Adult Training Company

Applications are closed for the 2018 Elements Training Company. Feel free to apply for a spot on the waitlist.

Elements is the Circus Project's adult, 9-month training and performance company for the dedicated circus student. This by-audition program prepares students to pursue their art with greater intensity and to propel students towards further study, coaching, or performance. Elements offers all-around skill building in acrobatics, aerial, juggling, dance and physical theater in addition to audition-preparedness and act development. With a new program design this year, Elements has been re-imagined to focus on individual technique and skill development and to uniquely match each company member's artistic goals. All company members participate in the Core Training Program, in which students choose from dozens of available classes at their skill level, develop their circus specialties with a Circus Project training membership, and collaborate on performance opportunities with other company members. Throughout the year, company members have the opportunity to create audio-visual works, participate in community performances, create an evening-length show, and may also audition for our end-of-year production.

In addition to the Core Training program, members are also offered two additional training opportunities, a Specialty Training Focus (includes private lessons, solo development, and small group work) or a Preparatory Track Focus (includes expanded hours, private lessons, small group acts, and more).

Training Company details here:

Audition: May 19, 2018, 4:30-7:30pm
Please email frontdesk@thecircusproject.org to register for the audition.
Audition Registration fee: $30, payable at time of registration



Youth Training Company

Applications are closed for the 2018 Brio Training Company. Feel free to apply for a spot on the waitlist.

Brio (previously Swifts & Orbits) is the Circus Project’s 9-month training program for inspired youth ages 7-17 looking to improve their circus technique and adventure into the world of circus performance. Our newly redesigned youth program focuses on each student’s artistic goals and exploration by enabling students to select from classes in acrobatics, aerial, juggling, stage presence, dance, body awareness, improv, theater, and more. While getting to work with talented and inspiring coaches (Russ Stark from Cirque du Soleil! Austrian National Acrobatics Champ Stefan Furst!), students will have opportunities to create solo, partner, and ensemble work as they prepare for their Spring show and other projects large and small.

We also have training options for younger performers (the Jr. Core Program), by invitation-only. Please contact us for more information.

Training Company Details here:

Please email frontdesk@thecircusproject.org to apply for 2018-2019 Brio Training Company.
(this program is for youth with previous experience in aerial, acrobatics, dance, gymnastics, or other performing/movement arts)

Training Companies Managers


Kari Hunter
Brio Company Manager


Drawing from a background in dance, gymnastics, theater, and music, Kari has been training, performing and coaching circus arts since 2001.

Her coaching credits include the Circus Guild, Versatile Arts, Emerald City Trapeze, Le Cirque Centre, the Circus Center (San Francisco), New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), and the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) where she served as lead aerial coach for the Professional Preperatory Program. 

Deemed an “aerialist par excellence” by the Seattle Times, Kari has graced the stage in over 30 major U.S. cities and internationally with the Seattle Opera, Pallazo Variety, Freidrichsbau Variety (Germany), Festivla Burlesco (Portugal), and Teatro Zin Zanni (Seattle), among others.  


Nicolo Kehrwald
Elements Company Manager


Nicolo Kehrwald is excited to be back at the Circus Project after touring with the esteemed contemporary circus company The Acrobatic Conundrum, traveling through Europe as one of the highlighted circus artists on AIDA Cruises, and most recently performing under the largest Big Top in the world with Cavalia.

Nicolo is delighted to be returning to his roots in Portland, where he grew up studying dance, theater, and acrobatics.  Nicolo spent 12 years as a company member of the critically-acclaimed DoJump Extremely Physical Theater. From there, his love of the circus arts took him around the world to study under such masters as Yury Bozyan in Montreal, Yanjibileg and Bud Tumurbaatar in Mongolia, and Claude Victoria in France.  Nicolo is the author of The Little Handbalancing Book, the first modern book about the art of handbalancing. He is also well versed in a wide variety of circus disciplines, having performed trapeze, rope, Chinese pole, group acrobatics, duo straps, and duo hoop, as well as featured solos in capoeira, net, straps, hoop, and handbalancing.