BASIC APPRENTICESHIP DESCRIPTION for Summer 2016:
The Bread and Puppet Theater offers a summer apprenticeship program to provide truck drivers, farmers, musicians, students, grandmothers, activists, anyone, with an opportunity to actively participate in Bread & Puppet style show making. We are especially interested in creating as diverse an environment as possible, and would like to make space for apprentices of a wide range of ages, ethnicities, gender identities, nationalities and backgrounds.
Bread & Puppet Theater, one of the oldest non-commercial and self-supporting theaters in the country, has created politically and socially aware shows with commitment to community participation for 52 years. At present, our shows are antiwar, anti-capitalism and anti-globalization, while simultaneously being pro-sunset viewing, pro-collaboration and pro-discussion. The apprenticeship program is an intensive communal living and working experience with an eclectic group of people on our farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
Please note that the focus of the apprenticeship program is specific to the shows being made and not a particular syllabus: We are not a school and we do not conduct classes in different styles of puppetry and puppet building. Also, we are not a summer camp for adults! Apprentices need to be self-motivated. Learning is accomplished by engaging in different aspects of Bread and Puppet show production, which may include movement and dance experimentation, mask and puppet manipulation, vocal and instrumental music or organized noise making, printmaking, singing, papier-mache, puppet making and stilt dancing. The materials (newspaper articles, poems, etc.) talents, musical instruments and interests that apprentices bring can be an important part of our show creating process.
Apprentices will work with the staff to create and perform in our weekly Sunday program (outdoor circus, pageant and sideshows) and also participate in our indoor Friday evening shows. We also perform in many local parades and some political demonstrations. Integral to the apprenticeship is participation in agricultural chores as well as everyday tasks (such as cooking, cleaning, firewood stacking, recycling, trips to the garbage dump, etc). We use outhouses, conserve water, compost leftovers and generally try to be thrifty. Accommodations are very simple, even rugged, and most apprentices live in tents. Apprentices must be 18 or older. Dogs, drugs, and underage drinking are not permitted.
DATES AND FEES FOR 2016 APPRENTICESHIP:
This year we are offering two apprenticeship programs:
1.The 9 week program will run from June 19th to August 22nd.
Apprentices will arrive on Sunday, June 19th and work will begin on Monday, June 20th. The last Sunday Circus and Pageant will be on August 21st, and apprentices will depart on Monday, August 22nd .
The fee for this program is $2,000 (this is a weekly fee of $225)
2.The 4 week program will run from Tuesday July 26th to August 22nd.
Apprentices will arrive on Tuesday, July 26th and begin work on Wednesday, July 27th. The last Sunday Circus and Pageant will be on August 21st, and apprentices will depart on Monday, August 22nd.
This group will have an intense first few days of orientation and learning the existing shows for the weekend.
The fee for this program is $1,000 (this a weekly fee of $250)
ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN US DOLLARS. If you need instruction about how to convert your fee, please contact us.
Send a physical letter of interest (no e-mails) that includes your background, current phone number, email address, and mailing address. In the first sentence please tell us your age and which session you are applying for. Explain your familiarity with (if any) and interest in Bread and Puppet. Also include in the letter what you intend to bring to the theater and what you are looking to walk away with at the end of the program. Theater or Art training is in no way a requirement. Please let us know if you play an instrument, and if you are able to bring it with you (though this is also in no way a requirement).
All letters must be post-marked by April 1st, 2016.
If you are accepted, a nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due within a month of your acceptance. The remainder of the fee is payable upon arrival. Acceptance is rolling and limited.
A note on fees for college students:
Talk to your professors about the potentiality of college grant money to help cover your apprenticeship fees. Often colleges have money earmarked specifically for their students participating in summer apprenticeships. It is also sometimes possible for students to receive college credit for completing the Bread & Puppet apprenticeship.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email. The email for the puppeteer coordinating the apprenticeship is
Please remember, however, that your formal application needs to be a non-electronic letter, postmarked to:
Re: Bread and Puppet Apprenticeship
753 Heights Road
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you next summer!