Artist training & development

Throughout the year we offer puppetry master-classes for adults and professional artists, led by talented designers and puppetry artists.


Applications are now closed for our Artist in Residence Program, 2024.

Our Artist in Residence program offers a two-week residency at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle and includes use of our studio space, technical equipment, workshop/making facilities, and support from company artistic and technical staff. We are excited by fearless and imaginative puppetry works that captivate and stimulate an audience emotionally and offer opportunities for greater participation, expression, and agency.

The program is open to independent artists working in puppetry and embraces exploration in creative practice and experimentation. Projects may be in their early stages or may have already undergone some development and can be for any audience. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will contribute financially to the costs of the project up to $2500.

Priority will be given to Western Australian artists, and projects that show potential to be developed for presentation by Spare Parts in future will be given special consideration.

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Tertiary partnerships

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts offers Puppetry Training to Students


We are thrilled to announce a new week-long immersive Puppetry Masterclass, titled Large Scale Puppetry Process, Logistics, and Delivery. Our guest artist for 2024 is Joe Blanck, Founder and Creative Director of A Blanck Canvas.


Large scale puppetry is a multifaceted craft that blends artistry with practical considerations. In this immersive 5-day class, participants will delve into the intricacies of creating and delivering large scale puppets that captivate audiences while adhering to stringent safety standards and budgetary constraints.


Masterclass Details

Date: 15 – 19 July 2024
Times: 9:00am – 5.00pm, Mon – Fri
Venue: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St, Fremantle WA
Course Cost: $495.00

Spots for this masterclass are limited, so make sure to secure your place today!

For questions or more information please contact:
Michael Barlow – Associate Director | | 08 9335 5044

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