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Thursday, August 17


Teaching Artist Pathways: Circus Artists as Educators
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What is teaching artistry? What are the different career paths a teaching artists can take? What kinds of communities can artists work with? What tools do artists who have a passion for teaching need to build a career?

Participants in this session will be introduced to the New Victory Theater Teaching Artist Pathways Tool (TAP Tool). This 90-minute workshop will invite participants to use the tool to chart their own career paths individually In small groups, participants will share their own teaching journeys and consider their various paths and goals. This process will also give participants the opportunity for resource-sharing and building community.

Courtney J. Boddie, New Victory Director of Education / School Engagement, oversees the New Victory Education Partnership program bringing 40,000 New York City students to see live performances on stage, classroom workshops and professional development training for teachers. She oversees 55+ teaching artists. Ms. Boddie is Board Member of the Association of Teaching Artists (President 2015-2017). Additionally, she serves on the editorial board of Teaching Artist Journal and the Teaching Artist Committee of the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable. She is the Creator/Host for podcast: Teaching Artistry by Courtney J. Boddie and Co-Artistic Director of a space between a theater for teen audiences.


Prior to joining The New Victory Theater in 2003, Ms. Boddie was Program Associate for Empire State Partnerships (NYSCA) and a teaching artist for Roundabout Theatre Company. She received her Master’s degree from the Educational Theatre Graduate Program at New York University, where she is also adjunct faculty.


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Friday, August 18


"Why Circus?"
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A discussion about why we chose to study circus and how it has impacted our lives, paired with circademic perspective.

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Jen Agans

Research Scientist / Director, Cornell University / Silver Lining Circus Camp
Jen Agans received her Ph.D. from the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University in Medford MA and is now a research scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca NY. Her research focuses on the ways in which participation in movement activities... Read More →

Friday August 18, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm


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A discussion about insurance for circus-based businesses with a focus on circus schools led by Jeremy Perlman of Borden Perlman Insurance.


Friday August 18, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Saturday, August 19


Social Circus: Our Experience as Immigrants to the US through the Lens of Social Circus
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We have organized a beautiful presentation on our unique experience as immigrants to the US through the lens of social circus, and the programs offered at CircEsteem. We will discuss the programs that we attend, our goals and aspirations within them and the experiences that we have had through our participation in social circus.

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Kasumi Kato


Saturday August 19, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am