Firsthand Emergent Puppetry Artist Program

The FirstHand Puppetry Artist Program offers intensive skills training and mentorship for emergent puppetry artists.

The FirstHand Puppetry Artist Program supports emergent artists to develop their skills within the art form of puppetry. It immerses the participants in all aspects of the creation and performance of puppetry including a two-week intensive skills training period, support through a creative development process, business skills and training, and presentation opportunities.

In 2016, four of Perth’s most exciting independent emergent artists were selected for the FirstHand program, including recent WAAPA graduates Zoe Hollyoak and Rachael Woodward, along with Finn O’Branagáin and Rhiannon Petersen.

As part of the FirstHand program each was mentored by Spare Parts’ artistic leaders, received a $3,000 seed fund to develop a puppetry project and held a fee-free position in the company’s two-week intensive skills training program.

In 2015, Humphrey Bower, Yvan Karlsson and Sam Longley joined an impressive alumni of FirstHand artists. Yvan Karlsson since went on to perform in Splat!  in July 2016 and has been cast for the premiere season of Nobody Owns the Moon for October 2016. Sam Longley continues development of his puppetry work Gareth of The Antarctic which was announced as one of the first successful projects of The Blue Room Theatre’s LOFT initiative.

Other graduates include Chloe Flockart, nominated in the 2015 Performing Arts Awards for Best Actress for Farm, St John Cowcher has toured internationally with The Adventure’s of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, and Bec Bradley, also nominated in the 2015 PAWA Awards for her role in Farm.

Application Process

Applications are now open for the 2017 intake of FirstHand Artists. The program formally commences in August 2017 with opportunities for observation, participation and mentorship.

For more information and how to apply, please click here

"The mentoring and training I received through Firsthand has given me a huge head start to my career. I have met many fantastic artists who I can now call on for advice or look to for future collaboration."
- FirstHand Graduate, 2011