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Gamma Phi Circus Open House and Recruitment Event

Monday, August 27th 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Event Description

Ever wanted to run away with the circus?  Well, here’s your chance!  Gamma Phi Circus is the longest running and oldest collegiate circus in the country.  This year we are celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi at Illinois State University and it will be a special year for our troupe and for the over 1500 alums that have been a part of the Gamma Phi history.  So, this may be your year to become part of one of the most unique organizations that exists in higher education.

What does it take?

Come to one or more of our open houses and meet the troupe members, directors and get an opportunity to experience circus first-hand.  Some open house attendees have had prior experience with gymnastics, athletics, cheer, or dance. Some open house attendees don’t have prior experiences, but they do have a willingness to learn and to work hard at discovering where their skills may fit into one act or more, or in a support position with crew, lighting or music.

Gamma Phi Circus is not only a performance organization, it seeks to develop and strengthen our member’s leadership skills and abilities.  Each member has the ability to mentor, teach and lead within our organization. It is an important component of who we are as a group and we believe skills developed here will be an asset to the academic life in college as well as the professional life beyond college.  Our membership is comprised of majors from all disciplines and we are stronger as an organization because of that.

Gamma Phi Circus is open to full-time Illinois State University students, faculty and staff.  All are welcome to our open house events.

What you’ll discover

Some members find they possess talents they never knew they had.  Some members join circus because they want to get over a fear of heights.  Some members join circus because they want to be part of something unique that is artistic, creative and entertaining. What you’ll discover will be unique to you, but most members would agree that being part of a circus family is a tremendous experience and one that will be part of your college memories long after you graduate Illinois State University and go out into your chosen career path.

So, are you ready?

Come visit us and see what Gamma Phi Circus is all about!  Our Open Houses are:

  • Sunday, August 26 from 4–6 p.m. at Horton South Gym
  • Monday, August 27 from 7–9 p.m. at Horton South Gym
  • Thursday, August 30 from 7–9 p.m. at Horton South Gym

And visit our booth at Festival ISU on Thursday, August 30th on the Quad!

Visit our website for more information about Gamma Phi Circus.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Gamma Phi Circus
(309) 438-2690


Horton South Gym
Horton South Gym