Author Archives Adam Woolley

  • I want to make a disclaimer here at the start: this is a listicle, and so is necessarily reductive. You can make any kind of circus that you want to, and you can ignore every single one of these ideas and be wildly successful. These ideas are going to be relevant to emerging companies and […]

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  • On Sunday May 24th, Circus Now held a webinar with the Director of Insurance for Fractured Atlas. We reviewed some basic concepts of insurance for performing artists like: what kind of insurance do you need? What different types of insurance are there? What should you look for in a good policy? If you missed the […]

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  • This is a transcript of an interview that Adam Woolley, the Managing Director of Circus Now, conducted with Sidney “Pepper” Smith, an Artist Specialist in the Presenting & Multidisciplinary department of the NEA. The transcript has been edited for clarity; the original audio file is available for members to download and listen to! To download […]

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  • CirCommons #4:  What Do We Teach – and Why? The contemporary circus is in flux – and so is training. On the one hand, we are witnessing a proliferation of circus programs for children and adults, college students and professionals – not to mention the proliferation of fragments of circus arts in unexpected corners (silks […]

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  • Circus Now collaborated with the American Youth Circus Organization/American Circus Educators Association to create the first ever “State of Circus ” survey this year. The survey was opened August 1st and ran through Sept 30th. After two months and 710 responses, we decided it was time to close up and share the results! Some sections are more interesting than others, and sometimes I make jokes as we look at the data together. The demographics section doesn’t have any jokes.

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  • In this flagship survey we’ll gather some basic demographic information about people who are practicing, participating in or just plain excited about circus. We’ll also find out what sorts of programs the community wants greater access to, and what you think about the exciting state of circus today and how the sector can plan for the future.

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