SHOW LOVE with Circus Center this Winter!

Show Love: donate to support Circus Center’s community productions!

Circus Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been spreading the joy of circus through performance, training, and outreach since 1984. This year, we ask you to join our mission and support our season of free/low-cost/pay-what-you-can performances.

Giving is easy! Just click here: www.circuscenter.org/donate

WE LOVE TO PERFORM FOR YOU!

In 2016, we produced 4 high-quality free/low-cost/PWYC shows (not including the Cabaret!) They featured our spectacularly talented youth, adult recreational students, Clown Conservatory students, and instructors displaying all the circus arts we teach here, including hoop, aerial straps, clowning, juggling, diabolo, hand-balancing, rope, Chinese Pole, flying on San Francisco’s only permanent flying trapeze, and more.

WHERE DOES A DONATION GO?

Donations make it possible for Circus Center to continue to offer multiple free/low cost/PWYC shows by and for our community every year. They cover things like:

$25 - Rental of one lighting cable (a show can use anywhere from 20-25 cables)

$50 - Base costume pieces for one performer (a show usually has 20-30 costumes)

$100 - Follow-spot rental (we use 2 per show so you can be seen!)

$200 - Extra speakers (we rent 2-4 per show so you can hear!)

$500 - Makeup for a full cast (So they can be beautiful! Or spooky, or funny...whatever the show requires.)

$1000 - A basic set piece

Not to mention essential items like compensation for talented directors and creative staff to develop shows, design and printing costs for our beautiful posters, flyers, and programs, increased building cleaning and utility costs, food for performers...

HERE’S WHAT’S NEXT:

In 2017, we have at least 4 more full-length community shows planned:

March: Clown Conservatory’s full-length clown show
May: The San Francisco Youth Circus’ annual Spring production
September: The Adult Recreational Student Show in the Theater (more on that soon!)
December: The beloved annual Winter Showcase

All community shows will continue to be low-cost, free, or Pay What You Can, so everyone can experience the joy of circus.

YOU LOVE LIVE CIRCUS!

You know that nothing compares to the magic of live circus performance, up close and personal. By producing a regular season of student performances, Circus Center gives our students a spotlight that honors the dedication and love they pour into training, and gives valuable experience for those pursuing professional circus dreams.

But most importantly, performances let us share the wonder of live circus with our beloved community - YOU!

SHOW YOUR LOVE: DONATE TODAY

Circus performance is important, now more than ever. Performance is an essential part of sharing everything that circus means to us.

With your continued support, we can invest in our student performers and the artists that develop new circus works every day here at Circus Center, and share the delight and majesty of circus performance with our beloved circus community.

Thank you - and see you at the show!

Click here to give: www.circuscenter.org/donate
 
HAVE QUESTIONS?

Can I donate offline (check or cash)?
Definitely! All donations made this winter will go to support our community productions. Simply mail or drop off your donation at 755 Frederick St, SF, CA 94117

I’m having trouble with donating on Generosity, help!
Check with the Generosity help desk here, or email Sarah directly: sarah@circuscenter.org

Is this tax-deductible?
You betcha! Circus Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all donations are fully tax-deductible.

How do I find out if my employer does gift matching?
Employer gift matching is a super easy way to double the impact of your donation! Check here to see if your employer has a program: https://doublethedonation.com/freedomhouse
We are always ready to help in any way we can!

Can I get a receipt?
In addition to your receipt from Generosity, we send all our donors a donation receipt and thank you letter after the campaign closes. Thank you so much for your support!

What is your tax ID?
94-3173332

Where can I learn more about Circus Center?
Check our website: www.circuscenter.org or email the Student Services Team: info@circuscenter.org

I have a question, concern, or comment.
Let Sarah know at sarah@circuscenter.org.

This winter, help us Show Love - donate to support affordable, accessible circus by and for our community.

Recent Mention for Circus Center in the Press

Bay Area for Sale recently featured us in an article: San Francisco's Circus Center Gives Everyone a Chance to Fly the Trapeze. See what they have to offer for San Francisco, CA Real Estate


Winter 2017 Session Enrollment Starts Nov 1

We are excited to announce the opening of Winter 2017 Session Enrollment! Classes will open for Full Session Enrollment on Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 am.

