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Michael Duffy

Michael Duffy is a multi-disciplinary performer and director based between Las Vegas and Montreal. His passion lies in the performing arts as a platform for societal transformation and a continuation of ancient ritual. Seeing the performing arts through the lens of Cultural Anthropology, he focuses on the interplay between audience and performer. Whether performing on stage, directing, teaching or speaking, Michael is constantly aware of what an audience receives and where the performance is taking them. With over 20 years of experience, 14 of which with the renowned Cirque du Soleil, he has graced the stage in over 15 countries on 4 continents for literally hundreds of thousands of spectators from 50 seat black box theaters in Quebec City to the O2 Arena in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Knowing that no individual makes or breaks a show, Michael is a strong proponent of collaborative creation and is at home facilitating exactly that with a group of like-minded visionaries. With the success story of Cirque du Soleil as a template, he is always in search of art forms on the cusp of reinvention. Though his formation might have been in circus, his interest and fascination with all art forms allows him to spin a web of connection linking the various languages of expression and finding their intersectionality.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, September 6

8:45pm CDT

Saturday, September 7

10:30am CDT