We are looking for our organizing teams in:        KANSAS CITY     •     SAN DIEGO     •     SEATTLE

Mission: The Circus Now Local Chapters are devoted to advocating for circus arts within our local communities. The three pilot chapters (Kansas City, San Diego, and Seattle) aspire to connect circus artists, students, and fans, while providing resources and opportunities for education, creation, and advancement, independent of local affiliation. We strive to bring the community together in ways that are both fun and educational, while demonstrating to the larger community the force and diversity of the circus arts today.

Each pilot will operate autonomously, under a local leadership team, in connection with other local chapters and Circus Now national. Pilot captains are recruiting for organizing teams now. Please see the details below. 

Local Organizing Team Responsibilities:

– Cooperate to host local activities, exchanges, campaigns, and advocacy actions.
– Commit to a process of collective communication, sharing, action, and growth.
– Dedicate a minimum of 2-3 hours per week to work on this project for a minimum of 6 months
– Meet with local CN chapter captain and leadership team 1x per month
– Communicate with the chapter captain and other leadership team members regularly 

Organizing Team Applications due June 27th.

KANSAS CITY – Application
SAN DIEGO Application
SEATTLE Application

Kansas City
Circus Now Kansas City’s goals
include having a physical presence in KC by hosting events that involve any and all communities interested in the circus arts. Events could include open stage nights in public places, group meetups for touring circus groups, and participating in Charlotte Street Foundation events that focus on grants, space allocation for artists, and artist community needs (ie: creating a “circus” category). Other goals include working with riggers to install permanent rigging points in not only theaters but larger corporate commercial venues to promote the hiring of circus and their ability to perform in more spaces in the metro area. Investing in Kansas City in a way that creates a stronger circus community is the broader goal.
Team Captain: Robin Rosenberger

San Diego
The purpose of Circus Now San Diego
is to serve the circus community in the ways that are most needed. As such, CN San Diego’s first aim is to connect members and assess via social networking forums and/or townhalls what is most relevant on a local level. One of CN San Diego’s first projects will be to create an easily accessible database of resources pertaining to local circus: performances, meet-ups, schools, workshops, and educational seminars. In addition, CN San Diego will organize outings to see performances, have picnics, share works-in-progress, and more. Finally, CN San Diego will advocate for circus within the San Diego by educating the public, the media, and local venues about the diverse and inspired local circus community.
Team Captain: Zoe Irvine

SeattleCircus Now Seattle’s goals include taking the pulse of the local circus community and trying to identify and solve short and long-term needs, help circus artists to connect to each other and to the greater national and international conversation, and advocate for Seattle Circus in our community via partnerships with other groups such as Theater Puget Sound and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.
Team Captain: Leah Papernick


We hope to open CN Local Chapters to more cities at a later date! If you are interested in having a local chapter in your city in the future, send an email to Erica@circusnow.org