Audition For Smirkus

Audition for the 2022 Big Top Tour

CALLING ALL YOUNG CIRCUS ARTISTS!

Are you a gymnast, clown, dancer, juggler, unicycler or physical theater performer looking to have the summer of a lifetime with a real circus? Here is where you can apply for the 2022 Big Top Tour.

Read below for your opportunity to become a 2022 Circus Smirkus Trouper.

★ 2022 BIG TOP TOUR APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN FALL 2021

Audition information for 2022 will be posted here in the fall of 2021.

Read about the application process below. For more information about 2022 auditions, please send an email to tour@smirkus.org.

 Who should apply:
If you are a trained student, between ages 10 and 18, in circus or other physical disciplines, have strong teamwork skills, excellent stage presence, and are interested in gaining more insight and knowledge about performing and traditional circus arts, we encourage you to apply! All applicants must submit a video audition and application form. The Directors and Coaches are seeking performers who have the potential to become exemplary Smirkos: an exceptional level of talent and skill in your chosen discipline(s), a strong work ethic, a positive and generous spirit, and a boundless passion for circus.

 Important Dates for the 2022 Big Top Tour (will be updated in Fall 2021):

  • Deadline: All 2021 Big Top Tour applications must be submitted by TBD, 2021. All applicants will be notified by email whether or not they have been selected to take part in the program. 
  • TBD, 2021 at 7:30PM: Town Hall Meeting for interested applicants with Smirkus staff to answer any questions.
  • June TBD, 2022: The program will begin in June 2022 and run until mid-August 2022. (The dates will be finalized in the spring.)

 Tuition & Scholarships (cost for 2022 TBD):
Tuition cost covers training, housing, food, uniforms and coaching costs for the program. No one is denied participation because of financial need. If you are accepted into the troupe, you may apply for scholarship aid at that time.

We recommend that if you plan to apply for the Big Top Tour, but are also interested in Smirkus Camp, that you make sure to apply for Smirkus Camp as camp sessions tend to fill quickly. The 2022 Smirkus Camp registration forms will be soon be available on our website: www.smirkus.org/smirkus-camp. You may be asked to create a placement video for audition-based camps. If you are selected to become a Trouper as part of the Big Top Tour, we’ll transfer your camp deposit to your tour tuition.


A video submission is part of the audition application process. Watch the video above to see some excerpts of last year’s submissions – as you can see, home videos are fine and professional quality is not required.