Meet our 2017 judges!

Circus Star USA 2017 judge, Cindy Whiteman, Cirque Du Soleil

Cindy Whiteman

Talent scout, Cirque du Soleil

Cindy Whiteman began performing with Cirque du Soleil at the age of 11, visiting over 40 cities across the globe during her tenure before working as an artistic coach at the international headquarters. Cindy is currently Acrobatic Advisor – Resident Shows for the Las Vegas casting team at Cirque du Soleil.

Circus Star USA 2017 judge, Darren Charles, Cavalia's Odysseo

Darren Charles

Artistic & creative director / choreographer,
Cavalia’s Odysseo

Darren Charles has been the choreographer and creative director for Cavalia’s Odysseo for the last six years. Darren draws from his vast experience in ballet, contemporary dance, ethnic movement and acrobatics, and incorporates an imaginative fusion of styles into his choreography.

Louanne Madorma-Williams, Circus Star 2016 judge

Louanne Madorma-Williams

Director of casting, Le Rêve – The Dream

Louanne Madorma-Williams is an accredited and accomplished choreographer / director, casting director, and creative consultant. Louanne is currently the Director of Artistic Implementation and Casting for Wynn Las Vegas where she is responsible for the evolution of the show, Le Rêve – The Dream.

Cindy Whiteman

Cindy Whiteman was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She left the sport of artistic gymnastics at the age of 11 to join Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria as a fast-track and Russian bars artist. After 10 years of touring and a four-year hiatus, she joined the cast of Wintuk as an acrobatic dog character/tumbler on stilts in 2008. She was also the acrobatic captain for the fast-track act in Alegria (2000-2004) and dance captain of the acro dogs on Wintuk. During her time performing for Cirque du Soleil, she visited over 40 cities across the globe and performed in venues like the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden.


During her acrobatic hiatus, Cindy worked as an artistic coach with Cirque Du Soleil at the international headquarters. She used that time to fine-tune her teaching skills and really fell in love with the process of turning acrobats into artists, seeing the potential in someone, developing teaching techniques specifically catered to them, and creating something wonderful. Later, she went to work with Belluscious Productions as a manager for special events that mix circus arts, high fashion, and performances with a feminine edge.


Since then, Cindy went on to join the Las Vegas casting team at Cirque du Soleil. Learn more about Cindy.


Darren Charles is a creative and artistic director/choreographer with over 25 years of professional experience in dance, theatre, circus, and choreography. He trained at LSC London and Bodywork Cambridge in the UK. As a performer and choreographer, he has also enjoyed teaching and directing at various elite dance studios and companies throughout Europe and worldwide.


Darren performed and worked in the West End and Broadway shows such as Grease, Fame, Notre Dame de Paris, and Sarah Brightman. He’s also worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, and Anthony van Laast among others and performed with an array of artists, such as Spice Girls, Robbie Williams, Boyzone, Barry Manilow, and Keira Knightly. He has been choreographing and directing for shows such as Butterflies Opera in China for the Olympic Games 2008 and in Italy with Lucio Dalla and Giorgio Armani for La Tosca Italian tour. For the last six years, he has been the choreographer and creative director for Cavalia’s Odysseo, the biggest touring show in the world, from 2102-2017.

Darren Charles

Louanne Madorma-Williams

Louanne Madorma-Williams is an accredited and accomplished choreographer/director, casting director and creative consultant. She began her career as a dancer and as the artistic supervisor for Jean Ann Ryan’s Caribe Celebration for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Louanne performed in The Nutcracker, Cabaret, Peter Pan (Dance Captain), West Side Story (Dance Captain) Saturday Night Fever (Resident Choreographer) and Starlight Express (Dance Captain). While performing in Germany, she worked for Arlene Phillips and Andrew Lloyd Webber for more than 10 years. She continued as the Associate Choreographer and Associate Director of Starlight Express US and UK Tours, Bratz UK Coliseum Tour, Flashdance UK Tour, The Conception of Floorplay UK Tour and Arlene Phillips Presents: Dance, as well as the US national touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Patrick Cassidy and Amy Adams. She choreographed the US national commercial for Evita, Angry Housewives and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s US national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Ted Neeley. She directed and choreographed The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Louanne soon moved into the world of producing musical theater, acting as the Director of Project Development and Artistic Supervisor for Troika Entertainment. She oversaw the marketing for Cats US National Tour and all album recordings, created sales pieces and commercials for new musicals, developed relationships with investors and presenters, pitched new projects, collaborated in conceiving new productions and artistically oversaw Cats, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Starlight Express, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Jesus Christ Superstar.


Currently, Louanne is the Director of Artistic Implementation and Casting for Wynn Las Vegas where she is responsible for directing the evolution of the show Le Rêve – The Dream and for implementing all artistic changes into the show. Additionally, she is the casting director, overseeing all hiring of circus performers, aerialists, acrobats, and athletes. She also works as a consultant and casting director for multiple projects including America’s Got Talent on NBC, Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers, Andrea Wynn’s Birthday Celebration with Hugh Jackman, Broadway’s hit musical Million Dollar Quartet at Harrahs in Las Vegas, Jon Secada’s promo videos, 50 Shades of Grey the Musical Parody, Gotta Dance, Angry Housewives, Norwegian Cruise Lines productions of After Midnight, Million Dollar Quartet and Rock of Ages. She casts and assists in creating national advertising for West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever, Man of La Mancha and Catch Me If You Can, commercials for Australia’s Star Casinos, Yellowglen Sparkling Wine, Ballys Casino, and choreography for Mannheim Steamroller Venetian Christmas Spectacular, Nationwide, Arbonne International. Learn more about Louanne Madorma-Williams and Le Reve casting.