Applications open for 2019 FirstHand Puppetry Artist Training Program

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is inviting applications from artists to join the 2019 FirstHand Puppetry Artist Training Program. The program commences in Feb 2019 with opportunities for training, mentorship and development before entering a puppetry performance project.

FirstHand offers training in the creation of puppetry and is suited to applicants with a strong skills base in performing for new theatre. 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.

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.

Application process:

Artists and recent graduates who are interested must apply for consideration by 5pm WST on 23 November 2018.  Expressions of interest must include:

(1) a current CV (max 2 pages)

(2) a recent photograph (max 2MB)

(3) a one page (max) letter outlining your artistic practise and key reasons for participating in the program

Key Dates

Auditions: early December 2018

Applicants notified: mid-December

Induction: February 2019

Training week: 25 Feb – 1 March

Mentorship/development: 4 – 15 March

Performance creation: 18 – 29 March

For more information and to submit applications, please contact:

Philip Mitchell, Artistic Director, ad@sppt.asn.au, 08 9335 5044

Michael Barlow, Associate Director, asd@sppt.asn.au, 08 9335 5044

About Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is Australia’s flagship puppetry company and has been a driving force in the puppetry landscape in Australia.

We have been creating puppetry works of a world-class standard for 38 years, cultivating a strong and loyal audience base in our local community and touring extensively and consistently around Australia, and internationally through Asia, Europe and North America.

Our enduring mission (purpose) is to transform people’s view of the world and each other through world-class puppetry.

We present four seasons a year at our home theatre in Fremantle, nurture the art form through our School of Puppetry and artist training and development programs, perform in venues, festivals, corporate and community events and tour extensively through Western Australia and the world.

As skilled leaders in the art form we pursue a strategy of building greater capacity amongst the artists we work with. Our FirstHand emergent puppetry artist program provides an entry point to the art form and the company for a new generation of emergent artists through our School of Puppetry program.