Audition For Smirkus

Audition for the 2022 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 2022 Big Top Tour.

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


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

The Smirkus team is deep into planning for summer 2022…to make sure we can continue to create and share Smirkus joy as safely as possible. We know that many of you have come to expect details for the Big Top Tour and Smirkus Camp to start rolling out this time of year, but we ask that you please bear with us as we finalize our plans. We will share additional info as soon as we have confirmed some important details. 

One thing we can share now—given the ongoing uncertainty re: COVID and variants, and in keeping with our diversity and access goals, auditions for the 2022 Big Top Tour will be virtual, and the deadline to apply for tour will be pushed back until sometime in late November or early December.  More information on requirements and timing for submitting audition videos will be coming soon!

If you plan to audition for the 2022 Big Top Tour, we recommend that you also register for Smirkus Camp. If you are accepted to tour, any deposits made to Smirkus Camp will be applied to your tour tuition.

Registration for Smirkus Camp will open in January. We have posted the expected dates for all camps on the camp sessions page. For camps with placement videos, campers should submit those when registering and you will be notified of your placement via email on a rolling basis.

Thanks for your understanding and patience as we take the time to plan another wonderful summer. 


Read about the application process below:

 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 further updated in Fall 2021):

  • Application Deadline: All 2022 Big Top Tour applications must be submitted by TBD, 2021. Instructions on video submissions will be posted soon. 
  • Town Hall Meeting: Town Hall Meeting for interested applicants with Smirkus staff to answer any questions, date TBD.
  • Tour 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: 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.