Terrapin taking strides into building sustainable careers

A multi-year grant from the Ian Potter Foundation to help kick off and sustain long-term careers will have a ‘transformational’ impact on Tasmania’s performing arts.

Terrapin Puppet Theatre has received $550,000 over three years to deliver on-the-job placements, skills masterclasses and career mentoring for up to 75 emerging and mid-career professionals, building capacity for individuals, organisations and the sector overall.

The ‘Stride’ program will provide long-term support for participants, connecting them to paid opportunities with Terrapin and other performing arts programs.

The program is organised in three streams: attachments, providing extended paid engagements with focused training and mentoring in key roles; masterclasses, focused on specific skills development for independent practitioners; and stewardship, a program-long system of professional stewardship to help participants in the attachment and masterclass streams to help create sustainable hybrid careers.

Expressions of interest are now being invited for 2023-24 Stride placements and masterclasses.

Terrapin executive producer/CEO, Belinda Kelly said: “This is a transformational opportunity for skills development in the Tasmanian performing arts sector. We’re looking forward to getting started – with much more to come!”

More information:  https://www.terrapin.org.au/event/stride/

Image: Terrapin’s Heap at Salamanca Market during Ten Days on the Island 2023. (Ten Days on the Island/Brad Harris)

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