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19 July 2021 - 30 November 2024





Terrapin Puppet Theatre

Creating long-term careers for Tasmanians in the performing arts


Stride is an ambitious new professional development program to initiate and foster long-term careers for Tasmanians in the performing arts. Over three years Terrapin will provide employment and upskilling for up to 75 early and mid-career creative professionals, building capacity for individuals, organisations and the sector overall. We will provide long-term support for participants, connecting them to paid opportunities with Terrapin and other performing arts organisations.

The activity of the program is organised in three streams:



Extended paid engagements with focused training and mentoring in key roles. This provides the opportunity for high-calibre development through paid traineeships in puppet-making, directing, stage management and producing. These areas have been specifically defined to respond to skills gaps in the Tasmanian performing arts sector. Each participant will be assigned to 2023-24 Terrapin projects selected to support their development.


Focused masterclasses will deliver specific skills development for independent practitioners. These have been planned for 2023-24 in response to ongoing needs in the Tasmanian sector, identified in discussion with our project partners. For example, there is a significant lack of skilled stage managers in Tasmania and nationally – this gap is being felt in theatres and festivals around the state. This will be addressed through the stage management class.


Participants in both the attachment and masterclass streams will be managed through a program-long system of professional stewardship, designed to enable them to create sustainable hybrid careers.

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