The Actors Gymnasium

The Actors Gymnasium

Teen Ensemble


The Actors Gymnasium


9th - 12th grade


Sep 7, 2021 - Jun 2, 2022

51 classes remaining


6:15pm - 7:15pm CDT


4:45pm - 6:00pm CDT


927 Noyes St, Evanston, IL 60201


Sylvia H., Madie D.


20 students

Class Experience

Started in 2005, the Teen Ensemble is an advanced, circus, performing ensemble directed by Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi. Through training and performing as an ensemble, these students learn the power of teamwork, goal-setting, and the pursuit of excellence. Ensemble members have usually taken classes with The Actors Gymnasium for many years and moved up through the advanced classes, to the Junior Ensemble and then audition to join the Teen Ensemble.

Other Things To Know

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Covid-19 Precautions

We've been keeping students safe on the ground and in the air for 25 years. This year is no different. Please visit our website to learn more about the health and safety measures we're taking!

The Actors Gymnasium Location

Noyes Cultural Arts Center

927 Noyes St, Evanston, IL 60201

Meet your Instructors

Sylvia H.

Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi is Artistic Director of The Actors Gymnasium. She also serves as a faculty member at NU’s Department of Theatre and as an ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre Company. Sylvia is a 2nd generation circus performer who grew up touring with various circuses, including Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. In 2019, she and her family, The Hernandez Troupe, were inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame for their monumental contributions to the world of circus.

Madie D.

Madie Doppelt is a theater and circus artist based in Chicago. She’s a recent graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an alum of Actors Gym’s beloved Teen Ensemble.