Here's the Session Schedule (also available here):

Weekly Schedule - Acro_copy
Weekly Schedule - Aerial_copy1

Winter Session runs from Tuesday, January 3 through Sunday, March 26, 2017. Monday classes meet 11 times and classes on all other days of the week meet 12 times. Full Session pricing is as follows:

  General Advanced Premium
11 Weeks (Mon) $198 $308 $330
12 Weeks (Tu-Sun) $216 $336 $360

Class space is limited! To ensure that students receive only the best instruction, we keep classes small and intimate. Session enrollment guarantees your place in class for all weeks. For each enrollment you purchase, you are eligible for one make-up class that you can use for any reason at any point during the term.

Drop-in enrollment for Winter Session opens November 28, 2016, and can be purchased as a single class, a 5-class pack or a 10-class pack. Please remember that space is not guaranteed in every week should you choose drop-in enrollment.

A few notes for you:
  • If you need a prerequisite, make sure to get this ON YOUR ACCOUNT prior to Thursday! If you don't have a prereq, we can't hold a spot for you.
  • If you call/email/come in prior to 10:00 am on Thursday, we will not be able to take your request. If you email prior to 10:00 am, that email will go to the bottom of our list after we address the people who register after 10:00 am. It's only fair!
  • Make sure you have an up-to-date payment method on your account. If the payment doesn't go through, we will notify you, but we may not be able to hold the spot for you.
  • Session enrollment is FINAL SALE. No changing classes, no sharing with another person, and there is ONE MAKE-UP per session. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis and ONLY with a documented medical issue.
  • The Student Services Team will be very busy with session enrollments on Thursday, so they will be unable to handle most other requests. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
On Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 am,
Call 415-759-8123 or send an e-mail to info@circuscenter.org to enroll!

2016 Winter Showcase Auditions

Circus Center wants YOU to audition for our annual all-school Winter Showcase, December 10 & 11! Directed by local director, playwright, Clown Conservatory instructor Colin Johnson, this year's theme tackles the agony and the ecstasy of holiday travel. Think "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles," done up circus style!

AUDITIONS
Saturday, October 15
3:00-5:00 pm

Sunday, October 16
5:30-8:30 pm

IMPORTANT SHOW DATES
  • Sunday, November 6 -- rehearsal (late afternoon/evening)
  • Saturday, November 19 -- rehearsal (evening)
  • Saturday, November 26 -- rehearsal (late afternoon/evening)
  • Saturday, December 3 -- Tech rehearsal (evening)
  • Saturday, December 10 -- Call 1p, Dress rehearsal 3p, Dinner break, call 5p, show 7:30p
  • Sunday, December 11 -- Call 1p, show 3p, all-hands strike after show
HOW TO SIGN UP 
Email auditions@circuscenter.org with information about your act (acro, aerial, etc.) and any technical or rigging needs for the audition.

WHO CAN AUDITION
Auditions are open to everyone, and everyone is encouraged to give it a shot! 

HOW TO AUDITION
Just sign up for a slot and show us what you've got! If you have an act, bring that; if you don't yet, bring as much as you have to show us. If you already have music, we want to hear it. If you have your costume or pieces of it, we'd love to see you perform in it! If you need equipment or rigging, let us know, we can usually provide it. If you can't make it to audition in person, you are invited to submit a video of your act (or act-in-development). Send it to auditions@circuscenter.org.

For questions, more information, or to sign up, you can reach the director by emailing auditions@circuscenter.org.

New Flying Trapeze Net Party: Sept 24!

This is amazing! It’s real! You made it happen! Thank you for making the new net a reality with your donation to the New Net & Equipment Campaign.

We are thrilled to invite you to:

Circus Center’s New Net Welcoming Reception and Silent Auction
September 24, 2016
6:30pm-9:30pm

Join us in giving the new flying trapeze net a warm Circus Center family welcome.

Free swings and a special demo by the Circus Center Flyers

Take a swing. Or a swig - there will be refreshments.

If you were a Memento-level donor or above, this is your chance to pick up your souvenir pieces of the old net!

Silent Auction proceeds support ongoing maintenance of the net and flying rig.

Plus, we’re also celebrating the Circus Center Cabaret’s Second Season! FULL SWING, our September Cabaret, goes on at 8pm! Purchase a ticket or enjoy special season perks by joining The Producers Circle here: www.circuscenter.org/cabaret

(The New Net Welcome Reception is family friendly; the Circus Center Cabaret is 21+)

See you there!



Avoid the Scramble – Go For Full Session Enrollment This Fall

Full Session Enrollment has exploded in popularity for Fall 2016 classes! As of this writing, over 60% of the spots in our Advanced classes have been claimed by full session students, and many classes are full or almost full. Several of our General classes are filling up fast, too.

