Koala Muppet Making workshop

Have you ever wondered how a hand and rod puppet made from foam is made? Come along to this one day hands on online workshop with all materials provided, to make your very own UNIMA Australia Koala puppet. 

Our instructor Katherine Hannaford has been building foam puppets for stage and television for 20 years. Trained originally by Marie Martine Ferrari, Katherine is now mentored by US based master puppet builders Pasha Romanowski (Project Puppet, Beyond the Sock), and BJ Guyer (The Muppets, Crank Yankers, Stan Winston School of Character Arts).

Each participant will be sent a kit of all the parts required to build the puppet. Participants will need to provide a small pair of sharp scissors, safety glasses, disposable gloves, small needle nosed pliers, hot glue gun, and hot glue sticks.

No previous experience building foam puppets is required. This workshop is ideal for puppeteers of foam puppets as you will learn the skills required to maintain your puppets, and for puppet builders curious to add another form of building to your repertoire. You do need to be comfortable using basic crafting materials such as hot glue, scissors, and hand sewing.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants. There will be a materials fee for this workshop.

More details including how to register are coming soon!

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.

Mask Workshop with Matteo Destro in Sydney (NSW)

This intensive 1 day workshop is a rare chance to explore the art of performing with theatre masks.

Run by internationally renowned Italian mask maker, performer and teacher Matteo Destro, this workshop is for actors, scenographers, directors, writers, choreographers and dancers looking to expand their understanding of movement.

Participants will leave the workshop with a foundation in
movement analysis as well as skills in playing neutral mask
and a range of masks wih expressions.

Matteo Destro studied with Jacques Lecoq at the L’École Internationale de Théâtre in Paris and later under the guidance of Donato Sartori. The research and creation of masks and mask theatre would eventually become the heart of his practice. Matteo taught at the Helikos International School of Theatre Creation, directed by Giovanni Fusetti,in Florence, Italy, and has given Master Classes at the University of Iowa, New York University and Victorian College of the Arts. In 2016 he founded ATELIER Mask Movement Theatre, an international school/laboratory for research and theater creation, in San Miniato, Italy.

September 1, 2018 @ 10am-5pm, St Stephens Church Hall, Newtown (NSW)
For more info:
Contact: Jenny 0408808699

Cost: $125/ $100 Early Bird rate – Book by Friday 27 July

Click here to see the Facebook event page

FREE Wayang Kulit Puppetry Workshop/Performance at National Gallery of Australia! (ACT)

FREE Wayang Kulit Puppetry Workshop/Performance at National Gallery of Australia! (ACT)

The National Gallery of Australia is organising a workshop and performance of Wayang Kulit Puppetry in July. They are hoping there will be some interest from local and interstate artists!  Given they have a really big Indonesian Contemporary Worlds exhibition coming up early next year, which will also feature shadow puppet works, with an associated artist in residence program (they believe), we hope this may build into something bigger for the puppetry community here next year.

National Gallery of Australia
Indonesian shadow puppet workshop (ages 18+)

A unique opportunity to learn from Javanese master puppeteer, Dr Joko Susilo, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. Dr Susilo is bilingual Indonesian and English.
Free, registration only, places limited

Tuesday 31 July
10.30am – 12 noon, repeated 1.30 – 3.00pm

Booking link for 10.30am

Booking link for 1.30pm

Performances by the artist with Gamalan Orchestra will also be presented the weekend prior as follows:

National Gallery of Australia
Wayang Kulit : shadow puppet drama of Java, Indonesia

A live performance of Wayang Kulit with Dr. Joko Susilo (dhalang – puppet master) and Ngesti Budoyo Gamelan Ensemble directed by Soegito Hardjodikoro. Presented with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.  Free, registration required
Sunday 29 July 12.30 – 2.00pm   and repeated 3.00 – 4.30pm

Booking link for 12.30pm

Booking link for 2.00pm

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre 2 Week Puppetry Intensive Workshop



Special Guest Artists: Davy and Kristin McGuire, United Kingdom


Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is offering a limited number of places for a unique two-week, training intensive with acclaimed augmented reality artists Davy and Kristin McGuire.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from extraordinary artists, whose work spans puppetry, moving image, theatre and installation.

Participants will explore the techniques used in the Helpmann Award winning theatre show The Paper Architect (Best Visual Theatre production, 2015), building small scale theatre sets from paper dioramas and found objects, devising scenes and learning the techniques to map projection onto the dioramas.

Short scenes in which workshop participants interact with projected characters will be created with opportunities to refine and develop over the fortnight, leading to a showing of short works at the conclusion of the workshop.

Professional puppetry, theatre, visual, interdisciplinary and screen artists will find much to explore over two weeks.

For more information, please visit:


Puppetry and Visual Theatre Masterclasses with DNA

Adam Bennett is a puppeteer who has a career spanning 30 years. He has performed in Australia, Europe, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. He co-founded DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre with Rachel Riggs in London in 1994 and has worked as a devising puppeteer for many companies as well as being Artistic Director of Little Angel Theatre in 2014.

Adam is keen on seeking out professional and emerging puppeteers and visual theatre performers to engage in training and experiments in devising, performing and staging visual theatre with puppets, materials, props and the performing body.
Secure a place at

Island Puppetry Workshop (QLD)

Island Puppetry Workshop is a wonderful two-day intensive puppetry performance workshop run by Larrikin Puppets on Bribie Island in Queensland.

Weekend Intensive Workshop:
Day 1: Puppetry for Stage, Saturday 3 November, 2018, 10am-4pm AEST (6 hours).
Day 2: Monitor Puppetry for Film & TV, Sunday 4 November, 2018, 10am-3pm AEST (5 hours).
Total 11 hours.
With 30 minute lunch break each day.
15 minute afternoon tea break each day.
Lunch is provided both days.

For more details visit:


Puppetry Master Class with Simon T. Rann from Company Philippe Genty – NSW Weekend Away

Man and cloth

Simon T. Rann from the world-renowned Company Phillipe Genty in Europe is presenting a puppetry master class exploring the processes of creating visual theatre. This workshop will cover puppetry technique, an exploration and manipulation of objects and materials, and physical work.

Open to all performers from different disciplines: puppeteers, actors, dancers, performance artists, physical theatre practitioners… and to artists working in the related disciplines of puppet making, sculpting, costume design, etc.

The workshop will be in Mittagong, Southern Highlands NSW (just over an hour’s drive from Sydney). Numbers are limited.

This beautiful venue has full kitchen facilities and accommodation (for up to 10 people at $60/night). A great opportunity to spend a weekend away with colleagues!

For more info download the flyer here:

Puppetry Master Class with Simon T. Rann

Enquires to Sue Wallace  

This workshop is presented by UNIMA Australia.