Job Opportunities

Performers

Seeking circus and variety artists

BFC is seeking artists to be a part of upcoming productions, this includes theater shows, corporate events, Flatbed Follies, and more. 
Most of the upcoming season is in NYC. In many situations, we are not able to provide housing and travel.
We are always seeking acrobats, aerialists, novelty musicians, jugglers, clowns, daredevils, prop comics… 

We are currently seeking:
Bi-lingual MC (English/Spanish and English/Mandarin)
Spanish-speaking clowns

Resumes for performing opportunities can be sent to Ekat at bindlestiff.org

A Promise of Inclusion

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus celebrates all types of peoples, cultures, and skills to showcase the multifaceted triumph of human abilities, 

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has been making, producing, and touring original new circus work since 1995. Based in Unceded Lenapehoking (NYC) and Unceded Mu-he-con-ne-ok Lands (Columbia County) The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School actively cultivates a culture of anti-racism, inclusivity, accessibility, and equity for everyone regardless of age, race, gender expression or identity, life experience, justice-impacted status, immigration status, religion, culture, ability, education level, or preference.

Teaching Artists - Flatbed Follies & Festivals

Seeking teaching artists to help with hands-on circus experiences at festival and street activations. We are always looking for people who love teaching people the art of circus.
Most of these workshops will take place in New York City. Skills taught may include juggling, plate spinning, stilt walking, tight wire, diabolos, flower sticks…
We are seeking individuals familiar with circus props and excited to share their knowledge.
Teaching experience is a plus.
If you are interested in teaching circus skills at various events over the summer and spring please contact ekat @ bindlestiff.org
A Promise of Inclusion

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus celebrates all types of peoples, cultures, and skills to showcase the multifaceted triumph of human abilities, 

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has been making, producing, and touring original new circus work since 1995. Based in Unceded Lenapehoking (NYC) and Unceded Mu-he-con-ne-ok Lands (Columbia County) The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School actively cultivates a culture of anti-racism, inclusivity, accessibility, and equity for everyone regardless of age, race, gender expression or identity, life experience, justice-impacted status, immigration status, religion, culture, ability, education level, or preference.

Teaching Artists - Cirkus After School

Seeking Teaching Artists

Wanna escape with the Cirkus and be home by bedtime?

No prior circus experience necessary. What’s in your heart and head matters more than your juggling skills. Willing to train the right individual.

Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School seeks Assistant Coaches / teaching specialists

  • Age requirement:  21+
  • Starting salary $20.00 / hour
  • Part Time, 10 – 15 hours / week, year-round
  • Location: Columbia County, Ulster County, NYC, and beyond…

Skills / Requirements: (* flexible points )
  • Not all or our host sites are ADA compliant. Applicant must be able to use stairs 
  • Job requires moving equipment and “spotting” students for safety
  • Applicant must be able to lift 30lbs
  • Prior professional experience in out-of-school-time youth programming (CIT, counselor, program assistant, provider, etc.) or first-hand experience in child care
  • **Strong Preference given to graduates of Hudson City School District and generational residents of the City of Hudson, especially former HBN  ASP or HDY participants / staff
  • Applicants with experience / development in dance, theater, sport, gymnastics, or other physical skill discipline will be considered first
  • Willingness to work toward skill development in the areas of youth work, work with elders, and circus techniques
  • Access to own transportation – we teach in Chatham and Kingston as well as Hudson
***Non-flexible requirements***
  • Ability to work with youth in School District, Community Center, private, and municipally controlled venues
  • Fully vaccinated with 2 initial doses and booster against COVID-19
  • Willingness to comply with CDC and NYS DoH current guidelines for COVID-19 community safety
Duties:
  • Helping to set up and clear equipment for class 
  • Take leadership in specific skills they have foundations in
  • Supports culture of program in cooperation with Lead Coach / Site Director
  • Lead activities such as games and warm-ups;  and support other coaches and junior staff
  • Coordinate with Site Director and Lead Coaches on how class will run, creatively contributes to lesson plan 
  • Supports youth in self-assessment activities, surveys, etc.
  • Shows proactive thinking and engages with distracted students
  • Mentor and encourage young learners
  • Keeps participants engaged in a positive, creative way while embodying CAS Values.
  • Shows creativity in creating activities, suggesting games, facilitating group conversations. 
  • Shows strong class management and facilitation skills.
  • Shows cultural sensitivity and willingness to learn about participants.
  • Shows positive communication skills with youth and other adults, including host venue staff, families, and community members. 
  • Shows commitment to personal development including circus skills, show production, and community interaction.

Paid Training:
30 hours required (paid) training in CAS culture, policies, and circus technique
Ongoing quarterly staff trainings in youth development and best practices
Bi-weekly all-staff meetings

Advancement:

Salary increase to $35.00 / hour after initial 30-hour training plus 40 hours classroom experience at CAS site plus professional development in TIC, SEL, RJ, PYD and circus skills

To apply:

Email resume to Stephanie at bindlestiff.org 
Questions? call or text 917-744-6844 

ABOUT US

BINDLESTIFF’S CIRKUS AFTER SCHOOL (CAS)  and Coarc Cirkus are programs of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (BFC). 

 

Skills like juggling, stilt walking, tumbling, partner acrobatics, prop manipulation and physical comedy help individuals to become stronger learners, community members, and leaders by encouraging them to express themselves creatively, challenge themselves physically, and work inventively with others.  Coarc Cirkus serves adults with neuro-diversity and physical differences. The skill families of circus arts speak to varied interests and encourage physical and emotional well-being. Our methods are rooted in Social Emotional Learning, Trauma-Informed Care, and strengths-based approaches.

