EMERGING ARTIST JUDGES:
Stacy Clark - Director of Casting, Sourcing and Recruitment - Cirque du Soleil
Blaze Birge - Casting for Flynn Creek Circus
Amy Gale - Casting for Imagination Entertainment
Micheal Lanphear - Casting for AIDA Cruises
Born and trained in Montreal (National Circus School and a decade of dance training), Martin Frenette has given over 1500 performances in Europe as an aerialist with Circus Monti, Chamäleon Theater, Wintergarten Varieté, GOP Show Concepts or the Max Entertainment Palace to name a few. For the last five years, he has been splitting his time between Canada and the US and has built a solid reputation as artistic director, choreographer and circus instructor for various artists, schools and productions (Berlin circus school, New England Center for Circus Arts, Bristol Albany, Montreal Caserne or Chicago ALOFT).
Serenity Smith Forchion
Serenity Smith Forchion and her twin sister, Elsie, are award winning aerialists & founders of Nimble Arts and the New England Center for Circus Arts. Serenity’s resume includes Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey, Special Award at Wuqiao Festival, Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and American Circus Educators Award for Excellence in Education. Her students grace the stages of the world including Circa, 7 Fingers, Soap, Pippin and Cirque du Soleil. Serenity’s expertise brings detailed concepts of technique to each student focusing on fundamental body awareness in order to expand the student's capacity to explore new movements and accomplish higher level skills and creativity.
Rachel Walker is a Montreal based aerial trainer.
A guest instructor at Ecole National de Cirque,
Rachel starred in Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA, performing on the solo swinging trapeze. Learn more about Rachel at
Adam Woolley is the Aerial Department Director at the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, and the Head Coach at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts where he has a thriving contortion and hand-balance program for youth. He has worked with youth in competition dance and circus on building flexibility safely and maintaining strong, supported structures in flexibility work, and brings a mix of traditional sports acrobatic training and traditional circus to his teaching.
Joseph Pinzon is the founder and creative producer of Short Round Productions, a Los Angeles-based circus company responsible for the show Filament. With over 20 years of performing experience, Joseph holds a BA in Psychology from UCLA and is a graduate of the National Circus School in Montreal, where he specialized in aerial techniques. He has worked internationally with companies such as Cirque Éloize, Compagnia Finzi Pasca, Cirque du Soleil, Les 7 Doigts de la Main, Chämaleon Productions, and Wintergarten Varieté. He is currently earning a Masters in Arts Leadership at the University of Southern California.
Career highlights include: performing on The Ellen show, aerial captain for Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite world tour. First aerialist to perform and compete on America’s Got Talent. Cirque Du Soleil, Friedrichstad Palast Berlin, Royal Caribbean International, Pacha Dubai, Disney, Knott’s Berry farm, Resorts World Singapore (La Vie), Les Farfadais International, The Generating Company UK, Supper Club LosAngeles, The Act Las Vegas, and Lucent Dossier.
Ms. Gousarova currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ukrainian born, Tatiana Gousarova has been a key acrobat and dancer for Cirque Du Soleil since 1996, she was prominently featured in "Varekai", "Quidam", "Fire Within" , 3-D Movie "Journey of Man”. In 1999 she won a Gold Clown at the World Circus Festival in Monte Carlo and in 2012 performed at the 84th Oscars Award in Los Angeles. As a judge, Tatiana will be casting for ‘Le Petit Cirque’
Contortionist, Coach, and Act Producer Undarmaa Gold, specializes in performing, coaching, and producing contortion acts for the circus.
Training contortion since 8 years old, and performing contortion professionally
since age 14, Undarmaa went on to win a Gold Medal in a Korean Circus
Festival and a Silver medal at Cirque Du Domain Festival in Paris as a young
person. She has since performed and toured with Paul McCartney on his “Back in the
USA and World Tour”, Cirque Du Soleil’s “O” Show in Las Vegas, Ringling Bros.
and Barnum & Bailey Circus, NHL and NBA half-time shows, the Splash
Show in Las Vegas, and has also performed at hundreds of corporate and
special events including the legendary Oscars in Hollywood.