The OPENAIR Theater was founded in 1983 by artist Be Sargent, who built a theater in part of a burned-out bronze foundry. In 1985, the Theater board decided to focus on children�s theater, and, with a Somerville Arts Council grant, hired a former Ringling Brothers clown, Kevin Lowry, to direct the first circus, with a mix of paid and volunteer teachers for various circus acts.|
Since then, the circus has changed and grown, with more classes and more children. Parent volunteers continue to form the core of the circus, with some paid teachers and a director. More and more, young people play a role as assistants, teachers, performers, etc. The circus frequently is invited to perform, or to teach, including gigs in Franklin Park Zoo, WGBH Ice Cream Fest, Cambridge Arts Council�s Summer in the City, ZUMIX, Somerville Community Schools, King Richard�s Faire, etc. For the past 18 years, we have participated in the First Night Boston parade, recently with over 50 sparkling stilters.