 
As educators, we help folks discover and develop their unique gifts; we look for creative ways to participate in our community life;  and we seek healthy collaboration that supports our personal growth.

 

A Promise of Inclusion

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus celebrates all types of peoples, cultures, and skills to showcase the multifaceted triumph of human abilities, 

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has been making, producing, and touring original new circus work since 1995. Based in Unceded Lenapehoking (NYC) and Unceded Mu-he-con-ne-ok Lands (Columbia County) The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School actively cultivates a culture of anti-racism, inclusivity, accessibility, and equity for everyone regardless of age, race, gender expression or identity, life experience, justice-impacted status, immigration status, religion, culture, ability, education level, or preference.

Roustabouts

Roustabouts are the crew that makes the Cirkus happen. Helping with set up, tear down, and the general run of the show, the roustabout is an integral part of the production.

Roustabouts with audio and lighting knowledge may be asked to take more of a technical lead on occasion. While each of these are each a separate role, we understand that many people have multiple talents, and we encourage you to let us know your versatility. Majority of duties, but not meant to be all-inclusive nor prevent other duties from being assigned as necessary)

Essential Functions for Roustabouts
  • Help with set up and tear down for the show
  • Assist with setting up sound and lights, and on occasion, running sound and lights.
  • Move props and assist with rigging before, after, and during the show
  • We are able to train roustabouts on the job.
Period of Employment:
May through October. This is approximate. Two to four days almost every week.
We can work with flexible schedules.

Physical Demands:
Work involves standing, lifting, carrying or moving objects and equipment over 50 pounds, and may include climbing on a ladder.

Working Conditions:
Work is outside. The venue is a flatbed trailer that has been modified to be a mobile stage. Our shelter from the elements is an EZ Up and vehicles.

Resumes for roustabouts can be sent to Ekat at bindlestiff.org.

A Promise of Inclusion

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus celebrates all types of peoples, cultures, and skills to showcase the multifaceted triumph of human abilities, 

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has been making, producing, and touring original new circus work since 1995. Based in Unceded Lenapehoking (NYC) and Unceded Mu-he-con-ne-ok Lands (Columbia County) The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School actively cultivates a culture of anti-racism, inclusivity, accessibility, and equity for everyone regardless of age, race, gender expression or identity, life experience, justice-impacted status, immigration status, religion, culture, ability, education level, or preference.

Lighting / Sound Technicians

Essential Functions for Lighting / Sound Technicians
Note: BFC Audio and tech systems are basic. 8 – 12 channel audio mixer and very basic lighting system only used for evening productions.
  • Set up and strike audio and lighting systems
  • Communicate with musicians prior to performance, when necessary
  • Set up audio for musicians and bands
  • Run audio during shows
Period of Employment:
May through October. This is approximate. Two to four days almost every week.
We can work with flexible schedules.

Physical Demands:
Work involves standing, lifting, carrying or moving objects and equipment over 50 pounds, and may include climbing on a ladder.

Working Conditions:
Work is outside. The venue is a flatbed trailer that has been modified to be a mobile stage. Our shelter from the elements is an EZ Up and vehicles.

Resumes for lighting/sound technicians can be sent to Ekat at bindlestiff.org

A Promise of Inclusion

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus celebrates all types of peoples, cultures, and skills to showcase the multifaceted triumph of human abilities, 

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has been making, producing, and touring original new circus work since 1995. Based in Unceded Lenapehoking (NYC) and Unceded Mu-he-con-ne-ok Lands (Columbia County) The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School actively cultivates a culture of anti-racism, inclusivity, accessibility, and equity for everyone regardless of age, race, gender expression or identity, life experience, justice-impacted status, immigration status, religion, culture, ability, education level, or preference.

Drivers

Essential Functions for Drivers
  • Pick up and drop off vehicle with trailer at the start and finish of every day
  • Comfortable and safe driving large vehicles and trailers in New York City
  • Knowledge of truck routes in NYC a plus
  • Safe driving record
  • Current driver’s license
  • CDL is a plus
  • Own pickup truck/towing vehicle a plus, can compensate accordingly
  • Trailer size: 34’L x 8 1/2’W x 12 1/2’H, dual axle, 3,500lb
Period of Employment:
May through October. This is approximate. Two to four days almost every week.
We can work with flexible schedules.

Physical Demands:
Work involves standing, lifting, carrying or moving objects and equipment over 50 pounds, and may include climbing on a ladder.

Working Conditions:
Work is outside. The venue is a flatbed trailer that has been modified to be a mobile stage. Our shelter from the elements is an EZ Up and vehicles.

**Drivers will also be expected to to take part in set-up, tear-down, and general run of show.

Resumes for drivers can be sent to Ekat at bindlestiff.org

A Promise of Inclusion

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus celebrates all types of peoples, cultures, and skills to showcase the multifaceted triumph of human abilities, 

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has been making, producing, and touring original new circus work since 1995. Based in Unceded Lenapehoking (NYC) and Unceded Mu-he-con-ne-ok Lands (Columbia County) The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School actively cultivates a culture of anti-racism, inclusivity, accessibility, and equity for everyone regardless of age, race, gender expression or identity, life experience, justice-impacted status, immigration status, religion, culture, ability, education level, or preference.