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BOARD MEMBER EOI
CLOSING 25 FEBRUARY 2024

 

Terrapin is seeking expressions of interest for motivated voluntary board members to contribute to the company in a period of rapid growth. This is a rare opportunity to make a lasting impact on a leading Tasmanian arts organisation, working with a dynamic cohort of board and executive leaders

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Founded in 1981, Terrapin is a full-time professional performing arts company celebrated globally for its work in theatres, schools, festivals and public space. Proudly Tasmanian, Terrapin champions artists in making outstanding contemporary puppetry for intergenerational audiences all over the world. The company visits all corners of Tasmania with its annual school touring program and has a significant international reputation, having played at the Lincoln Centre and the John F Kennedy Center in the USA and the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater in Japan, among others.

 

Terrapin employs up to 75 creative practitioners annually with a core staff of seven. In 2021, the company joined the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework by invitation of Creative Australia, joining the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as the only Tasmanian organisations in this multi-year national/state funding stream. Our 2023 turnover is projected at $1.7 million.

 

BOARD OPPORTUNITIES

 

Terrapin is in an exciting period of significant growth artistically, financially and organisationally. The company’s ambitious 2025 – 2028 strategic plan focuses on artistry, community and leadership. To achieve our potential, we are seeking valued input from new board members with diverse experience.

 

We are looking for people who are excited to actively engage in Terrapin’s development, and to celebrate and be inspired by our work. The kinds of skills we’re particularly interested in are:

  • Fundraising, donation and business partnership development
  • Lobbying, advocacy and strategic thinking

Board members will ideally be based in or connected to Tasmania, but we’re open to hearing from people further afield.

 

MORE INFO & EXPRESS INTEREST

 

All Terrapin Board members actively contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of the company’s strategic plan; ensure strong governance practices are in place; and support the dynamic ambition of the company through a series of sub-committees aligned with key areas of accountability. There are five annual board meetings, held in person and online.

 

If you’d like to discuss this opportunity, please contact Chair Fiona Barber at fvbarber261@gmail.com

 

To express interest, please email us a brief statement about why you’d like to join the Terrapin board, and how you think you could contribute to the company. Send this, along with your CV, to info@terrapin.org.au by Sunday 25 February 2024.

 

2022 Annual Report can be found here

 

 

Associate Director
Supported by the Jennifer Davidson Creative Endowment

 

Closing 29 February

 

Terrapin is looking for an emerging director who is ready to take an ambitious next step in their career. This role presents an opportunity for an early-career director to gain significant insights into Terrapin’s theatrical process and the form of contemporary puppetry more broadly.

 

Download the Position Description as a .pdf here, and as an editable word document here.

 

Founded by Andrew and Neil Davidson in 2021, the Jennifer Davidson Creative Endowment supports an emerging creative professional to join the Terrapin team, gaining hands-on experience and training. Designed to benefit both Terrapin and the artist, the Jennifer Davidson Creative Endowment is a long-term project that builds capacity in the Tasmanian performing arts sector.

 

Working under the Artistic Director, the successful candidate will build their skills and experience in leading the creative process.

 

It is our ambition that, by the end of the placement, the successful candidate will have enough demonstrated experience for Terrapin to engage them as a director on a freelance basis.

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

This opportunity is available to applicants permanently based in Tasmania who would be considered emerging. We are take emerging to mean someone in the first 5 years of their professional practice and/or with fewer than 3 professional directing
credits.

 

However, we take a broad view of what it means to be emerging and welcome applications from people who don’t meet the above criteria but consider themselves to fall under this category.

 

We will also consider applicants who are developed in another area of the performing arts but are emerging in their directing practice. For example, an established actor or stage manager.

 

TO APPLY

 

Please send applications to info@terrapin.org.au by 29 February with:

  • A letter of up to two pages addressing the selection criteria.
  • A CV or bio including two referees

Send any enquires about the role to Sam Routledge, Artistic Director, sam@terrapin.org.au

 

Trainee Assistant Stage Manager

 

Closing 7 March

 

Terrapin is looking for an emerging stage manager with significant potential who is ready to transition into professional production work. Part of the Stride professional development program, this role presents an opportunity to gain significant insights into Terrapin’s theatrical process and the form of contemporary puppetry more broadly.

 

Download the Position Description as a .pdf here, and as an editable word document here.

 

You’ll be supervised by Terrapin’s Production Manager and contract Stage Managers while you build skills experience in stage management in a professional environment.

 

You will work on creative developments, remounts and rehearsal processes for schools touring, new works for major festivals and intrastate touring.

 

ELIGIBILITY

This is primarily a training opportunity and is available to applicants permanently based in Tasmania who would be considered emerging. We take emerging to mean fewer than 2 years of professional practice and/or within 3 years after the completion of an undergraduate degree.

 

However, we take a broad view of what it means to be emerging and welcome applications from people who don’t meet the above criteria but consider themselves to fall under this category.

 

We will also consider applicants who are developed in another area of the performing arts but are emerging in their stage management practice.

 

TO APPLY

 

If you have previously submitted an EOI via the Terrapin website expressing interest in a stage management attachment , you will be considered for the role and don’t need to submit another application.

 

Please send applications to info@terrapin.org.au by 7 March with:

  • A letter of up to two pages addressing the selection criteria.
  • A CV or bio including two referees

Send any enquires about the role to Ingrid Rahlen, Production Manager, inki@terrapin.org.au

 

 

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