Wise Fool People



Alishiya Kapoor

Co-executive Director

Productions & Admin Director


Amelia Calsi

Adults Program Coordinator

Youth Outreach Coordinator


Kristen Woods

Co-Executive Director

Studio, Fundraising and Marketing Director

Youth In-Studio Coordinator


June Knight

Fundraising Coordinator


Amaya Alvarado

Co-Executive Director


Olimpia Newman

Finances and Grant Coordinator

Artists and Coaches

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Amy Christian

Artistic Director Emeritus & Master Coach


Carey Cramer

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Lisa Bartley

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Colleen McKeown


Ari Bair

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David Nieto

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Sarah-Jane Moody

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Alexandra Diaz

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Dawn Furlong

Board of Directors

Kianah Jay (Co-Guiding Officer)

Kianah Jay is a painter, musician, rapper, aerialist, actress, dancer, and choreographer. Raised in Tesuque, New Mexico, Kianah’s regard for the desert has informed her body of work. Informed by de-colonial mindset, she is deeply committed to a range of materials, collaborators, and experiences as she celebrates togetherness, brownness, blackness, and primal femininity. She is thrilled to join the Wise Fool Board.

Evan Anderson (Board Secretary)

Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Evan graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 with an M.Sc. in Literature & Modernity. Since then, he has organized grassroots fundraising for Oregon's local PBS & NPR affiliate, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and has helped put on arts events such as the Pickathon Music Festival, Symbiosis' Oregon Eclipse, and Envision Festival in Costa Rica. He is excited to be part of Wise Fool's mission for arts education and social justice.

Tori Nicole

Tori Nicole is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist, creating out of her studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area then moved to Los Angeles in 2014 where she worked in the pastry departments at several fine dining restaurants, centering her energy on the art of food for 7 years. She moved to New Mexico in 2021 and started heavily channeling her creative focus on visual arts and community building within her studio space, which she utilizes for community art nights and group exhibitions. Tori also has taken part in fundraising and volunteering for community initiatives for unhoused people and youth.

Julián Antonio Carrillo

Julián is an anthropologist, folklorist, and museum & culture worker originally from the Southwest borderlands. He promotes artists and non-profit organizations that advance racial and cultural equity. He found his way to Wise Fool through his love for and research of maroma. The maroma is a community tradition featuring clown poetry, theater, music, and acrobatics; it is considered the seed of the modern circus in the Americas. He works at the University of New Mexico’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology in Albuquerque and is excited to be part of the Wise Fool Board.