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Circus intensives

Take your skills to the next level in these immersive programs.

Our Intensive programs are an opportunity to work with amazing faculty and committed peers who motivate you to push yourself physically and creatively, while devising original work.

The six-week Summer Intensive offers a mix of conditioning and instruction while working with a cross section of Chicago’s leading circus, dance, and physical theatre instructors to expand what you’re capable of. 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.

The growth I experienced as a performer and devisor of circus in such a short time through the program is invaluable to me.
– Alison G.


Summer Intensive

JUNE 14 – JULY 23

Mondays – Thursdays
Intensive 1 (Ages 15+): 4:15 – 5:45 PM
Intensive 2 (Ages 18+): 6:15 – 7:45 PM

Open Gym & Act Prep
Fridays: 4:15 – 6:15 PM (Intensive 1) and 6:15-8:15 PM (Intensive 2)

Saturdays: 1:30 – 4:30 PM (Shared)

Sundays: 2:30 – 4:30 PM (Shared)

Tuition is $1200, including a $100 deposit. Financial aid and payment plans are available.


Who should take Intensive?

The program is perfect for dancers, actors, and other physical artists. It’s an excellent bridge for performers at the beginning of their career moving from a recreational to professional setting, or for established professionals looking to deepen their skill set.


What are the pre-requisites?

Prospective students that have never taken a class at Actors Gym should submit the following information to

  • Brief background
  • Training (if any)
  • Goals
  • Pictures or video link (not required)
What about showcase?
Summer Intensive has typically provided a culminating showcase at the end of the program. Last year’s showcase was presented online, and although we hope to present this year’s show in person in some capacity, we’ll have more information on the performance’s format as the program approaches.


What is your refund policy?

Summer Intensive is refundable in full, minus the $100 deposit, before 4/1/21. After that date, no refunds will be 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 course of the year.


Here are some of the health protocols currently in place:

The full list of the measures we’re taking to keep students, faculty, and staff safe is available here.