Carry a puppet or walk tall on stilts at Santa Fe Women’s March!

Carry a puppet or walk tall on stilts at Santa Fe Women’s March!
Santa Fe Women’s March
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Calling ALL Wise Fool community members to join us at the Roundhouse to walk tall and speak up for women’s rights and women’s issues at the Women’s March on Santa Fe

The march will begin at the Roundhouse at noon. We will march down Old Santa Fe Trail, reaching the Plaza around 1:00 pm.

We would love to see all Wise Fool folks attending the march, either by carrying one of our fierce women puppets, standing tall on stilts, or marching with us!!!

If you are able to join us, meet us at Wise Fool’s Studio on Sunday the 21st from 10:30-11:20 am 
To gather puppets and stilts or on-site at the Roundhouse, 11:30 am. For those who can’t march, please meet us at the plaza at 1:00 pm!
Feel free to contact Alishiya Kapoor at for any questions or to confirm that you will be there to carry a puppet or be on stilts!
Thanks so much!

Wise Fool hosting Community Conversation

Wise Fool hosting Community Conversation

The Edge of Equity: Community Conversations about Development without Displacement

Santa Fe is facing a housing and equity crisis. Our high cost of living is forcing many people to move farther to the outskirts of the city, often to areas that lack essential services and amenities. This can lead to car dependence, contributing to climate change and perpetuating a cycle of poverty. As Santa Fe continues along this path, we're becoming increasingly segregated and divided, leaving many Santa Feans feeling we must choose between disinvestment and displacement.
Santa Fe is better than that!
Join us for community conversations every other Tuesday starting in January to explore the roots of these problems and find solutions together.


Wise Fool New Mexico is collaborating with Chainbreaker Collective and other local organizations to bring this critical discussion to our community. Conversations on Santa Fe's housing and equity crisis and how to create development without displacement will be held every other Tuesday, starting January 9th with Health Without Displacement.


Community Conversation Dates:

Health Without Displacement

Tuesday, January 9

Santa Fe Community Foundation, 501 Halona St.


Education Without Displacement

Tuesday, January 23

Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Rd


Art Without Displacement

Tuesday, February 6

Wise Fool New Mexico, 1131 Siler Rd. Suite B


Investment Without Displacement

Tuesday, February 20

Jean Cocteau, 418 Montezuma Ave

CircAspire Auditions Jan 27th

CircAspire Auditions Jan 27th

Saturday January 27 from 1 to 4pm
Calling all pre-professional youth and adult performers! Auditions to be held on Saturday January 27th for CircAspire 2018! This show is the fourth annual Wise Fool CircAspire production and seeks to provide our youth and adult students and community members the opportunity to be a part of a pre-professional show! Clowns, acrobats, stilt-walkers, jugglers, aerialists, singers, instrumentalists, visual artists, actors, spoken word artists, writers, unicyclers, b-boys/b-girls, musicians, singers, and more are invited to be a part of the cast and crew that will bring the magic to life onstage and off! There is room for every different skill you can imagine because we all fit under the circus tent! The show will be held on April 27, 28, and 29th at the Wise Fool Studio, and will be written and directed, by Oriana Lee with production support from past directors Amy Christian and Sarah Jane Moody – AND along with an amazing creative production team of professional music, theater, and visual artists. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE AUDITION FORM.


Who Should Audition: Any current or recent Wise Fool student, age 8-80. Participants in our camps, circus in the schools programs, classes, workshops and intensives are all welcome! You don’t need to be a world-class performer; you do need to be excited to share your voice & vision through performance, and be willing to commit to learning, growing, and working with others in the process of creation. For Parents of Interested Young Ones: This is a pre-professional production so please consider that it does require youth to be capable of focusing for up to 4 hour rehearsals – performing numerous nights in a row – and maturity to be part of a team effort which will require compromise and changes.


We will also need behind the scenes folk who want to share their passion for tech and visual support! So if you or someone you know has skills in that arena, you don’t need to audition, but please be in touch by emailing us at Interns to help with props and sets, stage hands, and tech wanted!


What’s the Schedule and Time Commitment?
All participants are expected to attend:

– One all cast gathering on Sunday Feb 11 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm

– Sunday rehearsals, Feb 25 thru April 23 (no rehearsal March 18th or April 1st)

(12:30 to 4:30pm is the tentative time for Sunday rehearsals)

– Tech Week evening rehearsals on April 24 thru 26 (exact times TBD).

– Four Performances: Friday April 27 at 7pm, Sat April 28 at 2 and 7pm, Sunday April 29 at 4pm

Performers will be required to attend CircAspire Choreography, Creation, and Rehearsal Classes at least once a week for 8-weeks starting the week of February 21st This rehearsal class will be guided by instructors to help folks further develop performance skills as well as create and hone their acts for the show. These classes will run on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 7pm. Which class time slot you attend will depend on what act or acts you will be performing in.

Performers may be required to attend additional rehearsals as needed. 


What’s the Cost?

All participants in CircAspire will be asked to pay a participation fee of $200 to help towards the costs of 8 weeks of instruction at rehearsals and classes, plus production, and performance expenses. Tuition assistance and work trade are available and we will work with you to assure accessibility to anyone who auditions and gets into the show! Upon acceptance into the production you will be asked to sign up for CircAspire 2018 in our registration system.


What’s the Show all About: That depends a lot on you! The theme of the show is about how we each walk in between spaces of vulnerability and bravery every day, and how we find ways to successfully be our best authentic selves along the journey. There will be lots of room for performers’ creative voice and we will encourage the sharing of ideas and dialogue on all aspects of empowerment and relationship building. Once we know who and what skills are in the show we will write a rough storyline, and cast members will have the opportunity to contribute ideas that help shape the story. This will take place at the Feb 11th all cast gathering.


