Mission:  To bring art into community and community into art through movement, puppetry and spectacle performance; creative re-use, education, and collaboration.

BareBones Productions is a Minneapolis-based 501(c)(3) performing arts non-profit.  We operate as a collective of visual and performing artists to produce visionary parade sections, outdoor installations, and spectacle performances, generally involving stilting, bicycles, and great big puppets.

Our grandest production is The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a cult favorite throughout the Twin Cities.

Over the years, BareBones has also produced five annual Winter Pageants on ice and snow, five summertime Dumpster Duels performance competitions based on scavenged garbage, and various other outdoor puppet shows including The Little Match Girl and Raven Steals the Sun.

Our venues have been public parks and other public spaces around the Twin Cities. These include Minnehaha Falls Park and Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, Dunning Fields and Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and the parking lots at Bedlam Theatre and the Midtown Public Market in Minneapolis.

BareBones has performed in parades and escapades throughout the Twin Cities metro area including the Independence Day parades in Edina and Marine-on-St. Croix, the Minneapolis Aquatennial Torchlight Parade, the Midtown Greenway Parade Of Arts, the annual Labor Day Picnic at Harriet Island in St. Paul, the Bike-In at the Bell Museum, the St. Paul Classic Bike Tour, the Minneapolis Peace Games, and the Minnesota State Fair Mall Parade.

In addition, BareBones has, for many summers, provided visual and performing arts residencies for youth under contract with the Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation.  Our TCHDC residencies have included Calibre Ridge in Roseville in collaboration with Campfire USA and Liberty Plaza in St. Paul in collaboration with Concordia University.  More recently, BareBones partnered for a Spring Break residency with Opportunity Neighborhood at Garden View Apartments  in Brooklyn Center.

Barebones Halloween Fire Stilters 2004

Board of Directors

2019-2020 Season
  • Arlys Alford
  • Brian Brugioni
  • Phil Dumka
  • Bailey Foster
  • Madeline Helling
  • Ewart Martens
  • Chris Pennington
  • Joe Sullivan
  • Peter Schulze