Call for Lead ASL Interpreter for Performers

We invite you to refer to the BareBones 2022 Statement of Intentions (soon to be updated for 2024) before considering applying to BareBones. QT/BIPoC applicants and applicants with disabilities prioritized.


BareBones Productions is seeking to hire a Lead ASL Interpreter for Performers for the 2024 Halloween Extravaganza who will work individually and collaboratively with BareBones Co-Directors, artistic/production staff, and community members from end of August, through September and October, and into the beginning of November 2024. The Lead ASL Interpreter for Performers will work with deaf BareBones performers and the BareBones community to create a public performance/ritual related to grief, death, ancestors, loss, and remembering, to be performed over 4 nights. Performances will be located in Powderhorn Park at 3400 15th Avenue South.

Qualifications or Requirements

  • Strong skills in theater or arts-related ASL interpretation
  • Ability to recruit, collaborate with, schedule, and provide direction to other ASL interpreters, both volunteer and paid
  • Willingness to learn, self-reflect, and grow in the areas of equity, inclusion, and anti-bias
  • Strong communication, organization, and time-management skills
  • Adaptability and flexibility

Must Work/Attend

  • BareBones Buildup 2024 (paid orientation). August 20, 5-7:30 Collaborate with the 2024 Team to create protocols to address interpersonal dynamics, safety, workload fairness, communication, and organization
  • Community Storyboarding, Build Kickoff, and all rehearsals (or schedule other interpreters): September 12, 22, 29 and October 6, 13, 20, 27, 28, 29, 30
  • Production meetings if requested
  • Meetings/phone calls with ASL team as needed
  • Four performances (to provide interpretation backstage), to be held on October 31, November 1, 2, and 3, 2024. The rain date will be November 4, if a performance is canceled due to the weather
  • Four educational workshops provided to the community by BareBones Board

Responsibilities Include

  • Recruit, collaborate with, schedule, and provide direction to an ASL interpreter team (paid and volunteer) for deaf BareBones performers with assistance from Volunteer Recruiter, Stage Manager, Teaching Artists, and Co-Directors
  • Provide ASL interpretation to deaf BareBones performers, or schedule interpreters from the ASL team, for all rehearsals and backstage during performances
  • Prioritize the physical and emotional safety of every participant
  • Participate in digital communication (email, text, phone) promptly
  • Participate in a variety of clean-up activities and final wrap-up survey after November 4, 2024
  • As this is a temporary, independent contractor position, candidates are required to have access to materials and technologies necessary for the job


Location Twin Cities Metro, Minnesota
Type Independent contractor, temporary
Category Art and Art Admin
Apply By July 25, 2024
Job Dates August 1 to November 15, 2024


  • $1000.00
  • BareBones Buildup attendance $50
  • Snacks or Meals at most meetings, builds, rehearsals
  • Access to request small funds for basic needs if needed to fully participate in BareBones duties

The BareBones Board/Hiring Committee wishes that we could pay more. We recognize compensation is more like symbolic appreciation rather than a livable wage. This show is only possible with many people's in-kind donations (love hours).

Please Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Do not apply via Facebook. Any applications received via Facebook will not be reviewed.

This year, as we have for at least 7 years, we aim to hire at least 50% QT/BIPoC artists and artists with disabilities, especially in positions of leadership. Please tell us in your cover letter how you connect to this goal.