About the program

The Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Theater, and Concordia International are pleased to offer students a short-term summer program providing students with the opportunity to earn 3 Concordia credits while spending 10 days working at the Bread and Puppet Theater, culminating in a new performance under the direction of the Theater’s Artist-in-Residence Peter Schumann. Founder and director of the company in the Lower East Side of New York in 1963 and based since 1974 in the town of Glover, Vermont (USA), Schumann is the creator of hundreds of theatrical productions, expansive community parades and pageants, and other multi-scale spectacles in both urban and rural settings – often on themes relating to the pressing issues of the day, and always in collaboration with the rural ecology of the company’s home.

Concordia students will work on a performance creation project in an intensive Field School, assisted by Bread and Puppet company members, over the course of a 10-day residency (including two travel days and one day off) and culminating in a final public performance at the annual Museum Opening day on Sunday, June 5th, launching the Theater’s summer season.


Dates & courses

Dates: May 24, 2022 - June 6, 2022 

Course: PERC 496: Performance Creation Field School

In addition to working with the company’s signature puppets, masks, costumes, music, and movement style, the Field School will comprise of preparatory meetings and historical/contextual presentations on the history and philosophy of Bread and Puppet Theater. Students will also participate in choral singing, papier-mâché puppet construction, printing and painting of posters and broadsides in the Theater’s print shop, and the everyday agricultural chores of a working farm. Living conditions at the Theater are rustic, and the field school will take place in a screen-free environment.

Dr. Mark Sussman, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, will accompany the group and will provide background information and coordinate logistics.


Estimated cost & bursary

Program fee: Concordia will charge program participants for 3 credits of undergraduate tuition and a program fee of $500 to cover

  • Round-trip bus transportation to Bread & Puppet farm
  • Meals

Additional costs: Students are financially responsible for the payment of their accommodations, mandatory health and travel insurance, any travel documents you may need, the cost of a PCR test prior to departure and spending money.

Peter N. Thomson Family Field School Award: The Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for the Peter N. Thomson Family Field School Awards. The Award offers an amount of $1,300 for thirty (30) eligible Fine Arts undergraduate or graduate students accepted to a Field School hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts. Please consult the Peter N. Thomson Field School Award webpage for application instructions.

Quebec Mobility Bursary: To offset costs, Concordia offers a bursary of $450 to students who qualify. To qualify for thisbursary, students must meet the following requirements

  • You are a Concordia student enrolled in a Concordia Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree program while participating in the program.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 24 credits toward their degree. Graduate students must have completed at least 9 credits towards their degree; these must be credits earned from the current program. Transfer credits, whether internal or external, do not count.

Please note that this bursary cannot be combined with any other in-house mobility scholarship, mobility bursary or mobility award.

Host institution

The Bread and Puppet Theater is one of the oldest, non-profit, political theatre companies in the United States, founded in 1963 on the Lower East Side. 

In 1974 Bread and Puppet moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The 140-year-old hay barn was transformed into a museum for veteran puppets. Our Domestic Resurrection Circus, a two-day outdoor festival of puppetry shows, was presented annually through 1998.

The company makes its income from touring new and old productions both on the American continent and abroad, and from sales of Bread and Puppet Press’ posters and publications. The traveling puppet shows range from tightly composed theater pieces presented by members of the company to extensive outdoor pageants which require the participation of many volunteers.

Today, Bread and Puppet continues to be one of the oldest, non-profit, political theatre companies in the country.

Accommodations

Students will be sleeping on the Bread & Puppet farm outdoors in tents, Indoor accommodations can be available, in case of cold or wet weather. Student will have to supply their own camping gear. Students without tents or sleeping bags should be in contact with Mark Sussman (mark.sussman@concordia.ca), as it may be possible for students in the group to share their gear.


Application process



COVID Program Requirements

All student participating in this field school must meet the measures required by the Bread & Puppet Theater to ensure safety of all joining the “bubble” at the theater. With all of these, it will be possible for the students to work side by side (with masking, etc.) with B&P company members.

The requirements are:

  • Proof of full vaccination status
  • Proof of a negative PCR test prior to boarding the bus, from within 72 hours prior to departure
  • A negative rapid test upon arrival in Glover. 

For further information on entry requirements to the United States, please visit the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada website.


All information on this website is subject to change without notice; the program is subject to a minimum enrollment of 12 students to take place; and it may be cancelled at any time and for any reason.


Have a question?


Application Inquiries

Maral Abajian
maral.abajian@concordia.ca

Academic Inquiries

Dr. Mark Sussman
mark.sussman@concordia.ca
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