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The Big Apple Circus–2018/2019 Season’s Wonder Women

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!” Perhaps in an effort to distance itself from the sexual misconduct accusations against Barry Lubin (aka Grandma the clown) that was alleged to have occurred during the previous administration’s rule, the Big Apple Circus has gone further, choosing the em...
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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of CircusTalk.News, American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.