Ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Bill Powell did the exact opposite!

Born in 1951, Bill Powell grew up surrounded by the circus. His prominent circus family was well known throughout Florida and beyond, and Powell was a third generation circus performer. However, in 1972, Bill decided to enroll in the University of South Florida to pursue a degree in Mass Communication, and the dream of working behind the scenes with productions like Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus grew thereafter.

After graduation, Powell was fortunate enough to shadow the best in the marketing field and quickly become the go to man for marketing departments of Tampa Bay newspapers and sales companies. Powell attributes himself to be the “ultimate concierge” to the countless events he has produced, and showcases a sample of shows like Disney Live! And Disney on Ice to prove the magnitude of the events he is in charge of!

Now VP for Feld Direct at Feld Entertainment and Motorsports he shares with us his unique perspective on the inner-workings of the circus. In marketing, sales, charity and production, Powell has given back to the business that gave him everything, and continues to show “dedication to this thing we call show business.”

This program was made possible with support from the Tampa Bay History Museum and the Osher LIfelong Learning Institue at USF.


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the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs
and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture.