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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!
.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.
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
Zoom fatigue slowed down our PRO Talks programming in 2021. But stay tuned! We are already preparing for a stellar 2022 season that will bring you networking opportunities with exclusive guests and experts from the circus and performing arts industry.
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