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Oct 15, 2019

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 Montreal, to train Cyr wheel. He was accepted to the international festival Cirque de Demain and from there his career took off in the most inspiring way, but you have to listen in to find out how! He is now dedicated to creating LGBTQ+ based performance art to address social issues and hopefully inspire a kinder world.


Follow Matthew on Instagram: @circusspinner





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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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