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TNA E-News April 2017


#FreetheArts Update: Catalyst money to be returned to the Australia Council!
On the 18th March, Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield announced new portfolio arrangements for the Arts – transferring most of the money taken from the Australia Council to establish the National Program for Excellence in the Arts (now called the Catalyst Fund) back to the Australia Council. Our sister organisation Theatre Network NSW has done a great summary of some of the press coverage here. The Australia Council yesterday sent an update to the sector on what this means for the Australia Council’s funding. Big thanks to you all across the country, for the incredible, united and sustained effort over the last two years to help make this happen.

Work with TNA: Program Producer role now open
Theatre Network Australia is now seeking a Program Producer to join our team on a part-time contract basis, from April to October 2017. This role will be responsible for producing our Victorian Theatre Forum and other Victorian events, and will form part of the team working on the Australian Theatre Forum (3-5 October, Adelaide). Applications close Friday 7 April 2017. Read more here.


10 Apr – The Marten Bequest – Travelling Scholarship
Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate. In 2017, the grant round will close on Monday 10 April (or earlier if proposal submission limit is met) for projects starting after 1 July 2017. Read about the scholarship.

26 April – Apply for Country Arts WA’s Shows on the Go program
Country Arts WA is looking for professional, self-contained shows to tour to regional and remote Western Australia in 2018 – giving those small communities access to high-quality performing arts. To be considered, submit your work to the ‘Shows on the Go 2018’ market and pay the $66 (inc. GST) fee through National Touring Selector by 5pm Wednesday 26 April. More info here.

19 Apr – Apply to present at PAX 2017 in Sydney
Applications are now open to present at APACA’s annual Performing Arts Exchange (PAX). This is your chance to get your work in front of the largest base of national presenters. PAX will be at The Concourse, Chatswood, Mon 21 – Tues 22 August. EOIs close Wednesday 19 April. Apply here.

Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association to close its doors
The ACAPTA Board of Management has sadly announced that it will cease trading as of June 30th 2017, due to a lack of sustainable funding and other income. A report commissioned by Creative Victoria identified an ongoing need for sector services. TNA is currently in discussion with ACAPTA and Creative Victoria about this. Read ACAPTA’s letter to members and supporters.

23 May – Apply for an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant
Committed to supporting a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust offers grants up to $7,000 to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. The second grant round is now open and will close on Tuesday 23 May for travel/projects after 22 September 2017. More info here.

3 Jul – APAM 2018 Applications Open
APAM 2018 Showcase applications are now open for Australian and New Zealand performing artists. APAM is an internationally focused industry and touring event for contemporary performing arts and will be held in Brisbane from 19 – 23 February 2018. Showcase applications close Monday 3 July 2017. Apply now.


14 Apr – St Martins and Auslan Stage Left: Deaf Culture and Auslan in the arts
This practical six week course provides an immersive experience in understanding Deaf Culture and Auslan as it applies to the arts. Aimed at individuals and organisations, the course will deliver basic instruction in Deaf Culture and etiquette, Deaf Awareness training and instruction in Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Classes run from 6–9pm, Tuesdays from 2 May – 6 June at St Martins, South Yarra. Cost: Individual $220 | Organisation $270. Early Bird offer ends 14 April at 5pm. More info.

4 Apr – Register now for Showcase Victoria 2017 and the ‘Go Pitch’ Fund
Join over 300 delegates at Showcase Victoria on 31 May & 1 June 2017 at the Malthouse Theatre, Southbank. Registrations open on Tuesday 4 April. Regional Victorians are also invited to apply for subsidised travel and registration to attend Showcase Victoria 2017 via the Go Pitch Fund.

7 Apr – Apply Now: Playwriting Australia Masterclass with Joanna Murray-Smith
In partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre, PWA will host a live-streamed, writing masterclass with Joanna Murray-Smith on 4th of May from 8am-12.30pm in Melbourne. Emerging Melbourne playwrights are invited to participate. This is a rare opportunity to improve your writing craft with one of Australia’s foremost female playwrights. Submissions close on the 7th of April. Read more.

15 May – Theatre Works Winter Series: Advanced Masterclass with OpticNerve
Held as part of the Theatre Works Winter Masterclass Series, this masterclass allows you to play an active part in OpticNerve Performance Group’s creative process as the ensemble develops a new work. Workshop: 6.30pm – 9.30pm, 15 May, 22 May, 29 May and 5 June. Read more here.

Creative Victoria festivals review: survey participation request.
Creative Victoria is undertaking an independent review of Victorian creative industry festivals as part the Creative State strategy. In order to map the festival landscape and identify sector attributes and issues, Creative Victoria and L.E.K. Consulting would like to survey those involved in administration, programming and operation of creative industry festivals in the state. Complete the survey online.

6 Apr – The Arts Wellbeing Collective – Free Seminar
Arts Centre Melbourne recently launched a new program specifically tailored to promoting wellbeing in the arts industry. The next free seminar, ‘Dialogue: Strengthening Relationships’ with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and Greta Bradman targets relationships, communication and managing conflict. Thursday 6 April, 2.30pm – 4.30pm. The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne. More info here.

Description Victoria – accessible arts experiences for people with vision impairment
Description Victoria offers professional description services to the arts and media industries in order to create accessible and inclusive arts experiences for people with vision impairment. This is an exciting way to build new audiences. Visit the Description Victoria website to find out more.

