Director – Stacey Kigner
Stacey has been performing and creating circus for ten years. She graduated from Vassar College, where she majored in English and spent four years in the school’s recreational circus group, the Barefoot Monkeys.
She continued pursuing circus after graduation and completed her Fabric Teacher Training in 2012 at NECCA. She opened Air Temple Arts in 2013 with the goals of creating a hub for circus in Connecticut, and having a space in which to develop long form works.
She has produced and directed several shows full-length shows, including ‘Missed Connections,’ ‘SPECIAL RELATIVITY: Circus Through Space and Time,’ and ‘Reverie in Black and White.’ As a performing artist she specializes in aerial silks, aerial hoop, and aerial partnering.
In 2015 she was acknowledged as one of New Haven’s ‘Rising Stars’ by Business New Haven, and featured on the national PBS program START-UP.
Her first novel, The Sum of All Paths was published in 2015.
Meghan Magner is a writer, actor and aerialist from Beacon Falls, Connecticut. She is interested in stories about unconventional characters with their own strong moral code.
In 2011 she was awarded “Actor of the Year” by Naugatuck Valley Community College, which she graduated from in 2011.
Since graduation she has won several awards for her work in the independent film industry including a finalist film award from Reel New Haven Film Festival, for her avant-garde short film “The Bagheads Make Lunch” in 2012. In 2015 she won 1st place for an original screenplay that she presented at Raindance Pitchfest in New York City.
Currently she works as a second shooter for Will Talamelli Films in New Haven, CT and as the head of theatrical development for Cirqularity and Air Temple Arts. Sherlock Holmes and the Sapphire Night is her second feature play to take to the stage.
Megan Mallouk holds a BA in theater from Lake Forest College in Illinois. She has performed and taught both theater and circus throughout the Chicagoland area and New England.
She is a former competitive rhythmic gymnast who competed nationally and internationally in her youth. Megan spent several years coaching along side Olympic coach Irina Vdovets and Olympic bronze medalist Olena Vitrychenko, at Illinois Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in Highland Park, IL.
With her background in theater, dance, and gymnastics, circus seemed like the next best step in her performance and teaching career. She is a graduate of the full time training program at AirCraft Circus in London and the professional training programs at NECCA in Brattleboro, VT. She currently resides in Brattleboro, VT and teaches youth and adult circus classes at SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton, MA and NECCA in Brattleboro, VT. She specializes in lyra, static cloud swing, character work, choreography, and dance movement quality.
Jillian Marchenko has been dancing since she was three years old. For the majority of the next two decades, she did everything from classical ballet to tap, jazz, and modern dance. She received professional training at the School of Performing Arts, now known as FineLine Theater Arts, in New Milford, Connecticut until 2007. She continued dancing through college, majoring in modern dance, and graduating in 2011 with a BFA in dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
All the while, Jillian has always had a love for being upside down and climbing anything she came across. She took her first circus classes in Philadelphia and immediately fell in love. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that she came across Air Temple Arts in New Haven, Connecticut that she received the training she needed to progress to a performance level. A year and a half later, she began performing with Air Temple, and in addition to being a full time licensed Massage Therapist, Jillian continues to perform with Air Temple’s new company, Cirqularity.
Ellie has been involved in circus at Air Temple Arts since 2014. She specializes in Corde Lisse and Hand Balancing. She was a competitive gymnast growing up, and a diver in college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which sparked her interest in Circus.
She also enjoys rock climbing, obstacle races, and general ninja things. She has competed on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior for the past two seasons. When she isn’t doing circus she works as a Mechanical Engineer and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree.
Nick has been involved in circus arts for over fifteen years. He started riding unicycles as a way to cross train for freestyle skiing in high school, but was soon addicted to riding on one wheel just for the fun of it. Since then he has taken up juggling, and Chinese pole as major areas of interest. In addition to those traditional circus arts, Nick is an accomplished fire and sideshow performer with a wide variety of skills. From 2009 – 2013 he was the head of Safety for Wildfire, a fire arts retreat.
When not teaching or performing, Nick is putting his Mechanical Engineering degree to good use as Air Temple Arts’ resident rigging expert. He has been responsible for designing, building, and maintaining all of the points at both air temple’s old and new locations. In addition to in studio work, Nick also heads up rigging at all Air Temple and Cirqularity performances. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with an Aerospace concentration.
Liz prides herself on keeping her persona as much of a mystery as possible. However in her life she has studied Opera and Vibrato Techniques at Alfred University, performed as a professional fire eater, and currently attends Post University where she is pursuing a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Criminal Justice.
As far as circus is concerned, she began silks classes recreationally in 2013 and currently teaches Corde Lisse and Static Trapeze at Air temple Arts.
Kalena has been a part of the world of dance since the age of 2, embracing the beauty, strength and grace to showcase her soul through the art of dance. Four years ago, Kalena was introduced to the world of aerial circus by attending an aerial performance, and instantly feel in love! She saw the beautiful attributes of dance that she loved, embraced in the grace and awe of gravity defying levitation, seamlessly unconfined in the air. She immediately knew she must learn this beautiful art and use it as a continuing expression of art and beauty.
Kalena found Air Temple Arts and within a year had self choreographed and preformed not only an aerial solo but also duo silks act. Kalena has been dancing in the air, for the past three years now and has continued her love of preforming through showcases such as ArtFarm’s a Mid-Summer’s Night Dream, multiple Student Open Stages at Air Temple Arts, as well as Air Temple’s show Reverie in White and Black.
Kalena has continued her circus education through incorporating lyra, partner acro, partner silks, and fire arts as part of her ever expanding circus repertoire.