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“This is no Cirque du Soleil. It’s better.”
– Triangle Arts & Entertainment



“[The Fox & Beggar Theater] uses complex imagery, thrilling stunts and elaborate choreography to stimulate the subconscious minds of the audience. For those who wish life was more like a Salvador Dali painting, this is the play to see.”
Mountain Xpress



“The Fox & Beggar Theater staged an amazing show, drawing the largest crowd I’ve seen in my nine years here. In addition to dazzling special effects, the production flowed seamlessly and raised the bar on what theater can and should do.”
– John Russell, Managing Director, The Montford Park Players



“Dynamic, provocative, a tapestry of dreams unwoven into theater…this is a performance to remember!”
– Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director, LEAF Community Arts



“The community is rallying behind the innovation and excitement of the Fox & Beggar Theater.”
– Kitty Love, Executive Director, Asheville Area Arts Council



“Flawlessly executed. This performance has it all: great live music, feats of strength and aerial arts, an interesting historical context and story, visual delights, puppetry, and surprises for the audience around every corner!”
– Liz Whalen Talent, Marketing/Special Events, The Orange Peel







Asheville NC’s Fox & Beggar Theater brings something unique to the performing arts: “cirque poétique” (the poetic circus). Featuring surreal, provocative storytelling using the strange logic of dreams, FBT productions showcase dance, contemporary circus arts and acrobatics, mask-and-puppet theatre, original musical scores, cutting-edge animation, and stunning set and costume design.



Founded by Nat Allister in 2013, the FBT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to bringing new forms of performing arts to the southeastern United States, to building bridges across its artistic communities, and to providing for the training and education of performers, dancers, designers, technicians, and other artists involved in its shows.





Fox & Beggar Theater’s Mystical Tarocco Is No Cirque du Soleil; It’s Even Better.published in Triangle Arts & Entertainment, 8/15/16


Asheville company bringing circus arts to Stevens Center, published in the Winston-Salem Journal, 7/24/16


Theater review: Tarocco brings feats of sensory delight to the Orange Peel, published in Mountain Xpress, 5/30/2015


Aquila: A Summer Carousel, published in Mountain Xpress, 6/11/2014


All Creatures Great and Small, published in Mountain Xpress, 4/16/2014


New Theaters in Asheville, published in Asheville Citizen Times 4/06/2014


Nat Allister
Artistic Director
Nat Allister is a playwright, dancer, filmmaker, and poet. He’s been writing stories since he could hold a pen, and directing them for both stage and screen since age fourteen. In 2010, after graduating from Vassar College with joint degrees in Film and Creative Writing, he landed on a salmon boat off the coast of Alaska. From there he began a 10,000 mile journey south to Antartica to craft a web series called "The Tern," made up of episodes Nat edited and uploaded from the road. "The Tern" combined magical realism with the poetic and impressionistic voice of the beat generation to document a new movement of young farmers, artists, and makers. Nat is currently on episode 5, and has made it as far as Asheville, North Carolina. He is taking a brief hiatus to chase a lifelong career with the FBT.
Heather Beckett
Artistic Director
Heather Beckett is a script writer, director, poet, mask-maker and spoken word artist based in Portland, Oregon. Current works include two full length multi-media musicals and a series of short films featuring long-form spoken word performed by multiple artists. After receiving her B.A. in Theater & Dance with a focus on acting from Bennington College, she has continued her devotion to enlivening the human story from the other side of the proscenium, and to writing and directing vivid theatrical works that weave together physical theater, spoken word, song, dance, masks, and puppetry. Her scripts are poetic and fantastical, inviting audiences to the precipices of their minds and hearts. Studies of world myth and recent travels to Antarctica color Heather's works with explorations of human relations to the elements, creatures, plants and geologies of the beyond-human world.
Mike Mauren
Technical Director
Mike is a nomadic lighting designer, technical director, and full time dreamer. He went to Virginia Commonwealth University and has been up and down the east coast picking up new skills and and making art with some of the most fantastic people he can imagine. Mike helped found Oz Arts in Nashville, and operated the venue for two years before moving back to western North Carolina. In addition to his work with the FBT, Mike currently resides as Technical Director for the 1000-seat Bardo Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Daisy Talley
Marketing Director
Daisy earned her BA in Theatre from UNC-Wilmington, where she interned under Frank Capra Jr. at Screen Gems Studios. She moved to New York where she held a Project Manager position at theatreMAMA and worked for Cirque Du Soleil’s mobile marketing tours. Daisy has worked as an on-set acting coach for children and most recently was involved with the Asheville based web series “Transplanting” serving as the AD. She is excited to be back to her native state, North Carolina, and continue growing with the artistic community in Asheville.
Leslie Rogers
Lead Choreographer
Leslie started dancing at age three, and studied at the Ballet Conservatory in Winter Haven, FL with Pirkko Sirén Lawlor. She received her dance degree from UGA in 1999. After graduation she spent 5 years with Dancefx, Athens’ premiere jazz dance company as a member, resident choreographer and technical advisor. Leslie’s work has been showcased at the Pro Danza Italia dance festival in Castiglioncello, Italy; in a full-length production of the Sound of Music for The Learning Community in Black Mountain; and at countless events in Asheville. She currently is hard at work with her latest project, Trillium Dance.
Irene Ross-Piazza
Irene has worked as a certified public accountant with over 200 not-for-profit organizations based in Western North Carolina for the past seven years. Her expertise of non-profit accounting and tax code has assisted many organizations in getting started and remaining sustainable. Born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Irene’s family, friends, states-people and activists inspired her to use her talents as a positive force for change. She believes that if we do not use our talents to assist humanity in the best way possible, we are wasting them.




Art by Christian Jaxtheimer

Fox & Beggar Theater