FirstHand Puppetry Artist Training Program

Intensive puppetry skills training and mentorship for artists

The FirstHand Puppetry Artist Training Program supports artists to develop their skills within the art form of puppetry.

FirstHand offers training in the creation of puppetry and interested applicants can apply to the program on an annual basis. The program is suited to applicants with a strong skill base in performing for new theatre, Ideally who have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field, but consideration is also given to applicants with a demonstrable level of other training or relevant experience.

Established in 2010 with assistance from the Ian Potter Foundation, the program has developed in response to the needs of the theatre sector to nurture established and emerging artists who are looking to transition or broaden their practice to include puppetry.

This year, FirstHanders will join a full-time training intensive (fee-free) in the last week of February 2019 with Artistic Director Philip Mitchell and Associate Director Michael Barlow. A two-week (part-time) mentorship follows leading to two weeks (full-time) paid engagement to create a short new devised performance in collaboration with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.


The 2019 FirstHand Emergent Puppetry Artists

Noemie Huttner-Koros

Noemie is an emerging theatre-maker, writer, director and interdisciplinary artist based in Boorloo/Perth. She is a recent graduate of WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts (Performance Making) and has also trained at the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski in Italy, the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore, Makhampom Living Theatre in Thailand and the Roy Hart International Centre for Voice in France. Her practice is driven by a passionate belief in the social role of art and in creating spaces, encounters and experiences for people to meet each other, be moved, challenged and laugh. She is a co-founder of KAN Collective, and alongside co-founders Kate Thresher and Annika Moses, create immersive and intimate performances (House of Joys, FRINGEWORLD 2018). In 2018, she wrote and directed ADA, and performed/devised The Painfully True Story of the Show We Couldn’t Make as part of WAAPA’s Tilt season at the Blue Room, was Creative Intern on The Last Great Hunt’s immersive work Stay with us, part of the Perth Festival Emerging Artist Lab, performed at in HOWL at PICA and was the Blue Room’s Summer Nights intern. She also created and performed a 16 hour durational performance Borders at Spectrum Gallery Space. She is currently producer of Our Sandman and will perform in 600 Seconds at the Blue Room during FRINGEWORLD.

Timothy Green

Timothy Green is an interdisciplinary theatre maker based in Perth, WA. A graduate of WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts (2015), Tim is passionate about exploring the boundaries of visual storytelling, physical theatre and immersive, unconventional contemporary theatrical experiences.

A founding member of Static Drive Co, Tim recently created and performed Night Sweats (Static Drive Co, 2018), co-directed Tissue (Static Drive Co, 2018), and stage managed and collaborated on Hiro (Samantha Chester, 2018). In 2019, Tim will be performing in Sunset as part of Perth Festival (STRUT Dance, Maxine Doyle (UK)). Other recent projects include stage managing House on the Hill, directed by guest director Nona Shepphard from RADA, UK (WAAPA, 2018), residencies with pvi collective (Perth, 2017) and Arteles Creative Center, Finland (2017), and stage managing and collaborating on The Astronaut (Samantha Chester, 2016).


The 2017 FirstHand Emergent Puppetry Artists

Clare Testoni

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Clare is a writer, actor, and shadow artist. She made her theatrical debut in Deborah Oswald’s Stories in The Dark in 2007 with ATYP, which was the first time she combined her loves of folktales, puppetry, and theatre. Clare is currently a part of Black Swan’s Emerging Writers Program, with her her play for the program Heed The Spark also receiving development with Playwriting Australia. Clare has previously performed her shadow play and storytelling shows at The State Library of NSW and for The Leichhardt Espresso Chorus.

Her children’s shadow puppet show West of The Moon premiered this year at The Blue Room Theatre, as part of Summer Nights. Clare also hosts the podcast Singing Bones which examines the history of fairy tales. Originally from Sydney, Clare is currently based in Fremantle, where she is learning how to be a mermaid.


Daniel Dosek

daniel-dosek-head-shotDaniel Dosek is an emerging artist and theatre maker based in Perth, Western Australia, and a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Performance Making. In 2016, Daniel spent 9 weeks at the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore, studying the ancient Sanskrit Theatre Kutiyattum under the tutelage of Gopalan Nair Venu. In performance, Daniel is attracted to utilising comedy in order to create work that has been described as insightful, cheeky and subversive. Daniel’s interpretation of contemporary social themes and popular culture gives his work a strong and relevant trajectory.

Daniel works predominant as a performer and deviser, working on projects such as his graduate show, dystopian sci-fi comedy The Colony for the miniature theatre festival TILT, and Come On Down, a site specific comedy for Fringe World Perth 2017, where he also led the project as producer.


Tristan McInnes

tristan-mcinnes-head-shotTristan McInnes is a Perth-based actor and deviser, and has been working in theatre for the past seven years. He helped create The Emergence Company’s award-winning debut, Under This Sun (2015) and The Cutting Room Floor’s What’s Love Got to Do With It (2016). He came, back from a wild tour of the Melbourne Fringe with Rorschach Beasts Girl In The Wood, after its award winning first run at Fringeworld 2015, and last year he pulled off a double-billed run of TANK (2016) and Porto (2016) at the Blue Room Theatre. He is excited to play a leading role in the 2017 Subiaco Arts Festival season of 10,000.

Tristan is on the brink of graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts, and is already  one of the most critically acclaimed young independent artists in Perth.

 

Accolades

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.

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.

For information on other opportunities or our two-week puppetry training intensive or contact Hannah Rule on producer@sppt.asn.au.

"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