Call for Teaching Artists and Interns

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 several Teaching Artists and Teaching Artist Interns 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. Teaching Artists & Interns 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

  • Experience teaching, guiding, supporting, and managing 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
  • Strong puppetry, theater, performance, and/or visual art skills
  • Experience creating large-scale outdoor visual and performance art pieces
  • 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
  • Applicants for Teaching Artist Intern positions may have less experience in the above skills

Must Work/Attend

  • BareBones Buildup 2024 (paid orientation). Collaboration with the 2024 Team to create protocols to address interpersonal dynamics, safety, workload fairness, communication, and organization
  • Artistic staff Storyboarding, Community Storyboarding, Build Site move, and Build Kick-Off
  • Build events, 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. Rain date will be November 4, if a performance is canceled due to weather
  • Four educational workshops provided to the community by BareBones Board
  • See Calendar for more specifics

Responsibilities Include

  • Teach, guide, and support a wide range of community members to grow as puppet artists/builders/performers and expand their artistic confidence and skill sets
  • Collaborate with Directors/Facilitators, BareBones staff/artists, and volunteers/community to create a 45-60 minute performance including puppetry, music, fire, and stilting
  • 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


  • Teaching Artist $2000.00, Interns $250.00
  • BareBones Buildup attendance $100
  • 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.