Arts Centre Melbourne Industry Conversation: Sir Matthew Bourne on ‘Lord of the Flies’
Join choreographer and artistic director Sir Matthew Bourne and Emer Harrington (Arts Centre Melbourne) in conversation with Esther Anatolitis (Regional Arts Victoria) from 2pm – 3pm this Thursday 6 April at Bombini Buzz, Hamer Hall. Centred on Lord of the Flies, this is a free event for Arts Industry members, but bookings are essential. Email here to book your spot.

City of Port Phillip Housing opportunity for artists
Employed and in housing stress? Port Phillip Housing Association (PPHA) have opened an Expression of Interest List for low and moderate income earners experiencing housing stress in Melbourne. PPHA contacted TNA to offer this housing opportunity to employed artists in order to sustain rent in the private market. Eligibility information and registrations.

10 Apr – Melbourne Fringe – Artist Registrations open
Calling all artists. Registrations for the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival will open next Monday 10 April. Expressions of Interest for the Fringe Hub also open. Keep an eye on the Fringe website.


16 May – EOIs close for Australia Council’s 2017 Professional Arts Placements – China
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for arts managers, producers, and production managers to apply for a Professional Arts Placement at the Shanghai International Dance Centre from 1 Sept – 31 Nov 2017. This fellowship is designed to develop relationships, experience and understanding of the Chinese arts market. EOIs close 16 May. More info here.

6 Jun – Progress 2017 – International Advocacy Conference to be held in Melbourne
Join Australia’s top campaigners, change-makers and international speakers at venues in the Melbourne CBD on Tue 6 June and Wed 7 June. Progress 2017 will feature over 50 keynotes, workshops and panels. Check out the program here. Registrations are now open and scholarships are available until places are filled. Book your spot now.

Call for papers: Intercultural Relations in Arts and Cultural Management Higher Education
International network, Brokering Intercultural Exchange, is calling for papers from arts and cultural managers, educators, artists, policymakers and academics. The seminar focusing on higher education and arts and culutral management will run from 6th – 7th of July 2017 
at Zurich University of the Arts. Submission deadline for papers is Thursday 20 April. More info here.


ASSITEJ 2017 Youth Arts Leadership Delegation
The Australia Council has announced the participants of the leadership delegation to ASSITEJ 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa in May:

– Stacey Baldwin, General Manager/Producer, Slingsby
– Lilla Berry, Project Officer Arts Programs, Carclew
– Fraser Corfield, Artistic Director, Australian Theatre for Young People
– Hannah Grant, Director Socially Engaged Programs, Shopfront
– Michelle Hovane, Co-Artistic Director, Sensorium Theatre
– Nicholas Paine, Executive Producer, Dead Puppet Society.

18 May – Dream Big in Adelaide
Dream Big (formerly Come Out Children’s Festival) is gearing up to kick off in Adelaide 18 – 27th May with the Big Family weekend 18 – 21st May. The well-loved festival offers a rich and diverse program of theatre, dance, music and participatory arts for children. More info here.


  • A big congratulations to all of the 2016 Green Room Award winners and nominees, in particular our members. We look forward to another great year of exciting and diverse work!
  • Robina Burton finishes up as Executive Producer of Ranters Theatre and will take up the role of General Manager at Marrugeku in Broome.
  • Rob Brookman hands over the reins to Jodi Glass as Executive Director/Producer of State Theatre Company of South Australia.
  • Brenna Hobson will finish up as Executive Director of Belvoir in May in order to commence as Executive Producer of National Theatre of Scotland.
  • Sheah Sutton commences as Executive Producer of Arena Theatre Company as Lee Casey takes up a new role at Science Gallery Melbourne. Lee remains on the company board and Sandra Willis announced as Arena’s new board member.
  • Caris Harper commences as PICA’s new Business Manager as Tim Carter transition from Business Manager/Producer to full time Producer.
  • Alison Copley announced as General Manager of Tasdance.
  • Tim Overton joins Patch Theatre Company as Artistic Associate for 2017.
  • Julian Hobba has been appointed as the Executive Director of The Blue Room Theatre.
  • Peta Hanrahan has finished up as Artistic Director of Verve Studios.
  • Multi-artform incubator, The Mill, welcomes Tim Watts into the role of General Manager.
  • Stacey Baldwin joins Slingsby in the new full-time role of General Manager/ Producer.
  • Arts NSW has rebranded as Create NSW – a culture policy and development body responsible for many of the functions previously undertaken by Arts NSW and Screen NSW.
  • Snuff Puppet’s General Manager Jodie Kinnersley and Artist Manager Mel Cheng from One Louder Entertainment have been selected for the Australia Council’s professional arts placement program in China.


Program Producer, Theatre Network Australia (VIC). Apps close 7 Apr.
Producer roles (various), Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD). Apps close 7 & 10 April.
Performing Arts Technical Team Leader, Rural City of Wangaratta (VIC). Apps close 19 Apr.
Arts and Culture Development Officer, City of Mount Gambier (SA). Apps close 14 Apr.
Development Manager, Monkey Baa Theatre Company (NSW). Apps close 10 Apr.
Production Manager, Performance Space (NSW). Apps close 19 Apr.
Production and Technical Officer, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (WA). Apps close 7 April.
Finance and Administration Manager, Sydney Festival (NSW). Apps close 28 Apr.
Artistic Director, Candoco Dance Company (UK). Apps close 21 Apr.
Development Manager, Polyglot Theatre (VIC). Apps close 1 May.


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

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