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  • Open until filled Download a detailed description of the position, including compensation and perks, here.  In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) is looking for a new Marketing and Communications Director to replace our outgoing Director, who’s leaving Minnesota this summer. HOBT’s trajectory over the last several years has been one of dynamic growth, building on our long history of radical, original, community drive work, and increasing our position within the Twin Cit…
  • Puppet Cabaret! Friday, March 30th, 8pm Curated by: Akiko Ostlund, Dhann Polnau, and Steve Ackerman An evening of new, short, experimental, weird, borderline 'artistic' puppet acts from Twin Cities artists with live music and booze. Anything could happen in these late-night, low brow evenings MCd by Akiko Ostlund and Dhann Polnau. As always, when puppets are involved, adult content may arise.  Performers: Kat Eng Nora Rickey Alex Young Caitie Ryan Norton Theresa Linnehan Patrick Scull…
  • In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s new artist incubator facilitated by Alison Heimstead is celebrating 7 years of radical, genre-expanding, boundary–pushing work. Join us in March for two weekends of experimental performance from four emerging puppeteers generously funded by the Jerome Foundation. Get tickets and learn more at: https://hobt.org/performances/ Week 1: March 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m., March 18 at 2:30 p.m. Star Girl Clan by Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra & Magdalena Kaluza S…
  • Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extra-ordinary work to make our own South Minneapolis neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place. Join us as we explore Fred Rogers' amazing life as an advocate for children, an artist, a friend, a peace activist, and everyday person. At the same time, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the neighbors who have made our community what it is today.  Dir…
  • An evening of new, short, experimental, weird, borderline 'artistic' puppet acts from Twin Cities artists with live music and booze. Expect a sense of "wait, what did I just watch?" mixed with a dismissive, guttural "huh?!"  followed by a "I mean, I guess..." finished with a "I suppose puppets are one way to go with your life." Anything could happen in these late-night, low brow evenings MCd by Dhann Polnau and coordinated by Steve Ackerman. As always, when puppets are involved, adult content m…
  • THE STORY OF CROW BOY explores the intriguing life story of Taro Yashima who wrestled with human brutality, racial discrimination, and the ravages of WWII to build work of social conscience, compassionate insight, poetic visual form, and ultimately-of joy. Yashima reminds us what it means to be human, and offers understanding into the complexities of cultural survival. This production draws on his autobiographical and fictional books including the Caldecott Honor Award-winning CROW BOY (1956) ab…
  • A propane-fueled, muscle-bound, rough and tumble, torn shirt, bloody bicep, car chasing, bar fight, coming down on that bottom rung of a helicopter, flick a lit cigarette into a pool of gasoline so that as youre walking away in slow motion that thing that everyone in the audience wants to blow up actually blows up behind you, all ending with a cool contextually relevant tagline, homage to 1980s action movie, action sequence.  But with puppets. Directed by Steve Ackerman and featuring performanc…
  • ATTN EMERGING ARTISTS! We are now accepting applications for In the Heart of the Beast's 2017 Puppet Lab. Our emerging artist incubator facilitated by Alison Heimstead is back, and celebrating 5 years of radical, genre-expanding, boundary-pushing work. Applications for Puppet Lab 2017 can be downloaded at: http://hobt.org/get-involved/puppet-lab/ Deadline of Submission June 8, 2016, 5pm Drop in for proposal feedback will be June 6, 2016 11am-3pm If you have any questions or are interested…
  • Award-winning visual and performance artists explore the intriguing life story of Taro Yashima who wrestled with human brutality, racial discrimination, and the ravages of WWII to build work of social conscience, compassionate insight, poetic visual form, and ultimately – of joy. Yashima reminds us what it means to be human, and offers understanding into the complexities of cultural survival. This production draws on his searing graphic autobiographical and luminous fictional books including…
  • Award-winning visual and performance artists explore the intriguing life story of Taro Yashima who wrestled with human brutality, racial discrimination, and the ravages of WWII to build work of social conscience, compassionate insight, poetic visual form, and ultimately – of joy. Yashima reminds us what it means to be human, and offers understanding into the complexities of cultural survival. This production draws on his searing graphic autobiographical and luminous fictional books including…