Our Board & Life Members
Noel Hunt (Chair)
Marcus Murphy (Vice-Chair)
Sam Routledge I Artistic Director
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.
Belinda Kelly I Executive Producer
Belinda has worked in the performing arts as a theatre and events producer, manager and administrator for over 12 years, with a speciality in supporting the development and presentation of new Australian work. Belinda has held producer and artistic associate positions at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre Company and Melbourne’s Theatre Works and curated and produced the Melbourne Festival’s 2016 and 2017 Directors Lab. In partnership with director Paige Rattray, Belinda founded and ran independent company Arthur, presenting and touring over 20 seasons of new work nationally. As a producer at Arts Centre Melbourne, Belinda delivered large-scale international touring works and intimate family shows, produced new AsiaTOPA partnership events, ran the Kiln program of workshops and events supporting the development of independent artists and realised a large co-commission with the Melbourne Fringe. Belinda has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.
Andrew ‘Ghost’ MacDonald I Production Manager
Andrew is a skilled and experienced production manager, stage manager and lighting designer who has been involved in theatre in Tasmania for over 19 years. In that time he has worked professionally with many companies including Terrapin, the Theatre Royal, Salamanca Arts Centre and Ten Days on the Island. He has worked with Terrapin since 1999, delivering over 20 of the company’s productions, and national and international tours. Highlights include US tours of Boats and Love and tours of China and Japan with You and Me and the Space Between. In March 2019, Andrew will take You and Me and the Space Between on a three-venue, five-week tour of the USA including a week long season at the Lincoln Centre in New York City.
Finn O’Branaghain I Commissioned Playwright
A 2012 graduate from NIDA’s Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Playwriting), Finn’s work has been presented nationally; at The Women in Theatre and Screen’s Festival Fatale, The World Theatre Festival, ATYP, Metro Arts, JUTE theatre and Mudlark Theatre Company, the National Young Writers’ Festival, Wordstorm, 2High, and the Nightwords festival at the Sydney Opera House. Recent works include co-writing ‘You Know We Belong Together’ for DADAA, Black Swan Theatre Company and the Perth Festival 2018, and the award-nominated ‘Interrupting a Crisis’ which she directed and dramaturged for Ribs at The Blue Room Theatre, Bondi Feast and Subiaco Arts Festival. Finn produced, and co-wrote with Scott Sandwich, ‘Tamagotchi Reset and Other Doomsdays’ at The Blue Room (developed at Bundanon Trust with support from JUTE Theatre Company), performed and co-wrote ‘The Epic’ with Tom Hogan, which has just returned from a national tour, and was commissioned to write ‘The Election’ as part of ‘Petite Fours’, a WAAPA, Playwriting Australia and Minderoo Foundation co-commission.