Who Are We

Cirqularity is the professional performance department of Air Temple Arts, focused on the production of full-length, theatrical circus shows.

Stacey Kigner – Founder, Creative Director

Stacey has been performing and creating circus for ten years. She graduated from Vassar College, where she majored in English with a concentration on creative writing and Romantic poetry. She 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.

She has written several pieces for A Practical Wedding and her first novel, The Sum of All Paths was published in 2015.

Nicholas Cegelka – Rigging and Technical Management

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.