Join the American Circus Alliance with a panel representing top circuses, circus schools and producers to hear what they are really hoping for when you step in front of their table at an audition. What to do, what not to do, before you arrive, when you arrive, after the dust settles. The panelists will lead with some introductions, frame what they look for, and then open the floor for Questions & Answers.
ACA Host: Serenity Smith Forchion (co-founder New England Center for Circus Arts, Nimble Arts)
Michael Lanphear: Head Coach and Acrobatic Casting Supervisor for AIDA Cruises. I have worked both in coaching and casting roles for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and The Seven Fingers. Since 2013 my role at AIDA has focused mainly on assisting the company to venture into the North American casting market. The absolute number one quality I look for when casting is personality!
Gypsy Snider: Co- founder of The 7 Fingers.
Michael LaFleur: Show creator, writer, and director of ground-breaking productions for the world’s most respected entertainment companies, worldwide: Dragone, Disney, Universal, Sunac, Wanda, Resorts World, Cirque Du Soleil/Las Vegas, Moscow Circus (American edition).
Elena Day is the Director of Protrack Program and the Head of Physical Theater at The New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, VT. A graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Elena has taught, directed, and performed internationally for over 25 years. Elena originated the character of “The Green Bird” for Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba,” & was the lead clown in Cirque Mechanics’ “Boom Town.” Prior to NECCA, she directed and taught for such institutions as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap, The Studio Theater, and Cirque du Soleil.