The reasons why Full Session Enrollment is so popular are clear:
  • Best prices
  • Guaranteed spot in class
  • Priority registration period (ends Friday morning)
If you want to take advantage of these benefits and lock down your spot in your favorite classes, today and tomorrow are the days to do it. (Full Session Enrollment will still be available after Friday, but drop-in registration will greatly reduce availability.) Avoid the rush - sign up today and save!

To purchase a Full Session Enrollment, call the Student Services Team at (415)-759-8123, email info@circuscenter.org, or just stop by the Front Desk.

Drop-in registration for fall session opens Friday, August 12 at 10:00 AM. These can be purchased as a single class, a 5-class pack or a 10-class pack. Please remember that space is not guaranteed in every week should you choose drop-in enrollment.

To check out our schedule of Fall Classes, visit our Schedule Page to download a PDF version.

Fall 2016 Session Enrollment Starts August 1

We are excited to announce the opening of Fall 2016 Session Enrollment on Monday! Classes will open for Full Session Enrollment on Monday, August 1 at 10:00 am.

Fall Session runs from Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, December 23, 2016. Our per-class session rates still offer students the greatest savings:
  • General Session: $18/class
  • Advanced Session: $28/class
  • Premium Session: $30/class
Class space is limited! To ensure that students receive only the best instruction, we keep classes small and intimate. Session enrollment guarantees your place in class for all weeks. For each enrollment you purchase, you are eligible for one make-up class that you can use for any reason at any point during the term.

Drop-in enrollment for Fall Session opens August 12, 2016, and can be purchased as a single class, a 5-class pack or a 10-class pack. Please remember that space is not guaranteed in every week should you choose drop-in enrollment.

Fall Schedule is coming soon! We are currently hard at work finalizing everything, so check your inbox or our website - we'll have the complete list of classes available no later than Friday.

A few notes for you:
  • If you need a prerequisite, make sure to get this ON YOUR ACCOUNT prior to Monday! If you don't have a prereq, we can't hold a spot for you.
  • If you call/email/come in prior to 10:00 am on Monday, we will not be able to take your request. If you email prior to 10:00 am, that email will go to the bottom of our list after we address the people who register after 10:00 am. It's only fair!
  • Make sure the payment method on your account is updated. If the payment doesn't go through, we will notify you, but we may not be able to hold the spot for you.
  • Session enrollment is FINAL SALE. No changing classes, no sharing with another person, and there is ONE MAKE-UP per session. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis and ONLY with a documented medical issue.
  • You can sign up for summer classes using Class Packs starting Friday, August 12.
  • The Student Services Team will be very busy with session enrollments on Monday, so they will be unable to handle most other requests. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
On Monday, August 1 at 10:00 am,
Call 415-759-8123 or send an e-mail to info@circuscenter.org to enroll!

New Net & Equipment Campaign Success!

What an incredible journey.

When we started this campaign, we set out to raise $10,000 for a new flying trapeze net. Two months later, our amazing community - YOU - helped raise $25,123 for not only a new net, but other vital equipment and building upgrades too.

Because of your generosity, we can install and maintain a new flying trapeze net, the only permanent one in San Francisco. We can purchase other important training equipment like hoops, trapezes, and mats. We can make needed building repairs.

But it's not just about the stuff. It's about what the stuff makes possible - incredible circus training from our world-renowned teachers; low-cost, professional-quality performances for our community; unique private events; and a vibrant training ground for the next generation of circus artists. And you help make it happen.


A special thanks to the following Rigger and Catcher-level supporters
of the New Net & Equipment Campaign:

Brad Post, Cameron Hempstead, Cameron Smith, Donald Robertson, Eric & Sue Johnston, Erin Cooney, Gabriel Wasserman, Jonas Sicking & Zan Armstrong, Kim Probst, Leonardo Harris, Robert Belmont, Robert Zivnuska, Shale Lewis, and our Anonymous Donors


Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping us fulfill our mission, and for being a part of the Circus Center family.

Keep an eye on our newsletter for updates on when we get our new flying trapeze net, equipment, and more so you can see your generosity in action!



Pay-What-You-Can Seats available at BIZARRE!

Wow. This morning, YOU, our very generous community, helped us beat our $20,000 stretch goal for our New Net and Equipment Campaign.

Not only that, you helped us beat it by a lot: our current number is $22,083 and still going! THANK YOU!

