Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
Circus Smirkus

Circus Smirkus gives kids a chance to run away and join the circus – with their parents' blessings. Since 1987, we have provided a format for youths and adults to collaborate in life-enhancing adventures in the circus arts. CIRCUS SMIRKUS BIG TOP TOUR: Our summer Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour showcases the best young talent in the Circus Arts today, selected by audition to share the ring with professional circus artists. It's a complete immersion in circus life, including rigorous training, daily chores, loading in and loading out the Big Top, and performing in over 70 shows in 14 towns in just seven weeks! Circus Smirkus is presented in most towns by a local non-profit youth or community organization. The ticket sales and sponsorships they raise through our performances provide a major souce of income for their programs. Since our founding in 1987, we have raised over $2.1 million for our presenters. CIRCUS SMIRKUS RESIDENCIES: Our Smirkus School Residencies are led by one of our experienced coaches, each of whom has specialized training in circus arts and experience in performing and teaching students, faculty, and staff. In-school and After-school residencies emphasize goal setting and enhancing life and learning skills through circus arts. We provide all the equipment necessary to teach basic circus skills and a curriculum package of circus-themed lesson plans.. Also available: Assembly programs, Summer programs, and One-day programs. Residency rates vary depending on the number of students and distance from Circus Smirkus. We are currently booking for the current and next school year.

Additional Links: 
This is a trailer of a documentary produced by Signe Taylor who traveled with the 2006 Tour and filmed the process of what it takes to create the magic that happens under the Smirkus Big Top each summer.
Video Clips of the Circus Smirkus tour

I Have Worked With

  • July 2018

    Circus Smirkus brings high-quality family entertainment to Northampton, MA, to promote Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs's social mission through the attraction of a circus, and to raise money. Circus Smirkus's proven success as a high profile fundraising event and family entertainment works well with the goals and philosophy of our Presenters. 

  • July 2018

    Circus Smirkus brings high quality family entertainment to Saint Johnsbury, VT, to promote Catamount Art's social mission through the attraction of a circus, and to raise money. Circus Smirkus's proven success as a high profile fundraising event and family entertainment works well with the goals and philosophy of our Presenters. 


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Executive Director
Mailing Address: 
1 Circus Road
Greensboro, VT 05841
Physical Address: 
1 Circus Road
Greensboro, VT 05841
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Theater - Children's
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Arts Centers
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Events Per Year: 
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
American Youth Circus Organization’s Social Circus Network
Vermont Arts Council Award of Excellence Award Merit and Lund Center “It Takes a Village” AwardVermont Chamber of Commerce - Top Ten Summer Event and Mom’s Top Picks for KidsSmirkus wins “Bessie Award” for excellence in our field
Circus Now - Community Impact Award
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Technical requirements can be obtained by contacting us at and we can send you the list of technical requirements via e-mail.
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
Fee Range Minimum: 
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