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TNA E-News – April 2023


17 April – Australian Performing Arts Forum Indie Delegates EOIs
TNA is presenting the seventh Australian Performing Arts Forum (formerly ATF) from 13–15 September 2023 in Brisbane. EOIs are open for independent artists and producers across the country to attend except Tasmania (TAS EOIs have closed). We have 120 places for independents to attend at the heavily subsidised rate of $121.

5 May – TNA’s AGM: All Welcome 
TNA’s famously fast AGM will confirm the minutes of the previous AGM; receive and consider the 2022 annual report and the 2022 financial statements. Friday May 5, 11:00–11:20am AEST, online. Only members can vote but all are welcome, RSVP here.

CIPI Emerging Producers Lab Participants Announced
TNA is excited to announce the cohort for the CIPI Emerging Producers Lab: Dylan Singh, Harlow Carey, Karina Schiller, and Samantha Martin. We’re thrilled to welcome this talented group of producers into the 12-month program. The Lab participants will meet once a month for workshops, guest presentations and peer-learning on topics most useful to their producing practice.

Changes to TNA’s Rigging Ticket Upgrade Program
TNA is reworking our ticket upgrade program in response to exciting news of government-funded High Risk Work licenses for VIC circus riggers. Read the full update from Christian(Program Producer, Safe and Sustainable Circus Rigging)

Contribute to TNA’s Policy Database
A reminder that the policy database on our website is for anyone to share or download policies, plans and procedures. We’ve seen some recent additions, which we hope helps performing arts orgs in developing their own policies.


4 April – International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase Sector Survey
The International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase wants to know what the sector thinks regarding plans for a future showcase event. It will take 5 mins.

12 April – APAX Market Applications
Artists, producers and orgs interested in reaching performing arts presenters can present at this year’s APAX Market program in Cairns this August/September.

16 April – The Hansen CEW Executive Leadership in the Arts Scholarship
$25,000 scholarship for mid to senior level women working in the Arts, who have held leadership roles for at least five years to study an executive level course of their own choosing anywhere in the world. Includes a travel allowance of up to $3,000.

17 April – I Wanna Go: International Protocols & Cultural Riders APAM Workshop 
Workshop series for First Nations artists and producers to build knowledge, networks and practical tools. This session focuses on protocols for engagement with Traditional Custodians.

22 April – PACT Lab Revival! EOIs (NSW)
Creative development lab for emerging artists to develop a past work, learn from industry mentors and network with fellow artists.

26 April – The National Library’s Creative Arts Fellowships
$10,000 to support writers and artists to spend four weeks at the National Libraryresearching and developing a new artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections.

27 April – Ian Potter Emerging Artist Grants
Up to $15,000 to support emerging artists to undertake professional development opportunities, prioritising opportunities overseas.

27 April – Accessible Arts ‘Accessible Tech’ Panel
Free in-person and online talk showcasing how leading Sydney venues ensure digital accessfor online and in-person audiences/visitors.

1 May – Critical Path’s First Nations Truth Telling Research Residency 
Providing First Nations dance makers with a truth-telling project access to Critical Path’s research room, Powerhouse Museum’s First Nations Collections, Drill Hall, relevant archives at AIATSIS and financial support to AIATSIS in Canberra if required.

1 May – Churchill Fellowship
Supports applicants to pursue an overseas investigative project that is not readily available in Australia. Applicants must demonstrate how the project is of benefit to Australia.

8 May – Stella Young Award 
$3,000 award that recognises a young disabled artist aged 16–30 for their impact on disability activism and culture through their artistic practice.

22 May – Vitalstatistix’s Adhocracy National Residency
Supports the creative development of experimental, multidisciplinary arts projects. Selected artists outside of SA receive up to $3,000–$5,000 and accommodation/travel expenses, SA artists receive $6,000.

