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The Artist Athlete Podcast


Oct 15, 2018

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 Aloft and why she thinks circus is a punk rock art form. Please note, there is mention of sexual assault in the episode and listener discretion is advised.

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This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top.

Shannon McKenna is an internationally recognized circus performer and coach. For the past decade, she has been a freelance artist: giving workshops and classes across 7 countries and working on and back stage for both traditional and contemporary circus shows in the US, Portugal, Germany, and Australia. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration on post-modern physical theater (how’s that for a mouthful?). She founded The Artist Athlete in 2018 as a means to produce educational materials for aerial artists and a podcast in which she interviews experts in the circus industry about their careers. If you’re reading this, you’re probably listening to it. Thank you!

She currently lives in Atlanta, GA USA, but gravitates towards whichever circus community is the warmest.

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