Professional Development

Exclusive training opportunity

Two-week puppetry training intensive with Richard Bradshaw OAM, Michael Barlow, Philip Mitchell, and Noriko Nishimoto.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is offering a limited number of places for a two-week, full time puppetry training intensive.

The training intensive will be led by guest artists Richard Bradshaw OAM and Margaret Williams along with the company’s Artistic Director Philip Mitchell and Associate Director Michael Barlow.

This is a rare and exclusive opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s most experienced puppetry artists in this highly specialised art form.

Click here to learn more about the team of professional puppeteers that will be leading the training intensive.

Over the course of two weeks, participants will be introduced to puppet manipulation technique, how to use different types of constructed puppets, exploration of shadow puppetry, and will learn about the evolution of puppetry over the past half century.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest from artists wanting to participate in the intensive.

To express your interest in participating please send:
1) a current CV (max 3 pages)
2) a cover letter (max one page) outlining key reasons for wanting to participant in the program

Applicants must be able to commit to attending the full intensive (details below).
Date: 1 – 12 August 2016
Times: 10am – 4pm, Mon – Fri
Venue: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St Fremantle
Cost: $500

Applications are now open, closing at 5pm WST on Tuesday 26 April 2015.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their EOI in earl May 2016.

For more information and to submit applications, please contact:

Georgina Cramond
Operations Officer | 08 9335 5044

2016 FirstHand: Emergent Puppetry Training

Four of Perth’s most exciting independent emergent artists have been announced as this year’s participants in Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s FirstHand emergent puppetry artist training 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 will be mentored by Spare Parts’ artistic leaders, receive a $3,000 seed fund to develop a puppetry project, and have a fee-free position in the company’s two-week intensive skills training program,

With the profile and popularity of puppetry in Western Australia being fuelled by the PIAF Helpmann Award-winning outdoor event The Giants in 2015, the FirstHand program continues to be in hot-demand with more than 20 applications received from local and interstate artists wishing to develop their skills with Australia’s flagship puppetry company.


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