Welcome To Circadium
based in Philadelphia, inspiring artists from across America to create tomorrow's circus

What is Circadium?

A blend of physical theatre and other art forms with traditional circus practices.

A 3-Year Intensive Training Program

Our 3-year, full-time curriculum includes coursework in Acrobatics, Aerials, Object Manipulation, Equilibristics, Physical Theatre, Movement, Strength and Flexibility, along with supplementary work in Business and Marketing, Theater Tech, Prop building, Rigging, Circus History and Theory. A strong emphasis will be placed on Creation and Entrepreneurship. Application materials will be posted here in Spring 2016.

A Charitable Organization

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission statement: We cultivate, inspire, and innovate contemporary circus performance in America through the development and support of dedicated artists who will advance this multidisciplinary art and share it with audiences around the world.

A Headquarters for Circus Pioneers

We provide space for top contemporary circus artists to gather, train, and perform. We are closely networked with the professional circus schools in Europe and Canada, and the recreational Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.


About The Program

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The program will include…

  • Aerials (trapeze, silks, lyra, and alternative apparatus)
  • Acrobatics
  • Juggling / Manipulation
  • Physical Theatre
  • Dance / Movement
  • Creation & ensemble work
  • Choreography
  • Strength & flexibility
  • Technical coursework (rigging, theater tech, equipment-building)
  • Business coursework (computer software, financial management, marketing)
  • Opportunities for regular public performances

Download
Circadium Student Catalog

 

About

Why a professional circus school?

Contemporary circus is exploding in the United States.

Resources

Resources

Serious students of circus arts often have insufficient resources to develop their skills and further the art form. Circadium provides training space, top-tier faculty, a vast array of equipment, a workshop to build new apparatus, a theater for in-school shows, and a network throughout the city of other artists, business professionals and performance venues.

Committment

Commitment

For those who are ready to be fully immersed in the theatrical creative process of contemporary circus, we have a staff 100% committed to meeting their needs. Every student is unique, and it is Circadium's mission to foster the development of the whole artist.

Vision

Vision

Circus in the United States has been stuck too long in an archaic model. Our faculty and our students seek to break traditional molds, to challenge the definition of circus, and to bring the art form to new places.

Our Team

It starts at the top.

Shana Kennedy

Shana Kennedy

Executive Director
School Director

Greg Kennedy

Greg Kennedy

Juggling / Manipulation
Curriculum Designer & Instructor

Krzysztof Soroczynski

Krzysztof Soroczynski

School Concept &
Acrobatic Program Design

Adam Woolley

Adam Woolley

Aerial Program
Designer

Emmanuelle Delpech

Emmanuelle Delpech

Physical Theatre Curriculum
Designer & Instructor

Nichole Canuso

Nichole Canuso

Dance/Movement Curriculum
Designer & Instructor

Ben Grinberg

Ben Grinberg

Designer & Instructor


Advisory Board

Bim Mason

Bim Mason


Tim Roberts

Tim Roberts


Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel


Jay Gilligan

Jay Gilligan



Board of Directors

Robin Marcotte

Robin Marcotte


Brendon Shank

Brendon Shank


Brett Mandel

Brett Mandel


Agatha Koprowski

Agatha Koprowski


Kitsie O'Neill

Kitsie O'Neill


Nicole Burgio

Nicole Burgio


Our diverse team contributes unique talent, insight and perspective from the worlds of theater, circus, and education.

Opening Fall 2017

The story begins here.

  • 1996

    Our Humble Beginnings.

    Shana (then Miller) Kennedy graduated from Circomedia, Academy of Circus Arts and Physical Theatre, in England. Her eyes were newly-opened to the possibilities of circus as a modern art form, and she returned to the U.S. to begin performing and teaching with her soon-to-become-husband, Greg Kennedy.

  • 2000

    AirPlay Gets Its Start.

    After a few more years of academia, traveling, and freelance performing, Greg and Shana bought a house in Philadelphia, knocked out some floors and walls to make training space, and Shana began teaching static aerials classes in the backyard. AirPlay LLC was formed, and the recreational aerial classes steadily grew.

  • 2008

    Continued Growth.

    Air Play had outgrown the house, outgrown two smaller studio spaces, and it was time for a home of its own. Shana opened the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts in a warehouse in Germantown, and AirPlay became the name of their in-house performance agency.

  • 2008-2013

    Learning to Learn.

    In 5 years, PSCA grew to host 400 students every week in 80 classes, along with summer camps, performances, master classes, rehearsal space, parties, and residencies. A meeting was held in Philadelphia in August 2013 to brainstorm - what did the burgeoning circus community need next? The clear answer - a true school of higher education.

  • 2014

    Circadium is Born.

    Circadium was incorporated, the Board of Directors was formed, and the Strategic Plan put into place. With the input of some of the most innovative artists and coaches working today, the school was set on track to become a center of circus cultivation.

  • 2016

    Here we are!

    November 30, 2016: Applications Due

    Apply Today!

  • Fly with
    us on our
    journey!

    2017

    Taking the Next Steps.

    Notification of Invitations to Auditions: Jan. 15, 2017

    Auditions: March 17-19, 2017

    Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2017

    First Day of Classes: Sept. 5, 2017

In Philadelphia, of course!

5900A Greene Street Philadelphia, PA 19144 • 215.849.1991 • info@circadium.com

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