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, 2023.

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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After a highly competitive application process, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has chosen four groups to support with our 2023 Artist in Residence program. Read more here.

Tertiary partnerships

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts offers Puppetry Training to Students

The Memory Palaces

Directed by: Michael Barlow

Performed by: 3rd Year Performance Making students

In the latest chapter in a long-term partnership, WAAPA 3rd Year Performance Making students collaborate with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre Associate Director Michael Barlow to breathe life into a brand-new work of visual theatre. The work’s title is inspired by ancient methods of recall that have left traces on cultures from across the globe. Prepare to be enchanted by a tale of love, life, and forgetting, spun from threads of memory that bind us together, that make us human.

“A meaningful relationship between two people cannot sustain itself only in the present tense.” – Joshua Foer

Please note: This production is not suitable for children; recommended age 15+

Performance Details

Ellie Eaton Theatre, Gate 1, Claremont Showground
1 Graylands Rd, Claremont

Performance Dates:
10th Nov 7:00pm , 11th Nov 2:00pm , 11th Nov 7:00pm

Ticketing Information:
$20 – Full
$15 – Concession
$13 – Friends


Our 2023 Masterclass has now come to an end. Stay tuned for 2024!

Throughout the year we offer puppetry workshops for adults, led by talented designers and puppetry artists.

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