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Thursday, August 17


Community Discussion: Developing Parent Engagement in Youth Circus Programs
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Parents are an integral part of a healthy youth circus program. Parents, educators, and program leaders will come together in this workshop to share ideas for developing parent engagement. This discussion will cover topic including why it is important to involve parents, strategies for how to involve parents, and common challenges/pitfalls.


Felicity Hesed

Youth Program Director, Circus Center

Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Saturday, August 19


Juggling your circus with your fundraising needs. The Dos and Don'ts of successful fundraising strategies.
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Much like circus, some fundraising is easier - and there's less risk. Other fundraising requires more time, preperation and risk. Any/all non-profit circuses will explore beginning fundraising and how to begin to create a successful plan…


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


Making Circus That Matters: Tools Beyond Technique
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Sometimes the difference between a circus act that’s physically amazing but doesn’t quite move or reach us, and one that’s not only technical but also thematically or emotionally resonant and memorable, is whether the act (and its tricks) are grounded in something authentic, coming from a desire to communicate something, or evocative of an aspect of the human experience. We’ll talk about tools that circus can (and often does) borrow from theater—exploring choices about character, need, actions, change, and relationships to time, space, apparatus, and audience. And we’ll be watching and analyzing video clips of a variety of circus acts and discussing the artistic choices that have helped make these acts so striking. Finally, we'll talk about how to gather feedback on a new piece in a way that's safe, validating, and as useful to the artist as possible.

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Lauren Feldman

Dramaturgy instructor, Circadium
Lauren Feldman's plays and circus acts have been seen internationally, and she performs with partner Megan Gendell. Lauren is also a circus dramaturg, an ensemble collaborator, and a teaching artist and professor. She has served on circus dramaturgy panels hosted by LMDA, Circus... Read More →

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