Creative

Creative Circus

ABOUT

Creative Circus, LLC helps organizations tell their stories in a compelling way that inspires audiences to act, leveraging engaging writing, high-production value video, and live event experiences that leave an impact.

Owned and operated by Leanne Robinson-Maine since 2006, Creative Circus is certified in New York State as a Woman-Owned Business.

SERVICES
 
slateFilm, TV & Media:
• Producing
• Writing
• Casting
• Editing
microphoneConferences & Events:
• Pre-Production Planning
• Show Cues & Direction
• Presenter Coaching and Blocking
• Speaker Support Design
bookCommunications & Training:
• Instructional Design
• Technical Documentation
• Standup Training
• Web Content Authoring


LEANNE’S TOP 5 GALLUP STRENGTHS

People with Strategic talents create tactical ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and then outline action steps for success.

Strategic

Relators can reduce complicated content to its most fundamental points in order to relay messages logically to those around them.

Relator

Those who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

Communication

Activators can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. Their goal setting routinely sparks the enthusiasm of other individuals.

Activator

People with the Learner strength have a great desire to take in new ideas and continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

Learner

EXPERIENCE

Owner, Creative Circus LLC

2006 to present

Creative services in Film, Television & Video Production, Live Events, and Corporate Training.

  • With strengths in communication, nimble problem solving, simplifying complex information, and mobilizing teams, responsible for crafting engaging narrative and documentary-style content for film, television & video, producing and directing live meetings & events that wow, and honing memorable training content.
  • Wrote, produced, cast, directed, and edited hundreds of award-winning short-form videos for industrial, commercial, and training purposes, and produced and directed dozens of large-scale corporate meetings. Clients have included MagicWig Productions, Inc., The State University of New York, the U.S. Green Building Council, Interface Inc., AAUW, and The International Well Building Institute.
  • Emmy Award-winning Writer / Producer / Editor on Brewed in New York (2018), a 13-episode TV series about New York’s craft beer revolution that aired state-wide on PBS. Composed grant proposal for project that resulted in $400,000 award from Empire State Development.  Planned stories and wrote scripts for all episodes, researched and selected breweries and conducted interviews, wrote and directed “Craft 101” edu-tainment segments for each episode, planned and communicated production logistics for crew, managed post-production timeline, edited episode segments, created series website, authored press releases & social media content, and planned successful premiere screening event at Proctor’s GE Theatre sponsored by local breweries.
  • Writer / Producer / Co-Director on the award-winning feature eco-documentary So Right So Smart (2009), narrated by Daryl Hannah, which received accolades from film festivals around the world and enjoyed a national PBS run in 2015. Researched dozens of businesses and NGOs for the film, planned shoot and crew travel logistics, traveled around the country conducting interviews with over 60 corporate executives and environmental activists, and helped shape recorded content into story arc. Created series website and media releases, and produced well-attended premiere event at the Palace Theatre in Albany. Authored and delivered a half-day corporate sustainability training program designed around the film for the NYS Dormitory Authority.
  • Producer / Show Director of Interface Inc.’s annual sales meeting for up to 1000 people, most recently managing a pre-production team of 5 video editors and 6 presentation designers, and an 80-person on-site crew as show director. Worked in advance with company presenters to hone messaging and design supporting visuals for 15-screen surround set, coached presenters on standup delivery, wrote and directed video and presentation content, and managed pre-production timeline to bring to the meeting: 15 pre-produced videos (4 of which played in 15-screen surround), 18 custom keynote presentations, and pre-recorded VOGs. Orchestrated 3 simultaneous awards ceremonies and 2 concurrent regional keynote sessions, and personally live-called the global general session show for 20 hours across 4 days.
  • Producer of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo’s opening plenary session for 10 years at venues such as the New Orleans Superdome and Phoenix’s Chase Field.  Worked with the U.S. Green Building Council to create an experience that inspired thousands of attendees to advance the work of the green building movement. Managed pre-production and on-site creative crew to produce larger-than-life video speaker support, integrating panoramic scenic elements and motion graphics, planning seamless run of shows, and staging presentations and concerts with guests such as James Cameron, Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton, Maroon Five, Bon Jovi, and Sheryl Crow.
  • Instructional design, standup training and technical writing: created training for courses in Leadership and Management Development, Communications, and Team Effectiveness for C&S Wholesale Grocers. Traveled throughout the Northeast to deliver these trainings to employees across the organization.  Researched, documented functionality, and wrote technical manuals, best practices, quick guides, and communications campaigns for several software implementations across the company.
Producer, New York Network

2010 - 2012

Research & author content for corporate training, websites

  • Responsible for writing & producing training videos for government agencies and other institutions
  • Researched content, created scripts and storyboards, and organized production plan
  • Directed crew and talent on video shoots, then guided the editing process to execute creative vision
Instructional Designer, Trans World Entertainment

2003 - 2006

  • Produced training media for 8000 retail sales associates nationwide
  • Researched & developed content, wrote scripts and storyboards for video, web and computer-based training
  • Created and maintained departmental website on company intranet
  • Authored technical training manuals for customized software applications
  • Wrote and designed newsletters, posters, flyers, and presentations for organization-wide communications
  • Coordinated large-scale company meetings nationwide for up to 500 attendees
Resident Regional Theatre Performer

2001 - 2003

  • Performed and understudied multiple roles at the Tony Award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as part of MFA internship
  • Resident performer at Monomoy Theatre, Cape Cod’s popular summer stage
Graduate Instructor, Ohio University

2000 - 2001

  • As part of MFA Graduate Assistantship, created curriculum and taught Makeup for the Stage for BFA students
  • Delivered stand-up instruction, provided project mentoring, and conducted evaluation and grading of students
Front of House Supervisor, The Lyceum Theatre

1998 - 1999

  • Supervised  ushers, greeted VIPs and oversaw the lobby area for this popular West End theatre in London

EDUCATION

The University of Notre Dame

Bachelor of Arts

  • BA Cum Laude, Communications & Theatre – 1998
Ohio University

Master of Fine Arts

  • MFA Summa Cum Laude, Theatre – 2003

SOFTWARE PROFICIENCIES

Adobe Premiere
95%
Keynote & PowerPoint
95%
Adobe Photoshop
85%
WordPress
75%
Filemaker Pro
75%
Adobe InDesign
70%
Adobe Illustrator
50%

 

PORTFOLIO

NEWS

Emmy Award for Writing on Brewed in New York

Leanne Robinson-Maine of Creative Circus LLC and fellow Writer/Producer Daniel Swinton were awarded a NYS Emmy Award for Writing on Brewed in New York, the 2018 television series about New York’s craft beer revolution.

Brewed’s Chautauqua episode, which Leanne Wrote, Directed, and Edited, was also nominated for an Emmy.  You can watch full episodes of Brewed in New York on YouTube.

The Producer’s Advantage

Creative Circus to Launch Presentation Coaching Services
  • What kinds of slides create the most impact?
  • What clothing is most A/V and staging-friendly?
  • How does your movement affect video capture?
  • What if your confidence monitors go out mid-presentation?
  • How can you rehearse well but still maintain a spontaneous presence?

The Producer’s Advantage leverages Leanne’s years of experience supporting and hundreds of live presentations, and will provide tutorials, live demonstrations, and individualized coaching for presenters.

Stay tuned for updates!

CONTACT

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