Krista Monson has worn many hats during her artistic career. She started out as a professional dancer and moved on to being a talent scout and a casting director among other creative positions, but she says lately she is most in her skin when she is in the role of creator. From 2004 to 2012 Krista worked for Cirque du Soleil as an artistic director for O and as a casting director staffing all resident shows worldwide. Now she is a freelance circus writer and director working on some overseas projects that are still under wraps.
For a long time, nearly every artist at Cirque du Soleil came through her casting department. Although she has moved in to writing and directing shows, she is grateful for the tremendous insight in to artists she has gained over the years working in the world of talent scouting and casting. Krista knows how to compile a talented team and she was happy to share the secrets of circus talent scouts and casting departments—from the qualities they seek, to the challenges they face—during our interview.
Link to Interview with Monson on Circus Promoters Blog.
Photo credit to Samuel Laliberté