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.

Career Highlights[edit]

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 2014 to replace juggler Greg Kennedy in the show Totem. He worked for the company in a "permanent temporary" position, performing shows in the American, Canadian, New Zealand, and Japanese legs of the tour. In 2017, he signed a contract with the company as a full-time position holder. [2][3]

In 2013, Thom was the first person to ever juggle six knives.[4] To date, he's the only person to accomplish this feat.

In 2014, Thom and Benjamin Domask debuted their new creation "The Dinner and a Show Show[5]" at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, where it received top honors.[6]

In 2015, Thom joined the Celebration Barn Theater's new performance ensemble in their creation of "Traveling Light."[7]

In 2017, Thom was one of the "faces" of the 50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, where he hosted panel discussions and performed a daily lecture and demonstration of the history of juggling.[8]

Education[edit]

Wall attended Washington University in Saint Louis, where he earned a degree in Germanic Languages and Literatures.[9] He also speaks Spanish and Arabic,[10] and holds teaching credentials from Cambridge University.[11]

He also holds a Masters' Degree in Nonprofit Arts Administration from Drexel University.[12] His thesis revolved around the branding of nonprofit circus organizations in the United States.[13]

Thom was a member of the 2012 Professional Development Program at the New England Center for Circus arts, where he trained juggling and hoop diving.[14]

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,[15] helped implement eJuggle, the IJA's electronic magazine,[16] and started the IJA's annual Video Tutorial Contest.[16] 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.[17] In a 2012 interview, Thom's primary interests in arts administration were cited to be strategic planning, PR, and marketing.[18]

International Recognition[edit]

In 2014, Wall competed at the Zelta Karlis[19] circus festival in Riga, Latvia. He was presented with the "People's Choice" special prize, given to the act found "...most pleasurable to the Latvian people." [20]

In 2015, Wall was invited to perform at the 3rd annual Festival Universario de Circo, circus festival held at La Universidad Mesoamericana, which is home to the Mexico's traditional circus school, in Puebla, Mexico. At the culmination of the festival, he was presented with the Crotalus Scholaris Medal - the highest award the university offers.[21] Chancellor Salvador Calva Morales stated that the award was to "indelibly recognize Thomas Wall's work as a juggler." [21]

In 2017, Wall was invited to teach a fifteen-hour masterclass workshop at the Periplo International Circus Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico. He also debuted his new one-man show "On the Topic of Juggling" at the event.[22]

Awards[edit]

