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PRO Talk: Gender Representation in Circus. Conversation with Ess Hödlmoser

PRO Talks are CircusTalk’s live virtual events led by industry influencers and experts focused on career-building topics. Our virtual conversations feature talent seekers from different sectors within circus and the performing arts. PRO members will gain new insights, meet fellow professionals, and strengthen their career connections.

Gender in casting is an evolving conversation within the entertainment industry. Several issues frame the topic, including representation, equality, and the breaking down of traditional gender norms.

Following an impactful live talk at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in January on the same topic, Stacy Clark’s guest for the first PRO Talk of 2024 is Ess Hödlmoser, a writer and award-winning non-binary performance artist.

Among other things, Stacy and Ess touch on how traditional gender roles lead to stereotype casting, how our industry can encourage and action more equitable representation in roles on- and off-stage, and suggestions for creating an inclusive environment for non-binary and transgender artists.

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

Ess’ website.

Strange and Wonderful Patreon.

Eric McGill – Youtube – “How to make the circus more gay” documentary

Stacy Clark
CEO of CircusTalk, Casting Director, Career Coach -Canada
Stacy is a seasoned professional in the circus and performing arts industry. A former gymnast and circus artist, Stacy worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind to perform and teach circus worldwide on stage, at festivals, and on screen. Today she is a freelance casting director, career coach, and artistic advisor. In 2021, Stacy joined the small and dynamic team at the international online platform CircusTalk as CEO. Previously, Stacy was a talent scout and then the Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil.

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Stacy Clark

Stacy is a seasoned professional in the circus and performing arts industry. A former gymnast and circus artist, Stacy worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind to perform and teach circus worldwide on stage, at festivals, and on screen. Today she is a freelance casting director, career coach, and artistic advisor. In 2021, Stacy joined the small and dynamic team at the international online platform CircusTalk as CEO. Previously, Stacy was a talent scout and then the Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil.