Request for Proposals (RFP) for Beyond the Binary Show Director

Wise Fool New Mexico (WFNM) is a nationally recognized social circus organization. It was established in 2000 by a collective of queer women exploring puppetry and circus arts as a vehicle to promote social justice and empower people in our communities. Wise Fool has been a pioneer of social circus and founded to uplift messages and actions. Over the years, Wise Fool has reached thousands of youth, adults, and families with circus classes and camps, creating more than 30 original productions such as Circus Luminous, CircAspire, Ignite, BUST!, ReUnite, and countless youth circus shows. 

Wise Fool New Mexico's new production, titled BEYOND THE BINARY, will explore gender issues beyond the confines of the gender binary. While expanding the present-day gender discussion, the performance will portray the richness of gender expansive culture. Aligning with Social Circus values, its narrative will be thought-provoking, at times provocative, thus aiming to raise awareness and transform the binary mindset. 

BEYOND THE BINARY will be an awe-inspiring performance filled with acts by astounding acrobats, clowns, and dancers who perform breathtaking high-flying maneuvers. Impressive puppets and costumes will support the shows, entertaining the audience and demonstrating our passion for social justice.

Proposals must be submitted by November 10, 2023 at 5:00pm MTN to Alishiya (

BTB Show Director

Duties of the Beyond the Binary Director

This list can be shared or split in any number of ways between director and assistant director, director and stage manager, production and visual director, co-directors and more - as determined by the Show Director and Wise Fool Directorial Team.

  • Consultations with Wise Fool (WF) Executive Directors in the four months leading up to the show’s presentation 
  • Works closely with the WF Productions Director
  • Creation of concept, script, and flow of production 
  • Designing artist experience from audition process thru performances
  • Working with WF staff to create and adhere to Budget
  • Hiring and Contracting Performers, Composer, Musicians and Visual Artists
    • Create the contracts, WF does the actual hiring/contracting
    • Negotiation of pay of contractors 
  • Planning a Cross Cultural Dialogue for all cast of show prior to start of rehearsals
  • Upholding a culture of respect and community support among cast and crew 
  • Disseminating all pertinent information to Artists/potential artists throughout the process 
  • Scheduling auditions, rehearsals and tech times at Wise Fool and venue of choice
  • Overseeing all rehearsals, technical rehearsals, load in etc 
  • Working with staff of Wise Fool on promotional materials, interviews etc
  • Facilitating post production evaluation by performers/artists/staff and compiling info
  • Working with Staff to Hire videographer and photographer 
  • Facilitating Video production post show. Ensure there is a promo video and video of the show available to Wise Fool after the performances. 

Expected Deliverables and Timeline

Wise Fool expects the Show Director to produce a professional show within the provided timeline, that is based on the defined theme of Beyond the Binary. Typically there will be 4 performances over the course of three days, and each shall be no more than 2.5 hours in length including an intermission. 

The performance will take place in May 2024.

With the support of the show director, the larger performance will be tailored for community performances throughout July - October 2024.


Organizational Overview

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 theater.  Each year, Wise Fool provides over 2,000 New Mexicans with hands-on programs and performs for more than 10,000 people across the state and the US. 


Submission Requirements

To submit a proposal, please include the following:

  1. Work samples, including performances and community events.
  2. Proposal of the show you would like to create including outcomes and what impact on the audience the show would have
  3. A brief narrative describing the proposer’s relevant experience and the organizations through which the experience was gained. Please include your history of social justice work and the history of cultural environments you have worked in. 
  4. Preliminary budget of any expected fees or needs; housing, flight, travel, per diem and other expenses or needs 

Proposals should be submitted to by November 10, 2023.


Compensation and Contract Award

Fees should be all-inclusive and structured as a lump sum to be negotiated upon a split of duties and an overview of the overall budget. This project is grant funded with an opportunity to raise more. The successful proposer shall invoice and be paid on a scheduled timeline, in accordance with negotiated contract terms.


Questions & Submission of Proposals

All questions concerning this RFP must be made in writing by e-mailing Alishiya Kapoor, Productions and Administration Director, at Proposals shall be submitted to the same individual. Proposals must be submitted by November 10, 2023 at 5pm Mtn.


Statement of Non-Commitment

Issuance of this RFP does not commit Wise Fool to award a contract or to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of proposals in response to this RFP. Wise Fool New Mexico does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

HIRING: Development Coordinator

Please send interest letter and resume to

Development Coordinator

Position Description 

REPORTING TO: Co-Executive Director, Director of Productions & Administration (DPA)
COMPENSATION: $22.00 per hour
STATUS: P/T – F/T, 20 – 30 hours per week depending on experience and workload  

Position Summary

The Development Coordinator  (DC) holds primary responsibility for writing grants, funding requests of all types, and reporting. The DC also creates the annual organizational budget, prepares monthly financial reporting for the Board, administers the organization’s finances, and assists program directors in creating and managing individual program budgets. DC works closely with all three Co-Executive Directors but mainly with the Director of Productions & Administration.

