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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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Nicole Valerie Miller
Co-Founding Artistic Director

Nicole Valerie Miller (also credited as Nicki Miller) is an NYC based director and performer known for her theatrical take on aerial arts.  Her work as aerial designer and choreographer has most notably been included in Ripe Time’s The World is Round at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) directed by Rachel Dickstein. Recently Nicole Valerie was assistant director of 5th Wall Studio's Breaking Surface in NYC.  She has also been a resident artist at Cirkus Cirkör (Sweden), the 2016/17 New Victory LabWorks Program, the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, Circus Sessions at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, and was the recipient of the Glenn P. Davis Aerial Choreographer’s scholarship award for the 2018 Frequent Flyers’ Aerial Dance Festival in Colorado. In 2017 she spent two months in Europe assisting and observing projects at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shakespeare's Globe, as well as advanced training with Frantic Assembly. She also completed a creative residency in Sweden, where she also shadowed Cirkus Cirkör director Olle Strandberg on the premiere of his new show Under.  Nicole Valerie is a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is also a freelance director, aerial theatre consultant, and educator.


Kendall Rileigh

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.


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)


Sophie B. Hawkins
Heather Christian & the Arbornauts
Walken Schweigert
Dan Dauchy
Laura Sisskin Fernandez/Oh, Elis
Ben Lieberman
Šara Stranovsky
Ashley Winkfield


Leo Abel
Cassady Rose Bonjo
Sloan Bradford
Angela Butch
Danielle Butler
Kyla Ernst-Alper
Yoni Kallai
Julia Halpin
Deon Releford-Lee
Kenneth Stephen Niel
Mikaela Saccoccio
Shannon Nash Spicer
Samantha Sterman
Šara Stronovsky
Sylvana Tapia
Gil Verrelli
Ayla Weisz
Ashley Winkfield

Creative contributors:

Rowen Haigh
Craig Whitehouse
Amanda Goble
Micheline Heal
Svea Schneider
Cassady Rose Bonjo
Crista Maria Westley
Danielle Butler

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