The Big Apple Circus is about to begin its 41st season this October 2018 and they are kicking it off with a big announcement– there will be a female ringmaster, the well-known circus legend, Stephanie Monseu. Monseu is a seasoned performer and the co-founder and ringmistress of New York City-based Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, a vintage style circus with a touch of grit that has been known to embrace all things sideshow, street circus and vaudeville.
I asked Monseu to weigh in on the significance and timiliness of being a female ringmaster in the current season and she had this to say, “The Big Apple Circus has had powerful women in the ring before and I am excited to join that legacy. Vanessa Thomas and Carrie Harvey, two fantastic artists and circus stalwarts, wore the top hat here. Kristen Michelle Wilson was Ringling’s first female Ringmaster. And, Rebecca Ostroff, Vincenta Pages, and other fierce females are leading circuses around the US. The time has always been right!” ...
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