Dumpster Duels! July 30-31

Dumpster Duels returns to the Twin Cities at House of Balls for another exciting dumpster-off. Rain or shine, Dumpster Duels 2016 will kick-off on Saturday, July 30 at Noon and run for an astonishing thirty hours while teams create characters, stories, and puppets from garbage. The competition culminates with performances beginning on Sunday, July 31st at 6pm. The competition culminates with performances beginning on Sunday, July 31 at 6pm. House of Balls is located at 1504 S 7th St. Minneapolis.

Call for Artistic Co-Directors

Deadline August 1! BareBones Puppets is now accepting applications for the contract position of Artistic Co-Directors (up to 2 persons) for the 23rd BareBones Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza. Applicants are invited to apply either by themselves as a single Artistic Director or in a partnership with another person as Artistic Co-Directors. The contract is from period early August and lasts through November 30th, with most work concentrated from mid-August to mid-November.

Call for Artistic & Production Staff

Deadline August 10! Calling all theatrical puppet artists, designers, and production-minded nerds. BareBones Puppets is now accepting applications for multiple contract positions for the 23rd Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza. We need your expertise to bring this multifaceted outdoor halloween spectacle to life. Our show will be performed on October 22-23, and 28-31.

Barebones Halloween 2016

We are excited to announce the dates of this years BareBones Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza. The 2016 performance dates are October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, and 31.

Get Involved! Hire a Puppet!

BareBones Puppets is seeking experienced candidates to actively participate in our 2016 Hiring Committee, which oversees the selection of the artists and production staff for the current year's Halloween show. The ideal candidate is both naturally collaborative and independently driven. They are well connected and devoted to continuing BareBones' mission of bringing art into community and community into art. BareBones is especially interested in individuals with experience in one or more of the following arts/arts management areas: finance, production, communications, marketing, directing, and/or performing. This is a critical volunteer position to the continued success of BareBones. The Hiring Committee rolls up their sleeves in July and works diligently until the show is fully staffed. Please send your letter of interest to puppets@barebonespuppets.org with the subject line of: I WANNA HIRE A PUPPET! (YOUR NAME HERE)

Did you know?

It takes more people to put on our Halloween show than there are bones in a human skeleton. Whether your specialty is acting, singing, puppet building, playing music, or feeding the masses, check back in June for details on the many ways to get involved with this years show. Make sure you have signed up for our mailing list and joined our new Facebook page so that you don't miss our Call for Artists. -scottie hall and Jan Elftmann · Co-Chairs BareBones Board of Directors

Barebones Halloween 2015

Thank You! We came together to grieve, to collaborate, to create and to grapple with what lies heavy in our hearts. This year has felt heavy with the passing of too many, too soon, too young. We sought to hold a space for our beloved now gone as well as the unknown dead.

We sang, we danced, we played, we blended, built, focused. We combined many different visions and voices together to create something far larger than any one of us could express alone.

It is a great honor to work amid this supportive, creative BareBones community. Infinite thanks to the Mississippi River Valley and all ye wild creators who make this show a ritual, extravaganza and labor of love. Read more about the show... 

BareBones Halloween 2015: We all Fall Down

BareBones 2015 art by Amy Taylor