EdCon 2022

October 7-9th at Sky Candy in Austin, TX

The American Circus Educators Conference 2022 is the place to connect, share, and learn with other US circus coaches, instructors, teaching artists, studio owners and school directors! If you teach circus, run a circus program, research circus, teach circus educators, or work with any type of circus education, you will find connections and inspiration.

We are very excited for in-person physical workshops and face-to-face connections after such a long hiatus! (There is also a separate, limited virtual option for those that can’t attend live.)


Application Deadline: July 1st at 11.59pm Pacific Time. Application status notification by July 15th, 2022 at the latest.

This is your chance to share your knowledge! New and returning presenters are all welcome. Presenters must be ACE members and must attend the conference, as EdCon is by and for the community. Accepted presenters will receive a conference pass at a steeply discounted rate ($100). Do not register until you hear back from us.


Registration includes all sessions (workshops, panels, discussions, etc), social events, dinner on Friday, and lunch Saturday & Sunday!

ACE MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. This event is by and for our ACE community!

To make our event as accessible as possible to our members of different incomes and backgrounds, we have created a sliding scale. We encourage our attendees to self-select the appropriate level:

Please note:


Our workstudy volunteer program supports the development of future circus educators by making the learning and networking opportunites of EdCon accessible, along with a behind-the-scenes view! Workstudy volunteers are primarily those transitioning from youth to professional (ages 18-26). Volunteers earn a complimentary pass in exchange for helping at the event. Accepted volunteers will receive a discount code via email. Do not register until you hear back from us.


Expect a schedule jam-packed filled with workshops, panels, roundtables, social events, and more! More details coming later in the summer!


BOOK EARLY! EdCon is happening the same weekend as ACL (Austin City Limits – a huge music festival) and accommodations will both get booked up fast *and* be pricy if you wait.

1. Airbnbs will often be the best deals and the closest options to stay, even with all of the extra fees.
2. Neighborhoods to look for on Airbnb if you’re looking for places that are within a 20 minute walk (listed in order from closest to farthest): MLK-183 (west of 183, south of MLK), East Austin, Govalle, Johnson Terrace
3. Neighborhoods to consider if you’re willing to make a short drive (listed in order from closest to farthest): MLK-183 (on or east of 183, north of MLK), Holly, Rosewood, Chestnut, Central East Austin, Cesar Chavez, Pecan Springs Springdale, MLK, Mueller, Cherrywood, Windsor Park, University Hills
4. Places to avoid (due to huge influx of traffic from ACL, unless you are excited about being in the fray): Downtown, ZIlker, Bouldin Creek
5. There is no reserved group hotel booking for this EdCon. Most hotel rooms close to the Sky Candy studio (10-15 minute drive away) will be around $250 – $350/night for a double bed room. If you’re willing to stay somewhere about a 20-30 minute drive away, there are options that go down to $150/night for a double bed room.
6. If you want to do a homestay, keep us posted! If you already know someone locally, reach out to them directly. If you want us to connect you with members of our community, let us know! Email winnie@americancircuseducators.org.

COVID Policies

COVID transmission policies are subject to change based on current public health information and federal and local mandates. There will be some combination of masking, testing, and vaccination requirements. Those who have tested positive for or have symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to attend the in-person event. Cancellations due to illness or injury will be converted to Virtual Only and refunded the difference.

Pre-EdCon Extras

Stay tuned for private lessons, workshops, intensives, and other special learning opportunities at Sky Candy during the weeks before EdCon!