Theatre Network Australia (TNA) is based in Melbourne and was founded as Theatre Network Victoria (TNV) in 2009 by nine Victorian companies. In 2016 we started trading as Theatre Network Australia (TNA), in recognition of the national scope of our work.
The organisation was established in response to an urgent need for sector development, as evidenced by a 2007 Deloitte report showing the fragile nature of the small to medium sector. The success of this 18-month project resulted in annual funding from (then) Arts Victoria.
Early on, we recognised that the theatre sector across Australia was also in need of an organisation to represent them and support their work. After the 2009 Australian Theatre Forum (ATF), we successfully proposed to the Australia Council to take stewardship of the ATF, producing the subsequent biennial forums.
We have since increased our representation of the performing arts sector nationally to include hybrid and interdisciplinary work, dance, physical theatre and circus, as well as presenters and festivals.
In 2016 when TNA went national, we also took on the representation of Young People and the Arts Australia’s (YPAA) constituency, which is now supported with TNA as the ASSITEJ Australia ‘office’.
In 2017, following on from two Sector Reviews commissioned by Creative Victoria and undertaken by Andrew Bleby and Associates, TNA took on some of the services that ACAPTA used to provide to the Circus and Physical Theatre sector.
TNA now operates with a ‘T’ model which is reflected in our tiered membership prices, delivering an overarching high level Federal strategy of advocacy, research, communications and gatherings, and a deep program of activity in our home state.