Heather Monk

Heather Monk portrait Handspan Theatre fuzzy black and white photo of woman in front of a noticeboard

Heather Monk
Company snapshot, 2000

Heather began her career in puppetry with Terrapin Puppet Theatre where she was a company member for 7 years.

She worked with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre supported by an Australia Council professional development grant in 1988 and subsequently moved to Melbourne.where she worked on the Australian Television Foundation's TV series Lift Off and met Handspan where she became a member in 1993.

Heather's first appearances with Handspan were in Gulliver's Travels (co-production with the Melbourne Theatre Company, 1992) and in Smalls for its tour to Japan for the Celebrate Australia Festival (1993).

Heather was a member representative on the Handspan Theatre Board in the second half of the 1990s participating in the company's renaming and transition to Handspan Visual Theatre; performing in the company's major works On the Street and at the forefront of the company's artistic projects until its closure in 2002.

Member 1993 - 2002
Board member 1995 - 2000

Miss Tanaka Handspan/Playbox production - man crawls towards large lifelike turtle puppet

Heather Monk, Puppeteer, Miss Tanaka's turtle with actor Tam Pham.
Handspan Visual Theatre and Playbox Theatre co-production, 2001
Photograph © Jeff Busby, 2001