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APAF Program Sneak Peek

This week we’re announcing some exciting speakers and program details for the 2023 Australian Performing Arts Forum. The current delegate list is now up – time to get excited about the brilliant humans you’ll be catching up with at APAF!

August is nearly upon us and places are filling up fast, but earlybird prices are still available so jump on quick to register at a discounted rate.

Can’t wait to see you in September!

‘on becoming better ancestors’

with Chelsea Watego & Nayuka Gorrie

A multi-generational panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists reflect on the past to consider the future they’ll leave behind. The continuation of a long history and ancient line of matriarchs, these artists consider legacy in relation to kinship and a shared cultural responsibility to community and country. 

Image Credit: Sean Young, Australian Theatre Forum 2011.


On the afternoon of Day One, delegates are invited to attend one of four artist-led assemblies, in line with their primary artform and/or area of expertise. 

These facilitated sessions will generate exploratory conversations about circus, dance, theatre and experimental & multi-artform practice, as we strive for stability within a sea of vastly shifting landscapes.

  • Circus & Physical Theatre
    Chelsea McGuffin (Chelsea McGuffin & Co.) & Lara Croydon (Queensland Performing Arts Centre)
  • Dance
    Daniel Riley (Australian Dance Theatre), with Rika HamaguchiTyrel Dulvarie, and Kaine Sultan-Babij
  • Experimental & Multi-Artform
    Nisha Madhan (Next Wave) & Nathan Sibthorpe (Counterpilot)
  • Theatre
    Erin Taylor (Australian Plays Transform) & Courtney Stewart (La Boite Theatre) 


Jump onto the APAF website now to check out the list of people who have already registered to attend in September!

Image Credit: Sean Young, Australian Theatre Forum 2011.

Support an indie to attend APAF

We are asking companies to support an indie to attend the forum. Support is prioritised for artists facing barriers of access and equity and those from TNA’s target communities. $200 pays for some accommodation, $400 pays for a flight, and $600 pays for both! If you would like to make a donation, you can do so when you register to attend, or you can email

Thank you to the individuals and organisations who have generously donated to support independent artists to attend APAF 2023: Meg Upton, Lou Oppenheim, Nicole Beyer, Sue Giles, Melbourne Theatre Company, Arts Centre Melbourne, Auspicious Arts Projects, Polyglot Theatre. 

Access at APAF

Along with keeping prices affordable, TNA will provide a quiet room, as well as other tailored support such as Auslan interpreters or audio describing (as required by delegates). There will also be a dedicated Access & Wellbeing Coordinator on the ground through the Forum.

If you’re not able to attend in person this year, stay tuned for updates about APAF’s digital/hybrid offerings.

If you have questions or would like to know more about access at APAF, please get in touch by emailing or call 03 9947 1015.


Along with the Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse, APAF is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Theatre Network Australia is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. TNA is also working with state and territory funders to secure support for independents. 

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