Duncan Wall is a writer and organizer based in New York City. He is the author of The Ordinary Acrobat: Inside the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past & Present, an investigation into the state of the circus today, based on his experience as a Fulbright scholar at France’s École Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois.
He is a regularly featured speaker on the contemporary circus and circus history, including appearances at BAM, Creative Mornings, New York University, Circus Warehouse, the Philadelphia School of the Circus Arts, and the University of the Arts in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2012-2014, he taught circus history and criticism at the National Circus School of Montreal, where he was a Visiting Scholar in community-building through the circus arts at McGill University. He has served on the board of directors for the American Youth Circus Organization.
In a previous life as a performer, he danced with Jane Comfort, Pearson-Widrig company, and the Headwaters Dance Company. From 2003 to 2007, he was the Co-Artistic Director of The Candidatos, a clown-theater company that performed nationally and internationally, including appearances at Lincoln Center, HERE Arts, and the Samuel Beckett Theater in Dublin, Ireland.
With John Ellingsworth, editor of Sideshow Circus Magazine, he directs CRKO, a digital collective of writers, designers, developers, photographers, and filmmakers with the mission of bringing circus into the digital age.