Newsletter September 2014

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Upcoming puppetry workshops at Gorman House!

Upcoming puppetry workshops

I’m very excited to announce I will be running a series of kids, teens and all ages puppetry workshops this month as part of my residency in the Project Space at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. I’ve attached a flyer with more info, please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested!

Sock Puppet Making (2 sessions):
- Saturday 13 September 11-12:30am (click to book)
- Saturday 13 September 1pm-2:30pm (click to book)
Venue: Currong Workshop Space, B Block, Gorman Arts Centre
Ages: 8 years and up (parents, teenagers and adults welcome)
Cost: $10 per person.

Puppeteering for TV (2 sessions):
- Tuesday 16 September, 4:30-6pm ages 7-12 years (click to book)
- Wednesday 17 September, 4:45-6:15pm ages 13-17 years (click to book)
Venue: Bogong Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
Cost: $15 per person

Puppetry impro and performance:
- Sunday 21 September, 10:30am-12:30pm (click to book)
Venue: Bogong Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
Ages: All ages (8 years and up)
Cost: $20 per person.

For all bookings, dates & info, visit:
Be quick – places are limited!

School Holiday Programs at Belconnen Arts Centre!

Puppeteering for TV!

I will be running three very special school holiday programs at the Belconnen Arts Centre early October.

Sock puppet making and play
- Friday 10 October 10am–12pm
- 5-7 years
- $15

Sock puppet making and play
- Friday 10 October 2–4pm
- 8-12 years
- $15

Puppeteering for TV
- Thursday 9 October 1–4pm
- Teens
- $15

For more info & bookings, visit:***

***Please note, this link takes you to a page of all the BAC Spring Holiday Programs, so to book the puppetry workshops, specifically select:
- “Ages 5-7 class Friday 10 October > 10:00am–12:00pm”,
- “Ages 8-12 class Friday 10 October > 2:00–4:00pm”
- OR “Teens class Thursday 9 October > 1:00–4:00pm”.
More details about their other holiday programs at the bottom of the page.

More upcoming events!

Baz n Snags make a come back!

I’m very proud to announce we’ll be working again with The National Museum of Australia and bringing back the beloved pair, Baz N Snags, for a big Australia Day stage show!

Mark your calendars for a great family fun day out at the Museum on Monday, 26th of January 2015! The show will be themed around the NMA’s current exhibition, Spirited. For our previous work with the NMA – follow this link.

Overseas training and work!

Intensive marionette training!

In June last year, I won a scholarship to attend a very specialised puppetry conference in Connecticut, USA.

I trained everyday from 9am till midnight and worked one-on-one with Phillip Huber (world-famous master puppeteer, who did marionette sequences in blockbuster movies such as; ‘Being John Malkovich’ and ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’).

At the conclusion of the training, I had created and performed my finished marionette piece, ‘Woo Pee Woo’ (choreographed to my own composition) in 2 big public performances, attended by many well-known puppeteers, colleagues, family and friends. You can view the video, here.

After the conference, I received a position as Head of Puppetry Department at a very specialised performing arts summer camp for teenagers, also in Connecticut, USA.

My job was to set up and run the workshop (which had been sponsored by Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Family), develop the curriculum and teach hundreds of teens puppetry for two months. It was truly one of the most magical two months I’ve ever experienced.

Since then, I have big plans to start up a type of ‘puppetry school’, right here in Canberra. The above workshops are just the start – so please help me spread the word, sign up to my classes and help me make magic happen in Canberra. You can view a short video of my time at the camp, here.

Visiting Sesame Street

During my time at the summer camp, the director of Sesame Street came to visit the puppetry workshop and was so impressed by the standard of work that was made and the creative environment that my collegue and I had created, that we were invited to come visit Sesame Street HQ in New York City. This eventually led to a commission to create a series of workshop instructions for a potential puppetry workshop to be set up in one of the Sesame Street theme parks!

Since being back in Australia…

Wetlands puppet commission

Since being back in Australia, I have been flat out with:

- a residency with The Street Theatre (HIVE program),

- a residency with Gorman House Arts Centre (where I currently have a temporary workshop space),

- a recycling puppet short film funded by CAPO

- and a wonderful commission to create a series of Wetland puppet characters for a school on the Gold Coast.

For more news of what I’ve been up to – check out the blog, projects and videos page!

Include a puppet show or workshop at your event!

Visiting Sesame Street

Want something different for your upcoming birthday party, function, event or school program? Why not try a puppet show or a puppetry workshop!

Shows, workshops and packages starting from as low as $210. Shows are completely battery powered and are very adaptable – can be performed in a big outside venue or a small living room. Workshop include all materials and equipment.

For quotes and enquiries, email: or call: 0432 668 710

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