Give the Gift of CIRCUS!

Give the Gift of CIRCUS!

CIRCUS Gift Certificates are here! Fill your loved ones holidays with lasting memories and an expanded sense of possibilities by gifting them a circus experience! Wise Fool offers gift certificates in any amount allowing youth and adults to try out the circus at a drop in class or sign up for a full course, youth camp, or adult circus intensive!
Plus its a great way to support a local non-profit business!

Example prices:
Aerial Drop In Class for teens and adults = $25
Youth Aerial Class 6 week session = $85
Adult Circus Class 8 week session = $148
Winter Circus Camp for youth - 5 days = $260
Elevate Adult Winter Circus Workshop = $300

Click thru here to buy your personalized gift certificate today Circus Gift Certificates

Register now for ELEVATE! Circus Intensive for Adults! 1/5 – 1/19.

Register now for ELEVATE! Circus Intensive for Adults! 1/5 – 1/19.

January 5th – 19th, 2019. An annual program since 2011.

Click here to register! ELEVATE is a “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!  
Workshop Fee = $300
Students receive 30 hours of circus skills instruction. No previous experience required! All levels welcome!

Class schedule:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6-9

Thursday 5:45 – 7

Saturdays 1/5 and 1/13 4 – 6, 1/20 2-6pm

Work trade and tuition assistance available. Click here to apply.

Circus Luminous: Clown Alchemy

Circus Luminous: Clown Alchemy


The Thanksgiving Tradition Continues!

Be prepared for the magical as Wise Fool New Mexico presents the 15th annual Circus Luminous: Clown Alchemy, a celebration of the power of laughterand love to heal, transform, and bring us together this holiday season. As always, Circus Luminous is packed with homegrown aerialists, acrobats, dancers and a hilarious crew of red-nosed clowns. With an array of amazing acts and original music, this all-new production will astound you and remind us all that laughter truly is the best medicine.


When: November 23-25, 2018

Friday, November 23, at 7 pm

Saturday, November 24, at 2 pm & 7 pm

Sunday, November 25, at 4 pm.


Where:  The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe.


Tickets:  $20-$45 adults / $12-27 kids 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 505-988-1234, or by visiting the Lensic box office at 211 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Bread and Puppet Theater comes to Wise Fool

Bread and Puppet Theater comes to Wise Fool

Bread and Puppet Theater comes to Wise Fool in Santa Fe, Friday, November 16th with The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus, a large-scale puppet spectacle that explains and teaches riot and rebellion against intolerable situations with the help of state of the art paper-maché weaponry and the appropriate riotous Bread and Puppet Brass Band.

Bread and Puppet comes to Santa Fe as part of a 14 week tour across the country and back with The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus and The Basic Byebye Show.

After the performance Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale.

Friday, November 16, 7PM Bread and Puppet Presents The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus at Wise Fool, 1131 Siler Rd B, Santa Fe, NM.

Saturday morning, November 17th, 9AM – 12 PM, the Bread and Puppet company will lead a workshop in the ancient street theater form, “Cantastoria,” focusing on its applications for powerful, portable activist street performance. Participants are encourage to bring something that makes noise: car keys, trumpet, egg beater, paper bag, etc.

Admission for both events is by donation -- $10-$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Second Annual Fall Cabaret

Second Annual Fall Cabaret

Join Wise Fool's advanced students, professional performers, teachers, and youth for the second annual Fall Cabaret.Come be dazzled by their performances, including aerial hoop, silks, unicycling, trapeze, puppets and more!

When: Saturday, September 29 4PM for a family friendly matinee and 8PM for an evening cabaret*.

Where: Wise Fool Studio, 1131 Siler Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507

Tickets: Admission is $10-15 (sliding scale) for adults and $5 for kids (12 and under) and will be available for purchase 3 weeks before the event. Doors open half hour before show time. Tickets at the door are subject to availability.

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




*Our evening show may contain some adult themes.

Registration for Afterschool Programs Now Open!

Registration for Afterschool Programs Now Open!

Registration for Afterschool Fools and Wee Kids Fall 2018 open now!

And Youth Aerials Drop-In on Saturdays!

Wise Fool has offered afterschool classes for local youth since 2004! Afterschool classes include instruction in aerial fabric, trapeze, stilt-walking, clowning, unicycling, juggling, acrobatics & more!


