7 artistic directors, 7 visions: The 7 Fingers is a collective that is at once unified and multi-faceted. In 2002, 7 circus artists came together and became The 7 Fingers. Over the course of 15 years, the collective has grown. Every year, projects have given way to new opportunities, as diverse as the very artists themselves: original productions, Broadway shows, artistic collaborations, project direction, custom designed events, performances for Olympic ceremonies, televised creations, immersive performance experiences and much more. Every one of these projects carries The 7 Fingers’ unmistakable mark. Ambassadors of diversity, the artists have consistently spread their horizons, mixing genres to better tell their stories. Fascinated by the human condition, the 7 Fingers create performances that speak about our world and our time. Their works reach audiences across nations, with over 500 shows a year. In 2018, The 7 Fingers inaugurate their Centre of Creation and Production. Situated in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal, the new centre houses all of the company’s activities, departments and dreams under one roof.
As co-founding artistic director of The 7 Fingers, Shana Carroll directed and/or co-directed Passagers, Cuisine & Confessions, Séquence 8, Traces, Psy, Loft, La Vie, Le Murmure du Coquelicot, and FeriAmuse (short adaptation of Amuse). Through 7 Fingers collaborations and special projets, she created the circus component of Queen of the Night at the Diamond Horseshoe in New York City and co-designed of the medieval segment of the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. Shana is well known for her acrobatic and circus choreography. She choreographed four gold medal-winning numbers at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris and directed Il Fait Dimanche for the National Circus School in Montreal. She has frequently collaborated with Cirque du Soleil, most recently as co-director of their first show on ice Crystal, and previously as acrobatic designer and choreographer of Paramour (Broadway) and Iris (Los Angeles), and as choreographer of their performance at the 2012 Academy Awards. Shana has received Best Choreography nominations at the 2008 Drama Desk Awards (Traces) and the 2003 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards (Circumstance).
Originally from Berkeley, California, Shana began her career as a trapeze artist with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus and went on to a 20-year career in the air with Cirque du Soleil and many others before founding The 7 Fingers.
Isabelle Chassé co-directed and/or performed in 7 Fingers productions Temporel, Vice & Vertu, the third act of Triptyque, La Vie, and Loft. She was the assistant director on Passagers, Reversible, Amuse, and Psy, and a collaborator and performer in The Fibonacci Project. Isabelle has directed performances for numerous special events, including the inauguration of Montreal’s Vitrine Culturelle. In 2013, she served on the jury of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Isabelle is the aerial coach on most 7 Fingers productions. In 2015, she co-directed the acrobatics in Moby Dick, directed by Dominic Champagne. For the past several years, Isabelle has sat on numerous decision-making committees and has played a leading role in the development of the collective’s Creation and Production Centre.
Isabelle grew up in the circus, joining an international tour with Cirque du Soleil at a young age. Shortly after, she and the other young members of her contortion quartet won gold medals at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris and the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival. Isabelle performed in many other productions and projects including the film Martyrs and the Grammy-nominated short film Satie and Suzanne.
Patrick Léonard co-directed Temporel, Vice & Vertu, La Vie, and Loft, and performed in all four. In 2011, he created Patinoire, his first one-man show, and has been touring with it ever since, including a one-month run at the Avignon Festival in 2014. He regularly participates in The Fibonacci Project, and was cast as the main character with his two daughters in Amuse Un Dia (2013). In 2015, he co-directed the acrobatics in Moby Dick, directed by Dominic Champagne. Patrick has been travelling to Nunavut in Canada’s Far North to work with ArtCirq since 2014. These collaborations led to the artistic co-direction of Unikkaaqtuat, a multidisciplinary production by Artcirq, The 7 Fingers, and Taqqut Productions. The show will premiere in 2019 in Montreal. Patrick also directs, acts, and performs in many of The 7 Fingers’ social cause projects and special events.
