New and Upcoming

Perform with us!

Auditions are coming up for the Elements Training Company, the intensive training and performance program for adults 17+. For the younger student, audition for Brio, our 9-month training program for youth ages 7-16. Looking for a summer performing arts program? Audition for the Summer Performance Intensive, perfect for dancers, gymnasts and circus students ages 11-18.

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We are honored to announce that we are one of the 2019 recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grants! Read more about the NEA’s program and recipients here. This grant will support our Pathways program, bringing circus arts education to marginalized and traditionally underserved youth. We were also thrilled to see other circus organizations on the list - congratulations to the Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, Midnight Circus in the Parks and Circus Juventas!

Thank you, Cirque du Soleil, for the $10,000 grant to fund a new year-long performance project for our Pathways students! Find out more about the program here.


Who we are:

The Circus Project is Portland’s center for contemporary circus arts. Our mission is to use the circus arts as a catalyst for person and collective transformation.  Conveniently located in Northwest Portland, the Circus Project is housed in a clean, converted warehouse full of natural light.

We offer camps, classes, and workshops for adults and children of all ages, as well as intensive circus training companies for youth and pre-professional adults.

In addition to public classes, the Circus Project also has a strong, award-winning outreach program. The Pathways program seeks to increase the pathways into the organization for students that traditionally wouldn’t have access to arts education.

The Circus Project is also dedicated to supporting artistic development through training memberships, performance opportunities and artist residencies.


“The Circus Project is the kind of innovative organization that puts Oregon on the map as a destination for arts and culture.”  

—Governor Kate Brown, State of Oregon