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Summer intensive

Take your skills to the next level in this immersive, six week program.

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

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, should submit the following information to

  • Brief background
  • Training (if any)
  • Goals
  • Pictures or video link (not required)
"The growth I experienced as a performer and devisor of circus in such a short time through the program is invaluable to me."
– Allison G.

Summer Intensive 2020

June 29 – August 9


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

Open Gym / Act Prep

Fridays: 5:15 – 6:45 PM (Intensive 1) and 6:45-8:15 PM (Intensive 2)

Saturdays: 6-8 PM (Shared)

Sundays: 10-12 PM (Intensive 1) and 12:30-2:30 PM (Intensive 2)


We expect the typical capstone performance will need to be held online. More information to come as we get closer to the program. 

Tuition is $1200, including a $100 registration deposit. Payment plans and financial aid are available.