January 28 – 29, 2023

Weekend Immersion: Circus Storytelling

image of stephanie abrams performing on fabric

About this Immersion

Find the layers of expression and storytelling that elevate your circus performance into something unforgettable. This workshop is designed to help experienced circus artists dive into theatrical work and learn to use their skills to tell complex and narrative stories on stage. Participants will explore mime and physical theatre and apply those techniques directly into their work in their chosen focus discipline. Come with skills, ideas, and a desire to perform – you do not need to have an act in progress. All disciplines welcome!



Stephanie Abrams

16 & up or permission of instructor

Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 12:30 – 3:00 pm

Students should be working at a high intermediate or advanced level in their focus discipline. You must be proficient in your focus discipline – capable of warming up, training on your own, and performing 4–5 minutes of material in sequence a few times a day. It doesn’t have to be complicated with crazy skills (the ceiling is 15′ hight)—just something with a series of sequences that you can run a few times in the workshop. Please indicate when you register what discipline you’d like to focus on in the workshop.


Stephanie Abrams is an award-winning mime and director with over 30 years of experience in the theatre. She began her performing career at the age of 13 and then ran away to San Francisco to join the circus just after high school. Legendary circus coach, Master Lu Yi, took her under his wing, and she spent the next 4 years training intensely in contortion and acrobatics at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts (now Circus Center). After performing around the US and in Hong Kong as a contortionist, Stephanie created Kinetic Theory Experimental Theatre and went on to win awards at the 2001 San Francisco Fringe Festival for her original show “Stranger and Stranger.” She went on to create another five original shows with the company that were performed around the Bay Area, all of which received public and critical acclaim. She moved to Los Angeles and opened Kinetic Theory Circus Arts in 2008 and shifted her focus to her circus-theatre work. Stephanie has written and directed more than 25 original productions and served as artistic director and dramaturg for many others. Her work has been performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, New York City, Washington DC, and in 10 countries, including a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. Her unique approach to circus and physical theatre training and performance has helped launch the circus careers of many professional circus artists. Her students have graduated from Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal, Ecole de Cirque de Quebec, and are performing with some of the top circus companies in the world including Cirque du Soleil and 7 Fingers.

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