Fall Class Session — Including new Sliding Scale Classes

Fall Class Session — Including new Sliding Scale Classes

We are thrilled to announce two new sliding scale classes: Gentle Aerials and Circus Foundations for ages 10+, as well as our fall session of teen/adult classes which starts August 27th. See the class schedule below or see our studio classes page for more details.

New! Gentle Aerials Class.
Three-week pilot class that will run August 13th, 20th, and 27th from 1 – 2pm.
This class is designed for people who would like to have an experience in circus-style aerial arts and would like to take it slow. It is appropriate for all levels, including people with intellectual disability, older folks (65+ very welcome!), people with injuries, and people of all sizes and physical fitness levels. There is a small student to teacher ratio allowing students to work at their own paces. To make this class accessible to students of all income levels, we ask that students pay what they can afford between $5 and $20.

New! Circus Foundations for ages 10+
Want to get a well-rounded circus experience? This drop-in, donation based class is for you! This class will include stilt-walking, Rolla bolla, walking globe, juggling, basic tumbling and partner acro. Absolutely no experience necessary, suitable for folks ages 10 and up. Suggested donation $5 – $15 but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Fall Schedule of Classes
Students ages 13+

Registration for Afterschool Programs Now Open!

Registration for Afterschool Programs Now Open!

Registration for Afterschool Fools and Wee Kids Fall 2018 open now!

And Youth Aerials Drop-In on Saturdays!

Wise Fool has offered afterschool classes for local youth since 2004! Afterschool classes include instruction in aerial fabric, trapeze, stilt-walking, clowning, unicycling, juggling, acrobatics & more!


Fall 2018 Session Runs August 27 to December 7


Wee Kids for Pre-K, Fridays 3:30-4:30pm
Wee Kids for Kinder/1st, Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30pm
Circus Exploration for grades 2nd - 6th, Mondays or Wednesdays 3:30 - 5pm
Take it to the Stage for grades 3rd - 7th, Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 3:30 - 5pm
Youth Aerials for ages 6 - 12; runs on an ongoing basis, Mixed Levels, Saturdays 10 - 11:15am (come on in, drop-ins welcome! Check the studio calendar to see when classes are happening).
NEW! Circus Play for Families Tuesdays 10-11:30am. Circus jam where parents and children (ages 2-6) play in the circus together! Families get to try stilt-walking, juggling, tumbling, partner acrobatics, hoola hoops, aerial fabric, and trapeze in a safe and supportive environment. This class is an open studio format where Wise Fool coaches will be on hand to support family play and experimentation.


Tuition assistance is available. Please email Alanna Herrera at youth@wisefoolnm.org or call 505.992.2588 with any questions.

Youth in Wise Fool Studio by Anne Staveley

Summer Wheels Festival!

Summer Wheels Festival!

Join us at Wise Fool Studio on June 24th from 4:30 to 7:15pm as part of the Summer Wheels Festival!

Free Circus Shows every hour & "Try It Yourself" Circus Open House.

PLUS: Frito Pie and Bake Sale to raise funds for the Wise Fool Teens to attend the first National Social Circus Exchange in Chicago this August!!

Join us for dazzling circus spectacle outdoors in the parking lot and inside our studio!

Try your hand at circus skills like unicycling and juggling taught by our teens and professional coaches!

All activities FREE for all ages

Click HERE for more information about the full event.


Wise Fool is Hiring!

Wise Fool is Hiring!

Wise Fool is looking for an Interim Administrator! If you are interested in working for your local social circus, please send a cover letter and resume to mdirector@wisefoolnm.org.


Job Title: Interim Administrator

Reporting to: Board of Directors

Status: Part-time (30 hours/week) starting immediately through the end of 2018.

Compensation: : $18/hour, plus access to studio for training

Position Summary

The interim Administrator will maintain smooth operations to assist Wise Fool in a smooth staff reconfiguration and transition process. The Interim Administrator will assume most responsibilities of the departing Managing Director and will work with the Leadership Team to reconfigure staff roles and create job descriptions, leading to the successful hiring and onboarding of permanent staff.

The Interim Administrator must be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative tasks as well as be able to work independently with minimal supervision. The ideal candidate must be a confident fundraiser, grant writer, and financial manager, be able to prioritize, maintain good organization, have a strong administrative skillset, be flexible, and enjoy the daily administrative challenges of supporting a small arts nonprofit of diverse programs and people.

