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 October 8, 2023 at 5:00pm MTN to Alishiya (

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 October 8, 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 October 8, 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

Purchase Tickets for our Fall Cabaret!

2023 Fall Cabaret (Deep Sea) - Facebook Cover

This September, join Wise Fool performers, coaches and students for a playful, family friendly evening of deep sea themed circus arts and acrobatic feats of oceanic proportions during our annual Fall Cabaret. You won’t want to miss this sparkling, aquatic themed, variety show featuring a variety of artists and disciplines. We hope to see you there!

All ticket sales support Wise Fool's programming for youth and adults in our studio, in the public schools, and beyond!

WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd @ 2pm and 6pm

WHERE: Wise Fool 1131 Siler Rd B, Santa Fe, NM 87507

TICKETS: $15-$10 (Pre-sale for Adults), $5 for youth; $20 at the door on day of show.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Agile Rascal Bike Theatre

Wise Fool is excited to host the traveling theatre company, Agile Rascal Bike Theatre, on Friday, October 13.

This is a family-friend donation-based show.

Chai Chai - Toured on Bicycle by Agile Rascal Theatre

For our fourth tour, Agile Rascal will be starting out at the Peñasco Theatre Collective, where we’ll spend two weeks, in residence, putting together our latest production.

Then we’ll strap our costumes, puppets, props and instruments onto our bikes and pedal over 400 miles (climbing over 21,000 feet!!) to bring this new play to towns across Northern New Mexico, in partnership with arts and cycling organizations across the region–all for free!


About The Play: Chai Chai

At the intersection of "this way" and "that way," a Giant sits at a Chai Stall, a Matchmaker wonders if she is losing her touch, and a very quiet character suddenly has a lot to say.

Guided by a mythical chorus of fly elders, Chai Chai is a play about remembrance, memory, and what happens when we begin to forget.


Show Time at Wise Fool

Friday, October 13 at 7:00 pm

This is a donation-based show, with no tickets being sold. Show up early to grab a seat!


New Mexico Tour Dates

Agile Rascal will be touring in several other locations! You can find out more about our other tour dates on our website:

About Agile Rascal


Agile Rascal is a theatre company that intersects the arts and cycling.

Our mission is to make innovative theater accessible, promote cycling as a viable means of transportation, inspire reverence for our natural landscape and foster creative connections between artists, activists and cyclists.



We believe that art should be smart and funny, strange and lovely, and that it should be unstuffy, free, and inviting to all people.

We aim to create shows that explore the many connections between our beliefs and values and the natural world that we are a part of.

By touring on bicycle and creating from used materials, we challenge ourselves to imagine new and deeper connections to the earth, including the creatures and people who live on it.

We work to build a community that: does a lot with a little, minimizes our impact on the land, works collaboratively, shares decision-making and responsibilities, and values different backgrounds, experiences, bodies, and abilities.



Founded by Artistic Director, Dara Silverman, in 2014, Agile Rascal Theatre began as an impulsive and ambitious dream to bike a play across the country. Dara made that dream a reality in 2015, along with six other brave and scrappy artists, performing our first devised play, Sunlight On The Brink, in libraries, parks, parking lots, and bike shops in big cities and small towns across the United States.

That was bonkers. Learning from that inaugural tour, we reassessed and recommitted, not only to the sustainability of our travel, but to the sustainability of our company and the lasting impact we can have on the communities we travel through. With all of this in mind, we started focusing on specific regions and states to tour in. We cast the net wide to gather artist-athletes for our adventures, building a company of passionate and talented artistic velo-nomads from across the nation.

We intend to continue making wildly inventive, musical and funny plays for all ages and always by donation.



Land Acknowledgement

We, the artists of Agile Rascal, acknowledge that we are uninvited guests, traveling through the unceded lands of Turtle Island (North America).

As a bicycle-touring theatre company, we move freely through a landscape fraught with the histories of the forced removal and genocide of Indigenous people.

We acknowledge that the names that we’ve learned for the places we come from and tour through are colonial names.

Despite our disparate histories, we acknowledge that we are all products of ongoing colonization.

We acknowledge that this website was created and is maintained by technologies that leave a significant carbon footprint and contribute to changes in the climate that disproportionately affect indigenous people worldwide.

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Accessible Juggling Workshop with Ian Slater – 9/02 at 11am

We are very excited to host guest instructor Ian Slater, who is visiting from Chicago, for an accessible juggling workshop!


Workshop Date

Wise Fool New Mexico
September 2, 2023 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Have you ever wanted to juggle, but you've been intimidated or thought it was too challenging? Think again!

Juggling is for everyone, and there are so many different styles; all you need is a little time and dedication, and you'll find yourself manipulating circus props in no time. In a one hour exploration, Ian will take you through the basics of prop manipulation, from scarves and ribbons to balls and rings (perhaps more if time allows!)

This workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Workshop 2023 - Ian Slater
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About Ian

Ian R. Q. Slater (they/she) is a Chicago based actor, musician, juggler, and dialect coach. They hold a BFA in acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Ian has been onstage since she was 6 years old, and got her start in the circus in 2018 with CircEsteem, Chicago's Non-Profit Social Circus.

Ian is passionate about social justice, storytelling, and new experiences.


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