Performing Artist, Workshop Facilitator
Justine is a puppeteer, puppet maker, performer and workshop facilitator. She works predominantly with children, and has a passionate interest in movement.
While simultaneously completing a Bachelor of Arts in performance studies in 1999, and commencing a Feldenkrais practitioner training, Justine created her solo roving puppetry piece Piccolo’s Dreaming for Melbourne Fringe 1999. Piccolo appeared at local festivals and in 2002 took to the streets of Barcelona, Zurich, Montpellier and Boulder, and performed at festivals in Spain, France and Switzerland.
Since 2008 Justine has worked extensively with Polyglot Theatre as one of their core artists, touring with Tangle, Paper Planet and We Built This City. She was one of the lead artists on a series of projects in collaboration with Berry Street, including Tangle Weave and Tangle Mobile, working with preschool foster care and kinship care children and their families and with specific Southern Sudanese and Afghani communities in Melbourne and regional Victoria. She frequently facilitates Polyglot workshops and professional development sessions in schools and at festivals across Australia and internationally. Highlights include Tangle at New York University Abu Dhabi, Paper Planet at Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre, Baby Theatre professional development workshop with Five Senses Education Theatre in Hong Kong, and the initial Manguri Wiltja development in Melbourne with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers and FORM.
Justine’s puppetry/performance career highlight so far would definitely be her role as narrator and puppeteer in The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show that toured across Australia and New Zealand between 2014-2018.
As a freelance puppeteer/performer and maker Justine has worked with numerous companies including Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Barking Spider Visual Theatre, Maybe(_)Together, A Blanck Canvas, Dan Goronsz yArt, AboutFace, Little Wing Puppets, Melbourne Museum, Balooga Entertainment and Matriark Theatre.
One of her most recent works, created in collaboration with Keira Lyons, was the shadow puppet element for Dandelion Wine’s A Night Traversing Earth and Stars for Melbourne Fringe 2019, which was nominated for a Fringe Award.