Dumpster Duels 2015!

Dumpster Duels 2015

Dumpster Duels returns to the Twin Cities at House of Balls for another exciting dumpster-off. BareBones Puppets, The Big Kid’s Club, and returning champs, Southside Trash will complete this year; each creating amazing puppets shows in record time using only garbage.

Each group is given a dumpster full of scavenged junk and just two days to conceive and rehearse a show as well as build all puppets, costumes, sets and props.

It’s “Iron Chef meets Junkyard Wars” and YOU decide who’s best. . . .

Saturday, August 1, Noon: Kick-off Event!
Come to meet the teams, the referee and learn about any show requirements for Dumpster Duels 2015

Saturday, August 1, post-kick-off through Sunday, August 2 until 6:00 PM: The Build!
Stop on by to see to watch the transformation of garbage into wild and raucous puppet shows!

Sunday, August 2, 6:00 PM: The Shows!
Come to watch each teams show and help choose the winner by audience applause, heckling, bribery, and other completely arbitrary rules.

Rain or shine, the Kick-off through the Shows will be held in the parking lot of House of Balls, located at 1504 S 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Admission is free!

Proceeds from the suggested donation of $10-$20 at the door will go toward the BareBones Puppets Annual Halloween Extravaganza.

Call for Artistic Co-Director(s) Extended!


BareBones has extended the deadline for hiring the 2015 Halloween Extravaganza Co-Director(s). If were thinking of applying, but missed the original deadline, consider this a match lit under your butt!

The position of contract Artistic Co-Director(s) — 1 or 2 persons — for direction of the 2015 Halloween 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 Artistic Co­-Director(s) are employed as 1099 Contractors and are expected to be available throughout the contract term. Though the schedule is flexible, the time commitment in the two weeks before Opening Night can be up to forty hours a week. The contract period is from approximately July through November 30th with most work concentrated in September and October. A modest honorarium will be offered.

Job Responsibilities

The Artistic Co-Director(s) are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Work with BareBones Hiring Committee to hire the artistic staff for the Halloween Show.
  • Facilitate storyboard process with input from the community and collaboration with artistic staff to create an original storyboard, including scheduling and promoting the public brainstorming, and storyboard meetings.
  • Assist BareBones Board with organizing and facilitating the annual “Halloween Kickoff” in mid­-September.
  • Attend public Build Workshops: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-­9pm and Saturdays from 1-­5pm from mid­-September through October.
  • Work with the Hiring Committee to execute project budgets.
  • Collaborate closely with contracted staff including Production Manager, Site Coordinator, Music Director, Lighting Designer, Sound Engineer, Stage Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, and Artists.
  • Meet regularly with core artists and production team for production meetings.
  • Conduct and attend Rehearsals: Sundays from 1­-5pm from mid-­September – October and three night rehearsals on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday prior to opening weekend.
  • Coordinate with Stage Manager to prepare detailed rehearsal notes for the cast and crew.
  • Coordinate with Stage Manager to organize nightly pre­-show site setup and post­-show site cleanup including rehearsals.
  • Attend Cast & Crew Appreciation Potluck.
  • Attend Debriefing with Board of Directors.
  • Collect requested data for grant purposes and write a final report before receiving final payment.
Desired Experience

Applicants should have experience building, supporting, directing, or performing in at least one previous BareBones Halloween Extravaganza. Experience with collective structure and facilitation is important to this role.

Experience in one or more of the following artistic disciplines is strongly desired:

  • Puppetry
  • Circus
  • Spectacle Pageantry
  • Theater/Musical theater
  • Dance
To apply, please submit the following items:
  • One page resume (for each person)
  • One page (joint) statement of vision for a BareBones Halloween Puppet Extravaganza
 All applications should be sent electronically to halloween@barebonespuppets.org

BareBones Puppets is now accepting applications for artistic and production staff

Calling Puppeteers, Performers and Makers! Current, Former & Brand Spankin’ New! We are looking to hire a team of artistic collaborators (Puppets, Costumes, Music, Movement, Technicians) to help create and execute the vision for this years show.

IF APPLYING FOR A STIPEND POSITION: Please send us a letter of interest including experience (with puppets, outdoor performance, collaborative art projects, and community­ art.), and specific anecdotes about projects you have completed and what strengths you brought to them. Each position will receive a modest honorarium. Staff is expected to participate in all of the activities. Send emails of interest to: halloween@barebonespuppets.org

If you’re planning on joining us as a volunteer builder and/or performer, we’d love to hear from you, too! Email volunteer@barebonespuppets.org

Annual Spring Luncheon

Please join us for BareBones Annual Spring Luncheon!

We will have a potluck lunch, followed by a celebration of our successes over the past year, honouring our community, and holding an interim election for the Board of Directors.

All are welcome! Members of BareBones – folks who have participated in a BareBones activity within the last two years – may vote in the election.

Directions: Find the entrance to “The Chicago” on the first floor in the main east/west corridor between the Global Market and Allina Commons (under a round green sign directly south of the guard desk). A volunteer will be there to help you get up to the community room on the 14th floor.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

BareBones Annual Retreat

Join us in Redwing for our Annual Retreat on March 14th, 2015. Please email us at puppets@barebonespuppets.org for all the details.

Barebones 21st Annual Halloween Extravaganza

BareBonesPostcardFront2014Thank you all! For  joining us for our delicious concoction:


Metamorphosoup takes the legend of Stone Soup, and mixes it together with the oozy history of the Primordial Soup. Set on the banks of the Mississippi, the show teems with a flood of grief, and bursts with a volcanic eruption of life!

Saturday, October 25

Sunday, October 26

Thursday, October 30

Friday, October 31

Saturday, November 1

Dumpster Duels 2013 Gallery

After a 5 year hiatus Dumpster Duels returned on July 28, 2013, for a down and dirty puppet showdown as piles of trash were transformed into a wild and raucous puppet show. [Read more…]

BareBones on SPNN Forum

Published on Oct 2, 2013

Host Sanni Brown talks with Maren Ward and Mark Safford of BareBones Productions about the company’s upcoming Halloween extravaganza, “Carry On – A Requiem for 20 Years”