Call for Fire Performance Coordinator

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 Fire Coordinator 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 Fire Coordinator will work with these communities 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 fire performance and choreography skills and experience, preferably in collaboration with a variety of artists, in particular: puppetry artists
  • Ability to source materials and props for the needs of producing a large-scale fire performance
  • Experience teaching fire safety protocols and fire performance skills to community members who have limited fire performance experience
  • Connection with local fire performance community and ability to recruit fire performers/safety crew
  • Experience teaching, collaborating with, managing, and supporting a wide variety of community members, including folks of various ages, races, cultures, genders, family structures, abilities, spiritual beliefs, and who speak a variety of languages
  • 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). Collaborate with the 2024 Team to create protocols to address interpersonal dynamics, safety, workload fairness, communication, & organization
  • Artistic staff Storyboarding, Community Storyboarding
  • Rehearsals and additional meetings as scheduled by the Co-Directors, Artistic Team, and Production Team, per protocols developed at BareBones Buildup 2024
  • Four performances, 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
  • See Calendar for more specifics

Responsibilities Include

  • Collaborate with Directors/Facilitators, Barebones staff/artists, and volunteers/community to create a 45-60 minute performance including puppetry, music, fire, and stilting
  • Lead fire section rehearsals during main rehearsals
  • Support and teach participating community members to grow as fire performers and expand their fire performance confidence and skills
  • Teach fire safety protocols to entire performance team and ensure that fire safety protocols are followed by all participants at all times
  • 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 June 7, 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.