Where to study puppetry in Australia?
What puppetry groups could I join in Australia?
Where to find puppetry festivals in Australia?
What types of puppetry are performed in Australia?
Where to buy puppetry books in Australia?
More updates on news and events in Australian
puppetry can be found at: UNIMA Australia, ozpuppetry,
The Swinburne University course that includes puppetry looks like it will be closing. For good. Like with the puppetry course at VCA. Because of this, and because I’m a graduate of Swin’s course, I thought it would be a good idea to rewrite and update my article on the degree. (The list of other studying opportunities for puppetry can be found here) Below you will find info about the course; but first, some info about the closure. I will update this article further once a decision has been made about the closure.
Every so often I get questions about groups for puppetry in Melbourne, and since I live in Melbourne this is a fairly easy question for me to answer. So I thought I’d post the most recent Q&A here. Most of my reply works just as well for other Australian cities (Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, and Hobart), since there really isn’t all that much available for the general public to get involved with. If you’re from one of those other cities - or anywhere else in Australia - then exchange any mention of a Melbourne-based company with one of the larger companies listed here or here. For the most part, the best advice is to check out UNIMA Australia for something in your area; and if nothing is suitable, to avoid ‘real world’ puppetry altogether and visit the following online puppetry forums or purchase some books from Amazon. … Now for the actual reply:
Are there educational places in Australia where you can make or perform with puppets? Yes! For children, there are plenty of companies that offer workshops or artist-in-residence placements. For adults… well, you’re probably better off buying a book.
Australians may want to buy locally. Where? I explain here.