Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth!

March 22nd — 4:00pm

Coney Island USA – Sideshows by the Seashore

See the circus stars of tomorrow take the stage today!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Playful Productions present a special showcase for young variety performers, ranging from amateurs to world-class professionals. Juvenile jugglers, diminutive dancers, adolescent acrobats and a host of other moppets and mummers present a full show of vernal vaudeville. Acts range from debuting amateurs to world-class champion performers. All the acts are under the age of 21, but audiences of all ages will love this special show.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 youth (under 21).

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Perform at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents the Third Coast Circus Cabaret at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. An evening of curated circus and variety performances designed to thrill and amuse, engage and arouse.

We are now accepting act submissions for the shows.

We are looking for diversity, innovation, great character and individuality, technical skill, and a roller coaster ride of true variety over the course of the 90 minute show. We lean toward acts that are 3-10 minutes in length. A small honorarium will be offered to participating acts. Submission deadline is March 16. Selection of participating artists will be announced by March 30.


Help organize the Cirkus

Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, a non-profit performing arts organization, seeks an office manager.

This is a part time position, one to two days a week. Familiarity with Quickbooks and Filemaker Pro are necessary. Bindlestiff office is run on Mac format.

This is a new position within the Bindlestiff organization, the responsibilities and scope of this position will evolve in an organic creation process.

Eventually much of the work can be done remotely, but in the beginning, work will take place in Bindlestiff’s Hudson, NY location.  This is a residentially-based office.

To apply, email resumé to

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Bindlestiff First of May Award

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is now accepting submissions for First of May Award – $500 and $1000 development grants for full-length variety arts production in New York City.

Bindlestiff is pleased to announce the fifth annual First of May Award, which will grant $500-$1000 to variety artists and/or group of variety artists to support their development of an original full-length production.

Bindlestiff First of May Award

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Bindlestiff Cabin Fever Cabaret at Club Helsinki!

Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY

Showtime 9:00 pm, for mature audiences

Tickets: $20 advance / $25 at the door / $15 clowns in make-up or costume (walk-up only)

For the fourth year, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brings an intimately-scaled but grandly imagined variety spectacle to Helsinki Hudson. You may already know that music sounds great there… but did you know that acrobats can contort and twist on that stage? Would you believe that jugglers, oddball comedians, roller-skaters, daredevils, clowns, and sideshow thrillers can steal your breath with laughter or suspense at arm’s length? And aerialists can swoop and twirl over head in a rare and close-up glimpse at human flight?

Witness trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns, all with the unique flair and twists that is the hallmark of Bindlesitff Cirkus style. A Bindlestiff show is one of the few in the world where you may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists made known by America’s Got Talent and local legends, live, on stage, and having a great time together. Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff’s Cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC’s best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff’s unique style reflects deep roots in NYC’s underground clubscene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater. Unlike Bindlestiff’s family fare at local venues like Bard’s Summerscape Spiegeltent, Bindlestiff’s Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only.

Battle cabin fever by being a star yourself. The audience is encouraged to dress for festival and be part of the glamour of the evening. Those in costume or circusy makeup can ask for a discounted ticket at the door. Perhaps you’ve got some top boots and a tailcoat in the closet? Or a corset and tutu you’ve been dying to wear? A cotton-candy-floss wig and sparkly eyelashes? Dig them out, put them on, and be part of the spectacle.

Get your tickets now for the Cirkus!

Check out the article in Chronogram here:

Cirkus After School: Hudson + Chatham — FREE!

Dreaming of running away with the cirkus but still want to be home in time for dinner? Join Stephanie Monseu of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus for a weekly after school Cirkus program beginning in February. Skills include: Juggling, Tumbling, Unicycle, Plate Spinning, Clowning, Tight Wire, Stilt Walking, Acrobatic Balance Skills, and more!! Build strength, coordination, and fitness in a non-competitive environment for one and all! See below for more details (location, age groups, and times) for both locations!

Check out the link at the bottom of the page for a video and article from the Fall Session at Chatham!


*Made possible by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Morris Memorial Association*

Wednesdays, starting February 5, 2015
ages 8-11, from 3pm – 4pm
ages 12 and up 4pm – 5pm
Session runs through early May, with a final Spring Cirkus show for all family and friends to see!
Morris Memorial, 21 Park Row, Chatham NY
*Made possible by The Galvan Foundation and Hudson Department of Youth*
Mondays, starting February 2, 2015
ages 8-11 from 3pm – 4pm
ages 12 and up 4pm – 5pm
Session runs through May, each Monday that HCSD schools are in session. We will present a Spring Cirkus show for all family and friends to see.
Hudson Department of Youth, 18 S. 3rd Street Hudson NY
register with Hudson Department of Youth 518-828-0017

Bindlestiffs at the Celebration of American Circus!



Come check out Stephanie Monseu (as well as Mark Gindick and Tanya Gagne) of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at the first annual Celebration of American Circus, featuring the inaugural American circus awards, to be heldSunday, January 4th at 8 p.m. in the Big Apple Circus Big Top in the prestigious Lincoln Center plaza. More information and tickets available here:


Bindlestiff at TEDxHudson!

Ring Mistress Philomena (aka Stephanie Monseu) of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus gave a enthralling presentation at a local TED Talk event in Hudson, NY. Watch the video below and be sure to check out the Calendar Page to keep up to date with the Bindlestiffs!

Stephanie Monseu – TEDx Talk

Stephanie Monseu, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder discusses community, mentoring, circus, youth, and much more.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. With a clown car full of tricks up her sleeve, this dynamic Ringmistress finds physically challenging and thoughtfully imagined methods for reaching young people in her community.

2014 NYC American Youth Circus Festival a Success!

Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. and Playful Productions hosted the 2014 NYC American Youth Circus  Festival on Saturday, October 18 at Circus Warehouse in Long Island City, New York. This was the fourth year this regional American Youth Circus Organization event has taken place.

Youth aged 8-21 were invited to participate in this full day of circus workshops. Seventy six youth took part in this year’s festival. The participants had an amazing opportunity to study advanced circus techniques with professional circus artists. Twenty six instructors offered 36 workshops covering a broad range of circus skills including clowning, wire walking, contortion, Chinese pole, juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, hoop diving, unicycle, aerial rope, and much more.
The festival ended with a performance featuring acrobatic circus troupes, aerialists, unicycle riders, jugglers, and clowns, all under the age of 21.
Special thanks to the sponsors who helped make this year’s festival possible:
Amazing Grace Circus, Westchester Circus Arts Center, and the Creek and the Cave