The Actors Gymnasium
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Evanston Non Profit Invites Community to Celebrate its Expansion
EVANSTON, IL - The Actors Gymnasium (AG) invites you to celebrate our expansion at the September 3rd ribbon cutting for our new studio. Join us 4:30-6 pm and enjoy complimentary food and refreshments, try out our handstand wall, and take your photo on the silk knot. Let us know to reserve a spot by emailing

When Alderperson Jane Grover cuts the bright red ribbon for Studio 108, it will signal the launch of our 20th anniversary season. 
AG has long needed additional class space to meet our growing enrollment, and thanks to the support of the the City of Evanston and the Noyes Tenants Association, we acquired the space in March 2015. 

Since then, AG has been working hard to renovate Studio 108 from a cubicle bound office space to a professional teaching studio for circus and performing arts. The scope of work included removing a blackboard and fireplace from when the Noyes Center was originally a school, putting in a floating sprung White Oak dance floor, installing specialized professional rigging by Chicago Flyhouse Inc, low energy low heat LED lighting fixtures, adding room length 12 foot tall mirrors, all topped of with a fresh coat of paint donated by CHJ Painting & Remodeling and Sherwin Williams

Because of this new space, The Actors Gymnasium will be launching a pilot program for students with special needs, adding new classes in juggling and intermediate aerial skills, and expanding our early childhood development classes. Studio 108 will also act as the home training space for our new Professional Circus Training Program and dance and rehearsal space for our nine annual shows. 
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