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Nicole Beyer to finish remarkable tenure at TNA

The Board of Theatre Network Australia announces that Nicole Beyer will be stepping down as Executive Director of Theatre Network Australia after nearly 15 years in the role.

After starting with Theatre Network Australia (TNA) when it was founded as a Victorian based initiative in 2009, and growing it to become an influential and well respected national peak body for the performing arts, Nicole will finish up in December.

“I love this organisation and my work at TNA so much, but it feels like a great time to leave – the organisation is in a really strong place, with a stable, amazing team and board, and an excellent, funded program of work in place for the next few years. It will be great for TNA to get some fresh input – new people always bring new perspectives on things.

Personally I would love a new big challenge, and now is a good time for me to have conversations with people about what that might be. I will always, always carry TNA with me wherever I go and all the amazing people I have worked with: on the board, in the growing TNA team, all the partners, and all of the members who have made this job so rewarding. For the moment I am really looking forward to seeing people at the Australian Performing Arts Forum, and starting the work of handover and renewal with the board.”

Erica McCalman, Chair of TNA thanks Nicole for her work over nearly a decade and a half. “Nicole’s incredible work over more than a decade has elevated independent and small to medium voices to the national agenda and created real systemic change via evidence-based advocacy and community care. Her legacy can be found in her stewardship of the sector though funding cuts, pandemic and climate crisis, and the cohort of leaders she has nurtured. Her commitment to equity informs everything she does and I call on the sector to join me in celebrating her achievements, as TNA steps into a new era.”

The TNA Board has started work on the next steps: looking at leadership models in line with TNA’s strategy, structure, staff, values and skills, with a focus on a smooth transition. The current plan is to advertise role/s towards the beginning of October and confirm the new leadership of this key industry organisation by the end of the year.

For further information please contact Erica McCalman, TNA Chair, at

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