A quadruple Canadian champion in artistic roller skating, Patrick trained at the National Circus School after earning a bachelor’s in chemistry. He began his performing career as a clown and diabolo artist at the Casino de Montréal before performing in German cabarets (Wintergarten, Freidrichbau Varieté, Pomp Duck and Circumstance), Teatro Zinzanni, and with Cirque du Soleil and Circus Knie. In 2003, Patrick was awarded the Prix Nikouline for his diabolo duo with Sébastien Soldevila at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris.
Gypsy Snider wrote, directed and/or co directed 7 Fingers shows Réversible, Intersection, Amuse, Traces, and Loft. She has choreographed televised feature performances for America’s Got Talent, Her Majesty’s Royal Variety Performance, the illusionist Darcy Oake’s Edge of Reality, and a Bench Denim and Underwear fashion show in the Philippines. In 2013, working with director Diane Paulus on a new vision of Pippin, she integrated circus into the revival of the Broadway musical. Gypsy’s work on Pippin earned her a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Gypsy is also a guest teacher and guest director at the National Circus School of Montreal. In 2015, she received the Evolving Circus Award in New York City.
Originally from San Francisco, Gypsy is the daughter of the founders of The Pickle Family Circus. After receiving her degree in physical theatre from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland in 1993, she performed internationally for 18 years, with Cirque du Soleil and many others.
As co-founding artistic director of The 7 Fingers, Sébastien Soldevila co-directed Cuisine & Confessions, Séquence 8, and Le Murmure du Coquelicot (which he also co-wrote), and co-created and performed in La Vie and Loft. Most recently, Sébastien co-directed Cirque du Soleil’s first circus show on ice, Crystal, with fellow 7 Fingers co-founder Shana Carroll. Upon invitation from the Musical Theatre of Moscow, he directed The Circus Princess, nominated four times at the Golden Mask Awards in Russia. Sébastien's other directing work with The 7 Fingers includes the opening segment of the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies and performances at the Québec Pavilion at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Sébastien was a soloist with Cirque du Soleil from 1998 to 2001. A former five-time French National Champion (with partner Émilie Bonnavaud in acrobatic gymnastics), Sébastien oversees the acrobatic training on most 7 Fingers shows.
Sébastien earned multiple awards at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, including a gold medal for his hand-to-hand act with Émilie Bonnavaud (2007) and the Prix Nikouline for his diabolo duo with Patrick Léonard (2003).
Samuel is the creator and director of Bosch Dreams, Triptyque, and The Fibonacci Project. He co-created and co-directed Vice & Vertu and Intersection and was a featured artist in Triptyque, Le Murmure du Coquelicot, La Vie, and Loft. In 2014, he co-directed Luces Fugaces, a special creation for the Festival de las Luces in Medellin (Colombia). As the first international director invited by the Imre Baross Circus Arts School in Hungary to stage its annual show, Samuel directed Rengeteg – Looking Out in 2018. Samuel is currently the President of En Piste (the Canadian circus arts association). He is involved in research and development with the Canada Industrial Research Chair in Circus Arts in collaboration with key academics and industry leaders.
Samuel’s hand-balancing career includes more than 1,500 performances of Alegria (Cirque du Soleil), several tours with Orchestra (Cirque Eloize), and performances in many cabarets. His work garnered several awards including a Bronze Lion at Wuquio Acrobatic Festival in China and a silver medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris
A political scientist and author (L’Occident imaginaire, Éditions PUQ), Nassib has been an advisor and volunteer for dozens of provincial, national, and international organizations. In 2003, he fell under the charm of The 7 Fingers and took on the executive direction of this jewel of the Montreal stage.
Nassib is currently the president of the International Exchange for the Performing Arts (CINARS). He sits on the boards of the National Theatre School of Canada and the Société des arts technologiques (SAT), and was a board member of the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) from 2012 to 2018.
In 2013, he received the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)’s Prix Reconnaissance in recognition of his exceptional career.
