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TNA E-News October 2017


Australian Theatre Forum 2017 – Follow the conversation next week, wherever you are!
Are you one of these people coming to ATF 2017: ABOUT TIME in Adelaide next week? If not, there are a few places left, or you can follow conversation online via the Twitterfeed (ATFtheatreforum and TheatreNetworkA), on Facebook (@AustralianTheatreForum) and by following the event hashtag #ATF2017. We are also posting the Key Points of the Conversations sessions (Day 2 and 3) live on the website. Australian Plays will be filming the keynote presentations for later viewing on the ATF website.

TNA’s Circus and Physical Theatre Events: Melbourne and Mullum
The Victorian Touring Workshop with RAV and VAPAC will have a session specifically for the CaPT sector: Touring Circus & Physical Theatre 101, with Elena Kirschbaum, Highwire Events & Entertainment and Hannah Cryle, Pants Down Circus. Regos open 2 October. And TNA has commissioned a consultation session at the Mullum Circus Festival this weekend, to hear about the sector’s needs. Contact Deb Wilks at Cluster Arts for details.

Playbox Series by Read GARY’S HOUSE by Debra Oswald
Australian Plays is giving TNA subscribers access to the ‘All Australian’ Playbox Collection. Each month, one play is made available to read, free of charge – a great way to brush up on the rich Australian theatre repertoire. This month enjoy GARY’S HOUSE by Debra Oswald. 


Youth Co-Facilitator – Circus Community Visioning Forum – Sydney Festival, Circus City, Parramatta
Josh Hoare, Artistic Director at the SA Circus Centre and Cirkidz, is looking for a Youth Co-Facilitator to work with him at the Circus Community Visioning Forum during Sydney Festival, Circus City, Parramatta, 16 to 8 January 2018. The forum will include a National Youth Circus Symposium. Announcements will be made in late October 2017. Apply here, or email Josh.

A fresh new plan for Queensland Touring Showcase
arTour has announced that, as of 2018, Queensland Touring Showcase will be held in October. This change will improve tour development timelines and avoid clashes with similar interstate and national markets. A transition phase, Showcase Online, will ensure continuity of programming for 2019. Submissions will open in October. Read more here.

7 & 8 Oct – Playlab: Kathryn Marquet Playwriting Intensive – Brisbane
Want to write a play, but don’t know where to start? This weekend intensive with Playlab’s Playwright-in-Residence, Kathryn Marquet, will help you generate ideas and provide technical advice and skills for developing your own play. 10am – 3pm, Sat 7 and Sun 8 October at Playlab, Brisbane. About the workshop.

3 Oct – Australia Council for the Arts – Final Playing Australia funding round closes
The Playing Australia fund supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia.The final 2017 round will close next Tuesday 3 October for projects commencing after 1 January 2018. Applications are open to individuals and organisations. More info.

3 Oct – Australia Council grant round closes next week!
The closing date for the next grants round is Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. More info.

2 Oct – The Artist Bootcamp Online – MILKE Pty Ltd. 
Do you have a show ready to go, but struggle with all the producing and marketing tasks that come with it? This four week online program is for independent performing artists who want to learn how to produce a show like a pro. The next bootcamp kicks off Monday 2 Oct. About the program.

14 Oct – Back to Back presents UNMASTERCLASS in Brisbane – $50
Tamara Searle, Artistic Associate and Scott Price, Ensemble Member of Back to Back Theare will run this performance-making workshop at Undercover Arts Festival in Brisbane on Saturday 14 Oct. Established in 2015, Undercover Arts Festival is the first arts and disability festival of its kind in Brisbane and presents opportunities for professional performing artists with disabilities. Book here.

30 Oct – Applications for the 2018 Newcastle Fringe are now open
The Fringe is a new international performing arts festival located in Newcastle, NSW. The 2018 festival will run from 21 – 25 March 2018. The fringe offers 6 performance venues and fees are calculated on a 70/30 split with the venue. Read more here.

30 Oct – MELT: A Celebration of Queer Arts and Culture, Brisbane Powerhouse.
MELT is an invitation to celebrate LGBTI+ culture through a dynamic and fun program of curated events featuring local, national and international artists and performances. Based at Brisbane Powerhouse, MELT 2018 dates are Thu 17 May – Sun 27 May, 2018. Join the party, add your voice! Submissions close 9am Monday 30 Oct 2017. Submission detail here.

