Wise Fool New Mexico
To ignite imagination, build community and promote social justice through performance and hands-on experiences in the arts of circus, puppetry and theater.
Wise Fool offers a combination of non-competitive activity and creative self-expression through circus arts that empowers communities of youth, adults, and families. "Circus Arts" include trapeze, aerial fabrics, unicycling, juggling, clowning, stilt-walking, partner acrobatics, puppetry, and the creation of giant puppets.
We offer programs throughout the year. Youth programs follow pathways starting with in-school Circus Comes to School and advance during Afterschool Fools, camps, and intensives such as Teen Troupe and Teen BUST! Adult programs are extensive, and as part of training, everyone is encouraged to perform in our seasonal cabarets and performances.
We are a Social Circus organization with equitable access regardless of age, gender, ability, body size, or income, and intentionally we service the LGBTQ+, disabled, and disadvantaged communities alike. As a Social Circus, we keep programs affordable, and our "no one turned away" policy assures the availability of scholarships.
Since 2000, our puppets have mesmerized and entertained many Santa Feans, when they parade during community events and call to action at demonstrations. Each year we create original productions we have offered in Santa Fe, such as Circus Luminous, CircAspire, Ignite, and BUST!
Alishiya Kapoor, Kristen Woods