The Summer Circus Intensive provides performers the opportunity to work with amazing faculty and committed peers who motivate you to push yourself physically and creatively, while devising an original work.

Structure of the Program

During the six weeks, you condition your body to its highest physical levels while working with a cross section of Chicago’s leading circus, dance, and physical theatre instructors to develop new skills. Through this and collaborations with your fellow students, you begin the creative process of choreographing a circus movement piece to call your own.

While you build your strength and endurance with a community of like-minded artists, the intensive format gives you the tools to become independent creators of exciting new physical work.

At the end of this artistic, physical “boot camp” you’ll present your newly created act to the public in a weekend of performances.


2016 faculty included Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi (Director), Dean Evans (Clowning & Physical Theatre Instructor), Tommy Rapley (Dance Instructor), and Kelley Abell (Dance Assistant), as well as circus coaches Flora Bare, Amanda Crockett, Isaac Schoepp, Patrick Tobin, and Javen Ulambayar.

Who Should Take Intensive?

Perfect for dancers, actors, and other artists intent on a career in physical performance. An excellent bridge for performers at the beginning of their career moving from a recreational to professional setting. The Actors Gymnasium emphasizes a physical approach to character creation and storytelling.


Eligible/Prospective students that have never taken a class at The Actors Gymnasium, please add yourself to the wait list and submit the following information to

    • Brief background
    • Training (if any)
    • Goals
    • Pictures or video link (not required)

Class Begins

June 12, 2017

Intensive I (ages 16 & up):
Monday – Thursdays from 4:15-6:15pm
No class July 4 & 6

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Intensive II (ages 18 & up):
Monday – Thursdays from 6:15-8:15pm
No class July 4 & 6

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Friday, July 21, 2017 4:15pm


Intensive I
Sunday July 23, 2017
1:00 & 4:00 pm
Intensive II
Saturday July 22, 2017
4:30 & 7:30 pm



**There is a $100 nonrefundable deposit required to hold your place in the program. Full payment is due by May 25 unless paying by installments, which can be arranged by calling 847-328-2795. 

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