Seeking Artistic Director

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater seeks a visionary, creative, and empathetic leader to serve as Producing Artistic Director. Applications for this position are now open! This position is full-time, with a salary range of $75,000- $90,000. 

To ensure a successful transition to our new leader, HOBT engaged arts-focused Evolution Management Consultants to conduct a lengthy strategic planning process and identify the key responsibilities for our future Director.

Together with an advisory committee of board members, MayDay Council members, and our Interim Director, we are excited to launch our search with their support.

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Image Description: a purple graphic with a cartoon drawing of the Avalon and text that reads “We Are Hiring Apply to be HOBT’s Artistic Director.”

HOBT's Lending Library, A Virtual Tour!

Click on the circles to zoom in and out and travel around HOBT's Puppet Lending Library. Virtually travel through the theater.

Visit HOBT's Puppet Lending Library at the Avalon, 1500 E Lake St. You can “check out” select puppets for free at the Avalon. These beautiful masks were made by local artists and community members over many years.

The library will be open on May 6, and then every first and third Saturday of each month.

Click HERE to learn more.

Mission, Vision & Values

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Image Description: Malia Araki Burkhart, Nurture, 2022. This painting displays two people with hands outstretched towards each other. In between them is soil and green plants growing, a cloud with a heart at the center rains down on the plants. The painting reads "Nurture."

We have a new mission, vision, and values statement. Check them out below!

Our Annual Report

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Since 1973, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre has helped to create and cultivate the puppetry community in the Twin Cities. We are a world-renowned theater recognized for our large scale puppets and political activism. For almost 50 years, we have brought some of the most talented puppeteers to Minneapolis while maintaining a strong connection to the local puppet community. In 2022, we embarked on a strategic planning process. We honor what we have accomplished and are we excited to carry the work forward.

Click Below to view our Fiscal Year 2022 annual report and learn what we are planning for the future

Image Descriptions: Three photos. The first shows performers and puppeteers in a chase scene in the Impact Theory of Mass Extinction by Junauda Petrus-Nasah, photo by Uche Iroegbu. The second photo shows three kids playing in a fountain with a colorful puppet crafted by Gustavo Boada outside of the MN Orchestra. The third photo features a turtle puppet on a bicycle by Gustavo Boada, riding around the MayDay Festival, photo by Spencer Joles.

MayDay Released - Learn More

Meet the MayDay Council: meet the MayDay Council who will partner with HOBT in designing a new approach to the planning and production of future MayDay events based on principles of equity, justice, and collaboration.  Learn More...