Philip Mitchell is an award winning director and puppeteer with more than two decades experience working in puppetry and visual theatre in Australia. He has been Artistic Director of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for 14 years.
Philip’s work explores the point at which the visual arts meets the performing arts – it is this point of ignition that excites and feeds his artistic journey. Through his work Philip aims too explore new directions in puppetry development; he is passionate about discovering where the artistic leadership or authorship of a work can be placed.
Philip is committed to nurturing new artistic leaders in puppetry through Australia’s only tertiary education unit at WAAPA and training programs like FirstHand.
Michael Barlow is a puppetry director, writer and performer with more than two decades of experience. He has been Associate Director at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for 9 years.
Michael has trained extensively in puppetry technique with master puppeteer Noriko NIshimoto and L. Peter Wilson and in contemporary mime with Kriszta Bodonyi at Hush mime school. He has also worked with visionary puppeteer Roman Paska. He is closely involved with the delivery of Spare Parts’ training programs for young and emerging artists through the FirstHand program and as a tutor for WAAPA.
Michael’s work reinterprets contemporary puppetry technique, recontextualising puppets, objects and performers in new frameworks.
Acting Executive Producer
Jane Mitchell has extensive experience in arts management, with skills in policy and program development, project management, events, marketing, and partnerships. Since August 2016 Jane has worked as at Town of Bassendean as part-time Events Officer; working in the Town’s Community Development Directorate to deliver arts and cultural events for the Town of Bassendean and broader community.
Prior to this Jane spent nearly 16 years in a range of roles at the WA Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA); including as Senior Policy Officer Young People & Education and Senior Project Officer Arts Development.
Prior to DCA, Jane’s arts sector experience included Marketing Manager at CRAFTWEST Centre for Contemporary Craft (FORM) and Marketing Officer the Artists Foundation of Western Australia (now ArtSource). She was also part of the team for the inaugural AWESOME Perth International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things.
Jane holds a Bachelor of Business (Double Major Marketing and Public Relations) from Curtin University of Technology, and is a Member of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.
Megan is an arts manager with a decade of experience working in the arts in Australia including roles in company management, administration, marketing, producing, touring, development, fundraising and front of house/box office management. She has been Executive Producer for Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for 4 years.
Megan is a passionate arts advocate with a keen interest in working with artists to develop their practice and with arts organisations to deliver meaningful and memorable arts experiences for audiences.
Rebecca has nine years experience in the areas of event management, arts management and community development and has spent the past four years leading the annual Stretch Arts Festival in Mandurah.
Within this role, she has been production manager for large outdoor performances and events which engage a huge number of the local community in performance, music, storytelling, and puppetry.
Rebecca brings with her a wealth of experience in program development, project management and facilitation, and has a particular passion for young people- creating opportunities for them to actively engage in high quality, inspiring arts experiences.
Through her work, she has seen the transformative power the arts has on communities and individuals and is excited to be a part of the team at SPPT, supporting us to deliver quality artistic programs and touring projects nationally and internationally as well as the School of Puppetry program, events and other activities.
Marketing & Communications Officer
Monique has recently graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at the end of 2016, with a Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management). She completed her ten-week secondment at the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company before beginning at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in October 2016. Where she is in the role of Marketing & Communications Officer, taking responsibility for the company’s Marketing activities, Adopt a Puppet program and Education programs.
Karen trained and worked as a secondary English teacher, but looked for part time office work after having a family, and retrained as a bookkeeper. She has found her niche working in not-for-profit arts organisations since 2003, and at Spare Parts since 2014.
International Touring Manager
Nicholas Clark Management NCM provides international and national management and representation services to professional performing arts companies.
Over the last 20 years, Director Nic Clark has worked as producer, administrator, director and actor in the professional performing arts industry.
John Michael Swinbank has managed the company’s publicity since 1999. Prior to this appointment, he was with West Australian Ballet from 1994-1998. His 20+ year professional practice includes all disciplines in the arts and culture sectors, including theatre, dance, music, visual arts and PR management of over 20 arts festivals. He holds a Master of Communication Management from Murdoch University and has ongoing research interests in strategic communications, propaganda and visual communications, especially the Vietnamese Propaganda Art from 1946-1975. Please contact John Michael for any publicity requests regarding Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.