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Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus, now in its 30th year, is a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a not-for-profit performing arts institution. The internationally acclaimed Big Apple Circus has been delighting audiences of all ages by presenting world-class circus artists performing under its Big Top in an annual ten-city, eleven-month national tour. In addition to its critically acclaimed performances, the Big Apple Circus brings its special magic to diverse audiences across the country through its unique Community Outreach Programs - Big Apple Circus Clown CareSM, Beyond the Ring®, Circus For All!® and Circus of the Senses®

PAUL BINDER Big Apple Circus Founder and Artistic Director
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Paul Binder graduated from Dartmouth College and earned an M.B.A. at Columbia University. While at Dartmouth, he worked as an actor with the Dartmouth Players and the Hopkins Center Repertory Theatre, an experience that led him to start his professional career in an environment closer to show business than corporate finance. Paul worked at WGBH-TV in Boston (stage-managing for Julia Child's "The French Chef"), and as a talent coordinator for Merv Griffin, before heading West and learning juggling with the San Francisco Mime Troupe - where Paul met Michael Christensen. Together, they traveled through Europe and earned their living by juggling on street corners. Their act landed them on the legendary stage of the Casino de Paris, on French television and, eventually, in the ring of Annie Fratellini's Nouveau Cirque de Paris. Paul returned to New York with a dream - to create an American circus with the same dedication to theatrical excellence and artistic intimacy that he and Michael had experienced in Europe. He found the people who would share his dream and implement his vision and, in 1977, the Big Apple Circus was born. Paul has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Fine Arts from his alma mater, Dartmouth, the Pratt Institute, and Rhode Island College, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University; and he has been designated a Living New York Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. He is the proud father of Katherine, Max, Adam and Anais.







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