THE WOMEN & CIRCUS TEAM:
Carly Sheridan’s performance credits include Cirque du Soleil’s production of Varekai, the Broadway productions of Cirque Dreams and multiple European circus cabarets such as Circus Conelli & Le plus Grand Cabaret du Monde.
In addition to pursuing her performance career, Carly is a circus educator collaborating with multiple circus schools across North America. She has taught at the prestigious École National de Cirque and is currently involved with the Las Vegas chapter of Cirque du Soleil’s Social Circus outreach program Cirque du Monde. She holds a B.F.A. in interdisciplinary studies and is studying nonprofit management at University Nevada Las Vegas. She anticipates this project will highlight the achievements of various female entrepreneurs/performers and emphasize their significant contributions to the circus arts.
Zoё Irvine is a San-Diego based circus performer and educator specializing in static trapeze. A 2014 Denver Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival finalist, she has taught at the Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts, Aerial Revolution, and the San Diego Circus Center, and is co-founder of a performance group, the Circus Collective of San Diego. In addition to her circus work, she is a graduate of San Diego State University (M.A. Cognitive Neuroscience), where she studied cognitive processing in women with eating disorders. She is particularly interested in how circus provides women with unique ways of engaging with their bodies and each other that is distinct from other art forms or athletic endeavors.
An alumni of the Halifax Circus School, Jane Kirby has performed independently for several years, including at The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Skeleton Park Arts Festival, and is currently developing a full-length aerial show with Halifax-based Aviatrix collective. As an instructor, she has worked with Halifax Circus School and Twisted Circus Arts, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University looking at social circus practices. Based on her experience with feminist and social justice organizations, and after observing the work of a Cirque du Monde funded project in Halifax, she is initiating her own community circus project introducing girls to circus arts supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
After obtaining her BFA in 2006, Ashley Miglini has worked in Advertising as a Broadcast Producer and Business Manager at The Richards Group, handling the legalities that come with negotiating talent, licensing music and managing all production-related contracts. A former competitive gymnast and dancer, she is also an avid amateur aerialist, having studied rope and silks with NECCA coaches & Rain Willson of Paper Doll Militia. She recently completed a year-long mentorship with 7-time National Champion Acrobatic Gymnast and aerial performer, Christine Van Loo.
Ashley is also an accomplished Yoga teacher and is currently completing more than 700 hours of classical Pilates apprenticeship through the Romana’s Pilates program. She credits her passion for circus with her personal and professional successes, because of the way it challenges her mentally, physically and emotionally. Ashley currently serves as Operations Manager for Circus Now, as well as on Circus Now’s Board of Directors.
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