The Actors Gymnasium
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Michelle Higgins
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Learn Lyra Like a Pro
EVANSTON, IL - Calling all advanced and intermediate Lyra students! The Actors Gymnasium is here to help intermediate and advanced students  take their skills to the next level. This Master Class, taught by the "delicate, brutally honest and spellbinding" Helena Reynolds focuses on release technique. Students explore flexibility and strength and are asked to think dynamically and creatively about how they move. Double point and single point hoops will both be addressed.

Interested students should book their spot soon as class size is limited. Follow this link for registration.

Helena Reynolds is an aerial artist with a background in Contemporary Dance and Ballet. She is passionate about combining the beauty and grace of dance with the power and spectacle of the aerial arts. She received her BFA from the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, and has travelled the world performing both circus and dance. She's had the pleasure of working with arts collaboratives such as the Generating Company, Cirque Mechanics, Circus Flora, Red Moon, The Box, Aloft Circus Arts and Midnight Circus. Helena's specialties include aerial hoop, hula hoops, silks, and various duo acts. She is one of the three founders of the London based contemporary circus theater company Circumference, whose work endeavors to break down the boundaries between performers and audience. Their recent show, Shelter Me, debuted at Theatre Delicatessen, and was part of Jacksons Lane's Transmit.


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