Executive Director

Amancay Kugler

Amancay is Executive Director of Yes Ma'am Circus and was one of the founding members. She graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology and trained at Philadelphia's Headlong Performance Institute and Chicago's Aloft Circus Arts.

Amancay choreographs and performs belly dance, aerial hoop, sling, and partner acrobatics. She also teaches circus for kids and adults at several Chicago circus schools. In our premiere Paradise Lost show, she performed as the Archangel Uriel. She directed 12th Night and Alice in CircusLand.


Artistic Director

Maggie Karlin

Maggie performed in our premiere Paradise Lost show as Azazel and was Sebastian and Feste 12th Night. They are performing as the White Rabbit in Alice in CircusLand.

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Cast Member

Kristi Alyssa

Kristi Alyssa is a circus artist, instructor and director of multiple circus programs in the Chicagoland area. She teaches and performs lyra, trapeze, silks, flexibility, handbalancing and more. She very much enjoys partnering, group work, act direction, choreography and narrative story telling. She recently graduated with a masters degree in clinical mental health. Outside of circus she enjoys photography, travel and all things spooky. She is lovingly referred to as “the lyra army leader” by her students!


Kristi played the Countess Olivia in 12th Night. She is the Queen of Hearts in Alice in CircusLand.

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Cast Member

Kat Hoil

Kat is a circus and theatre artist based in Chicago, and a graduate of Iowa State University's performing arts program as well as the Actors Gymnasium's Professional Circus Training Program. Their variety work infuses storytelling, clown, dance, circus, and burlesque; and they have worked with The Lincoln Center, The House Theatre, Misfit Cabaret, The Drifter Chicago, Soho House, and The Actors Gymnasium, among others. They are also a company member with Imaginez Ensemblez, a circus theatre company that specializes in spectacle entertainment and physical theatre. Kathleen made their Yes Ma'am debut as Viola in 12th Night.


Founding Member

Matthew Kugler

Matthew was one of the founding members of Yes Ma'am Circus and served as the Narrator for Paradise Lost. He performs partner acrobatics and juggling. In 12th Night, he played the role of Duke Orsino. In Alice in CircusLand, he is the King of Hearts.


Cast Member

Scott Montgomery Priz

Scott Montgomery Priz, English Explorer Extraordinaire, Esquire, has been learning and performing on trapeze for nearly a decade, and is excited to be performing for the first time with Yes Ma'am Circus.  He performs, when the notion strikes him, as the Amazing Prizzini, of the Amazing Prizzini Brothers. He played the role of Malvolio in 12th Night and is the Mad Hatter in Alice in CircusLand.

In his spare time, he is an attorney at law.  As always, he dedicates his work to his wife Lisa, his dog Scout, and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.


Founding Member and Graphic Designer

Myriam Bloom

Myriam is a founding member of Yes Ma’am Circus and their graphic designer. She is a graduate of the Actors Gymnasium Professional Circus Training Program and performs physical theater and circus in Chicago. Myriam is skilled in tumbling, trapeze, clowning, partner acrobatics, juggling, and more and uses those skills to bring stories and characters to life on stage. She debuted the role of the Archangel Michael in our premier Paradise Lost show. Myriam is now based in Philadelphia and works primarily with Alterra Productions.

When not performing Myriam can be found working as a designer, illustrator, and concept artist, gaming, traveling, and figuring out how to make things.


Founding Member and Writer

Athena Giles

Athena is one of the founding members of Yes Ma'am Circus. They are a graduate of the Actors Gymnasium Professional Circus Training Program, where they majored in hula hoops and minored in lyra. Their other circus skills include partner acrobatics, stilt walking, and clowning. When they are not doing circus, Athena hangs out with dogs and plays video games. Athena performed in our premiere Paradise Lost show as Lucifer and was Antonio in 12th Night. Athena is now based in Massachusetts.