The Artist Athlete Podcast

The Artist Athlete Podcast

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A Podcast Dedicated to Circus


#53: The Circus Goes on as Long as You Do with Matthew Richardson
Oct 15 • 47 min
My guest this week is Matthew Richardson. Matthew saw a Cirque du Soleil show at 18 and became obsessed. After he graduated college, he found a place to begin aerial classes. His training took him first to the San Francisco circus center, and then to…
#52: Academic Studies in Circus with Alisan Funk
Oct 7 • 63 min
Alisan Funk is a Montreal circus coach and creator currently pursuing a PhD in education at McGill University. She received her initial practical training at the Ecole de Cirque de Quebec and taught and performed for many years before going into…
#51: Exploring the Circus Industry with Tanya Burka
Sep 30 • 57 min
Tanya went from being a too tall gymnast to performing one of the most iconic silks numbers in one of the most iconic Cirque du Soliel shows, Quidam. She is now working as part of the creative team for the circus company Short Round Production. This…
#50: Circus Females Are Strong As Hell with Freyja Wild
Sep 23 • 63 min
Freyja began her career in Australia as part of the Fruit Fly Circus and soon after school became a member of the Australian company Circa where she honed her skills not only as a strong and confident performer, but as a physically and emotionally…
#49: Doing All the Things with Jim Maltman
Sep 16 • 45 min
Jim started his career as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey clown. For the past 20 years, he has toured the world with various circus shows and productions and headlined with various cruise ships. Because Jim has done so much, he shares a…
#48: Circus Will Change The WORLD with Amy Christian
Sep 9 • 56 min
Shannon invades the kitchen of Amy Christian, the artistic director of Wise Fool New Mexico. Amy is on the forefront of a section of circus known as social circus. In this interview, she begins to define social circus as, “using circus to work with…
#47: The Magic of Creating with Tina Lenert
Jun 18 • 51 min
Creating an act? Every artist goes about it a little differently. Shannon sits down with world renowned magician Tina Lenert to talk about her process. Along the way she learns about classical guitar and create slugs. See Tina’s Cleaning Lady Act:…
#46 - Part 2: Circus Business with Dima Shine
Jun 4 • 37 min
In part 2 of our interview, Dima so perfectly spells out some of the overlying anxieties many artists and athletes undergo, if they achieve high level at a young age, he talks about opening his own business, and gives a really honest recount of his…
#46 - Part 1: How to Win (and Why It Sucks) with Dima Shine
Apr 1 • 48 min
Dima Shine is one of the most accomplished circus performers working right now, winning world championships in sport acrobatics and then working for all the top circus companies, winning the top awards in the top festivals, and the rest (or, as Dima…
#45: Creating Opportunities for New Circus with Anke Politz
Mar 25 • 40 min
Anke Politz is the artistic director of the Chameleon Theatre and the managing director of Chamaleon Productions. Chamaleon productions organizes and produces extraordinary stage shows and events and is a creative agency and networking partner for New…
#44: Circus in Cambodia with Craig Dodge
Mar 18 • 55 min
Phare, The Cambodian Circus was created initially as a school for art therapy by refugees. It now has a permanent tent in Siem Reap where graduates somewhere to hone their skills and earn money that will take them out of poverty and give them…
#43: How to Train Your Circus Artist with Chloé Farah
Mar 11 • 41 min
The Artist Athlete is coming to you from Bangkok this week where Shannon is training and having lunch with circus coach and choreographer Chloé Farah. Chloé initially started her circus training as a flying trapeze artist before an accident led her…
#42: Hacking Capitalism For The Sake of Circus with Hadassah Damien
Mar 4 • 58 min
In the US, it can be argued that we have an economic system that benefits from individuals staying ignorant and stressed out about money. But what if that could change? What if, instead of the old troupe of artists being bad with money, artists were…
?: CirquePhysio Interviews The Artist Athlete
Feb 25 • 13 min
Guess what friends, fans, and enemies? WE DID IT! The podcast is officially self-sufficient thanks to my amazing Patreons! As a reward, Jen Crane of CirquePhysio interviewed me about my circus likes and dislikes, how I grew my social media presence,…
#41: Circus As Entertainment vs Circus As Fine Art with Rain Anya
Feb 18 • 53 min
The Artist Athlete Podcast goes out of its way to introduce y’all to individual artists and small circus companies making work that is outside of the norm, and today is no exception! Rain Anya, half of the company Paper Doll Militia, has been making…
#40: Finding Your Circus WHY? with Florian Zumkehr
Feb 11 • 60 min
Flo Zumkehr started training circus as a young boy in Switzerland, before pursuing his dreams further at the State Artist School in Berlin. He went on to perform with at the Chameleon and several German cabarets before moving to Montreal, where he…
#39: From Struggle to Mastery and Back Again with Mandi Orozco
Feb 4 • 57 min
An inspiring interview for anyone who needs a motivation boost! Mandi Orozco, an aerialist and contortionist who has traveled the world, both with Cirque du Soliel and as a freelance performer. She reflects on taking risks, creating new work, the…
#38: The Large and Small Stages of Comedy with Jimmy Slonina
Jan 28 • 49 min
Jimmy Slonina is an actor, clown, comedian, and lip-sync extraordinaire. He has occupied some big stages with Cirque du Soleil and P!NK. In this episode, he tells Shannon about the components of a good lip-sync, what goes through his mind when he’s…
#37: Making A Great Act with Cate Great!