Fall 2018 Session Runs August 27 to December 7


Wee Kids for Pre-K, Fridays 3:30-4:30pm
Wee Kids for Kinder/1st, Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30pm
Circus Exploration for grades 2nd - 6th, Mondays or Wednesdays 3:30 - 5pm
Take it to the Stage for grades 3rd - 7th, Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 3:30 - 5pm
Youth Aerials for ages 6 - 12; runs on an ongoing basis, Mixed Levels, Saturdays 10 - 11:15am (come on in, drop-ins welcome! Check the studio calendar to see when classes are happening).
NEW! Circus Play for Families Tuesdays 10-11:30am. Circus jam where parents and children (ages 2-6) play in the circus together! Families get to try stilt-walking, juggling, tumbling, partner acrobatics, hoola hoops, aerial fabric, and trapeze in a safe and supportive environment. This class is an open studio format where Wise Fool coaches will be on hand to support family play and experimentation.


Tuition assistance is available. Please email Alanna Herrera at or call 505.992.2588 with any questions.

Youth in Wise Fool Studio by Anne Staveley

Temporary Job Opening: Studio/Programs Manager & Teacher

Wise Fool is looking for a temporary circus teacher/administrator to fill a 1/2 – 3/4 time position while the current Adult/Teen Program Director/Studio Manager is on sabbatical. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to build circus administrative experience, and/or to learn more about the world of social circus. Deadline for Applications, November 28th.

When: Timing is somewhat flexible–looking for 2 – 2.5 months between January 20th and May 15th.
Where: Wise Fool New Mexico in Santa Fe, NM. Wise Fool is a social circus organization that works with both youth and adults.
What: 10 hours of administrative work per week overseeing adult and teen programs and managing studio bookings and overseeing rigging. Teaching 5 – 10 adult/teen classes per week, depending on interest/skill. Opportunities also exist for performing with Wise Fool event entertainment.
Who: The ideal candidate has the following skills, but please don’t hesitate to apply if you’re missing a couple of them, but have an enthusiasm to learn them:
  • a passion for social circus
  • strong awareness of and sensitivity around social justice issues, inclusivity and power dynamics, or at least a passion to learn about these issues
  • ability to teach higher level recreational circus skills to adults in at least two of the following disciplines: trapeze, lyra, silks, partner acro, handstands. (Anyone planning to teach aerial skills must have an intro level aerial teacher training certification i.e. from Nimble Arts or equivalent.)
  • basic rigging skills
  • strong administrative skills, including handling registrations, some social media, studio bookings
  • basic computer skills, including google sheets/docs/forms, simple website editing, comfortability with online registration systems or willingness to learn.
  • ability to communicate verbally and in written form in Spanish.
There is also a strong possibility that whoever takes this job temporarily would be invited to be a part of the Wise Fool team on a longer term basis in some other teaching/administrative capacity.
How Much: pay is $15 – $18/hr for administrative work, depending on experience. Teaching is $29.1/hr.
If you’re interested in the position, please send a letter of interest and resume to Ilana at Questions? You can call Ilana at 505-310-9723.

Summer Wheels Festival!

Summer Wheels Festival!

Join us at Wise Fool Studio on June 24th from 4:30 to 7:15pm as part of the Summer Wheels Festival!

Free Circus Shows every hour & "Try It Yourself" Circus Open House.

PLUS: Frito Pie and Bake Sale to raise funds for the Wise Fool Teens to attend the first National Social Circus Exchange in Chicago this August!!

Join us for dazzling circus spectacle outdoors in the parking lot and inside our studio!

Try your hand at circus skills like unicycling and juggling taught by our teens and professional coaches!

All activities FREE for all ages

Click HERE for more information about the full event.


BUST! 2018 Performances

BUST! 2018 Performances

Performances by the incredibly talented and dedicated students of the 2018 BUST! circus intensive.


BUST! circus performance smashes social barriers while strengthening community! Incredibly dedicated students support each other to new heights of physical and emotional expression through circus arts and transformative storytelling. Come explore notions of strength and watch performers re-envision the world around us and the ways we make art. BUST! students perform partner acrobalance, trapeze, aerial fabric, stilt-walking, clowning, and physical theater! Inspiring us all to overcome our fears, take on individual and societal challenges, and to let our vulnerable, strong, expressive selves shine.


Friday, July 6th at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 7th, shows at 2pm and 7:30pm


Wise Fool New Mexico
1131-B Siler Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507


Adults (Sliding Scale) : $10-$15
Youth (under 12) : $5

Tickets available HERE


May contain some adult content.


Since 2002, every year we have amazing folks explore circus disciplines in a 7-week intensive workshop. Women, trans*, and gender nonconforming folks of ages 16+ join together to challenge themselves and support each other. Many participants may come to this program with little or no experience in circus or performance, and they work together to create powerful, awe-inspiring, and often hilarious acts that express their own unique, embodied voices.