Our Residency program provides rehearsal and performance space to innovative professional artists, supporting the creation of new circus works in our community.

Artists in Residence can be individuals or groups at any stage in their professional development, as long as they have a focused vision, commitment to the circus arts, and a desire to progress. For the duration of their residency, Artists in Residence have access to training spaces, equipment, and promotional support for act creation, act development, and performances. In exchange, they become representatives of the Circus Center community, which includes professionals and leaders in the field of circus arts, physical comedy, acrobatics, and aerial arts. At the conclusion of their residency, Artists in Residence present a free performance or workshop to showcase their developed work.

Past Artists in Residence include hoop diving troupe Trio Anneaux, acrobatic troupe Back Pocket, Chinese Pole artist Ross Travis, SOLO CLOWN AMelia van brunt of BAD, BAD KITTY, UPLIFT PHYSICAL THEATRE, and NAKED EMPIRE BOUFFON COMPANY.

Circus Performers rehearsing acrobatics routine | Circus Center | Residencies | Back Pocket

Circus Performers rehearsing choreography | Circus Center | Residencies | Back Pocket

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To apply, please send a letter to Steve Smith, Creative Director, at steve [AT] circuscenter [DOT] org.

In it, please provide the following:

  • Information about your company

  • Examples (eg videos, photos, reviews) of past work

  • A statement about the purpose of the proposed residency 

  • Desired dates of residency

  • An estimate of the kinds of space/apparatus you would want on a daily/weekly basis


Typically, Circus Center will provide some combination of:

  • Space for act creation/development and rehearsal for the duration of the residency

  • Space for private showings

  • Performance space for performance

  • Staff support for scheduling space and coordinating the performance

  • A locker per individual for equipment storage

  • Promotional support such as listing and linking company on Circus Center website, and mention of the artist residency in the monthly newsletter

Residencies can be as short as three weeks and as long as three months, with most running 6-8 weeks.

available spaces for rehearsing
and performing

main floor

Main Floor | Circus Center | San Francisco


Basement | Circus Center | San Francisco

second floor

Second Floor | Circus Center | San Francisco
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