Current Programs

Australian Theatre Forum

The Australian Theatre Forum, run by TNA, is a landmark meeting place for Australian theatre industry professionals. Held in different locations around the country, this biennial event strengthens theatre as an art form by addressing current issues regarding policy and practice, sharing knowledge and view points, and cultivating fresh ideas that will, in turn, enrich Australian art, culture and society.


The Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) supports independent producers, and through them, independent artists and companies in the performing arts in Victoria. VIPI includes the Producers Mentoring Program, Unlocking Capacity grants, as well as a range of professional development activities.


TNA works with the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre (CaPT) community to contribute to the development of a diverse, thriving, and sustainable sector. Our aspiration for the sector is for it to be recognised and supported by three tiers of government, presenters, programmers, and audiences alike.


TNA represents and promotes Australia in the ASSITEJ global network and facilitates international and national opportunities for our sector. ASSITEJ is a French acronym translating to the Association of theatre for children and young people.

Indie Support

TNA has a range of ongoing and developing programs that support independent artists. Across 2020-2021 this included the Crisis Cash program, which provided $1,000 bursaries to 366 artists.


TNA is proud to offer and support a range of sector awards. Current awards offered include the Smash Indie Bursary (National), Green Room Awards Sponsorships, and Melbourne Fringe Awards (Victorian).

Past Programs

Safe Theatres

TNA partnered with Safe Theatres Australia to strengthen and build greater resilience in the performing arts sector through safe workplaces. 

Power Play

A paid strategic leadership program that developed and supported independents in the performing arts. Power Play provided participants with broader arts sector understanding, access to decision makers, specialised training and experience, community insight, and advice from leaders.