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News Releases

7/5/21 – The Actors Gymnasium announces community circus event to celebrate its 25th year

1/27/21 – The Actors Gymnasium opens third teaching studio in Noyes Cultural Arts Center to support expanded curriculum 

9/14/20 – The Actors Gymnasium announces new, socially distanced learning pods 

5/4/20 – The Actors Gymnasium presents ISOLATED: An original, online circus theatre production

1/21/20The Actors Gymnasium Announces Casting for THE GHOST IN GADSDEN’S GARDEN, its Annual Winter Circus

12/17/2019 The Actors Gymnasium Named Inaugural Recipient of $25,000 “Signal Grant” from Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless’ Foundation

12/12/2019The Actors Gymnasium Adds Clown Concentration to its Professional Circus Training Program

5/22/2019The Actors Gymnasium presents “Case Study,” its 2019 Professional Training Program Showcase

1/17/2019The Actors Gymnasium Announces its 10th Annual Winter Circus, All the Time in the World

1/11/2019Founder of Actors Gymnasium, Sylvia Hernandez DiStasi, to be inducted into Circus Ring of Fame

5/18/2017 The Actors Gymnasium Presents PASSAGE: The 2017 Professional Training Program Showcase

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12/28/2016 – The Actors Gymnasium Presents the World Premiere of Quest

8/31/2016 Piven and AG Join Forces to Bring Workshop to Home Schoolers

8/25/2016 Start the Weekend with an Aerial Adventure

8/15/2016 – Circus Returns to Third Annual Canal Shores Campout

7/18/2016 – Brand New Circus Acts – This Weekend Only

5/23/2016 – Brand New Physical Show Brings Spectacle to Holiday Weekend

5/9/2016 – Local Circus Given NICE Award for Second Time

5/4/2016 – Molly Brennan named Physical Theatre Director

5/3/2016 – Moby Dick to Go on Tour 

4/28/2016 – Video Gamers will Delight in New Youth Show

4/27/2016 – Circus Community Successfully Celebrates 20th Anniversary

4/13/2016 Meet the Professional Training Faculty

3/28/2016 – Local Video Contest Giving Away One Year of Circus Classes

3/9/2016 – Celebrate World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People 

2/16/2016Vegas Show Le Reve Seeking Extraordinary Strength & Agility in Chicagoans

2/8/2016New Series Preps Students for Professional World

2/5/2016Celebrate the Special Love of Friendship this Valentine’s Day Weekend

2/2/2016New Show Created by Award Winning Artists & Friends

1/12/2016 – Actors Gym to Participate in Chicago Theatre Week

12/26/2015A Flexible Start to the New Year

12/9/2015 – Professional Circus Training Program Accepting Applications

12/1/2015Lyra Like a Pro

11/16/2015Fight Like A Jedi This December

10/5/2015Actors Gymnasium Announces 2015/16 Season

8/31/2015“Circus Under the Stars” to Highlight Second Annual Canal Shores Campout

8/27/2015Illinois Theatre Association Awards Evanston Circus Choreographer

8/25/2015Open Houses for Students with Down Syndrome and Autism at Local Circus School

8/21/2015Evanston Non Profit Invites Community to Celebrate its Expansion

8/19/2015Circus School Announces Special Needs Pilot Program

8/12/2015Artists from All Over the Country to Train in Evanston

8/10/2015The Actors Gymnasium Announces Change in Leadership Structure to Coincide with 20th Anniversary

8/3/2015Staff Changes at Local Non Profit

7/15/2015Budding Circus Artists Showcase New Acts this July

6/17/2015Local Company Breaths New Life into Circus Space

5/11/2015Whole Foods Partners with Local Circus School

5/6/2015 Curtains Up at The Actors Gymnasium

4/30/2015Return of Popular Circus Series in Evanston

4/30/2015Superheros Descend to Save Evanston

3/4/2015The Actors Gymnasium Announces Benefit Performance for “Visually Stunning” Show

2/9/2015Circus Summer Camp Provides Safe Environment for Youth to Learn to Fly

2/4/2015A Strange New Circus to Take Over Chicago

1/9/2015Circuscope Joins Chicago Theatre Week

12/10/2014The Actors Gymnasium Partners with Award-Winning Organizations to Launch Exciting New Professional Program

