Apprenticeship

Bread & Puppet Theater Apprenticeship Info for Summer 2017

 

Truck drivers, farmers, musicians, students, grandmothers, activists, lovers of papier-mache tigers:

 

Come spend the late spring or summer in rural Vermont, performing shows and/or building puppets on a working farm with a 53 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 are in many ways a plus.

 

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.

Spring apprentices will do large-scale building projects and early show creation in our Papier-mache cathedral. Summer 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. Summer apprentices 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.

 

DATES AND FEES FOR 2017 APPRENTICESHIP:

 

This year we are offering three apprenticeship programs.

 

  1. The 2-week spring program will run from Monday, May 29th to June 12th, 2017.

Apprentices will arrive on Monday, May 29th and work will begin on Tuesday, May 30th.This apprenticeship will involve performance, but will have a strong focus on puppet building. We will begin the process of crafting new tiny through giant puppets for 2017’s circus, pageant and parades. 2 week spring apprentices will depart on Monday, July 12th.

The fee for this program is $750 (this is a weekly fee of $375).

 

All meals are included in this fee and are prepared for everyone by the bread & puppet cooks, except on Mondays, our weekly day off.

 

 

2.The 2-week summer program will run from Tuesday June 27th to Tuesday July 11th.

Apprentices will arrive on Tuesday, June 27th and work will begin on Wednesday, June 28th.  The focus of this fast-paced apprenticeship is the initial creation process of summer 2017’s Circus, Pageant and Parade. 2 week summer apprentices will depart on Tuesday, July 11th.

The fee for this program is $750 (this is a weekly fee of $375).

 

All meals are included in this fee and are prepared for everyone by the bread & puppet cooks, except on Mondays, our weekly day off.

 

3.The 7-week summer program will run from Tuesday June 27th to Tuesday August 15th.

Apprentices will arrive on Tuesday, July 27th and begin work on Wednesday, July 28th. This group of apprentices will have the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the arc of our summer season. 7 week summer apprentices will depart on Tuesday, August 15th.

The fee for this program is $2,000 (this a weekly fee of $286).

 

All meals are included in this fee and are prepared for everyone by the bread & puppet cooks, except on Mondays, our weekly day off.

 

ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN US DOLLARS. If you need instruction about how to convert your fee, please contact us.

 

TO APPLY:

Send a physical letter of interest (no e-mails) that includes your background, current phone number, email address, and mailing address to:

 

Esteli Kitchen

Re: Bread and Puppet Apprenticeship 

753 Heights Road

Glover, Vermont

05839

USA

 

In the first sentence please tell us your age and which session you are applying for. Then, please let us know a little bit about yourself and why you want to come. The letter is loose, and this requirement can be interpreted however you like. We are basically hoping to get a sense of who you are.

 

Theater or Art training is not a requirement. Let us know if you play an instrument, and if you are able to bring it with you (though this is also not a requirement).

 

Acceptances will go out on the following dates:

 

For the 2 week spring apprenticeship, January 25th & April 1st, 2017

All letters must be post-marked by March 15th, 2017.

 

For the 2 week summer apprenticeship, January 25th & April 15th, 2017.

All letters must be post-marked by April 1st, 2017.

 

For the 7 week apprenticeship, January 25th, March 15th and April 15th, 2017.

All letters must be post-marked by April 1st, 2017.

 

If you are traveling from abroad and/or need to know if you have been accepted sooner than these dates in order to plan your life, please contact the apprentice coordinator.

 

If the submission date has passed but you just can’t imagine not spending the summer with us, write us anyway. We can put you on the waiting list and let you know if a spot opens up.

 

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.

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

 

estelibesteli@gmail.com

 

Please remember, however, that your formal application needs to be a non-electronic letter.

 

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you next summer! 

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