Who Are We

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.

Meghan Magner – Theatrical Development

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.

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.