Kinetic Theory's Performance Program is designed to nurture the talents of aspiring circus artists by offering intensive skill and theatrical training as well as performance opportunities. What makes our performance program unique? It is our theatre-based circus curriculum. Focusing on circus-theatre and an artistic approach to skill building gives our students a foundation in theatrical performance and helps them create a repertoire of artistic work, understand their audience, and become a part of the emerging theatrical circus world.

KT's performance students work towards reaching the highest level in both their technical and performance skills. The performance students also have opportunities to learn about many aspects of circus-theatre including: costume design/production, lighting design, set design and construction, choreography, direction and stage management.

How long does it take to become a professional circus artist? We believe that the answer is different for each individual. That is why our program does not have a set time restriction. Some of our pre-professional students come to us with years of skill training experience and only spend 8 months focusing on theatrical work while developing a strong solo act. Others start in our program as children, work hard to join the youth troupe, then move to the pre-professional troupe as teens and spend their high school years developing their repertoire before moving on to an international school or professional company. We help each performer create a custom curriculum plan that will help them achieve their goals. Goal setting and assessments are done three times per year at the end of each tri-mester.

Our alumni have performed in professional circus shows around the world including: Cirque du Soleil, Pippin Broadway National Tour, 7 Fingers, Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, Wonderworld Entertainment, Star Circus, George Carden Circus, Circo Atayde Hermanos; and many have showcased their acts at festivals and competitions including The Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, Denver Aerial Acrobatics Festival, Atlanta Aerial Arts Festival, Pole Art Stockholm, Sweden, and more.


Ages 8-18

The Kinetic Theory Youth Circus is designed to help young and aspiring circus performers ages 8-18 develop a passion for performing that will enrich their whole life. Student can strive to reach a high-level of skill and move to the pre-professional program when they reach high school or remain in the Youth Circus and continue to develop their circus and leadership skills as senior members of the Youth Troupe.



Kinetic Theory's Pre-professional Troupe is a high-level circus training and performance program designed for serious students that are ready to commit to their training and work towards pursuing their professional careers. Pre-professional work to develop the own creative style as well as their ensemble skills before going on to audition for higher-education circus programs or for professional companies.

Opportunities for Circus Artists

For the past 17 years, Kinetic Theory has been dedicated to exploring and expanding the boundaries of circus theatre. Our new 12,000sq ft. facility in the heart of Los Angeles is not just a circus school, it is a theatre incubator and venue as well as the artistic home for LA's top professional and up-and-coming circus artists.

AMP (Apprentice Mentorship Program)

Kinetic Theory is committed to helping our students strive for excellence in all of their endeavors, not just their circus and theatre work. Our AMP program, now in it's 4th year, has helped launch performers that are ready to take their training to the next level. Our AMP alumni have been performing with Ringling Bros., Pippin Broadway National Tour, at Renaissance Faires around the country and at local events in Los Angeles. This unique opportunity for apprenticeship with Kinetic Theory's director, Stephanie Abrams, or head aerial coach, Eric Newton is designed to guide our hand-picked apprentices on career path while developing their skill and technique, artistic voice as well as understanding of their craft and the industry.

Apprentice Benefits:
  • 20 hours per week of multi-disciplinary instruction (9hrs. ensemble troupe training + 11 hrs of classes: conditioning, Pilates, flexibility, aerial arts, acrobatics, hand-balancing, improvisation and more)
  • Studio/theatre access at Kinetic Theory for training and act creation
  • Weekly, one-on-one sessions with mentor
  • Development of individual act and portfolio (including professional headshots and photos)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Complimentary tickets and invitations to industry events
  • Paid performance opportunities
  • Apprentice coaching opportunities
  • Training scholarship and/or work-study
  • Must be 16+ and either on independent study or have a high school diploma/equivalency
  • Must be striving towards mastery in your art and a professional career in circus-theatre
  • Must have a strong desire to do ensemble work and be a multi-disciplinary artist
  • Must be accepted into KT's pre-professional training program (see criteria)
  • Must be willing to commit one year to the apprenticeship program (January-December)
Tuition cost= $600/mo. (Scholarships available for qualified applicants)

To Apply:
  • New students - *must be accepted into our pre-professional program first*
  • Submit a 1-3 page letter describing your goals and why you feel you'd be the right person for the apprentice

Accepting applications for 2020 through Decemember 2019.

For more info/pre-professional program requirements contact our director Stephanie Abrams: or (323) 402-0773

RAD (Resident Artist in Development) - Pilot Program!

Since it's inception as an experimental theatre ensemble in 2000, Kinetic Theory has been striving to create theatrical work that leaves a lasting impact on our audiences. Our new pilot residency program is designed to help foster creativity and the development of original circus-theatre work. The 2018 resident artist will develop and perform their work in Kinetic Theory's state of the art, convertible black box theatre and share it with our school and local community.

Residency Includes:
  • Artistic direction from award-winning director Stephanie Abrams as well as guidance from other Kinetic Theory staff including Eric Newton (Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, Teatro ZinZanni)
  • Studio/theatre access at Kinetic Theory for training, development and rehearsals
  • Concept to stage production development - design and technical consultation, budgeting, marketing, pr plan
  • Residency culminates in a short run of shows open to the public
  • Coaching opportunities/mentoring young artists
  • Living stipend
Applicants Must:
  • Be 18+ and have ability to spend 8 months to a year in Los Angeles (January- August 2019 with possible extension through December)
  • Have prior professional circus experience
  • Be seeking to create a solo circus piece with a strong narrative (can be movement based)
  • Have a strong vision for the piece and goals for the future
To Apply Submit:
  • Description of the proposed piece- must have a clear narrative
  • CV
  • One page describing your vision and future goals for this piece
  • Video of solo act(s)
  • Support photos, link to website

Accepting applications for 2020 through Decemember 2019.

For more info/pre-professional program requirements contact our director Stephanie Abrams: or (323) 402-0773