In a world full of uncertainty, there is still one thing we can guarantee: An unwavering commitment in good faith to deliver our programming to the best of our ability, while adhering to the strictest health precautions as determined by the CDC and local authorities.
As such, we’re maintaining this page in an effort to communicate what people can expect from us in the coming months, and to document the steps we’re taking to protect our community during this crisis.
Current and Upcoming Programs
We’ve moved many of our classes to an online format. Students who are enrolled in the current semester have been placed in the class that most closely aligns with the curriculum they signed up for.
Additionally, anyone in the world who is interested in staying active and honing their circus skills from home is invited to sign up for our online offerings:
Spring youth CIRCUS
Our traditional summer camp experience has been canceled, but we are optimistic that we will still be able to offer some form of in-person camp this summer. Summer Intensive is currently scheduled to start on June 29, assuming it is safe to do so, with social distancing measures in place.
How you can help us:
To all of you who have recently donated or reached out to provide other means of support, thank you!
As an organization whose entire mission is fundamentally based around shared human experience, this lockdown presents us with an unprecedented, existential challenge. As such, we’re calling on everyone in our community to help us weather this storm in the hopes that we can emerge from it a more vibrant place than ever.
We encourage you to consider taking advantage of some of the opportunities below to help us fulfill our vital mission of providing circus arts for all:
- Make a tax deductible donation. Every dollar we receive is spent with care and will be used to ensure we can reopen.
- Visit smile.amazon.com and set Actors Gym as your charitable organization to have Amazon donate a percentage of each of your orders directly to the Gym.
- Buy merch! We offer a wide range of Actors Gym swag so you can rep circus everywhere you (don’t) go.
- Register for our summer intensive, a six-week program for advanced students ages 15+ ready to take their training to the next level.*
- Register for summer camp, an immersive, four week program for incoming 4th graders and older, which concludes with a professionally produced, original show.*
- Purchase an Actors Gym gift card for yourself or a friend.
*Payment plans and scholarships available!
Thank you for all that you do to help us fly! We couldn’t do it without you.
What we’re doing to support our people:
Our mission is to push the boundaries of human and theatrical potential, and meeting this mission depends on the strength of this community. Times like these demand that we stay true to our values of fostering a safe, supportive environment for people to grow as individuals and artists.
In the words of Jon Stewart, “If you don’t stick to your values when they are being tested, they’re not values, they’re hobbies.”
As such, we’re taking this as an opportunity to double down on our values and to ensure we are in a position to bring you the unique joy that circus has to offer when we’re able to come together again in the future. Our community includes many freelance artists and low-income families and individuals and we feel a great responsibility to those who are especially challenged during this time.
Here’s what we’re doing to support our people:
Our staff has developed a system for ongoing check-ins during this period for our most vulnerable populations, including faculty members, performers, and full-time professional training students. The Actors Gym has always been a human-centered place to train, perform, and work; keeping in touch and conducting wellness checks is consistent with our ethos.
We have committed to paying our instructors what they would have received under normal operating conditions through 4/12/2020. In addition, we are maintaining positions and health insurance for our full-time staff for as long as we are able.
If you, or someone you know, is in crisis, we encourage you to take advantage of the following resources:
- Freelance Artist Resources
- Emergency rental assistance
- Unemployment benefits
- Crisis text line: Text HOME to 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor for free, confidential support 24/7.
We’ve also compiled a spreadsheet of social services, food banks, and free ways to stay active during this time. Please feel free to share it with anyone who might benefit from its resources.