Primary Duties

Administration and Finance

  • Creates and manages annual organizational budget of approximately $500,000.
  • Creates and manages annual grants allocation budget. Aids program directors in creation and management of program budgets.
  • Oversees bookkeeper and Quickbooks records. Keeps abreast of current financial situation and submits budgets and reports to the Board of Directors for review and approval. Runs and analyzes basic end-of-year reports.
  • Ensure proper filing of 990 and other tax forms, annual fees, and business registrations.


  • Oversees organization’s fundraising efforts. Spearheads annual phone-a-thon and Individual Giving Campaign. Assists Board of Directors in creation, logistics, and details of special events.
  • Finds and researches new grant sources and application processes. Writes grant proposals, tracks budgets, and submits invoices and reports to private and government foundations.


  • Assists Wise Fool Leadership Team  in publicizing all Wise Fool programs via print and digital media. Works with graphic designers as needed.

Strategic and Long-Term Planning

  • Works closely with the Leadership Team  to develop high-level, logistical, and administrative plans to best support the annual programs and overall vision of Wise Fool.

Skills/Knowledge Requirements:

  • Three or more years experience working with non-profit or community organizations. Arts Management experience a plus.
  • Experience with fundraising, financial management and grantwriting.
  • An understanding of and commitment to social justice. Wise Fool defines social justice as “the equitable distribution of resources and information; space for the human spirit to thrive; and realization of the dignity and health of all beings, environments, and communities.”
  • Skill and knowledge regarding computers, internet and email, and basic business software including Word, Excel, and Quickbooks. Ability to learn new software and database systems.
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, delegate responsibility, and shift gears quickly. Highly organized and attentive to detail.
  • Ability to work in a noisy, high-traffic environment (office space is located in lobby of studio where various classes and camps run some of the year).

About Wise Fool New Mexico

It is Wise Fool’s mission to ignite imagination, build community, and promote social justice through performances and hands-on experiences in the arts of circus, puppetry, and theatre. Each year Wise Fool provides over 2000 New Mexicans with hands-on programs and performs for over 10,000 people across New Mexico and the U.S. www.wisefoolnewmexico.org

BUST! 2018 Performances

BUST! 2018 Performances

Performances by the incredibly talented and dedicated students of the 2018 BUST! circus intensive.


BUST! circus performance smashes social barriers while strengthening community! Incredibly dedicated students support each other to new heights of physical and emotional expression through circus arts and transformative storytelling. Come explore notions of strength and watch performers re-envision the world around us and the ways we make art. BUST! students perform partner acrobalance, trapeze, aerial fabric, stilt-walking, clowning, and physical theater! Inspiring us all to overcome our fears, take on individual and societal challenges, and to let our vulnerable, strong, expressive selves shine.


Friday, July 6th at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 7th, shows at 2pm and 7:30pm


Wise Fool New Mexico
1131-B Siler Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507


Adults (Sliding Scale) : $10-$15
Youth (under 12) : $5

Tickets available HERE


May contain some adult content.


Since 2002, every year we have amazing folks explore circus disciplines in a 7-week intensive workshop. Women, trans*, and gender nonconforming folks of ages 16+ join together to challenge themselves and support each other. Many participants may come to this program with little or no experience in circus or performance, and they work together to create powerful, awe-inspiring, and often hilarious acts that express their own unique, embodied voices.


Wise Fool is Juggling a lot!

Wise Fool is Juggling a lot!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to juggle? Of course you have! Now is your chance.


To show our appreciation to our community for your amazing support (we are past the halfway point in our $7,500 matching grant fundraiser!!), we will be hosting a special Facebook Live Intro to Juggling tutorial!


Tune in Thursday, June 14th at 7:00pm for a 15 minute juggling class that will get you started throwing and then catching and then throwing again more objects than you have hands . . . that's juggling! So grab your computer and three non-breakable objects that fit in your hands (examples include tennis balls or sturdy oranges) and join in!


Click HERE to join out juggling Facebook event!


Why juggling? Well, Wise Fool is juggling a lot!


We’ve grown so much in the past few years, and have stepped up to meet the community demand for our exciting programs. Now a wonderful donor has stepped up with a $7,500 matching grant. Donate now and your gift will be doubled!


Your contribution helps us continue to strengthen and lift up our community through circus, puppetry, theater and powerful programming. Thank you!


Click HERE to donate today!


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Want to learn more juggling? Come to juggling class at Wise Fool, Tuesday evening at 5:30pm.

LAVA Brooklyn presents A Goddessy

LAVA Brooklyn presents A Goddessy

Saturday, May 12th 7pm &  Sunday May 13th 4pm $5 - $15

Feminist acrobatic on tour to Wise Fool! Plus a special opportunity for you to be a part of the show.

