The Actors Gymnasium
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Michelle Higgins
Marketing Manager
Staff Changes at Local Non Profit

EVANSTON, IL - The Actors Gymnasium is thrilled to welcome Scott Dare as the company's new Office Coordinator and Deanna Myers as the new Education Coordinator.

After completing his M.A. in Contemporary Performance Practices in London, Scott moved to Chicago to be a part of the vibrant theatre comunity. His background as an actor, deviser, and martial artist brought him into the world of physical theatre many years ago, and he's thrilled to be a part of a team bringing exciting new things to the American theatre. Scott's works have been seen in San Francisco, London, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He plans to get his Ph.D. in performance studies, exploring martial arts and their effect on the actor's body.

Deanna is an actor, educator and theatre-maker who is proud to be a part of Chicago's community of artists. As an educator, Deanna has worked with Barrel of Monkeys and Catharsis Productions, and is most passionate about projects with a focus on social justice and inclusion. As a performer, she has been seen on a wide variety of stages around Chicago including The House Theatre, Steppenwolf, Redmoon, The Goodman, Lifeline and The Waltzing Mechanics. Deanna is incredibly excited to join the staff at The Actors Gymnasium, and can't wait to continue nurturing her love of theatre and education with the wonderful people here.

In addition, Michelle Higgins has been promoted from Marketing & Development Coordinator to Marketing Manager. She succeeds former Director of Event Entertainment & Marketing Kiana Harris who has moved to Publicity Manager at Goodman Theatre. Michelle is glad she listened to the crazy voice in her head that told her to jump from a stable job to part time job at an arts non profit. The leap of faith has completely paid off. She is constantly amazed that after years of working in theatre, independent film, and speech/forensics; circus continues to expand her in new ways of storytelling and connection.



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