Established in 1981, Terrapin is the centre of excellence for contemporary puppetry in Australia creating puppetry-based performances for all ages.
Noel Hunt (Chair)
Marcus Murphy (Vice-Chair)
Wendy Blacklock AM
Awarding of Life Memberships by the Governor of Tasmania on the occasion of Terrapin’s 30th anniversary in 2011.
L-R: Annette Downs, Kirsty Grierson, Desmond Moores, Frank Newman (then AD), Mrs F Underwood, Greg Methé, His Excellency The Honourable Peter Underwood AC, Kevin O’Loghlin (Chief Executive), Stephen Wicks (then Chair), Carol Hughes, Paul Duncombe.
Sam Routledge is a director, puppeteer and creator of contemporary puppetry with a strong record of innovation in the form. Born in England and raised in Goulburn, he has a B.A. in Communication (Major – Theatre and Media) from Charles Sturt University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Puppetry from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Sam began his professional career in 2002 as an Assistant Stage Manager and Puppeteer with Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image. He has since created and co-created nine original works including two international touring productions, Men Of Steel (2006) and I Think I Can (2013). Collectively these two productions have played in 10 countries including Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, USA and the UK. He initiated two productions with My Darling Patricia: Africa (2009), which toured nationally through the Mobile States consortium, and The Piper (2014), which won the Best Presentation for Children award at the 2014 Sydney Theatre Awards. His work has been presented by leading contemporary arts venues and festivals including Vancouver International Children’s Festival (Canada), Soho Theatre (London), Festival De Betovering (The Hague), Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Performance Space, Arts House, Perth International Arts Festival, Malthouse Theatre and Brisbane Powerhouse. As a puppeteer, he has performed and collaborated on 17 productions with leading Australian and international companies including Gruppe 38 (Denmark), Societas Raffaello Sanzio (Italy), Arena Theatre Company, Windmill Theatre Company and LATT Children’s Theatre (Korea).
He has been engaged as a director by Snuff Puppets and Darwin Festival, directing People’s Puppetry Projects for Snuff Puppets in Denmark and Taiwan, and working as the puppetry director alongside Eamon Flack on Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui, which undertook a comprehensive national tour in 2014.
He has been the Artistic Director of Terrapin Puppet Theatre since November 2012. In this role he continues to work collaboratively and in partnership with other companies and has commissioned and co-commissioned four new works of puppetry from leading Australian playwrights for young people, including Sean Monro, Finegan Kruckemeyer and Angela Betzien.
Andrew “Ghost” MacDonald
Ghost is a Production Manager, Lighting Designer and Stage Manager and has been involved in theatre in Tasmania for over 16 years, working professionally with many companies including Terrapin, the Theatre Royal, Salamanca Arts Centre and Ten Days on the Island.
Kevin has worked in performing arts administration for many years, and has been at Terrapin since 2006. After involvement in community theatre in Canberra while working in a range of human resources and finance positions, Kevin travelled to England where he scored a life-changing position in the operations of a major regional theatre. On return to Australia he worked in customer services with Melbourne Theatre Company for six years, before joining the Whitehorse Centre in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. After a stint managing the West Gippsland Arts Centre, he returned to suburban Melbourne where he was responsible for the general management of the Whitehorse Centre and subsequently the Karralyka Centre in Ringwood East. At each venue Kevin was responsible for the successful establishment of the programming, marketing and presentation of annual seasons of professional touring theatre.
Amy has come to Terrapin from a mixed past of fundraising, marketing, and arts industry experience. Starting with fundraising and campaigning with various aid and development organisations such as World Vision, Oaktree Foundation, and the Leukaemia Foundation, she built up confidence in event management and communications. She then stumbled into the arts industry through a passion for music and a link between the skills she learnt previously, and a strong community development focus, which is where she built her events management company and booking agency. Amy loves finding small pockets of creativity in everyday life and helping people enrich their lives with the arts – and hopes to do so in every element of her work.
Amy’s excited to be learning about the world of theatre and puppetry with Terrapin, while using her ability to find funding and drum up community support for worthwhile and valuable ventures such as this.