LAVA presents A Goddessey, our feminist survival story that journeys through landscapes emotional and geologic carrying a transmuting traveler from a bleak and blurry patriarchal present into a rainbow colored feminist future with the help of ancestors geologic and otherwise. A Goddessey is the synthesis, culmination, and explosion of 15 years of earth-moving feminist acrobatic dance by LAVA.


Don't just wanna watch the show? Come be a part of it as well with

FREE Acrobatic Dance & Performance Workshops with LAVA Brooklyn

Sunday May 6th 2 - 5pm  or Wednesday May 9th, 5:30 - 9pm

Visiting performance group LAVA is hosting two FREE workshop in feminist acrobatic dance for adults and youth over 12 years on Sunday May 6th, 2 - 5pm and Wednesday May 9th, 5:30 - 8pm. LAVA performers will share their skills and help participants create a short performance that workshop participants will perform with LAVA at Wise Fool. Participants are welcome to come to either or both workshops.

Participants in the Sunday workshop will perform on Sunday May 13th at 4pm and participants in the Wednesday workshop will perform on Saturday, May 12th at 7pm. All genders and all levels of experience.

Email Sarah@lavabrooklyn.org to sign up

Registration now open for BUST!

Registration now open for BUST!

Join us for this life-changing experience. A seven-week intensive for women, trans* and gender non-conforming folks.

May 19 -July 8th, 2018. An annual program since 2002.


BUST! is a 7-week intensive that uses:

  • circus disciplines, (aerials, partner acrobatics, stilt walking, object manipulation)
  • physical theater and clowning
  • storytelling, puppetry and art making
  • embodied discussion

as a way to:

  • explore notions of strength and dignity
  • build community
  • examine femininity
  • deconstruct the gender binary, and
  • uncover the richness of our full voices

The intensive is open to all those who self-identify as women, trans* or gender- non conforming. All shapes, sizes, ages (16+), and backgrounds are welcome! Absolutely no circus, athletic or performance experience necessary. Classes take place in the evenings and on Saturdays, May 19th – July 8th.

As a culmination of this journey, students create a show to be performed on July 6th and 7th at the Wise Fool studio. No previous circus experience of any kind is required!!

In order to make the program accessible to as many people as possible, this year the course will be offered on a sliding scale $200 – $900. When you register, you will be asked to pay a $200 deposit and then fill out a questionnaire to determine where you best fit on the sliding scale. In some instances we may be able to provide work trade or full tuition assistance. Please email studio@wisefoolnm.org if the $200 is a barrier to your enrollment.

Summer Camp Registration Now Open for youth ages 6 – 18!

Summer Camp Registration Now Open for youth ages 6 – 18!

Registration now open, and filling up fast for all of our fabulous summer camps. See below for details, or click here to register. Tuition assistance is available, click here to apply. 

Teen Camp

Wise Fool’s newest camp! Teens ages 12 – 18 will get to explore all the circus arts and then pick a couple of disciplines to focus on to perform in a showcase for friends and family at the end of the two weeks. The camp will also include a focus on conditioning, flexibility and performance skills. Camp runs 1:30 – 4:30pm each day.

Wee Kids Camp

One week only, June 19-23, 9am to 1:30pm, Ages 5-6, Cost $250

Wee Kids camp is a half-day camp for youth ages 5 & 6 who want to learn to fly on the trapeze, walk tall on stilts, find their inner clown, make wearable art, and tumble their way into fun! Camp runs from 9am to 1:30pm. Este campamento de medio dia es para ninos de 5 y 6 anos quienes quieren aprender volar en el trapecio, caminar en zancos, encontror su propio payaso, hacer projectos de arte, y aprender acrobacia. El campamento dure de 9am a 1:30pm por una semana.

Summer Camp Session One  (All levels)

July 9-20, 9am to 3:30pm, For students entering 3rd – 7th grade, Cost $550

Ningun experiencia necesario. El campamento va de 9am a 3:30pm, y hay la opcion de quedar hasta 5pm. Se proviene meriendas, pero ninos necesitan llevar su propio almuerzo.

Summer Camp Session Two (Continuing Level)

July 23- August 3, 9am to 3:30pm, for students entered 4th – 8th grade, Cost $550

The second session of Summer Camp is suitable for students entering 4th – 8th who have taken at least one session of summer camp or a session of Afterschool Fools in the last year, or have other previous circus experience.

Este campamento es para ninos de 7 a 12 anos que han tomado o otro sesion de campamento de verano de Wise Fool o que tienen otro experiencia con circo.