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), unless otherwise noted. 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
Stay tuned as we announce upcoming PRO Talk events.
Learn from the PROS 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!
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 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
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 * 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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agents * branding
casting * coaching * contracts * costumes* creation * cruise
directing * equipment and props * insurance * job and audition advice
marketing * meet-the-presenter *mental health * new technology – digital – virtual
physical therapy * producing * promo photo and video
safety * rigging * side hustle * touring
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