Freyja began her career in Australia as part of the Fruit Fly Circus and soon after school became a member of the Australian company Circa where she honed her skills not only as a strong and confident performer, but as a physically and emotionally supportive ensemble member, as of the release of this episode she is performing in the Seven Finger’s show Passengers. The first half of this interview is for the hula hooping nerds the second part is a very honest analysis of how women are portrayed in circus, and also what it means to be a supportive artist in a company.

Follow Freyja on instagram: @freymes


Hula Hoop References:

The Culture Code: book referenced by Freyja about creating positive and supportive group dynamics

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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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