The Bread and Puppet Theater offers a summer apprenticeship program to provide students, truck drivers, housewives, farmers, musicians, activists, anyone, with an opportunity to actively participate in Bread & Puppet style show making. 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 participants for fifty years. At present, our shows are antiwar, anti-Capitalism, anti-Globalization and pro-Vermont independence. The apprenticeship program is an intensive nine week long 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 help to create our weekly Sunday program (outdoor circus, pageant and sideshows) and can 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.




This year we are offering one nine-week long apprentice program for 15 to 20 apprentices.


The 2014 Summer Apprenticeship program will run from June 22nd to August 25th.


  • Apprentices will arrive on Sunday, June 22nd and work will begin on Monday, June 23rd.  The last Sunday Circus and Pageant will be on August 24th, and apprentices will depart on Monday, August 25th .


The fee for this program is $1,400.00; this breaks down to roughly $155.00 a week.


  • This $155.00 a week covers basic summer expenses including organic and garden-grown food, the salaries of our summer staff, and necessary bills like electricity, gas, insurance, etc.




Send a 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 any basic information you feel is important.    Explain your familiarity with 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.

All letters must be post-marked by April 1st, 2014 


If you are accepted, a nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due May 1st, 2014. The remainder of the fee is payable upon arrival. Acceptance is rolling and limited.  We only have 15 to 20 spots available this year, so write as early as possible to guarantee a spot. Some decisions won’t go out until as late as mid-April, so please be patient.





We are able to offer a limited number of reduced fees.  If this is necessary for you to be able to participate in the apprenticeship, please end your letter with an explanation of what you can afford to pay.

If you have any questions please contact us.   E-mail is the best form of communication due to the fact that the apprenticeship coordinator is also a touring company member and often on the road throughout the year.


* E-mail:


* Phone: (802) 525-3031


Mail letter to:
Bread and Puppet Theater, Apprenticeship Program,
753 Heights Rd.
Glover, VT


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