Thom Wall

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Thom Wall - Saint Louis Juggler - Performs at Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room - August 2013

Thom Wall (born February 9, 1987) is a juggler and variety entertainer based in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.[1]

Wall is known for his avant-garde performance style, cultivated through training at the New England Center for Circus Arts, lessons with mime Karen Montanaro, and training with long-time friend Curtis Carlyle. In 2009, Wall competed at the World Juggling Federation's "Winter Blitz" event. No judge had seen any of his creative five-ball tricks performed before, so his routine was deemed unscoreable.

In 2014, Thom competed at the International Jugglers' Association (IJA) Senior Stage Championships with a traditional mouthstick juggling act. This act was awarded the bronze medal, making it the first time the discipline has been awarded a competition medal in the championships' 67-year history.

Thom was hired by Cirque du Soleil in April of 2014 to replace juggler Greg Kennedy in the show Totem.

Community Service[edit]

Wall served on the Board of Directors of the International Jugglers' Association between 2009 and 2013. During his tenure on the Board of Directors, he helped found the a new international competition format,[2] helped implement eJuggle, the IJA's electronic magazine,[3] and started the IJA's annual Video Tutorial Contest.[3] Wall is widely credited by members of the juggling community with helping turn the International Jugglers' Association around - when he was first elected to the Board of Directors, the organization was in the middle of a public relations crisis on the usenet forum Rec.Juggling. His work with online educational programs, global outreach, and benefits to new members through the new online magazine has brought the 66-year-old organization many new members, much new respect, and financial solvency.

His work with the International Jugglers' Association inspired him to pursue a Master's degree in Nonprofit Arts Administration through Drexel University.[4] In a 2012 interview, Thom's primary interests in arts administration were cited to be strategic planning, PR, and marketing [5] .

Awards[edit]

  • 3rd place, World Juggling Championships (International Juggers' Association, 2014)
  • Best of the Fringe, "the 'Dinner and a Show' Show" (Kansas City Fringe Festival 2014)[6]
  • Judy Finelli Award for "Most Inspirational Juggler of the Year" (Humboldt Circus, 2013)
  • Top 40 Jugglers of the Year (#23)[7]
  • St Louis' Nerd Pinup of the Year (2013) [8]
  • 2nd place, World Juggling Championships (International Jugglers' Association, 2012)[9]
  • Top 40 Jugglers of the Year (#31)[10]
  • 1st place, three ball juggling world championships (International Jugglers' Association, 2011)[11]
  • 2nd place, three person team club passing with teammates Peter Kaseman and Doug Sayers (International Jugglers' Association, 2011)[11]
  • Top 40 Jugglers of the Year (#24)[12]
  • 1st place, three ball juggling world championships (International Jugglers' Association, 2010)[13]
  • Winner, eXtreme Juggling competition, four ball category (International Jugglers' Association, 2010)[13]
  • 1st place, three person team club passing with teammates Peter Kaseman and Doug Sayers (International Jugglers' Association, 2010)[13]
  • 2nd place, three person team club passing with teammates Peter Kaseman and Alan Thompson (International Jugglers' Association, 2009)[14]
  • 1st place, three person team club passing with teammates Alan Thompson and Carey Wagoner (International Jugglers' Association, 2008)[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thomwall.com - Thom Wall's personal page
  2. ^ "IJA Programs - IRC." International Jugglers' Association. Accessed August 22, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "eJuggle - Video Tutorial Contest 2013!" International Jugglers' Association. Accessed August 22, 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.reformer.com/news/ci_25236042/thom-wall-juggles-it-forward-performer-who-credits
  5. ^ http://www.drexel.edu/now/archive/2012/August/Thom-Wall-Juggles/
  6. ^ "[1]." Kansas City Fringe Festival. Accessed August 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Top 20 of 2012 - Part 3." Luke Burrage. Accessed August 22, 2013.
  8. ^ http://thomwall.com/credits/
  9. ^ "Championships Results - 65th IJA Summer Festival." International Jugglers' Association. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  10. ^ "Top 40 Jugglers of 2011." Luke Burrage. Accessed August 22, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "IJA Championships - 64th Annual IJA Summer Festival", International Jugglers' Association. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  12. ^ "Top 40 Jugglers of 2010." Luke Burrage. Accessed August 22, 2013.
  13. ^ a b c "IJA Championships - 63rd IJA Summer Festival." International Jugglers' Association. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  14. ^ "IJA Championships - 62nd IJA Summer Festival." International Jugglers' Association. Accessed August 22nd, 2013.
  15. ^ "IJA Championships - 61st IJA Summer Festival." International Jugglers' Association. Accessed August 22, 2013.