13 Nov – ‘How Can The Show Go On?’ – Wellbeing Summit at Sydney Opera House – $35
This one-day summit is designed to raise awareness, share information, and generate industry action around wellbeing in the arts. Featuring keynotes, workshops, panels, working groups and opportunities for reflection, commitment and action, the program covers individual and collective approaches to wellbeing. Tickets are $35 and include lunch and refreshments. Regional travel subsidy applications close at 5pm, Friday 6 October 2017. Summit program and info.

20 Oct – Dept of Communications and the Arts – Apply now for Festivals Australia funding 
Supporting community participation and access to the arts, Festivals Australia funding aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector. The program is open to regional artists, arts workers, and organisations. Applications close Friday 20 October 2017 for projects commencing after 1 February 2018. Visit the website. 

17 Oct – REMIX Sydney 2017 earlybird discounts close 
REMIX explores the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship bringing together thought-leaders from across industries to tackle the big ideas. The 2017 Summit will be held at University of Technology Sydney on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December. More info here.

INTER-GEN:EDU Survey link for Teachers, Directors and Facilitators
Leigh Boswell, Frankie Snowdon, and Courtney Tuttle are part of the 2017 Australia Council for the Arts Future Leaders Program. Their research project entitled INTER-GEN:EDU is concerned with building models of education to foster an environment of balanced economic and creative opportunity. They are calling for teachers, directors and facilitators to assist them by taking five minutes to answer a five quick questions by the 29 September, or asap. Link to survey.


7 Oct – Women’s Circus – New Member’s Test Drive
Ever thought about running away to the circus? Check out Women’s Circus’ purpose-built circus space and try out some circus basics including acrobalance, aerials, and juggling. No experience necessary – beginners encouraged! 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 7 October at Women’s Circus, Drill Hall, 395 Barkly St, West Footscray. Price: $45 non-members, $35 concession/member (bookings essential). Enrol here.

16 Oct – Small Regional Presenters program grants open
Grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 are now available to support a single show or event, a series of shows or an annual program. Applicants must be members of Regional Arts Victoria. The next round will support shows taking place from February 1, 2018 onwards. Applications close Nov 15. To find out more about the program, visit

1 Oct – Hotbed Workshop presented by Lucy Guerin Inc & Melbourne Festival – EOIs close
International choreographer and movement researcher, Bruno Freire, will host Lucy Guerin Inc’s 2017 Hotbed workshop, ‘Lab of the Marvellous’, at the company’s West Melbourne studio on Fri 27, Sat 28 and Sun 29 October. Workshop fee: $100 (incl. GST) for three days. Complete the EOI before 11pm Sun 1 October.

7 & 8 Oct – ArtsHouse presents Survival Skills for Desperate Times – $40
We live in desperate times, and with the end of the world (possibly) just around the corner, your existence could depend on acquiring special survival skills! Survival Skills for Desperate Times will equip you to thrive when it all comes tumbling down. Over two days at Arts House as part of Melbourne Festival, 18 artists and creative thinkers will share their expert skills. Cost: $40 for three Survival Skills. More info here.

17 Oct – Arts & The NDIS: Working Together – $10/$25
Presented by Arts West and Arts Access Victoria, this 2 hour workshop will look at the NDIS and how it relate to the arts. What do arts organisations need to know? What are the NDIS goals and the planning process? And how do we begin the transition? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered. 10am, Tuesday 17 Oct at Jack Kennedy Meeting Room, Footscray Community Arts Centre. Event info and tickets.

7 Oct – Workshop: Being An Artist – FREE
Join leading artists Carly Fischer, Darren Sylvester, Hayley Millar-Baker and Ronnie van Hout for an investigation of the opportunities and pitfalls experienced by artists. Moderated by Curator Claire Watson, this workshop is part of an afternoon of free events exploring what it is to be a contemporary artist. Being An Artist runs from 1.30 – 2.45pm on Saturday 7 October at Bundoora Arts Centre Homestead. More info here.

