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.

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.

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
Ian R. Q. Slater Headshot

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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Wise Fool & The Caravan Present: A Night of Unity & Hope, benefitting Wise Fool

Join us for a night of performances by local artists in live music, circus, dance, spoken word and poetry, exploring the themes of "unity and hope" to benefit Wise Fool. This event is presented in partnership with The Caravan, a national service and community-building tour visiting 9 states across the country fostering community, coalitions and compassion.
To learn more about The Caravan, visit:

If you'd like to learn more about the performers, please take a look at our Facebook Event Discussion page!


DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 29th
Doors 6PM, Show 6:30PM, DJ Set 8PM, End of Event 9PM
TICKETS: Sliding Scale $10-$3
No one turned away due to lack of funds!

Welcome to the Mycroverse! A NEW Circus Production.

We invite you to enter 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 destructive impact the world over, particularly on Indigenous peoples and communities, with special emphasis on nuclear colonialism in New Mexico.
Since Fall of 2022, Wise Fool has been working on the production of a new Circus Show! This will be our first show since the Pandemic and we are delighted to return to sharing the circus arts with our community! Our cast of professional artists has been working collaboratively to generate this show this spring. The show will feature stilt walking, acrobatics, juggling, slackline and aerial acrobat feats.

Show Dates

All shows are held at Wise Fool New Mexico's Performing Arts Space
Friday, May 12th Opening night at 7pm
Saturday, May 13th show at 2pm and 6pm
Sunday, May 14th show at 4pm

Ticket Pricing

Tickets are sold on a scale to ensure accessibility by our community to the circus arts.

Ring Master - $50.00 (This ticket is for those who would like to further support the cast, production and for others who would like to financially support others to see the show at a lower cost! We'll even reserve a seat for you front and center!) ONLY 20 Tickets Available.

Aerialist - $35.00 (This ticket price is at the true value of the cost of the show, it supports the cast and the productions crew

Acrobat - $25.00 (The value of the ticket goes to supporting the cast at a reduced rate)

Juggler - $15.00 (Reduced Ticket Price for Adults)

Puppeteers- Youth Ticket - $10.00 (Mats will be laid out. We encourage all youth to sit on the mats)


Flow: Participatory Procession for the Rio Chiquito

remembering our way to a livable future

JOIN a Vibrant Participatory Procession to return water to the Rio Chiquito (now Water Street), help generate a current of celebration, memory and the possibility of water. Featuring local artists, giant puppets, music, dance, mural art, street theatre, poetry, and YOU!

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When: Saturday, June 10th from 9:30am – 11:30am
Where: Gather @ Alameda & Paseo de Peralta - flowing down Water St to SF River at Guadalupe and closing in De Vargas Park
FREE: all are welcome - join anywhere along the route!

What to Bring/Wear:
Please wear blue, green and/or white. Bring water to drink and to return to the Santa Fe River.
Sign Up if you’d like to wear a giant puppet or assist with safety.

FREE Community Art Workshops:
Drop in for all or part at Wise Fool NM - 1131B Siler Rd, Santa Fe.
May 27 - 11am to 3pm
June 3 - 11am to 3pm

Together we’ll seed our collective imaginations with art, magic, and awe, as we grow awareness and action towards positive change.

What is FLOW and Why are we doing it??
FLOW is an awakening to what was, what is, and what could be, marking the Rio Chiquito’s path (now Water Street), and unfolding the history of what was once a major water source for the city’s flora, fauna, and agriculture.

FLOW is a procession of giant puppets, street theatre, music, poetry, dance and ceremony running from the source Spring at the northwest corner of Paseo de Peralta and Alameda, following the Rio Chiquito (now Water Street) to its confluence with the Santa Fe River near the Guadalupe Church.

FLOW offers free public arts workshops May 27 and June 3 at Wise Fool NM, (1131 B Siler Road) to engage, educate and inspire all community members about Santa Fe’s water and water history. At these workshops, we’ll share histories of the Rio Chiquito and the Santa Fe River as inspiration for puppets, banners, movement and poetry about water and the Rio Chiquito. Resulting artworks will inhabit the procession, coming to life as we community members wear, dance, speak and sing our relationship to the waters.