  • Top 40 Jugglers of the Year 2016 (#30)[23]
  • Crotalus Scholaris Medal - Universidad Mesoamericana (Puebla, Mexico)[24]
  • Top 40 Jugglers of the Year 2015 (#31) [25]
  • People's Choice - Riga International Circus Festival (Riga, Latvia, 2015)[26]
  • Top 40 Jugglers of the Year 2014 (#22)[27]
  • Top 40 Jugglers of the Year 2013 (#27)[28]
  • 3rd place, World Juggling Championships (International Juggers' Association, 2014)[29]
  • Best of the Fringe, "the 'Dinner and a Show' Show" (Kansas City Fringe Festival 2014)[30]
  • Judy Finelli Award for "Most Inspirational Juggler of the Year" (Humboldt Circus, 2013)
  • Top 40 Jugglers of the Year 2012 (#23)[31]
  • 2nd place, World Juggling Championships (International Jugglers' Association, 2012)[32]
  • Top 40 Jugglers of the Year 2011 (#31)[33]
  • 1st place, three ball juggling world championships (International Jugglers' Association, 2011)[34]
  • 2nd place, three-person team club passing with teammates Peter Kaseman and Doug Sayers (International Jugglers' Association, 2011)[34]
  • Top 40 Jugglers of the Year 2010 (#24)[35]
  • 1st place, three ball juggling world championships (International Jugglers' Association, 2010)[36]
  • Winner, eXtreme Juggling competition, four ball category (International Jugglers' Association, 2010)[36]
  • 1st place, three-person team club passing with teammates Peter Kaseman and Doug Sayers (International Jugglers' Association, 2010)[36]
  • 2nd place, three-person team club passing with teammates Peter Kaseman and Alan Thompson (International Jugglers' Association, 2009)[37]
  • 1st place, three-person team club passing with teammates Alan Thompson and Carey Wagoner (International Jugglers' Association, 2008)[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thomwall.com - Thom Wall's personal page
  2. ^ Lisenby, Ashley. "St. Louisan juggles his way into spot with Cirque du Soleil show". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  3. ^ "New England Center for Circus Arts: Former coach inks contract with Cirque du Soleil's 'Totem'". The Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  4. ^ "Thom Wall juggles it forward". The Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  5. ^ "Dinner and a Show Show ⋆ Thom Wall". Thom Wall. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  6. ^ "2017 Fringe Festival". Fringe Festival KC. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Barn launching 'Traveling Light' show". Sun Journal. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  8. ^ "New England Center for Circus Arts: Former coach inks contract with Cirque du Soleil's 'Totem'". The Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  9. ^ "Thom Wall juggles it forward". The Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  10. ^ Holzman, Dan. "Drop Everything Podcast". IJA eZine. 
  11. ^ Lisenby, Ashley. "St. Louisan juggles his way into spot with Cirque du Soleil show". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  12. ^ "Thom Wall Juggles - DrexelNow". DrexelNow. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  13. ^ Lisenby, Ashley (05/31/2017). "St. Louisan juggles his way into Cirque du Soleil". St Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved 06/20/2017.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  14. ^ "Thom Wall juggles it forward". The Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  15. ^ "IJA Programs - IRC." International Jugglers' Association. Accessed August 22, 2013.
  16. ^ a b "eJuggle - Video Tutorial Contest 2013!" International Jugglers' Association. Accessed August 22, 2013.
  17. ^ http://www.reformer.com/news/ci_25236042/thom-wall-juggles-it-forward-performer-who-credits
  18. ^ http://www.drexel.edu/now/archive/2012/August/Thom-Wall-Juggles/
  19. ^ "::GOLDEN KARL::". festivals.cirks.lv. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  20. ^ "Brattleboro to Latvia: Circus artist to compete". The Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  21. ^ a b "Juggling in Mexico: Brattleboro circus arts teacher recognized at festival". The Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  22. ^ "Periplo Desarrollo Cultura AC". Periplo Desarrollo Cultura AC. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  23. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M22bYjTWJw0
  24. ^ "[1]." Brattleboro Reformer. Accessed July 23rd, 2016.
  25. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEZiK3vYUus
  26. ^ "[2]." Brattleboro Reformer. Accessed February 3rd, 2015.
  27. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24eM7XE69wc
  28. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lmHEHZNY5U
  29. ^ "[3]." St Louis Post Dispatch. Accessed July 23rd, 2016.
  30. ^ "[4]." Kansas City Fringe Festival. Accessed August 7, 2014.
  31. ^ "Top 20 of 2012 - Part 3." Luke Burrage. Accessed August 22, 2013.
  32. ^ "Championships Results - 65th IJA Summer Festival." International Jugglers' Association. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  33. ^ "Top 40 Jugglers of 2011." Luke Burrage. Accessed August 22, 2013.
  34. ^ a b "IJA Championships - 64th Annual IJA Summer Festival", International Jugglers' Association. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  35. ^ "Top 40 Jugglers of 2010." Luke Burrage. Accessed August 22, 2013.
  36. ^ a b c "IJA Championships - 63rd IJA Summer Festival." International Jugglers' Association. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  37. ^ "IJA Championships - 62nd IJA Summer Festival." International Jugglers' Association. Accessed August 22nd, 2013.
  38. ^ "IJA Championships - 61st IJA Summer Festival." International Jugglers' Association. Accessed August 22, 2013.