Artists in Residence

Are you an aspiring artist needing space? Apply to The Muse Brooklyn’s Artist-in-Residence program and become part of our community of high-flyers and artists. At the Muse, we are well-acquainted with the hustle -- we know that artists do not necessarily have the resources to produce the work of their dreams. Our Artists-in-Residence receive support from the Muse on all fronts: with discounted or free rehearsal space, reduced event rental rates, and access to materials and promotional support. We make it possible for emerging artists to incubate new works that add dynamism and depth to the growing world of circus arts in NYC. 

Application Process

Please fill out our event rental questionnaire with detailed info about your proposed concept.
Please also send an email to with further information about your rehearsal needs, creative vision, and work history.


Coming this September!

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Coated: The 1944 Circus Fire Project

by Open Ring Circus
September 8, 2019

Coated: 1944 Circus Fire Project commemorates the tragedy of July 6, 1944. On July 6, 1944, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus pitched their tents in Hartford, Connecticut. At their matinee show that day, as the Flying Wallendas took their place on the tightwire platform, the tent went up in flames, claiming upwards of 168 lives, and injuring more than 700.

In the 75 years since the tragic fire, the event has not made its way into history books or common knowledge. Open Ring Circus, determined to remember the lives lost and altered; the heroes of the fire; and the mark it has made on both civilian and performer histories, brings this story to the stage. Through aerial arts, acrobatic storytelling, and custom-designed set pieces, performers physically and emotionally demonstrate the risk and fear the audience experienced on July 6, 1944, and confront the blame and responsibility that circus officials and town officials were faced with as a result of this disaster. Through the lens of the 1944 circus fire, Coated poses questions about the ways we experience trauma and recovery, human fragility and resilience today.
Coated is supported by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Fractured Atlas, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Dragon's Egg Studio, and Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
*Coated runs approximately 75 minutes long*
*While Coated is suitable for all ages, it is designed for a teen and adult audience

Ticket Prices:
Adult Door: $35
Adult Advance: $30
Adult Early Bird: $25
discounts available at the door with ID.

You can find Open Ring Circus on Instagram at @openringcircus


Previous Muse Artists in Residence

Shane Miclon & Meister Blast: The Preconceived Notions of Dr. Pellucida, Sara Zepezauer: For(Give)Me, Maia Ramnath: Vespers, Lisa Giobbi: Movement Theatre, Ariel Schmidtke: A Length of Rope, Michael Bauer: How I Show Up., Solstice Tribe: YULE, Ms. Tonya: Burlesque Murder Mystery, Lauren Elizabeth: Street Cirque presents Moulin Rouge, Kamino Tripi: Clown & Juggling One Man Show, Symphonie Fantastique: Groupmuse Orchestra meets The Muse Circus: Petrushka, LoftOpera: VERDI, LoftOpera: Le Comte Ory, Only Child Aerial Theatre: Asylum, Only Child Aerial Theatre: Story Hour, Chris McDaniel & The Great Throwdini: Wild West in Brooklyn, Fight or Flight presents: This is Not J.A.W.S., Julia Halpin: Love Don’t Come Easy, ABCirque: MumblyJunk FAMILY CIRCUS SHOW, Sarah Irene: Marry the Night - Lost in the Darkest Parts of Yourself, Returning Squidlings: Circus Side Show.


Born in Sichuan, China, artist Millie Li focuses on abstracted forms of internal bodies, which she deems "portraits of the universal, visceral bond of all sensuous life forms". A graduate of Columbia University with Departmental Honors in Film Studies, Li has worked for Tony and Academy-Award-winning producer Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men) and Michael Hausman (Brokeback Mountain) and was an animator for comedian Negin Farsad's Nerdcore Rising and 3rd Street Blackout. Li also co-produced The Land Is Stale, an independent mystery-thriller web series. Li was the former Administrative Director and Marketing Manager for the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM) -- a circus arts and modern dance training facility, performing arts space, and home to MacArthur 'Genius' Award Fellow Elizabeth Streb and her Extreme Action dance company!

See Millie's artwork on the walls of The Muse!
Photos by: Joel Bischoff