performance experience! Now that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) has become STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), the time for exploring the possibilities between the arts and tech world has come. Moderator Nadine Johnson is a creative professional in the movement arts (yoga, circus) who works as a creative consultant and whose work emphasizes the use of color, sustainability, technology and future trends as well as consumer impact. She holds degrees in Design & Engineering. She will guide the discussion of the shift from STEM learning to STEAM and how the circus arts, thanks to its history, is poised to step into that space better than most other art forms.
Including a variety of guests from within the circus and sciences, the discussion will highlight shows, artists, and platforms that reflect the current state and future outlooks for the use of technology in circus through apparatus, experience, and management. Join in for this lively Q&A-style discussion with an opportunity to pose questions to the guests and/or to provide examples of your own circus tech innovations.
Space is limited to 20 attendees, please register ASAP to secure your space in the conversation.
Aerial Arts Meet & Greet Social
Come join an influencer and aerialist to discuss all things ‘aerial’ from good trainers, to gig specifics, to equipment, to surviving the pandemic and to how to specialize and stand out in this popular field. This chat room will be lightly hosted with lots of discussion prompts and questions for participants to join in, and you are welcome to bring your ideas and questions about the discipline of aerial arts as well.
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Saturday, May 29th
Circus X YouTube: Creators Wanted
Moderator: Veronica Blair
YouTube isn’t only for pranksters, beauty gurus and musicians! Artists from other performing arts genres have started to see the benefit of this 2-billion-monthly-visitor platform. Yes, circus artists too!
Veronica Blair, circus artist, storyteller, and content creator, brings you a conversation as part of our PRO Talk series about the importance of intentionally growing the digital body of circus work and discourse while creating a hardier, more recognizable sector as a result.
Join the discussion with established and up-and-coming YouTube creators from the international circus community. Discover how they got started, what inspires their content creation and what their most successful videos are. The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A.
Featuring Circus YouTubers:
Saturday, June 19th or 26th
How to Pitch Your Show to Presenters & Programmers
Join us for this introduction to pitching shows. An arts programmer will lay out the basics for first-time pitchers, and delve into some of the best practices for pitch sessions, exploring tips and trade secrets with their guests.
Following this introductory session, attendees are invited to sign up for limited one on one ‘Pitch Practise, Pitch Perfect’ slots where they can put what they learned to good use by practicing their show pitch in front of a small panel of experienced presenters who will mentor and provide useful feedback.
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Learn from the PROS brings exclusively to our PRO members 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!
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.
STRATEGIC THINKING, RECOMMENDED FOR CREATORS 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 CREATORS 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
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