Executive Director Announced for WA’s Most Adored Puppet Company

15 December, 2022

Chair of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, David Mofflin, announced today a step change in the growth of the renown puppet company.

“We are proud to announce that Katie Henebery has been promoted to the role of Executive Director of the organisation. The role has been created in recognition of the exceptional leadership and contribution that Katie has made to the vibrancy of Spare Parts in a very short time with the organisation.” said Mofflin.

Arriving from the Australian Chamber Orchestra just over 18 months ago Katie has brought tremendous leadership, commitment and an ambitious vision for the growth of the company. Under her leadership the organisation has secured new partnerships with Stan Perron Foundation, Goodeve Foundation, including funding for a training puppet initiative to build 72 puppets, and a partnership with the Telethon Kids Institute. She has been instrumental in the ongoing discussions with the State Government, looking at short term and long term solutions to the recent closure of our Fremantle theatre.

“We are currently recruiting for a General Manager to provide support and greater capacity for our existing management team” said Artistic Director Philip Mitchell. “In her new role, Katie will continue to lead the growth and vibrancy of our artistic programs including building on her recent success in securing a new partnership for our Early Years Puppet Play program to be launched in February 2023.”

With our creative engines in full drive and employment of artists at an all-time high, our dynamic and resilient hub of creativity will be launching a number of new creative initiatives in 2023 that will affirm our position as Australia’s most well-loved and renown puppet company.

Acknowledgement of Country

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land on which we work. As we tour our work across these vast lands, we pay our respect to all First Nations elders, past and present. We celebrate their continuing connection and contribution to culture, country and community, and thank all First Nations peoples for their wisdom in caring for the land, the sky, the rivers and the sea.