Bread and Puppet

Peter and Bread and Puppet puppets

MassArt to host Bread & Puppet Residency
February 11-21 2016
Public invited to participate and attend

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) will host Bread & Puppet Theater, featuring Founder and Artistic Director Peter Schumann, for an 11-day Artist-in-Residency February 11-21. MassArt students and community partners will collaborate with the troupe throughout the residency; the public is also invited to participate as volunteer puppeteers and attend the performances.

The Bread & Puppet residency at MassArt was established through Academic Affairs, and is co-organized by the Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP) and the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) academic department with the intention of offering students and community members alike the opportunity to participate in the interdisciplinary residency program in a meaningful way. The residency offers many entry points for artists, designers, and educators to collaborate with the troupe and gain valuable experience. Students and volunteers will attend performances, rehearse and perform with the troupe, assist with production, and document the shows. Through these opportunities, participants will learn what it means to be an activist artist, how to respond to real life issues through the performative process, and how to create work collaboratively with other artists.

MassArt students will participate in the residency as independent study with the Studio for Interrelated Media, or through related class offerings such as playwriting through the Liberal Arts department, puppet-making through Fine Arts 3D, or live drawing sessions during the rehearsals.

The Center for Art and Community Partnerships is partnering with several community-based organizations to introduce new audiences to Bread & Puppet. Sociedad Latina is a primary community partner for the residency and plans to engage its members through many art forms such as instrumental accompaniment during performances, video documentation of the shows, as well as rehearsals and performances with the troupe.


The residency opens with a Fiddle Sermon on February 11, delivered by Peter Schumann, followed by a question and answer session with the Bread & Puppet company, a parade through MassArt’s Design and Media Center, and a reception in Peter Schumann’s exhibit in the Tower Lobby. The residency will continue with two different kinds of performances that feature Bread & Puppet’s signature powerful imagery, masked characters, and giant papier-mâché puppets, The Overtakelessness Circus (February 13-14) and The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera (February 17-21).

Additionally, Peter Schumann’s political art installation titled North East Kingdom Weapons and Tools for Decapitalization will be on view (Feb 12-21). Following each performance, Schumann’s homemade sourdough rye bread (spread with garlic-laden aioli), freshly baked in a temporary outdoor brick oven in the MassArt courtyard, will be offered to visitors.


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MassArt's Tower Auditorium and Pozen Center are a few steps from the Longwood stop on the "E" Green Line. Visit MassArt via public transit. There is some street parking. Parking is also available at a number of commercial public parking facilities near campus; hourly rates vary. MassArt does not validate parking.

  • Evans Way and Palace Roads, Metered street parking near the MassArt Tower Building.
  • Standard Garage, 333 Longwood Avenue, 617-632-2765. On east side of Longwood Avenue, between Blackfan Street and Binney Street.
  • The Galleria, 350 Longwood Avenue, 617-723-1488. Garage on the west side of Longwood Avenue between Binney Street and Brookline Avenue.
  • MASCO Parking Garage, 375 Longwood Avenue, 617-632-2860. Garage on east side of Longwood Avenue on Plymouth Street, behind Brueggers' Bagels.
  • Stanhope Garage, 690 Huntington Avenue, 617-734-9915. Above ground open lot on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Wigglesworth Street near Brigham Circle.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, 20-26 Museum Road, 617-369-3657. On Museum Road off of Huntington Avenue, between Louis Prang Street and Forsyth Way.

How to Volunteer

Bread and Puppet is participatory theater. All are welcome to engage as citizen puppeteers! In order to perform you must attend a volunteer rehearsal/s (schedule below). Please read below for more information and reach out to us to let us know that you plan to attend rehearsal/s. In your email please share:
Which rehearsal/s can you commit to and which show/s do you plan to perform in (please include date/s).

For MassArt students, faculty and staff: to be a volunteer puppeteer please email
For the general public: to be a volunteer puppeteer please email

Public Rehearsal Times

Circus rehearsals: 
Friday, February 12th, 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, February 13th & 14th: adults 10 am + kids 12:00pm

Volunteers must attend the rehearsal taking place directly before the circus performance in which they wish to participate (at minimum).

Seditious Conspiracy / Oscar Show rehearsals: 
Monday & Tuesday, February 15th & 16th, 6:00 - 10:00pm
Pre-performance volunteer call: Wednesday-Saturday, February 17-20, 5:00pm & Sunday, February 21, 12:30pm

Volunteer puppeteers must attend either of the first rehearsals before the show opens OR attend a show first, and then attend a rehearsal/s in order to participate in future shows.

Please note: It is not necessary to commit to the entire run of a show. That said, please communicate your availability in advance. Those who can commit to a greater number of rehearsals and performances may be granted bigger roles in performances. 


The Circus show has ample musical opportunities. The Seditious Conspiracy show has fewer opportunities, but volunteers may bring their instruments for possible incorporation.

Dress Code

The dress code for the Circus is long sleeve whites and white pants. 
The dress code for the Seditious Conspiracy show is long sleeved shirts and pants in dark colors. 


Children are welcome to perform in the Circus shows. Please note the special rehearsal time for kids listed above. 

The Circus show is family friendly and meant for all ages.
The Seditious Conspiracy / Oscar show is recommended for ages 10 and up.


All donations will go to the MassArt Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your contribution is tax deductible. Your donation will help defray the cost of the Bread & Puppet residency at MassArt. As a public college for art and design, MassArt is proud to be hosting Bread & Puppet and allowing performances to be open and accessible to all.  


Fiddle Sermon

February 11:
Peter Schumann's Fiddle Sermon

Overtakelessness Circus

February 13 & 14
The Overtakelessness Circus

Conspiracy Theater

February 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21
The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez