Mission, Vision, and Values


The mission of Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc.  is to bring joy and wonder into the world. We cultivate, develop, and sustain the circus and variety arts. We celebrate tradition while maintaining an irreverent spirit, keeping the circus arts current, accessible, and relevant.


Bindlestiff is developing a vibrant future for the American variety arts. We produce sophisticated performances, teach classes, reach out in our community, and support artists to increase the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the circus, sideshow, vaudeville, and related variety arts. Bindlestiff is a vital force in the new American circus movement.


  • We are founded upon a respect for circus tradition and a drive to create new work that speaks to contemporary American culture. The tension of this duality is our hallmark.
  • We believe in a collaborative model that brings artists together based on mutual respect for the creative process.
  • Our sense of humor and direct connection with our community of performers, instructors, students, and audience members allows us to cultivate a vision of circus that is inclusive, collective, and current.