Vermont
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Bread and Puppet Theater

Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side, the theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s.

Bread and Puppet presents a wide array of offerings from its homebase in Glover, VT. The Bread and Puppet Museum, one of the largest collections of puppets in the world, can be viewed in two stories of an 1863 dairy barn, open for self-guided tours year round. The Bread and Puppet Press, also on site, produces posters, banners, postcards, booklets and other "cheap art" created by director Peter Schumann and composed and realized by printshop director, Lila Winstead. Throughout the summer months, Bread and Puppet puts on a variety of shows: an outdoor puppet circus with a live brass band, a roving puppet pageant featuring the beautiful North East Kingdom landscape, and indoor puppet shows performed in the paper maché cathedral. Bread and Puppet can also be seen at parades, festivals, protests and marches, where it invites local community members to join. The theater offers a variety of educational programs including apprenticeships, residencies and workshops to artists, bakers, farmers and activists from all over the country and the world. 

For many of the fall and winter months, Bread and Puppet tours nationally and internationally, bringing political puppet shows, workshops, cheap art, exhibits, street performance and bread and aioli to communities near and far. 

For director Peter Schumann, art "has to be cheap and available to everybody." It feeds the soul, while bread feeds the stomach -- both are necessary to human life. After every show, Bread and Puppet serves its famous, generations-old sourdough bread, baked in wood-fired ovens and served with garlic aioli.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Amelia
Job Title/Position: 
Resident Company
Physical Address: 
753 Heights Road
West Glover, VT 05839
Last Name: 
Castillo
Phone: 
802-525-3031

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Puppet
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Humanities - General
Music - Band
Music - Choral
Theater - Circus
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Year Founded: 
1963
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
School Groups
Teens
Languages Available: 
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Community Arts
Exhibitions
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
150
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
Obie AwardErasmus Award from AmsterdamVermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the ArtsPuppeteers of America Award

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
We rarely use amplified sound. We need lights for inside performances. We some times need a suspension system for inside shows. For residencies, we need work space with walls and floor available for working and painting, ample table space and chairs.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$50,000
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
4
Maximum Number of Performers: 
20

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Dance
Music
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults