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Personal Statement

Peter Schumann is the founder and director of the Bread & Puppet Theater. Born in Silesia, now Poland, he was a sculptor and dancer in Germany before moving to the United States in 1961. In 1963, he founded Bread & Puppet in New York City, and in 1970, Schumann and his company were invited to come to Goddard  as the College’s first Theater-in-Residence.

From 1970 to 1974, hundreds of Goddard students participated in Bread and Puppet workshops, parades, and demonstrations and toured with the Theater.

After a few years, Schumann composed his first Domestic Resurrection Circus. Blending vaudeville comedy with political commentary, as well as the company’s trademark giant puppets, the Circus became a tradition each summer. After Schumann moved to Glover, Vermont in 1973, the Circuses continued. The Domestic Resurrection Circus’s last year was 1998, when over 30,000 people attended. Since then, a smaller circus is performed every weekend during the summer.

Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.