Puppet Doctor- Sue Wallace and Steve Coupe Sydney Puppet Theatre

The doctors are in! Have a question about mechanisms, or materials? Not sure how to light your stage to best effect? Our experienced puppet doctors Sue Wallace and Steve Troupe from the Sydney Puppet Theatre will be able to answer your questions.

The opportunity to submit questions to our puppet doctors will open in the week/ days leading up to the meeting.

More details will be coming soon!

Crafty Social: Aquatic Life and Marine Worlds & 2022 Season Launch

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Crafty Social: Aquatic Life and Marine Worlds 2022 Season Launch

Date: Saturday 22nd January, 2022

Time: 5pm AEST (2pm WA, 3.30pm NT, 4pm QLD, 4.30pm SA)

We’re kicking off our 2022 season with a crafty social! The @unima_internationale theme for this year’s World Puppetry Day (21st March) is ‘Aquatic Life and Marine Worlds’ – so get ready to make some sea creature puppets! Bring along your recycled goods/trash, some tape, scissors and other crafty tools to make a creature from the sea – whether it’s a scrappy squid, plastic porpoise or water bottle whale, the world is your oyster! 

Photos/videos of our creations will be put together to send to UNIMA International for their video project, which will be shared on World Puppetry Day (all videos are due by 15th Feb, 2022). For more info about the project go to 

When: Saturday 22nd January

Time: 5pm AEST 

2pm WA

3.30pm NT

4pm QLD

4.30pm SA


This online event is FREE and open to all members of UNIMA Australia.  

Members have been sent a link to reserve their virtual seat now to access the zoom link!

Registrations close at midnight (AEST) on Friday 21st January, 2022. 

We have lots of puppeteer talks/ virtual workshops/ and social events planned for 2022. Check back here regularly or become a member to find out our calendar of events.

Want to become a member of UNIMA Oz and access all our events for free? 

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Applications open for 2019 FirstHand Puppetry Artist Training Program (WA)

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 Puppet Theatre.

For more details, please visit the Spare Parts webpage.