Our special screening of "BIZARRE: A CIRCUS STORY" is tomorrow night - and in celebration of your incredible support, all remaining seats at the screening are now Pay-What-You-Can. Suggested donation is $25, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring your friends and join us at this great community celebration. All proceeds will still support our New Net & Equipment Campaign. And now we're wondering...can we beat $25,000...?

PWYC seats are first-come, first-serve at the box office.

Circus Center's special screening of
BIZARRE: A CIRCUS STORY

June 16, 2016
Box office opens 7:00pm, show at 7:30 pm

Clay Theater
2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115


Of course, online donations are still open and still support the campaign if you want to reserve a seat in advance.

Thank you and see you at the show!


Flying Trapeze Net Campaign Update: SURPRISE BONUS PERK!

Your support for the New Flying Trapeze Net campaign has been incredible. Thanks to your generous online and offline donations, you’ve helped us raise over $13,000 for our new net in record time! You made it possible for Circus Center to keep offering the magic of flying trapeze to our community: thank you.


Now we’re sharing our next goal and an exciting announcement:


Inspired by your support, we’ve set a new goal of $15,000 to help replace and maintain our other vital circus equipment.


Donations towards this new goal will help us re-stuff crash pads, purchase new aerial hoops, make needed upgrades, and more to keep our training spaces as clean and safe as possible for our beloved students.


And we’re excited to announce a NEW SUPER SURPRISE BONUS PERK to anyone who donates at least $25*: a reserved seat at a special screening of BIZARRE: A CIRCUS STORY at the Clay Theater on June 16.


BIZARRE: A CIRCUS STORY is a unique documentary that follows the fascinating life story of Master Lu Yi, Circus Center’s Artistic Director Emeritus, and features lovely performances by Eve Feldman, Haley Viloria, Ron and Or Oppenheimer, Mikayla Dinsdale, and many more of our friends and colleagues at Circus Center.


*If you donated $25 or more before the perk was announced, thank you! We’ve already reserved your seat. Since seating is limited, please RSVP by emailing Sarah here.


If you haven’t yet given, here’s your chance to support Circus Center AND see a unique documentary, featuring many of your circus friends and colleagues!


Click here to reserve your seat with a donation.


We are thrilled to offer this screening as a celebration of Master Lu Yi and our generous community. You have made it possible for us to replace and maintain our unique flying trapeze net and other essential equipment for our programs. Thank you to our amazing Circus Center family!


Here are the event details:
 
Circus Center’s special screening of
BIZARRE: A CIRCUS STORY

June 16, 2016
Priority Entry at 7:00pm, General Entry at 7:15, show at 7:30 pm
 
Clay Theater
2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Event Co-Chairs
Leo Harris  |  Ayla Agarwal  |  Ben Lee

Reserve your seat by donating here: www.circuscenter.org/donate


Wondering what your perks are? Here they are, updated:

$25
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, and one general entry seat at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

$50
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, a personal shout-out in the Circus Center Newsletter, and one general entry seat at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

$100
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, personal shout-out in the Circus Center Newsletter, your own piece of the old Flying Net, and one priority entry seat at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

$250
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, personal shout-out in the Circus Center Newsletter, a special mention on our website, your own piece of the old Flying Net! and FOUR priority entry seats at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

$500
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, personal shout-out in the Circus Center Newsletter, a special mention on our website, a Circus Center travel mug, your own piece of the old Flying Net, and EIGHT priority entry seats at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

$1000
A specially-designed thank you card from the Circus Center Flyers, personal shout-out in the Circus Center Newsletter, a special mention on our website, a Circus Center travel mug, your own piece of the old Flying Net, two Flying Trapeze class credits, and TEN priority entry seats at the BIZARRE screening on June 16th at the Clay Theater.

*

Did you donate before the perk was announced? Thank you! We’ve already reserved your seat. Please RSVP by emailing Sarah here.

Haven’t reserved your seat yet, or want to reserve more? Donate here to do so: circuscenter.org/donate.

Any questions? Contact Sarah Bruhns, Grants & Development Associate

Please help us replace and maintain more circus equipment - and fill the Clay Theater! Share our campaign: www.circuscenter.org/donate. Thank you for your support!

Please note that while The Clay is a good-sized theater, we are hoping to fill every seat. We will do our best to accommodate all our amazing community donors, but we appreciate your understanding and prompt RSVPs to make sure as many of you as possible will be able to attend. Thank you!

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