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About

Trina's love affair with puppetry and puppet making started a life time ago at Handspan Theatre. She learnt from company members while working on the following productions:

  • processional works Held on the Breath of the WindSwim, Enrapture, and Tonight Ideas Take Flight (1995) a river processional co-production with Circus Oz

  • Daze of Our Lives (1995)

  • Minds Eye (1996) co-production with Back to Back Theatre

  • Visible Darkness (1996) creative development

  • Dante: through the invisible (1996)

  • Slow Down Cuz (1997)

  • Raised By Wolves (1997) 

  • Lift ‘Em UP Socks (2000)

  • Synaesthesia Project (2000) creative development with the MSO

  • Miss Tanaka (2001)

Trina has had a long association with Polyglot Theatre and designed the following work for the company:

  • The Floating Zoo (2001) puppet ensemble for Chookahs Children’s Festival at the Victorian Arts Centre

  • The Noise Factory (2002) for the Mallacoota Arts Festival

  • Head Hunter (2005) a co-production with Ilbijeri Theatre

  • the ants for ANTS (2012) at Federation Square, codesigned with Tim Wells

  • Trailblazer (2013) Polyglot’s interactive installation for MIFA at Federation Square.

As an artist in residence with Polyglot’s extended artists in schools program, Trina was the designer for Grit (2013) and Shadow Bus (2014). She also worked on shows including Stop That House! (2003), Baggy Pants (2004), Checkout! (2010), Tangle (2011) and Cerita Anak (2016)

Other companies Trina has worked for include:

  • Malcolm C. Cooke - The Hobbit (2000), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2002)

  • Windmill Theatre co. - Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge (2002)

  • Melbourne Workers Theatre – Yanagai Yanagai (2003)

  • Aphids Theatre - A Quarrelling Pair (2004)

  • Snuff Puppets – Nyet Nyet's Picnic (2003), the 5th World Social Forum (2005)  Porto Alegre, Brazil

  • Walking With Spirits community festival (2003 – 2007) Beswick, Northern Territory

  • Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, Melbourne (2006)

  • Ilbijerri Theatre - Sisters of Gelam (2009)

  • Westside Circus - Ugly (2010)

  • Terrapin Theatre - Big Baby (2014)

  • City of Melbourne - Moomba (2013 - 2017)

  • Show Works (2018)

  • When the Cat’s Away Puppets (2018)