How to Prepare for Auditions: The audition will be conducted in workshop format. Participants will do various exercises led by the Directors. Participants will also be given an opportunity to “show what they do” in a discipline of their choice. This need not be a formal act, just show us a minute or two (at the most) that demonstrates your level of comfort with your preferred apparatus/discipline. Participants are also welcome to bring specific ideas for acts.



What if I can’t make it to the audition? If you’re unable to attend the audition, please fill out an audition form and email Oriana – we’ll be in touch.


PLEASE inform us if you or your youth is planning to be in any other productions this spring and provide us with the schedule of that production at auditions

Please feel free to contact Oriana Lee at or 901-406-6445 or Amy Christian at or 505-699-9574 if you have any questions. You can also call the office at 505-992-2588.

Afterschool & Weekend Classes for youth 4 – 18!

Afterschool & Weekend Classes for youth 4 – 18!

Registration is now open for our spring session of weekend and afterschool classes for youth ages 4 – 18! All classes except youth aerials include instruction in aerial fabric, trapeze, stilt-walking, clowning, unicycling, juggling, acrobatics & more! Click here for more information about cost, registration and tuition assistance.

Questions? Email or call Ilana at (505) 310-9723

Spring 2018 Session Runs January 16 – April 23rd

  • NEW! Tween/Teen Circus Foundations: youth ages 11- 16, Sundays 4:30 – 6pm
  • Wee Kids for Pre-K, Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm (runs on 2 6-week sessions)
  • Wee Kids for Kinder/1st, Tuesdays or Fridays 3:30 – 4:30pm (runs on 2 6-week sessions)
  • Circus Exploration for grades 2nd – 6th, Mondays or Wednesdays 3:30 – 5pm (runs on 2 6-week sessions)
  • Take it to the Stage for grades 3rd – 7th, Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 3:30 – 5pm
  • Youth Aerials for ages 7 – 13; runs on an ongoing basis, Saturdays 10 – 11:30. (come on in, drop-ins welcome! Check the studio calendar to see when classes are happening)

Registration for ELEVATE!

Registration for ELEVATE!

ELEVATE! 2-week circus intensive. January 6-20th, 2018.

Earlybird registration now open! ELEVATE is a co-ed “circus boot-camp” for adults of all ages (15-80+), genders, and skill levels. This two-week camp takes place at Wise Fool Studio in Santa Fe. Perfect for those with a 9-5 job, the focus of ELEVATE is personal fitness through circus skills in a supportive, challenging, and gender equal environment.

By the end of the two weeks you'll become familiar with: Aerial Fabric, Trapeze, Partner Acrobatics, Stilts, Object manipulation, Clowning, Unicycling, Handstands and Flexibility. Raise your perceptions of what’s possible and get your workout off the ground at ELEVATE!  Students receive 30 hours of circus skills instruction. No previous experience required! All levels welcome!

Work trade and tuition assistance available.

New Years Eve Weekend: Wise Fool’s Holiday Circus Cabaret!

New Years Eve Weekend: Wise Fool’s Holiday Circus Cabaret!

Holiday Cabaret at Wise Fool's studio: 1131-B Siler Road, Santa Fe, NM

Showtimes: Saturday, December 30th at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 31st at 4:00 pm

Admission: Adults $20, Kids (12 and under) $5, Sliding scale starting at $10

Enter the magical world of Wise Fool with your family this holiday season. If you missed the wonders and joy of our annual Circus Luminous this year, or if you just can't get enough, here's another chance to delve into the delights of circus with Wise Fool!

Wise Fool's annual Holiday Circus Cabaret is suitable for all ages. Performance includes trapeze, aerial fabric, puppetry, acrobatics and clown acts created by Wise Fool's own teachers, students, and performers.


Wise Fool New Mexico is a nonprofit theatre arts project created and staffed by local women artists with a passion for creating the world we envision through the arts. 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.

Wise Fool New Mexico: "Changing Lives One Circus at a Time!"

Wise Fool New Mexico is hiring!

Wise Fool New Mexico is hiring!

We are hiring an Office Coordinator and a Youth Outreach Coordinator. Positions may be combined or applied individually. Applications accepted until Thursday, January 4th, 2018. Position start date is February 1, 2018 or when filled.

TO APPLY: Please email cover letter and resume including all relevant work experience, technical and computer skills to Managing Director,

Winter Break Camp Registration Now Open!

Winter Break Camp Registration Now Open!

Do your kiddos go a little crazy over winter break? Well the best way to channel that energy is into circus! Registration is now open for two, four-day sessions of Winter Camp. Click here to register.  Camps fill up, so register now!

When: Monday, December 18th – Thursday December 21st &
Tuesday, December 26th – Friday, December 29th
9:30am – 3:30pm
Before and aftercare available.
Who: Students in grades 2 – 6th are welcome! All levels welcome, no experience necessary.
What: Students will learn stilt-walking, aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, clowning, visual art, partner acrobatics and more! All in a safe and non-competitive environment.
Where: our studio 1131 Siler Rd
How much: $205 for each 4-day session, $20 discount for siblings. Click here to apply for tuition assistance.

Wise Fool presents Circus Luminous!

Wise Fool presents Circus Luminous!

Circus Luminous, Wise Fool’s annual production, is hitting the stage on Thanksgiving weekend! Featuring many Wise Fool teachers and past performers, this is a family show not to be missed.

Friday, November 24th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 25th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 26th at 4:00 pm

Tickets available online at the Lensic box office or visit the Lensic theater at 211 W. San Francisco Street in Santa Fe, NM