Longtime Bindlestiff musical collaborator and female force of nature Sabrina Chap is debuting a new one-woman show at The Tank on Monday, June 24!

Part radio musical, part theatrical heartbreak, Postcards from the Rearview Mirror tells the story of two queer teens who escape the violence of their Florida homes for the bright lights of Hollywood.

Chap’s one woman show is a musical abstraction of queer heartbreak; combining video projections, audio playback and postcards home as monologues.

Visit the Facebook event here:

and read more about the show here:

Bindlestiff’s Stephanie Monseu receives “Opportunity for Community Excellence Award”


On Monday June 17, at Coarc’s (Columbia County Arc) 2019 Annual Membership Meeting, Bindlestiff co-founder Stephanie Monseu accepted the “Opportunity for Community Excellence Award” in recognition of the “Coarc Cirkus” program, a series of 8-week circus arts workshops for Coarc’s day program participants. The Award was presented by Board Member Denise Barry and Self Advocate, Mark Harris. This program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and is free to Coarc participants of all abilities.

Congratulations to the 2019 First of May Award Winners!




Congratulations to this year’s First of May Awardees!! This year we are delighted to announce four award recipients: Maia Ramnath (of Constellation Moving Company), Becca Bernard, Mariko Iwasa, and Jeff Seal (of Jeff and Buttons). We can’t wait to see what they do next.

This year’s selection process was challenging as always — we continue to be awed by the incredible talent in our community. Thanks so much to all who submitted for this year’s award, and we look forward to seeing your work in the coming year!

Bindlestiff’s First of May Award is granted each year to support new productions by circus and variety artists based in NYC.

And we hope you’ll come out and support our own new production, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: Brooklyn Abridged at the Connelly Theater (May 30-June 9)! We want to see your smiling faces in the audience.

Nelson Hughes Presents “That Slapstick Show” featuring Laurel & Hardy

4/25/19 7:00 pm
Free event at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park 
Nelson Hughes Presents “That Slapstick Show” featuring Laurel & Hardy 
Stan Laurel (1890-1965) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957) were a comedy duo in the early Classic Hollywood era of American cinema. The bowler-hat-wearing pair catapulted to wide fame. Nelson Hughes who is a film researcher, curator and collector, curates the evening. His series “That Slapstick Show” is in its fifth year and this evening will be its second show in Manhattan. Hughes’ co-organizer over the years is Tommy Jose Stathes, a curator of rare animated silent cartoons. A panel will follow including Steve Massa of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts and author of “Slapstick Divas”; Jack Roth, who leads the New York chapter of the Laurel and Hardy society, called Sons of the Desert; and comedian Bob Greenberg. 
Thursday, April 25th at 7pm.

A HANKY AND A TOP HAT: A Story About a Boy Following His Dream

4/20/19 3:00 pm
Bobby Torkova’s one-man show, A HANKY AND A TOP HAT: A Story About a Boy Following His Dream

An autobiographical solo play that tells of a little boy who stutters, reads comic books and dreams of becoming a professional magician. While this is not a traditional magic show, it does feature actual magic performances.

About Bobby Torkova

Having a love of magic since the age of seven, Bobby Torkova has been pursing his dream ever since.  He has won numerous awards for his magic including the 2013 Merlin Award for Best Classical Magic from the International Magicians Society, is a First Place Winner in the Society of American Magicians National Competition and recipient of the prestigious Hofzinser Award for Classical Magic given by the Vienna Magic Theater in Austria. In 2006, he wrote his first play, Thought Prints, and performed it to great success at the New York City Fringe Festival. Torkova has acted as magic consultant to off-Broadway productions. Please visit him at

Music For The Circus Arts

Do you or someone you know need music for an act?
Circus music composer and bandleader Peter Bufano is matching talented Berklee College of Music composers and songwriters with circus artists to collaborate in virtual and real-life workshops!








Innovator and respected educator Carrie Heller has opened up intensive study into Aerial Arts for therapeutic and adaptive settings. Spring and Summer trainings.
The Level 1 training is designed for professionals and para-professionals interested in incorporating circus arts into their work as a tool to help children, teens, adults, families and groups. This training can also assist those working in the Social Circus realm and is designed to help anyone leading groups, both therapy groups and typical-population classes.
Circus Arts Institute, Decatur GA

CIRCUS CENTER / SAN FRANCISCO CLOWN CONSERVATORY – Submissions now open for 2019-2020

Submissions now open for the 2019-20 24-week program.
Clown Conservatory is a multidisciplinary training program in physical comedy, precision idiocy and eccentric acting. This 24-week training program is a tilt-a-whirl of character creation and narrative clowning where the conjuring of solo, duo and ensemble work culminates in showcases for Ring, Stage and Film. Our program’s directive is to foster the super-versatile Human Cartoon.

MOVEMENT THEATER STUDIO NYC – Lecoq technique for the American Actor

Lecoq technique for the American Actor    


It is an over-arching introduction in a playful, intensive setting and will cover such areas as Neutral Mask, Le Jeu, Gestural Languages, Lecoq’s 20 Movements, Identification work and ensemble created theater.

The workshop is led by MTS founder and Co-Director Richard Crawford who studied under Lecoq in Paris and who has been teaching this approach for 15 years in New York and around the world. Richard strives to create an atmosphere of meaningful abandon and physical precision. He is gifted in teaching to each student’s particular needs and will help the training actor identify the areas of future physical theater training he thinks they will benefit from.

This workshop is intended to be a jumping off point for those actors who have identified themselves as physically based performers and who want to know how to nurture this impulse. To this end, MTS will provide 20% off EACH of the next two workshops the participants may decide to take.

  • Dates & Hours: Fri March 22nd, 6:30pm – 10pm; Sat 23rd and Sun 24th, 10am – 3pm
  • Location: Hunter College
  • Fee: $265

NYC Opportunity – Applications now open for New Victory LabWorks. Due February 1, 2019

Description and Application Information:

New Victory LabWorks is seeking applications from New York City-based artists and companies interested in creating new work for family audiences in the areas of theater, dance, music, circus, puppetry arts and other performing arts.

The New Victory Theater, New York City’s premier nonprofit performing arts theater devoted year-round to kids and their families and classmates, announces the call for applications to the 2019-20 New Victory LabWorks program.

For artists of all disciplines who desire an experience tailored to their specific needs and individual creative processes, New Victory LabWorks offers selected artists a stipend, ample dedicated rehearsal space in the New 42nd Street Studios and the possibility of holding Open Rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and New Victory Member families. Facilitated by New Victory staff, these experiences provide the invaluable feedback of peers and target audiences alike.

Some current and previous New Victory LabWorks Artists include: Molly Powers Gallagher; Hit The Lights! Theater Co; Max Darwin and Alexander Dinelaris Jr.; Nambi E. Kelley; Preeti Vasudevan; Faye Chiao and Anton Dudley; Breton Tyner-Bryan; Bluelaces Theater Company; Aaron Jafferis; Spellbound Theatre; AchesonWalsh Studios; Kate Douglas; Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers, and Phantom Limb Company.

For more information, program requirements and the 2019-20 application, visit

For questions, email Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 1, 2019.



Applicants must be based in NYC.