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Director of Talent

Phone: (703) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  United States
Feld Entertainment Inc
Human Resources Dept. 8607 Westwood Center Drive
Vienna , Virginia 22182
United States

Company Description: Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    Talent for Feld Entertainment & Ringling


  • degree
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Sideshow World, Sideshow Performers from around the world., 6 Jan 2012 [cached]
Kenneth Feld brought me David Kaiser and Tuba Heatherton to train them to be my assistant talkers.
David is now a top position executive with Feld Entertainment Inc.
But clowns have always had a ..., 15 May 2014 [cached]
But clowns have always had a dark side, says David Kiser, director of talent for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. After all, these were characters who reflected a funhouse mirror back on society; academics note that their comedy was often derived from their voracious appetites for food, sex, and drink, and their manic behavior. "So in one way, the clown has always been an impish spirit… as he's kind of grown up, he's always been about fun, but part of that fun has been a bit of mischief," says Kiser.
Kiser, Ringling's talent spotter and a former clown himself, acknowledged the damage that scary clown images have done to clowning, though he was inclined to downplay the effect. "It's like, 'Oh man, we're going to have to work hard to overcome that one,'" he says.
Ringling's Kiser agreed.
"I think we have all experienced wonderful clowns, but we've also all experienced clowns who in their youth or lack of training, they don't realize it, but they go on the attack," Kiser says, explaining that they can become too aggressive in trying to make someone laugh.
And Kiser, of course, doesn't see clowning diminishing in the slightest. But good clowns are always in shortage, and it's good clowns who keep the art alive. "If the clown is truly a warm and sympathetic and funny heart, inside of a person who is working hard to let that clown out… I think those battles [with clown fears] are so winnable," he says.
Master showman of the circus P.T. ... [cached]
Master showman of the circus P.T. Barnum would have loved David Kiser, the vice president of talent for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, who is one of the imaginative minds that keep Barnum's dreams of audience entertainment alive.
Kiser, who sports a spiked crop of bright blond hair, began as a Ringling Bros. clown nearly three decades ago.
Today, he travels the globe scouting talent for future installments of "The Greatest Show on Earth."
"Being a clown was a lot of fun, but what I do now is also just as amazing and entertaining," said Kiser, taking a break from overseeing the string of performances for the latest themed circus production visiting Chicago this month.
While helping to create the show, which began with early designs and theme discussions nearly two years ago, Kiser said gathering the diverse talent helped shape the story for this year's circus
Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors, charging Cossack riders, magnificent Asian elephants and fierce lions and tigers are all part of the two and half hour spectacle leading up to the frenzied Globe of Steel finale and an appearance by the elusive golden fire-breathing dragon.
Kiser said the circus is also continuing the tradition of allowing an all-access pre-show available to all ticket holders.
Ringling Bros And Barnum And Bailey Circus, 142nd Edition, Chicago, 2012, Dragons, United Center, David Kiser, Johnathan Lee Iverson, Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors
David J. Kiser ..., 6 May 2014 [cached]
David J. Kiser (USA) Director of Talent - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
However, Kohlberger's reasoning doesn't ..., 1 April 2014 [cached]
However, Kohlberger's reasoning doesn't ring true with David Kiser, Ringling's Director of Talent and former clown himself.
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