Audition For Smirkus

A video submission is part of the audition application process (more information below). 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.

Here is where you can learn how to apply for the 2019 Big Top Tour or the 2019 Advanced Camp Sessions.


Applications for the 2019 Circus Smirkus Big Top Summer Tour are now closed. If you would like more information in the future about when 2020 auditions open, please send an email to and we’ll add you to our notification list.


If you are interested in audition-based Smirkus Camps, please contact for more information.

If you have already submitted an application for Tour, we strongly recommend that you also apply for audition-based Smirkus Camp (these are two different applications).  If you are selected to become a Trouper on the Big Top Tour, we’ll transfer your Camp deposit to your Tour tuition.  

Application Process

Who should apply:

Youth ages 12-18 trained in movement or circus arts who have the desire to improve upon their existing skills and learn from public performance opportunities in a variety of programs.

We have 5 camp programs that require a video audition. This year, you only need to make 1 audition video to apply for 1 or more of the audition-based camps in either or both sessions. Selection to each program is determined based on recommendations from our coach-led review committee.

Video Information:

Your video should be approximately 2-3 minutes long and showcase a wide variety of circus skills, highlighting 2 or 3 of your best moves. Please also answer the following questions on camera:

  • What is your name, age, and background as a circus performer?
  • What program(s) are you auditioning for? Please state your preferred camp.
  • Why do you want to participate in an advanced Smirkus Camp program?
  • Make sure to let your personality shine through!

Your video needs to be submitted using a link. Most auditionees upload their video to their YouTube page, and then copy the link for submission during the registration process. Based on your audition video, the review committee will determine which program best suits your skill set, skill level, and performance. You will be notified via email of your acceptance by December 1st, 2018.

* Note: We charge a $50 fee for applications in order to pay our review committee of coaches for their time and expertise.