The Actors Gymnasium
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Kiana Harris Simon
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Circus summer camp provides safe environment for youth to learn to fly
Photo by Kate Tabor
EVANSTON, IL- This summer,The Actors Gymnasium (AG) will offer Circus and Performing Arts Camps (CPAC) at their space in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. The camps are perfect for young performers who want to strengthen, stretch, and flex their creative muscles and learn circus and aerial skills that include juggling, tumbling, trapeze, tightwire, and stilts.


"Kids who started the summer with no confidence or experience [were] transformed by the time of the camp show into beaming performers." says former board member and camp parent Peggy Nelson.   


Each day is structured with a warm-up, followed by training and workshops in circus, drama, and movement. Each week is capped by talent shows, skills contests, and fun-filled field trips to local beaches or water parks. Each session of camp culminates with a circus-theatre performance where campers gain hands-on experience creating and performing in these shows.    


Camp director Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi is a second generation circus performer who grew up touring with various circuses, including Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She also performed at The Circus World Championships in London, England. In 1990 she moved to Chicago and began her career as a circus teacher and choreographer. Sylvia is a co-founder of The Actors Gymnasium and an Artistic Associate of The Lookingglass Theatre Company. Other theater credits include The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Children's Theater, Marriott Theater, and The Steppenwolf Theatre, among others. She recently won the 3Arts award for design, and she has been nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards for her choreography, winning four.


Photo by Matt Arauz

AG has provided children in the community with a fun, safe environment to grow and learn through summer camps for 18 years, starting as part of the Evanston Art Center's Summer Art Camps.


To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, The Actors Gymnasium offers financial assistance to those in need through donations by individual donors, family foundations and governmental entitiesScholarship information is available at the Scholarships tab.   


Registration for the youth summer camp is open to boys and girls ages 9 to 15. Registration started on December 3, 2014 at noon. All registrations take place online. The first session of camp will begin June 15 and end on July 10, with performances of alternating casts on July 9 and 10. Second session will begin July 13 and end on August 7, with performances of alternating casts on August 6 and 7.For more information, visit or call (847)328-2795


About The Actors Gymnasium

The Actors Gymnasium is a professional Circus & Performing Arts Organization with over

18 years of experience providing premiere 

Photo by Kate Tabor

instruction and entertainment to the Chicagoland area. At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly- physically, emotionally, and creatively.


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. For additional information on The Actors Gymnasium's innovative classes, class descriptions, and performances, please visit or call 847-328-279