PLEASE NOTE: Information for Summer 2019 has been updated under the Summer tab. In 2019 we will also be offering a Spring and Fall Apprenticeship. Information about these programs will be posted in October/November 2018. Please note, dates/prices/timeframes subject to change.
Bread & Puppet Theater Apprenticeship Info:
Truck drivers, farmers, musicians, students, grandmothers, activists, lovers of papier-mache tigers:
Come spend summer in rural Vermont, performing shows and/or building puppets on a working farm with a 54 year old political puppet theater.
This opportunity is open to everyone who is interested in participating 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. Not having theater experience and/or not being familiar with the work of the theater is in no way a detriment.
Bread & Puppet Theater, one of the oldest non-commercial and self-supporting theaters in the country, has created political puppet shows with a commitment to community participation for 53 years. At present, our shows are anti-war, anti-capitalism and anti-globalization, while simultaneously being pro-beauty-of-nature, pro-collaboration, and pro-antagonization-of-the-mind. The apprenticeship program is an intensive (and often intense) 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 or 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. Each summer’s showmaking is also the sum of its specific constituent parts: the political awareness, talents, musical instruments and interests that apprentices bring can be an important part of our show creating process.
Apprentices will work with the theater’s founder, Peter Schumann, the staff, and local volunteers to create and perform in our weekly Sunday program (outdoor circus, pageant and sideshows) and also participate in our indoor Friday evening shows. 5 week apprentices will 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, outhouse maintenance, painting posters in the printshop, 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. Sorry, no trailers or campers.
ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN US DOLLARS. If you need instruction about how to convert your fee, please contact us.
We here at Bread and Puppet understand that due to the systemic cycle of poverty perpetuated by capitalism, our fees are too high for many people who might want to apply. We want a diverse community of voices in order to inform our creative work. In our ongoing attempts to underthrow the oligarchs and their capitalist empire, NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FROM OUR PROGRAM FOR LACK OF FUNDS. If you are selected for the apprenticeship program, we will work with your financial situation to enable you to attend this program. If you can afford to pay the full price, or have access to outside funding, your support helps us offer fee reductions for those who need it.
Send a physical letter of interest (no e-mails) that includes your phone number, email and mailing address to the apprenticeship coordinator listed under the tab for that session (Esteli Kitchen for Spring and Fall and Maru Martinez for Summer).
You may apply to multiple sessions, but because we have separate coordinators, you must send SEPARATE LETTERS and inform the coordinators that you have applied to multiple sessions.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you!