Audition For Smirkus

Audition for the 2021 Big Top Tour


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 2021 Big Top Tour inTENTsive.

This once-in-a lifetime experience will unite Smirkus troupers and professional coaches as creative colleagues in Greensboro, VT. Together they will envision, create and present a wildly unique show from the ground up. Performers and coaches alike will select a theme, write a script, cast the acts, build the props, sew the costumes, promote the experience and share their art with the world.

Audition now for this unique opportunity to become a 2021 Circus Smirkus Trouper. This program will teach you how to be a valued creative team member, train circus under the Circus Smirkus Big Top and become a well-rounded circus artisan. Let the fun begin!


2021 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour auditions are closed.
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

 Who should apply:
If you are a trained student, between ages 10 and 17, 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 2021 Big Top Tour:

  • March 22 Deadline: All 2021 Big Top Tour inTENTsive applications must be submitted by March 22, 2021. All applicants will be notified the first week of April 2021 whether or not they have been selected to take part in the program. 
  • March 9, 2021 at 7:30PM: Click here for the Town Hall Meeting for interested applicants with Smirkus staff to answer any questions.
  • June 19, 2021: The program will begin June 19, 2021 and run until August 15 or 16, 2021. (The closing date will be finalized in the spring.)

 Tuition & Scholarships:
Please note that there is an $8000 tuition fee for the Big Top Tour inTENTsive 8-week program. This 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 2021 camp registration forms are available on our website: If you are selected to become a Trouper as part of the Big Top Tour inTENTsive, 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.