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ONLY CHILD AERIAL THEATRE IS A NEW YORK CITY-BASED COMPANY OF ACTORS AND ACROBATS who CREATE ENSEMBLE-DRIVEN AERIAL THEATRE.

We specialize in creating poetic theatrical worlds where aerial acrobatics is a tool for heightened storytelling.  Only Child's work integrates theatre, aerial acrobatics, live music, overhead projection, shadow work, and other disciplines to tell visually exciting and emotionally compelling stories.

 

Only Child’s original work has been developed with support from: 

  • New Victory LabWorks at The New Victory Theater (NYC)
  • Circus Now/NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

  • Brooklyn Arts Council

  • The Muse Brooklyn

  • Circus Warehouse

  • Hybrid Movement Creative Lab

  • Constellation Moving Company

  • Burning Coal Theatre (Raleigh NC)

Only Child has collaborated with:

  • Theatre Development Fund (TDF)

  • Ripe Time, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

  • Acrobatic Conundrum (Seattle, WA)

  • Santa Barbara 2016 Floor to Air Festival (Santa Barbara, CA)

  • Metropolitan Playhouse (New York, NY)

  • Delaware Theatre Company

  • 2017 INSITU Site Specific Dance Festival 

  • Ellie Dubois (production assistance)

  • Cirkus Cirkör (production assistance, creative residency)

 
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Nicki Miller
Co-Founding Artistic Director

Nicki is a Brooklyn based director and performer known for her theatrical take on aerial arts.  Her work as aerial designer and choreographer was seen recently in Ripe Time’s The World is Round at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) directed by Rachel Dickstein.  She is a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. Notable performance credits include the 2014 Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto (aerial performer), Only Child Aerial Theatre’s ASYLUM (co-author, director and performer) at NYU's Skirball Center for Performing Arts in the 2017 Circus Now Festival. Recently Nicki was a resident artist of the 2016 Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival and the 2016 Circus Sessions at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.  In the summer of 2017 she spent 6 weeks in Europe assisting and observing projects at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Shakespeare's Globe and with Frantic Assembly. She most recently completed a creative residency in Sweden, where she also shadowed Cirkus Cirkör director Olle Strandberg on the premiere ofhis new show Under  www.nickimiller.com

 
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Kendall Rileigh
Co-Founder

Kendall is an NYC-based actor, aerialist/acrobat, and choreographer from NC.  She recently played Golda Meir in the Broadway touring production of the one-woman show Golda's Balcony (as Tovah Feldshuh's understudy).  Other tours: Trenches, Great Expectations, Charlotte's Web.  Off-Broadway: The Groundling, The Brightness of Heaven, Another Part of the Forest, Savage in Limbo.  TV: 30 Rock.  Training: Duke University, Moscow Art Theatre, Circus Warehouse.  Kendall was a 2016 resident choreographer at Firkin Crane (Cork, Ireland) and was aerial director for Delaware Theatre Company's Hetty Feather in spring of 2017. www.kendallrileigh.com

Collaborators

Designers AnD Crew:

Jan Chambers (Costumes)
Jesse Garrison (Projection)
ED Intemann (Lighting)
Juanita Cardenas (Costumes)
Laura Sisskin Fernandez (Sound)
David Glista (Lighting)
John Wilder (Lighting)
William Vann Carlton (Stage Management)
Benjamin E. Oyzon (Rigging)

MUSICAL COLLABORATORS:

Sophie B. Hawkins
Heather Christian & the Arbornauts
Walken Schweigert
Dan Dauchy
Laura Sisskin Fernandez
Ben Lieberman

Performers:

Leo Abel
Sloan Bradford
Angela Butch
Danielle Butler
Kyla Ernst-Alper
Yoni Kallai
Julia Halpin
Deon Releford-Lee
Mikaela Saccoccio
Shannon Nash Spicer
Samantha Sterman
Sylvana Tapia
Ayla Weisz

Creative contributors:

Rowen Haigh
Craig Whitehouse
Amanda Goble
Micheline Heal
Svea Schneider


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