2020 American Circus Educators Conference

October 12-24, 2020

The 2020 American Circus Educators Conference (EdCon) has been transformed into a virtual experience. The conference’s offerings will be spread out over the course of two weeks in October, creating an accessible space for education and connection. 

Registration opens September 1.

Seeking Presenters!

Applications are now open for presenters! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until September 1, 2020, and the latest notification on acceptance will be September 15, 2020. All accepted presenters will receive fully complimentary tickets to the conference.

ACE is looking for presenters on a variety of subjects, with a particular interest in:

– Business Unusual (reopening in light of COVID-19, institutional racism, inclusivity, conscious purchasing decisions, hiring practices, marketing practices, fundraising)
– Educational Approaches (pedagogy, technique, youth, social circus, anatomy/ kinesiology, recreational, professional, adaptive circus, trauma-informed teaching)
– Safety (rigging, PT/injury prevention, trauma, ACE program, harassment, safe space vs. brave space)
– Experiential / Physical (object manipulation, pre-hab/re-hab, stretching, choreography)

Questions about presenting? Email winnie@americancircuseducators.org


The 2020 virtual conference will include both classic session offerings of presentations, panels, and workshops on many topics offered over the course of a day, as well as a new program focusing on important and timely topics for circus educators in a more discussion-based format. There will also be interactive social events, opportunities for specific interest groups to meet together in solidarity, and all-attendee community meetings.


The EdCon will be priced on a sliding scale with the goal of accessibility in a financially-difficult time.

Stay tuned!

The full schedule for EdCon 2020 and pricing specifics will be announced in late August.