Après plusieurs années dans le secteur du tourisme à New York, des communications et de la publicité au sein de plusieurs agences au Liban et à Toronto, Tina est conquise par le style artistique unique des 7 Doigts. Elle rejoint le collectif en 2003 et se consacre au développement de la compagnie sur les cinq continents en tant que directrice de la diffusion et du développement
A graduate of the University of Laval (Bachelor of Arts) and the National Theatre School of Canada (Stage Directing), Richard Gagnon has extensive experience in the field of performing arts and project management. In the 1980’s, he helped establish the Théâtre Périscope in Quebec City, through which he met and he began working with the team of Théâtre Repère and Robert Lepage. For several years he was Théâtre Repère’s administrative assistant, as well as the production manager and tour director on various Ex Machina productions in Quebec, across Canada, and abroad. Richard has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada and has participated in the creation of numerous theatre projects and in the realization of various cultural and artistic events. He served as C.E.O. and administrative director of the company Lemieux Pilon 4D Art for over eight years. Before joining the 7 Fingers in 2011 as administrative director, Richard worked at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, first as director of international tours then as coordinator of the activities for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the TNM.
Olivier Rosa has been working in the performing arts field since 1995, mainly specialising in lighting but also, since 2001, acting as a technical director. He's designed lighting for artists such as Chloé Ste-Marie, Florence K, Alain Morisod et les Sweet People, and Krin Haglund, as well as many 7 Fingers special events. Prior to focusing almost exclusively on circus arts, Olivier was the technical director of the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for five years. Additional experience as a technical director includes local tours of François Léveillée, Marie-Michèle Desrosiers, Annie Brocoli, Réal Béland, Théâtre Espace GO, as well as international tours of Alain Morisod et les Sweet People, Jamie Adkins, Cirque Éloize, and The 7 Fingers. Before becoming the technical director of The 7 Fingers, Olivier worked with the collective for eight years on shows Loft, La Vie, and Traces.
A specialist in cultural management, Lynne counts over 20 years’ experience in business management and in public and private finance. Passionate about international relations, she began her career in the non-profit sector and later turned to international development, working on bilateral partnership projects with Canada Post, Teleglobe, and SNC-Lavalin, among others. In 2001, Lynne obtained an Executive MBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where she was able to explore the IT industry, with a particular emphasis on knowledge management. In 2003, Lynne attended the 7 Fingers’ first show in L’Assomption, Quebec. Shortly after, she took on the mandate to develop a merchandising product line for the company while also undertaking its public funding initiatives. Over the years, she’s assisted the collective in many areas – prior to her current role as Finance Director, she handled tasks in departments as varied as marketing, communications, touring, and production.
Since 2015, Danielle Sauvage is Director of the Foundation Les 7 doigts de la main, the fund-raising arm of the world-renowned circus company based in Montréal.
From 2002 to 2013, she was executive director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, a para-municipal organization that supports artistic creation, production and distribution by some 400 cultural companies in Montréal. She is an experienced manager of cultural institutions and was at one time in charge of the Canadian Centre for Architecture Foundation. For fourteen years (1987-2001), she held the position of director of communications and development at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
A graduate in political science from the Université de Montréal, Danielle Sauvage is a board member of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Foundation of Greater Montreal, the Festival Trans-Amériques (FTA), Le Cube, centre international de recherche et de création en théâtre pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, and the Fondation Guido Molinari. Founding member of Culture Montréal, she is also a Community Board Member of TELUS Montreal, a member of CECI’s (Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale) Club des Ambassadrices, and a member of the HEC cultural mentoring program. In 2017, she was appointed commissioner of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.
Danielle Sauvage was nominated Knight of the Ordre du Québec in June 2018.
Be part of the team
We are always pleased to meet new artists and technicians with the prospect of collaborating together for shows, as well as special events!
Please click on the following link to fill out our casting form : Casting Form
Your information will be sent to our artistic department and your profile will be entered into our casting database.
Working under the supervision of the Director of Touring and Development, the employee will coordinate various mandates related to the collective’s development and touring.
Interested applicants should send their resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 17, 2018, 4 pm.
Awards and distinctions
Queen of the Night
Category "Unique Theatrical Experience"
Category "Special Event"
Category "Best Choreography"
For the poster of PSY
Trapeze (direction of Emma Henshall' act)
Hand to hand