After 6 weeks of demanding training, some of AG’s best students will put on the Summer Circus Intensive Performance Showcase. The workshop participants have spent the time with master circus and performing art professionals Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, Dean Evans, Tommy Rapley, Charlene Numrych, Tommy Tomlins, and Javen Ulambayar to develop professional acts.

The performances on July 25 & 26 will be the first time the public can see these exciting, collaborative acts in their completion. The culminating Summer Circus Intensive Showcase Performance is open to all ages.

Tickets are available now for both days of performances. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here or at For group reservations and general questions, call 847-328-2795. The on-location box office opens 1.5 hours prior to the start of each performance.

Intensive II Performances 

Saturday, July 25, 2015 

4:30 & 7:30 pm

Intensive I Performances
Sunday, July 26, 2015
1:00 & 4:00 pm

To view the trailer, click on the image below.
Summer Circus Intensive 2015 Trailer


About Larry DiStasi, Artistic Director of Programming:
Larry is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Actors Gymnasium Circus and Performing Arts School as well as an ensemble member and founder of the Lookingglass Theatre Company. For Lookingglass, Larry has served as actor, director, administrator and designer over the past 25 years. He has performed in over 30 productions, among them the Tony Award winning production, Metamorphoses, and the Jeff Award winning productions Lookingglass Alice, The Arabian Nights and Hard Times. He directed and adapted The Baron in the Trees for which he received a Jeff Nomination in Adaptation. Larry directed The Actors Gymnasium circuses Dream, Science Fiction, Lost and Found, Skooled, and The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus. He has appeared on television and film and in a Philip Glass Opera called Galileo Galilei. He received his B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University.


The Actors Gymnasium is located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL – just off of the Noyes purple line ‘L’ stop. The Noyes Cultural Arts Center is owned by the City of Evanston and home to over 20 artists and arts organizations offering music, theater, and visual arts programs and studios. The galleries exhibit local artists, with exhibitions changing every two months.

Actors Gymnasium classes are taught in a 3,000 sq/ft gymnasium space that features a 1,600 sq/ft sprung floor and a fully rigged 24 foot ceiling. All aerial equipment such as the Aerial Hoop, Spanish Web, aerial silks, static trapeze and more are provided, as well as the equipment for ground skills such as unicycling, juggling, tight wire and gymnastics. Starting Fall Session 2015 additionally classes will be taught in Studio 108, a 900 sq/ft classroom space that features a floating sprung White Oak dance floor, a fully rigged 14 foot ceiling, a handstand wall, conditioning ladders, and room length 12 foot mirrors for aerial work.

About The Actors Gymnasium:

The Actors Gymnasium is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults; produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities to our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience. At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly – physically, emotionally, and creatively. For more information, please visit

Summer Circus Intensive 2015 Trailer
Summer Circus Intensive 2015 Trailer