FYI Vol. V – No. 4




Emergency Fundraising Drive Launched

Big Apple Circus said today that it is in critical financial condition and will be forced to close unless it raises $2 million over the next two months.Executive Director Will Maitland Weiss said the organization is going public with a major fundraising appeal, reaching beyond the over 200,000 families in its database in an effort to raise the necessary funds, without which there will be no 2016 performances at Lincoln Center and the Circus will come to an end.  He also said the organization has launched a special fundraising website,, where supporters could respond to this emergency appeal.”The Big Apple Circus is in trouble. Our ticket sales in New York City, including Lincoln Center and Queens, where we are performing right now, have remained steady, so we know our audience is still there,” Weiss said.   But ticket sales only cover a portion of the Circus’ operating expenses and, like other nonprofits, Big Apple Circus relies on the generous support of many individuals and public and private institutions.Weiss pointed to a number of factors that have contributed to the Circus’ economic distress, particularly a significant drop in revenue from private performances, where companies buy the entire tent, which began after the 2008-2009 recession and has never recovered.  The Circus also suffered as, over a three-year period, tragedy repeatedly hit locations where it was performing: Hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012, the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, and the Atlanta ice storms in 2014.”If you believe in what we do, don’t let the Circus close.  If you believe our work enriches the lives of children and adults of all ages, inside and outside the tent, please keep the Big Apple Circus alive.  Go to www.savethecircus.o

Cirque du Soleil to Hold Auditions in NYC

Cirque du Soleil will be holding open auditions in the New York City area on June 22, 2016

They are seeking talent for current shows, new creations, and diverse projects. All disciplines, original and innovative ground and aerial acts are welcome.  Candidates are asked to prepare a 3-minute act and  bring all necessary equipment, as well as their music and a resume. Candidates must be at least 18 years old.  Appropriate attire is required.  Be sure to arrive by 9 am or you will not be admitted. Registration begins at 8 am. Callback date is June 23.

Auditions will be held at the Circus Warehouse, 53-21 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City, NY 11101

Go to or click on the Cirque du Soleil box in the right hand column of this and all pages for more info.