Montreal, May 6, 2024 – The National Circus School (NCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marilou Cousineau to the position of Director of Education. She will assume her new duties on June 18, 2024. She succeeds James Tanabe, Director of Studies since 2021.

Marilou Cousineau, Director of Education

With 22 years of experience within the NCS, Marilou Cousineau has in-depth knowledge of the training programs, how they work and the high standards of the institution. Her expertise, rigor and boundless ambition for the NCS are all qualities she will bring to bear in her new role. Her unwavering commitment to the School, her passion for the circus arts and her deep respect for her colleagues and the student community make her an inspiring and valued leader.

The NCS would also like to salute James Tanabe for his great contribution as Director of Studies since July 2021. His benevolence, clear pedagogical vision and unparalleled leadership have enabled the School to weather a period of profound change while pursuing its excellence in teaching and supporting student success.

James Tanabe, former Director of Studies

“I’m delighted to welcome Marilou as Director of Education. Her experience and dedication to the NCS make her the ideal person to pursue our institution’s mission with excellence. My warmest thanks to James for his outstanding contribution to our establishment. Although we are losing a great colleague, James will remain a proud ally as he joins Dragone as President and CEO this summer. We wish him every success in this new adventure.­”  – Éric Langlois, Executive Director

About the National Circus School

A leader in circus arts education, research and innovation, the National Circus School trains world-renowned creators, performing artists and educators. It offers the complete spectrum of professional training in the circus arts: the Preparatory and High-School Studies programs, and the Arts du cirque advanced training program leading to a college diploma. A pioneer of the new circus in Canada and North America, the National Circus School’s graduates have contributed to the emergence many circus companies, the most renowned of which are Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, The 7 Fingers and Cirque Alfonse.

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