FLOW Sponsors: Santa Fe Watershed Association, Wise Fool NM, The City of Santa Fe, McCune Foundation, In The Family Way, ArtSmart, and individual donors

“For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet... We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.”
Sandra Postel, Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity

FLOW features :
The Partzani Band!
Street Mural by Autumn Gomez
Hyda Maria Dougherty offering a water blessing
Historical placemaking Cantastoria performed by Sarah Jane Moody with Juliana Ciano on accordion!
Poets Bianca Barela and Chasity Salvador
Dierdre Morris and dancers!
YUCCA Youth Climate Activists
The All Species Day "We Are All In The Same Boat"!
Madi Sato water songs
The Aztec Dancers
Wise Fool Stilters, Giant Puppets and Unicyclers!
Interactive Clown Brigade!
Axle Art truck wheat pasted with river art and poetry by 3rd and 4th graders!
PLUS art made by participants in FLOW’s FREE public artmaking workshops

Bishops Garden Carp Pond 1887

Purchase Tickets for our Spring Cabaret!

This April Fools, join Wise Fool performers, coaches and students for a playful, family friendly evening of circus arts, trickery, foolery, and all around fun during our annual Spring Cabaret. This captivating evening, showcasing a variety of artists and different disciplines is one that you won’t want to miss!
When: April 1st 5pm
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)

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

Youth Auditions for ReUnite 2023: A Wise Fool Production


Registration deadline: February 24, 2023

Auditions: February 26, 2023 (11:30am-1pm ensemble audition and 1-4:30pm individual auditions)

Rehearsal & Performance Dates: To be announced soon for 3-4 performances in Early May

Direction Team: Christina M. Castro, PhD (Taos & Jemez Pueblo) and Wise Fool Directors

Call: We are looking for circus performers, acrobats, dancers, and performers with experience in physical theater. Experienced performers of all races, genders, body types, and abilities are encouraged to audition. Indigenous performers are encouraged to audition. Please come prepared to show us a 5-7 minute act. See FAQs.

Sign Up: Reserve a spot at


Concept: This will be an emotional and activating performance exploring the ongoing story of colonialism and dehumanization of Indigenous peoples and rematriation, the process of reconnecting with our original mother and indigenous lead movements.

Contact: with any questions


Q: Do you want to see a full act or a quick demonstration of what I can do?

A: You have 5-7 minutes to give us an idea of the kind of artist you are in relation to your chosen apparatus / skill. We will be looking for artistry, technical ability, presence, quality of movement, and your ability to connect with the audience (in this case, us!). Please use your time slot in whatever way you think will best help us understand what you do.

Q: I am unable to be at the audition in Santa Fe, but I’d still like to audition! Can I send in an audition tape?

A: Yes. Please email 2-3 videos of your performances to by Friday, February 24, and we will consider you. (Sooner is better!) Please also include a video of a brief physical improvisation on the themes laid out in the concept section above. We are happy to consider you, but please keep in mind that your presence at the audition is strongly encouraged.

Q: I would like to show you multiple skills at my audition. Will I have enough time?

A: Please let us know what you would like to show us and whether you are able to audition with multiple skills in a row, and we will allow extra time for you. Ex: I have prepared a juggling act and a trapeze act and can audition with them both in the same time slot.

Q: I am auditioning as part of a duo/trio/group. Is that ok?

A: Yes, please just let us know. You will not be allowed extra time for group acts unless you will be showing us multiple skills. (see previous Q&A above)

Q: I am a local artist but I’m unable to be at the audition. Could I come in another time?

A: We may be able to work with you. Please contact us!

Q: It is difficult to set up the equipment I need to show you my act. How can I audition?

A: Please send us a video of an act using your apparatus. You will still be given an audition slot so you can come in and we can meet you.