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Summer Circus Intensive Showcase Performance Doubles its Shows at The Actors Gymnasium

EVANSTON, IL - On July 19 & 20 The Actors Gymnasium will debut its newly expanded Summer Circus Intensive Performance ShowcaseThe Intensive is an innovative workshop for adults dedicated to the development of high-level physical performance and circus skills. 


The workshop participants have spent six weeks with master circus and performing art professionals Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, David Catlin, Dean Evans, Naomi Hummel, Melinda Myers, Oyunchimeg "Oyuna" Yadamjav, and Javen Ulambayar to develop professional acts. The performances on July 19 & 20 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. 


This year, the intensive expanded to meet the growing community of participants and the show schedule reflects this growth. 


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 1 Performances

July 19th 
4:30 & 7:30 pm 

Intensive 2 Performances
July 20th
1:00 & 4:00 pm

 View the trailer:
Summer Intensive 2014 Trailer - The Actors Gymnasium
Summer Intensive 2014 Trailer - The Actors Gymnasium


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 Theatre Information
The Actors Gymnasium venue is located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, Illinois - 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. There is limited metered parking in the Noyes Cultural Center Parking lot and other events in the building can make parking more difficult. Parking in the lot (permit & metered spots) is free after 6 pm Monday-Saturday. Parking is free on Sundays in the Noyes lot. There is additional free parking on Ridge Street and at the Civic Center and metered parking on Noyes Street.   


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