The group honored as the Advance Professionals wrote the book on live event promotion and management. Since the early days of P.T. Barnum it has been the work of those who executed the tour planning, marketing, advertising , sponsorship and public relations that made the circus a financial success. The circus is equal parts art and commerce. Nothing happens unless a ticket is sold. In the world of show business, without business there is no show.
Many alumni of this group have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs, agents, show producers, marketing and pr agency owners, sports and entertainment executives and venue managers. You will find them in leadership roles of media companies, major league sports (NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS), ticketing companies, concert and talent management, theme parks, fairs and expositions, cultural arts and non profit philanthropic organizations. The universal ties that bind the group is the collective shared learning experiences gained while working for the circus.
This is the biography of David Pitman, a member of the Advance Professionals.
David Pitman: The Maestro Behind the Curtain of Global Spectacles
In the realm of extravagant and mesmerizing arena productions, David Pitman stands as the orchestrator, the virtuoso behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil. Holding the prestigious title of Director of Global Tour Planning for Arena Shows, Pitman’s realm extends across negotiations, strategic business planning, and the seamless execution of worldwide tours that captivate audiences globally.
Pitman’s journey to the forefront of the entertainment industry wasn’t an overnight ascent. It began with humble steps and a relentless dedication to his craft. Before his tenure at Cirque du Soleil commenced in 2010, Pitman honed his expertise through a myriad of roles at Feld Entertainment, a giant in the live show industry. His tenure at Feld saw him donning multiple hats, ranging from the meticulous role of Tour Accountant to the demanding positions of Company Manager, Director of International Tours, and Director of North American Routing & Tours.
At Cirque du Soleil, Pitman’s influence extends far and wide, encompassing the intricate planning and execution of current sensation tours like OVO, Crystal, and Corteo. His responsibilities, however, transcend the present; he’s the visionary architecting the touring blueprint for future productions.
With an indomitable spirit and a keen eye for detail, Pitman steers the ship of global tours, ensuring each spectacle reaches its maximum potential. His proficiency in venue negotiations is matched only by his strategic acumen, a combination that has cemented Cirque du Soleil’s position as a beacon of innovation in the live touring entertainment universe.
Pitman’s journey from the backstage corridors of Feld Entertainment to the helm of Cirque du Soleil’s global arena productions serves as a testament to perseverance, dedication, and an unwavering passion for crafting experiences that transcend the ordinary. His relentless pursuit of excellence continues to redefine the boundaries of live entertainment, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.