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2015 FirstHand: Emergent Puppetry Training Program

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is inviting applications from artists to join the 2015 FirstHand emergent puppetry artist program. The program formally commences in August 2015 with opportunities for observation, participation and mentorship from March 2015.

Over a 3 – 4 month period, FirstHand offers rigorous training in the creation of puppetry and is suited to applicants with a strong skills base in performing or design for new theatre and performance. Ideally you will have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field but consideration will be given to applicants with a demonstrable level of other training or relevant experience.

The program operates at SPPT on a fee-free, part-time basis and requires a variable but sustained time commitment.

At a minimum, FirstHanders are expected to commit to a two-week training intensive and commit additional time for creative developments, observation of rehearsals and performances, apply for grants and other arts administrative duties. At the core of the FirstHand training and mentoring is the development of the participant’s puppetry performance project.

On the successful completion of the initial training and development phase, participants will then be offered seed-funding of $3,000 for the incubation of a new puppetry performance. The seed-fund also includes in-kind support through access to Spare Parts’ rehearsal and office space, artistic and administrative mentorship. Applicants will be requited to reconcile and acquit the seed-fund.

Application process:

Artists and recent graduates who are interested must apply for consideration by 5pm WST on 30 January 2015. Expressions of interest must include:

(1) a current CV (max 3 pages)
(2) a recent photograph (max 2MB)
(3) a one page (max) letter outlining your key reasons for wanting to participate in the program and your capacity to commit and participate in the program,
(4) a one page (max.) proposal for a new puppetry performance project. This could be a single artist or a group and open to any performance platform (indoor / outdoor)

Applicants will be required to attend an audition during February 2015.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application / audition by the beginning of March 2015.
Successful applicant(s) will commence the Program in August 2015.

For more information and to submit applications, please contact:

Philip Mitchell
Artistic Director
08 9335 5044


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