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.
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.
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.
Juggling / Manipulation
Curriculum Designer & Instructor
School Concept &
Acrobatic Program Design
Physical Theatre Curriculum
Designer & Instructor
Designer & Instructor
Our diverse team contributes unique talent, insight and perspective from the worlds of theater, circus, and education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 30, 2016: Applications Due
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