The Actors Gymnasium
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Celebrate World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People
EVANSTON, IL - Parents searching for a way to expose their kids to theatre have a special opportunity this "World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People". The Actors Gymnasium is offering a workshop and show on March 20, 2016 to take part.

Families can get quality time in a circus class designed for moms, dads, sons, daughters, grandparents to work together to learn basic skills in silk knot, partner acrobatics and rolling globe. This Family Circus Workshop is for participants ages 8 and up. The workshop takes place from 12 to 1 pm, allowing time to grab lunch an get changed before the final 3 pm performance of Marnie & Phil: A Circus Love Letter

The workshop costs $25 per pair and show tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students, seniors and children under 12.

About the Instructor:
The workshop is taught by Tommy Tomlins who has been performing circus arts for over half her life. From taking part in circus summer camp shows at age 10 to performing in repeat productions of Lookingglass Theatre's Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale, (2008, 2010), and The Actors Gymnasium's Lost & Found: A Recycled Circus (2011, 2012) and Circuscope (2015), she always knew that circus arts held a special place in her heart.

At age 14, Tommy was one of the original members of The Actors Gymnasium's Teen Ensemble and performed with that group in and around the Chicago area in both industrial gigs and full-length shows. After leaving the Ensemble, Tommy spent the majority of her time teaching circus and performing arts to children, teens, and adults, and continued to perform throughout the Midwest.

In 2013, Tommy Tomlins graduated from the New England Center for Circus Arts' Pro-Track program, and in 2015 she excitedly returned to her circus roots at The Actors Gym. She currently teachers students as young as 5 all the way up to the Professional Circus Training Program. In addition to her classes, she is Assistant Director of the Teen Ensemble and the Assistant Circus Choreographer for Marnie & Phil: A Circus Love Story.

Additional choreography credits include Northwestern Theatre's The Little Prince (2012), The Actors Gymnasium's Secrets, Lies, & Super Spies (2015), and the upcoming Northwestern Theatre production of The Tempest (2016).
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