10/20/2014Local Youth Ensemble to Perform Shakespeare with a Circus Twist


10/10/2014“One of a Kind” Local Designer Wins Major Award

10/8/2014Actors Gym Kicks off Season with Popular Circus in Progress Series

9/23/2014The Actors Gymnasium Announces 2014/15 Season

8/15/2014Olympic Athlete and PIPPIN Broadway Actress to Teach Evanston a Little Flexibility

8/5/2014 – Popular Circus Classes return to Evanston this Fall

6/18/2014Circus Staple Doubles its Performances

6/13/2014Corrected – Local Brewery Opens Taps to Support Circus

6/11/2014Local Brewery Opens Taps to Support Circus

5/27/2014Master Workshop on Aerial Straps Offered

5/14/2014The Actors Gymnasium Wins Best Interactive Event Entertainment Award

5/14/2014Evanston’s Only Circus School Teaches Students to Fly

5/5/2014The Actors Gymnasium’s Popular Circus in Progress Series Returns

4/24/2014Early Bird Discount Ends Wednesday for New Summer Circus Intensive Programs at The Actors Gymnasium

4/16/2014New Summer Circus Intensive Programs at The Actors Gymnasium

4/10/2014 – Master Workshop in Chinese Pole Offered

3/11/2014 – Exclusive Insights into Creative Innovation

3/5/2014  – Actors Gymnasium’s Circus School Welcomes Spring with New Session of Classes

1/27/2014  – Dean Evans to star in Winter Circus at The Actors Gymnasium

1/22/2014  – Actors Gymnasium’s Circus School Starts the New Year with New Classes

1/16/2014  – The Magical Exploding Circus and the Invisible Circus Takes Part in Chicago Theatre Week

1/3/2014  – Speaking Circus – Chicago Seminar

1/2/2014  – Local Students Strap in for Circus Festival Performance

10/18/2013  – Actors Gymnasium’s Circus School Year Continues with Winter I Session

9/27/2013  – The Actors Gymnasium to Open the 19th Season with Circus in Progress

9/4/2013  The Actors Gymnasium Announces their New Executive Director

8/27/2013  – The Actors Gymnasium Gala Raises $12,000 for Scholarships

8/5/2013 – Actors Gymnasium Offers Unique Classes for Back to School

7/24/2013  – The Actors Gymnasium Introduces its Newly Redesigned Website

7/12/2013  – The Actors Gymnasium Presents Summer Circus Intensive Showcase Performance

7/2/2013  – Actors Gym Announces Summer Benefit Gala Shipwrecked!

6/3/2013  – Actors Gym Announces Summer Benefit Gala Shipwrecked!

5/30/2013  – Select Classes offered for Summer at The Actors Gymnasium 

5/14/2013  – Actors Gym Announces Circus in Progress Performers

5/10/2013  – Indonesian Circus Student Travels to United States and Canada for a Unique Learning Opportunity

4/15/2013  – The Actors Gymnasium Present Spring Circus in Progress

1/29/2013  – Skooled: A Study in Circus” Joins Chicago Theatre Week

1/16/2013  – Introducing “Skooled: A Study in Circus” at The Actors Gymnasium

1/9/2013 – New Classes for Winter II at The Actors Gymnasium

11/9/2012  – Magic Show & Workshop at The Actors Gymnasium

11/1/2012  – New Drama Class at The Actors Gymnasium

9/19/2012  – Circus in Progress at The Actors Gym

8/7/2012  – Fall Session at The Actors Gymnasium

6/20/2012  – Summer Circus Intensive Performance

5/29/2012  – Summer Session at The Actors Gymnasium

4/27/2012 CORRECTION – Actors Gym Founders Win Public Service Award

4/27/2012  – Actors Gym Founders Win Public Service Award

4/26/2012  – Circus in Progress: An Evening of Daring New Work

3/5/2012  – Spring Session at The Actors Gymnasium

2/8/2012  – Lost & Found and Opening Night Gala!

1/12/2012 CORRECTION & UPDATE:  The Actors Gymnasium Recycles Lost & Found

12/21/2011  – The Actors Gymnasium Recycles Lost & Found