Jan 21 • 53 min
Cate happened upon the world of street performing almost by accident, but once she did, she knew she had found her calling. She trained at The Quebec School, and then set out to create a character, a show, and a lifestyle that is uniquely her own….
#36: Cupcakes Are Gender Neutral, A Discussion of Queer Circus with Jack StockLynn aka Sir Cupcake
Jan 14 • 51 min
While Shannon was visiting Portland, Oregon, she got to meet up with the amazing Jack StockLynn. Jack is a transgender aerialist who creates and produces spectacles with his own circus, Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus. In this episode, Shannon and Jack…
#35: Extreme Flexibility and Safety in Coaching with Catie Brier
Jan 7 • 50 min
Contortion and flexibility instructor Catie Brier started off as just another flexible girl with dreams of performing in circuses far and wide. However, she sustained several injuries and decided to stop working. She became dedicated to the pursuit of…
#34: An Education in Acrobatic Basing with Nathan Price of Standing Acrobatics
Dec 17, 2018 • 60 min
Nathan Price has performed with some of the top circus companies in the world as an acrobatic base. He has an online blog and tutorials to spread safe practices for AcroYoga and recreational acrobatics called Standing Acrobatics, and even invented a…
#33: The Universal Aerial Language with Dara Minkin
Dec 10, 2018 • 42 min
Calling all aerial nerds! Time to kick back and get a dose of knowledge from one of the leading creators in the US aerial scene, Dara Minkin. Shannon talks to Dara about her pursuit to organize and clarify the concepts that are universal to all aerial…
#32: Creative Juggling with Wes Peden
Dec 3, 2018 • 43 min
Wes Peden is regularly voted the world’s most popular juggler because of his creative approach to juggling and movement. In this interview, he talks about how he creates juggling videos and shows. And how he decides when to share new tricks and when…
#31: Circus Artists Who Can Afford Anything with Paula Pant
Nov 26, 2018 • 60 min
Shannon talks to blogger, podcaster, and financial expert Paula Pant about a topic that is generally not associated with artists: MONEY. They discuss the beliefs that keep artists from making the money they could, and Paula shares her simple formula…
#30-Part 2: Circus Artists Are Cool People with Joel Baker
Nov 19, 2018 • 46 min
In part 2 of Shannon’s interview with Joel, he reveals the magical story of how he met his wife, and the story of how he got a job offer from Cirque du Soleil. This interview finishes with three things that every circus artist needs to do to find success,…
#30-Part 1: Circus Artists Are Cool People with Joel Baker
Nov 12, 2018 • 48 min
Joel Baker is in the midst of an incredible career as an acrobatic clown performing lead roles in shows of major companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and The 7 Fingers. But it didn’t start out as smooth and there were several surprises along…
#29: Cirque goes to Hollywood with Nathalie Yves Gaultier
Nov 5, 2018 • 58 min
Where do the circus performers from America’s Got Talent and Little Big Shots come from? If they are under the age of 18, they probably started at Le PeTiTe CiRqUe, a production company founded by Nathalie Yves Gaultier. Nathalie spent years in the…
#28: Welding Circus Equipment with Kaz
Oct 29, 2018 • 41 min
How do the specialty pieces of aerial equipment get made? What does an aerialist who needs a piece of metal equipment need to know before they order one and once they get it? Kaz is a flying trapeze teacher and performer who is also a professional welder.…
#27: Balance and Respect with Chris Pettersen
Oct 22, 2018 • 39 min
The podcast welcomes its first slackline artist! Chris Petterson performs on stages all across Europe. On this episode, he talks to Shannon about rigging considerations and his unique approach to creating his most recent act. To see his work, visit his…
#26: Creating Brave Space with Shayna Swanson
Oct 15, 2018 • 41 min
What do you do when your idea for creating a new act or show just isn’t working? Shayna Swanson, the founder of Aloft Circus in Chicago, speaks about the long process of making her newest show, Brave Space. She also talks about the full time training at…
#25: Working as Independent Circus Artists with ACROBATRIX
Oct 8, 2018 • 51 min
This acro duo talk about how they work continuously as performers by creating and marketing their own acro comedy shows. Check out their skills at acrobatrix.com Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete Find her online:…
#24-Part 2: The Importance of Circus with Steve Smith
Oct 1, 2018 • 25 min
In part 2 of Shannon’s interview with accomplished clown and circus director, Steve Smith, Steve continues to talk about his career, and how his skills as a clown brought him to Hollywood and beyond.
#24-Part 1: Directing Ringling Brothers with Steve Smith
Sep 24, 2018 • 42 min
Steve Smith, clown name TJ Tatters, is in the Clown Hall of Fame, won 5 Emmy Awards, served as Dean of The Ringling Clown College, and directed for Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey, The Big Apple Circus, and many other notable productions. In part 1 of…
#23: Traditional Mongolian Contortion with Serchmaa Byamba
Sep 17, 2018 • 45 min
My guest today is contortionist and contortion instructor Serchmaa Byamba. As a young girl, Serchmaa was inspired by a Contortion act she watched on Mongolian National TV. She began her performance career as a state sponsored artist in 1989 when Mongolia…
#22: Communal Circus Conundrums with Terry Crane
Sep 10, 2018 • 41 min
Terry Crane is an acrobat, dancer, and default circus director. After years of having a solo career as a vertical rope artist, Terry wanted to start making his own work. This eventually led him to Seattle, where he currently serves as artistic director of…
#21: Back to Circus School with Ron Oppenheimer
Sep 3, 2018 • 37 min
There’s a chill in the air, friends, fans and enemies and that means it is time to go back to school- circus school that is! Shannon interviews to Ron Oppenheimer, who is currently going in to his third year at The National Circus in Montreal (ENC) about…
#20: There are All Sorts of Ways to Move OR You Can Fix Stupid with Dr. Emily Scherb
Aug 27, 2018 • 55 min
How do physical therapists diagnose inefficient movement patterns in circus artists? Dr. Emily Scherb sits down to discuss how being an aerialist informed her treatment and care of artists. She also talks about her new book, Applied Anatomy of Aerial…
#19-Part 2: African American Legacy in US Circus with Veronica Blair
Aug 20, 2018 • 40 min
While Veronica was performing as an aerialist with UniverSOUL, she met legendary but un-credited performer named Emanuel “Uncle Junior” Ruffin. This meeting inspired her to launch a project in which she traveled all over the US, seeking the stories of the…
#19-Part 1: The Creation of An Aerialist with Veronica Blair
Aug 13, 2018 • 43 min
How does an aerialist get made? According to aerialist Veronica Blair, it’s all about hard work and sparkly costumes! Veronica started her acrobatic career at the age of 14 with Make*A*Circus, and studied Chinese Acrobatics under Master Lu Yi at the San…
#18: Developing a Creative Obsession with Marvin Ong
Aug 6, 2018 • 39 min
Marvin Ong is a flow artist who’s obsession with one specific juggling trick led him to develop a whole style that is all his own. This episode explores a very different circus community from the one Shannon is used to, but contains a TON of universal…
#17: Traveling as an Aerial Instructor with Jenn Bruyer
Jul 30, 2018 • 52 min
Jenn Bruyer teaches aerialists across the world. Shannon sat down with her in Munich to eat chocolate and talk about what makes a good aerial coach, matrices, and finding balance when you’re always on the road. Find Jenn on the interwebs instagram:…
#16: Clowning Around the World with Mandragora Circo
Jul 23, 2018 • 53 min
When Mariana Silva and her partner Juan Cruz Bracamonte created the circus/theater show Mandragora Circus in 2003, they never expected that it would take them on a 14 year (and counting) tour of the world. They have delighted audiences from their home in…
#15: Animals Change Things with Equestrian Aerialist Claire Beer
Jul 16, 2018 • 61 min
Claire and Shannon sit down for the most epic of interviews! Horses! Aerialists! Falcons! Weird pronunciations of southern towns! Claire shares how she used her love and deep knowledge of riding and caring for horses to make a name for herself in the…
#14: Circus Psychology with Dr. Kip Matthews
Jul 9, 2018 • 55 min
Become a Patreon of The Artist Athlete- go to http://www.patreon/theartistathlete to support the podcast! Dr. Kip Matthews has been a sports and performance psychologist for 20 years treating dancers, musicians, and high level athletes. He talks to…
13: Circus And Motherhood
Jul 2, 2018 • 46 min
How does becoming a mother alter a career in the circus industry? Today’s guest, Anke Van Engelshoven, has a company that addresses this topic in their new show, Raven. In the interview, Anke shares her life before and after having children, how her…
12: Cirque du Social Media with Brandon Scott, Acrobat!