20 Oct – Melbourne Festival: Professional Dancers’ Masterclass – $40
Johanna Chemnitz and Dolores Hulan present a masterclass for professional dancers that explores some of the material of Mette Ingvartsen’s 7 Pleasures being presented at Melbourne Festival. 10am – 12.30pm, Friday 20 October at Chunky Move, Studio 1, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank. Masterclass cost: $40 per participant. Two positions will be funded by Melbourne Festival – check the box when you apply to be considered. Masterclass info.

16 Nov – Victorian Touring Workshop, Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre.
Proudly presented by VAPAC, TNA and Regional Arts Victoria, the Touring Workshop is designed to provide practical advice, support and networking opportunities for producers ready to take their shows on the road or just starting out. Includes sessions on touring independently, removing barriers for your audience, working with venues to maximise marketing opportunities,  budgets, tech and touring models. Rego opens 2nd Oct. 


3 Oct – Australia Council for the Arts – International Residencies close next week
International residency oppurtunities in New York (dance and music), Paris (all artforms) and Helsinki (all artforms) will close at midnight on Tuesday 3 October 2017. About the residencies.

25 Oct – IUGTE: Golden Autumn Arts Oasis
Several supporting scholarships are still available to attend Golden Autumn Arts Oasis, an international performing arts camp in Tuscany, Italy from 25 – 30 October 2017. This intensive training opportunity is presented by IUGTE (International University Global Theatre Experience) and is open to dancers, choreographers, circus performers, theatre directors and movement directors. Read more here.

30 Oct – TransCultural Exchange’s 2018 International Conference in Quebec, Canada
Hosted by Université Laval, the 2018 TransCultural Exchange’s conference on ‘Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons’ will run from February 22nd – 24th, 2018 in Québec City, Canada.  This is a place for artists around the world to meet with their international peers, build networks, tools, resources, and get inspired. Application letters for scholarships places must be received by October 30, 2017. About the conference.


We are looking forward to several sessions for the Youth Arts Sector and the Theatre for Young Audiences sector at the Australian Theatre Forum next week. See you there!

ATYP and Barking Gecko are working with ASSTEJ Rep Sue Giles and Theatre Network Australia on a Round Up E-news Bulletin of the TYA and Youth Theatre companies to be sent mid October. Contact us to be involved. 

Carclew’s Youth Arts Summit Program is now finalised, and there are a few places available. Friday 6th October, Carclew, Adelaide. More Info and Tickets. 


  • Esther Anatolitis concludes her long-serving post at Regional Arts Victoria to take the reins as Executive Director of the National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA).
  • Following the loss of federal funding, Arena Theatre Company to relocate to the regional city of Bendigo as part of an innovative and bold survival strategy supported by Creative State.
  • The Australian Script Centre (Australian Plays) has announced Carin Mistry as Executive Director, taking over from Gail Cork who had almost 9 years at the helm.
  • Darwin Festival appoints Felix Preval to the role of Artistic Director for the 2018-2020 festivals.
  • Martin Paten appointed as Director and CEO at Footscray Community Arts Centre following ten years with Castlemaine State Festival.
  • Dianne Toulson finishes at Ararat Performing Arts Centre to take up the position of General Manager of Theatreworks.
  • Bronwyn Edinger announced as the new Chair of Theatre Network NSW along with new Treasurer, Carmen Maisenbacher and Board Members Amy Maiden and Penny Watts.
  • Circa have announced the appointment of Barcelona-based Trevor Carlson as Director of International Development.
  • Brendan O’Connell finishes as Producer at Sydney Opera House to join the Sydney Festival.
  • arTour farewells Angie Dunbavan and welcomes Rebecca Rees to the role of Tour Producer.
  • Angela Savage appointed Director of Writers Victoria following Kate Larsen’s departure.
  • Meredith Okell appointed to the newly created role of Communications and Engagement Manager of IFACCA.
  • The Australia Council for the Arts invested $6.1 million through its latest grants round to support a total of 221 projects made up of 147 individual artists, 25 groups and 49 small-to-medium arts organisations.



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Compiled by Bethany Simons (in Melbourne) for Theatre Network Australia.
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