Creating a Spectacle

A Created by NYMF Event

Creating a Spectacle

at The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Studio  [map]

NYMF Artistic Director West Hyler (Cirque du Soleil's Paramour, Big Apple Circus, Air Play, Djembe!), along with a select group of circus-theater professionals, will speak about the intersection of circus and musical theater and share experiences of creating circus-musical hybrid productions from pre-production to opening night and answer questions on how to integrate circus into your theatrical bag of tricks, or introduce compelling narrative into your circus act.

Jayna Neagle

Most recently for Cirque du Soleil she served as Executive Producer of the Hamburg, Germany, and Broadway productions of PARAMOUR, the content of the NFL Experience Times Square, and THE WIZ on NBC. Prior to her work with Cirque du Soleil, Jayna worked for BASE Entertainment where she executive produced ARRABAL (Buenos Aires, Toronto), JERSEY BOYS (Johannesburg, Asian Tour), PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Sao Paulo), THE LION KING (Singapore), Jerry Mitchell’s PEEPSHOW (Las Vegas), WAYNE BRADY: MAKING SH%@ UP (Las Vegas).  Jayna also served as the General Manager for the critically acclaimed downtown New York theatre company the Nature Theatre of Oklahoma (Poetics: A Ballet Brut, Kasimir and Karoline, Three Sisters)Jayna caught the theatre bug in 2004 when she quit her job as a Senior Producer for The Wall Street Journal Online to attend Columbia University’s MFA program in Theatre Management and Producing.  Before working she was the Director of New Media and Media Spokesperson at the Insurance Information Institute and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

West Hyler

In addition to serving as the Producing Artistic Director of the New York Musical Festival, West was  previously represented in NYMF as the director of "Flambe Dreams", the circus musical, "The Awakening of Angel DeLuna, and as writer/director on "Georama", for which he won the 2017 Outstanding Direction award. He was the Scene Director and Story Writer for Cirque Du Soleil Paramour, Cirque's first Broadway Musical and his other directing work includes Djembe! (Apollo Theater), Avenue Q (State Puppet Theater of Bulgaria), Mortality Play, Wingman, Kid who would be Pope (Ars Nova), H2O (59E59), Getting My Act Together, Game of Love (York Theater Company), Tempest, Love's Labours Lost, Merry Wives of Windsor (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival), Georama, The Disappearing Man (St Louis Rep), No Way to Treat a Lady (The Colony Theater), amongst others. As a young man Hyler worked on as associate director to Des McAnuff on Jersey Boys, which Hyler later staged in venues around the world, and as associate director on How The Grinch Stole Christmas.  His other writing credits include We Declare You a Terrorist (SPF), Georama (St Louis Rep, Great River Shakespeare Festival). Pure Chaos (Stepping Stones Childrens Museum), and the Short film A Jake and A Tom (Hollywood International Film Festival, Charleston International Film Festival). His other circus work includes Legendarium and Metamorphosis (Big Apple Circus, Lincoln Center) and Panda! (Beijing State Theater, Palazzo Hotel and Casino). He has been a Drama League fall directing fellow as well as a Drama League Resident Artist and holds an MFA from UCSD. West Hyler is married to the director Shelley Butler.

Anya Sapozhnikova

Anya Sapozhnikova is the co-founder and creative director of House of Yes in Brooklyn. She started her performance and directorial career producing shows on the dancefloors of illegal warehouse parties in Brooklyn, back when you could still get away with anything. Simultaneously she and her partner Kae Burke were performing and booking entertainment for some of Manhattan’s glitziest clubs. This unique background has heavily influenced her work; her shows are simultaneously glamorous and gritty. Her shows have high production value but never at the expense of chaos that is vital for the audience to have a genuinely powerful experience. Her work is never restricted to the stage, and is always a multidisciplinary immersive spectacle, employ a lot of psychedelia, center around truth, and are always collaborative with the cast.