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Circus Camps!

Unforgettable, immersive experiences.

Our socially distanced summer camps are perfect for young performers who want to strengthen, stretch, and flex their creative muscles.

Memories that last a lifetime

Of the dozens of programs we offer to kids each year, our camps stand out as the most immersive and popular of them all.

Each day begins with a warm-up, followed by training and workshops in circus, drama, and movement. Students learn circus and aerial skills: juggling, tumbling, trapeze, tightwire, stilts, and more, and there’s no experience necessary to join!

The experience, kids tell us, is nothing short of transformational.

Outstanding Instructors

Our instructors are led by Artistic Director Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, a second generation circus performer who grew up touring with various circuses, including Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. 

In 2019, she and her family, The Hernandez Troupe, were inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame for their monumental contributions to the world of circus.

What does socially distanced camp look like? Take a look:

Summer Camp 2021

Mondays through Fridays 9am – 4pm.
For incoming 4th graders and older.

Session 1: June 14 – July 9
Session 2: July 12 – August 6

Mini Session 1: August 9 – 13
Mini Session 2: August 16 – 20

Four-week sessions are $1500 with a payment plan, or $1400 if paid in full.

One-week mini sessions are $400 each.

Financial aid is available.

We’ve invested thousands of dollars into state-of-the-art air filtration and are working closely with the city to follow all of their health guidelines and restrictions as they evolve over the coming year.


In addition to the regular cleaning and general health protocols we’ve detailed here, we’ve put additional measures in place specifically for camps.

When I first started camp I wanted to conquer my fear of heights. I did, but I also fell in love with 'flying' as we call it. When I am up in the air I feel like there is nothing that can stop me.”
– Autumn C.

Not Ready to REgister Yet?

Join thousands of other circus artists and fans who receive occasional updates from us!


Does my child need any previous experience?

Nope! We welcome beginners and experienced circus artists alike.


Can my child be in the same group as one of their friends?

Yes! There’s an option to identify a friend in camp when filling out the emergency info form. However, due to the limited group sizes, we may not be able to accommodate every request.


What is your refund policy?

For four-week summer camps, a refund minus $250 may be requested before 4/1/21. After that date, no refunds will be available.


One-week summer camps are refundable in full before 4/1/21. After that date, no refunds will be available.

About Actors Gym

As one of the nation’s premiere circus and performing arts training centers, Actors Gym has helped countless performers of all ages learn to fly – physically, emotionally, and creatively.

A celebrated name in Chicago theatre for 25 years, the Actors Gym brings a new physicality to the American Theatre by developing trusted, multi-skilled physical performers and producing award-winning, genre-bending circus theatre productions and live entertainment.