Primary Duties

Grant-writing & Reporting

  • Writes grant proposals to government agencies (city/county/state/federal) and public and private foundations, tracks budgets, submits periodic invoices, and prepares final reports.
  • Researches new grant sources proactively, reviews submission criteria, submits LOIs, and follows up on all funding requests.

Finance & Budgets

  • Develops the annual organizational budget and assists all program coordinators in creating and managing program budgets. Reviews all program budgets semiannually.
  • Oversees bookkeeping activities and financial record keeping. Keeps abreast of Wise Fool’s financial situation and assists the DPA with submitting budgets and financial reports to the Board of Directors for review and approval.
  • Creates and analyzes monthly, quarterly, and end-of-year financial reports.
  • Manages the annual grants allocation budget.
  • Works with Co-EDs to manage cash flow to ensure overall financial health.

Administrative Tasks

  • Oversees correct 990 Tax preparation, files reports with NM Secretary of State, NM Attorney General, and City of Santa Fe (business license, vendor number).
  • Oversees insurance contracts and payments, requests Certificates of Insurance (COIs), prepares semiannual Workers Comp audit.
  • Liaise with bookkeeper/CPA and supervise weekly bank deposits.
  • Participates in in-person and remote meetings and training.

Fundraising Tasks

  • Coordinates the organization’s Spring Fall and Winter fundraising activities, including drafting promotional through letters and social media posts, coordinating all fundraising events, and working with the Directors assisting them with donor follow up. 
  • Develops a robust fundraising program that diversifies Wise Fool’s fundraising base.
  • Finds, researches new donors, and develops relationships with them.
  • Cultivates relationships with existing donors through annual fundraising cycles and donor events.
  • Identifies and solicits business sponsorships for Wise Fool events and performances.

Skills/Knowledge Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Three or more years experience working with non-profit or community organizations. Arts Management experience is a plus.
  • Experience with grant writing, financial management, and fundraising.
  • 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. 
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in using office technology and information systems, including Word, Excel, Google Docs, PowerPoint, and donor databases, preferably NEON.
  • Ability to learn new software and database systems, and willingness to fulfill financial data entry requirements into QuickBooks Online, and payroll software OnPay
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, delegate responsibility, and shift gears quickly. Highly organized, capable of improving processes, and attentive to detail.
  • This hybrid position will require working in a noisy, high-traffic environment (office space is located in the studio lobby where class and camp participants frequent).


  • Flexible hours
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Tuition discounts
  • Free professional development

Please send interest letter and resume to

See ReUnite: Welcome to the Mycroverse at Popejoy Hall

UPDATE: ReUnite is moving to September 29th, 7:30pm

Please be aware our show was postponed until Friday, September 29th. There will only be one show time at 7:30 pm.

ReUnite: Welcome to the Mycroverse

Since Fall of 2022, Wise Fool has been working on the production of a new Circus Show! Directed by Dr. Christina M. Castro (Taos and Jemez Pueblo) and first debuted at Wise Fool New Mexico.


We are excited to present the return of Reunite: Welcome to the Myrcoverse at the Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque on September 29th at 7:30 pm. Save the date, you won't want to miss this!


Get your tickets today!


Show Date

Friday, September 29th at 7:30 pm

Popejoy Hall
203 Cornell Dr, Albuquerque, NM 87131



Get Tickets

Tickets are sold on a sliding scale between $35 - $60 to ensure accessibility by our community to the circus arts.

Use code ReUnite10 for $10 off your ticket


About The Show

We invite you into an alternate reality where mycelium flourish in symbiotic relationality with the natural world and elements. This utopian existence is soon threatened with the arrival of the alluring, yet destructive atomic mushroom race and its penchant for greed, violence and extraction to fuel its insatiable appetite. This performance provides a stirring metaphor for Western colonialism and its ongoing detrimental impact the world over, particularly on Indigenous peoples and communities, with special emphasis on nuclear colonialism in New Mexico.


Director’s Note

I’m honored to be in community with an organization I greatly admire in O’ga Pogeh for its commitment to social justice through the arts. Both my daughter and I have been involved in Wise Fool NM programming over the years. It has been a blessing to channel the grassroots work I do on behalf of Indigenous people into this performance; to find a creative way to represent the ongoing impacts of colonialism on Indigenous people regionally and globally, with particular attention to nuclear colonialism in New Mexico. I truly believe the future of the human race depends on Indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledges and that unless we have an honest reckoning of what has happened and is still happening to Indigenous people in America, we will never be able to move forward as a nation. Until then, I will continue to devote my life to Indigenous liberation along with my beloved comrades who share this vision for our people. Join us, work with us, our future depends on it!

- Dr. Christina M. Castro, PhD, Taos Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo, Xicana



Tah ah, Thank you to all the incredible folks credited below who are making this vision a reality, as well as Wise Fool NM for making space to center Indigenous Excellence! You are loved and appreciated! It is imperative we all do our part to honor Indigenous people and the lands we occupy, specifically O’ga Pogeh, White Shell Water Place and the Indigenous and Hispano communities of this region.