Daring Theatrical exploration.

“Everyone should see something at the Actors Gymnasium at least once. If only to remember the fluttery feeling of joy in your heart that only circus can invoke.” – Emma Couling, Newcity Stage

Upcoming Productions

Fall Youth Circus: Bad Apple

November 9, 10, 16, & 17
Saturdays at 4:30 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 3 PM

The Apple is everywhere. It’s in fairytales, fables, folklore, modern technology, and even your belly. But what does it mean? Bad Apple weaves together stories of this seemingly simple fruit from the demise of Snow White to the chaos of quarreling goddesses. We journey through high schools, courtrooms, and kingdoms, all the while, asking the question: Is this a good apple...or a bad one?

Circus in Progress

December 14
4:30 & 7:30 PM

Our annual benefit performance featuring some of Chicago's top circus performers! Don't miss this evening of daring new work.

Winter Circus

February 22 – March 22
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays at 4:30 & 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

Our annual winter circus program has been loved by thousands of audience members for the past decade. It's one of Chicago's most popular circus shows and features some of the city's top performers and designers.

More information coming soon!

Spring Youth Circus

May 16, 17, 23, & 24
Saturdays: 4:30 & 7:30 PM
Sundays: 3 p.m.

This intensive performance experience for 5th graders and older pairs professional artists and youth performers to collaboratively create an original, new show.

Tickets and more information coming later this year.

Pro Training Showcase

June 6 at 7:30 PM and June 7 at 3 PM

A jaw-dropping, one-weekend-only capstone showcase of our nine month professional training program.

Tickets and more information coming later this year.

Summer INtensive Showcase

July 25 at 4:30 & 7:30 PM
July 26 at 1 & 4 PM

A variety show featuring the teens and adults in our six week summer intensive program.

Tickets and more information coming later this year.

Summer Camp Shows

Session 1: July 9 – 10 at 3 & 6 PM Session 2: August 6 – 7 at 3 & 6 PM

Each of our summer camps conclude with an original, professionally-produced production, featuring our campers and their amazing accomplishments.

Tickets and more information coming later this year.

Plan Your Visit

There is limited metered parking in the Noyes Cultural Center Parking lot. Please leave extra time for locating parking, as other events in the building can make parking more difficult. Parking in the lot (permit & metered spots) is free after 6PM. There is additional free parking on Ridge Street and and in the Civic Center Parking lot (approximately 2 blocks away). There is metered parking on Noyes Street.

We recommend taking public transit, if possible – we are steps from the Noyes Street Purple Line stop of the CTA.

Yes! Click here to learn more if you’re planning to attend with a group of 10 or more.

Our space has six rows of seats. Rows A and B are on the same level on the ground floor. Rows C-F on risers. Row F is bench style seating. Seats A 1-4 are our handicap accessible seats. Seat A 1 is on an aisle and all seats (A 1-4) are able to be moved if necessary.

Late seating for all productions will be at the discretion of the House Manager and will only be allowed at a time that is safe and appropriate for all audience members and performers. Please be advised that if you arrive late, you may be unable to sit in your ticketed seats or denied entry.

Photography and Video is prohibited unless with written permission. Please turn off phones before entering the venue.

All sales are final. In the event of a cancellation for which there is no rescheduled date, a refund for your may be issued at the option of the management.

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