Jun 25, 2018 • 52 min
Today’s show is about the intersection of circus and social media, and my guest is the world famous, Brandon Scott, Acrobat! In this interview, I talk to Brandon about how he got started, his views on the world of social media, and what tips he has for…
11: Big Breaks and Practicing Presence with Laura Stokes
Jun 18, 2018 • 47 min
Laura Stokes and her artistic partner, Cohdi Harrell, got their big break when their full-length show, Smoke and Mirrors, won top awards at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. But what did it take to get them there? Shannon and Laura talk about what it’s…
10: Producing Circus with Doug Stewart, founder of Cirque US
Jun 11, 2018 • 62 min
What does it take in this day and age to produce circus in the United States? Doug Stewart, a recent graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, talks about how he used his degree and earned a degree in Business of Live and Performing Arts and his experience…
9: The Creative Process with Fred Deb
Jun 4, 2018 • 44 min
Shannon can’t speak French but you know who can? Aerialist, choreographer, and master teacher Fred Deb. Fred is one of the founders of aerial silks as an apparatus and has been called a “precursor to French contemporary circus.” In this episode, Shannon…
8: Circus Gets Better With Age With Contortionist Philipp Tigris
May 28, 2018 • 44 min
Philipp, one of the top contortionists in Europe, discusses how his training mentality has changed over his almost 30 year career and why being a contortionist is one of the easiest disciplines to perform. Shannon just kind of sits in awe. Philipp…
7-Part 2: Physical Therapy for Circus Artists with Cirque Physio
May 21, 2018 • 36 min
Welcome back to the interview with Dr. Jen Crane of Cirque Physio. In this show Jen explains how to overcome plateaus in flexibility, aging in circus, and talks more about all of the resources she has created to help educate circus artists.…
7-Part 1: Physical Therapy for Circus Artists with Cirque Physio
May 14, 2018 • 35 min
How do you know if your circus pain is a mild irritation or a major problem? And if it is a problem where can a circus artist go to find help? Shannon asks Dr. Jen Crane of Cirque Physio all about treating the circus population and the competitive ping…
6: Growing Up Circus with Anton Belyakov
May 7, 2018 • 34 min
Anton Belyakov is a professional hand balancer who performing all over the world for longer than he can remember. Shannon sits down with him talk to him about his life in the circus, doing grown up things, and his favorite music to warm up to backstage.…
5: Circus as Therapy with Carrie Heller
Apr 30, 2018 • 43 min
Can circus be a vehicle for personal growth? Carrie Heller has spent 30 years in the social circus world, helping clients and creating resources. Carrie and Dr. Lauren Taglialatela show empirical evidence in a data driven study, that circus is good for…
4: Circus is About Sex and Death with Contortionist Inka Siefker
Apr 23, 2018 • 35 min
Inka Siefker is an internationally renowned contortionist who holds the Guinness World Record for farthest arrow shot into a target using the feet. Not too shabby for a southern girl who started circus in her twenties! Shannon sits down with Inka and a…
3: Cirque du Soleil Creations with Brandon Livanos
Apr 16, 2018 • 28 min
Ever wonder how a Cirque du Soliel show is made? Shannon talks with Brandon Livanos, an artist on the CdS show, Volta, about creating and going on tour. He shares his daily routine and how he landed a job, first on Franco Dragone’s House of Dancing Water,…
2: Authentic Movement in the Air with Liza Rose
Apr 8, 2018 • 37 min
In a world where every trick and transition under the sun is already out on Instagram and YouTube, how do you go about making art that is truly your own? Shannon is joined today by aerialist, choreographer, and studio owner Liza Rose who in her long…
1: Safety Is A Feeling with Acrobatic Rigger Brett Copes
Apr 2, 2018 • 39 min
Shannon sits down for the debut episode of The Artist Athlete to talk to acrobatic rigger Brett Copes about safety vs risk and what EVERY aerialist should know about rigging. Brett’s website is: http://www.fightorflightent.com Find Shannon online:…
0: Allow Myself to Introduce… Myself
Apr 2, 2018 • 14 min
Welcome and thanks for listening to The Artist Athlete! Listen to this episode to learn about the host, Shannon, as well as hear about the upcoming guests. Shannon McKenna is an internationally recognized circus performer and coach. For the past decade,…