The American circus is now at a critical point, which is reflected in the growth of training schools and the increasing financial challenges of realizing high-quality productions. In this panel discussion, prominent circus leaders consider such questions as the impact of a distressed economy on touring; the growing applications of circus arts in therapeutic, developmental, and athletic education; and the relationship between the United States and other countries with respect to professional training, funding, and artistic collaboration. Part of the Gallery Programs series at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. For more information, visit

Ernest Albrecht is the publisher of Spectacle Magazine
Amy Cohen is the director of the American Youth Circus Organization
Dominique Jando is the director of the San Francisco School of Circus Arts and the former associate artistic director of Big Apple Circus
Keith Nelson is the director of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
Matthew Wittmann is the curator of "Circus and the City: New York, 1793–2010"

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