27 May – Movement Research PhD Scholarships
Deakin Theatre and Dance are offering two PhD scholarships in partnership with C-Dare in Coventry UK on ‘Self-sensing and somatic awareness: A movement improvisation study of interoception and physical literacy’. $30,000 stipend per annum over 3.5 years.

Australian Playwrights Festival – Save the Date
The Australian Playwrights Festival is back with a new name and dates for this year’s festival: 25–27 August at the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre (home to Monkey Baa Theatre Company), with updates to be posted on their website.

A New Approach – New Report
‘The Big Picture 3: Expenditure on Artistic, Cultural and Creative activity by governments in Australia in 2007–08 to 2020–21’ provides an updated overview on government expenditure between those years.

Speakers for IUGTE Performing Arts Conference 2023
The International Performing Arts Conference is in Austria, July 25–29. The theme is ‘Performing Arts Between Tradition and Contemporaneity’. Presentation slots for speakers are available. Email for more info.

Europe Beyond Access: ‘Time to Act’ Report (Europe)
The largest transnational arts and disability project has resources and projects, such as ‘Unexpected Bodies in Unexpected Places’ featuring AAV’s Caroline Bowditch. They recently released their research report ‘Time to Act: How lack of knowledge in the cultural sector creates barriers for disabled artists and audiences.’

Prague Quadrennial Exploratory Workshops 
During the Prague Quadrennial in 8–18 June, there will be in-person workshops covering creative and technical trends and skills in performance design and space, such as Digital Costume Methods in Performance Design. Ticket sales start later in April, and range in price.


16 April – Mojo Festival Performing Arts Workshops
Schizy Inc is running performing arts workshops in the lead up to Mojo Festival for World Schizophrenia Day. Artists who attend the workshops will have the opportunity to perform their five-minute work at Mojo and get paid. Workshops start in April so get in touch now.

8 April – Build an Inclusive Arts Practice with Cessalee Stovall
In-person workshop for arts workers and anyone interested in learning tools and practices to make work inclusive, equitable, accessible and anti-racist. Pay what you can, or free.

12 April – Participants for Speak Percussion’s March Static at RISING
Calling all flute, clarinet, saxophone, low brass, percussion and drum players to participate in March Static, a roaming work which will overtake the foyers at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of RISING. 

14 April – City of Stonnington Arts and Cultural Grants
Under $20,000 and over $20,000 grants available, as well as in-kind venue access at Chapel Off Chapel and local venues.

17 April – Chamber Made x Punctum x SAtheCollective’s Hi Viz Satellites LAB EOIs
Cross-cultural and artform exchange between Singapore and Australian women and gender-diverse artists. Includes a five-day in-person LAB residency in Victoria. $1,250 stipend provided.

17 April – Melbourne Fringe Melbourne Civic Commission EOIs
$100,000 for an established artist to create a new civic artwork which will premiere at the 2024 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

19 April – Test Sites EOIs
$5,000 for artists to test and develop their public art ideas, participate in workshops, and receive mentoring and practical support.

3 May – Bowery Theatre Residencies 2023-2024
For artists to make and present new work with and for the Brimbank community. Mid-career/established artists receive up to $12,000; emerging artists receive up to $4,000; with 50/50 box office split and $5,500 in technical support.

21 May – Small Gems
Supports new performing arts work to be staged in small to medium sized venues, including Gasworks, Kingston Arts, Clocktower Centre, and Geelong Arts Centre. Up to $1,000–$3,000 artist fee per performance.

2 June – Maribyrnong Triennial Arts Partner Funding 
Arts, cultural or heritage orgs that are either based in, or have a connection to Maribyrnong are eligible. Up to $20,000 for volunteer-run orgs, and $45,000 for professional staffed orgs.

ASSITEJ STUFF Youth Arts & Young Audiences

11 April–21 May – Free Acting Workshops (Cairns, Broome, Swan Hill)
NIDA Connect is offering free workshops for youth aged 15–18, which will cover a range of fundamental acting skills. In April: Cairns and Broome, later in May: Swan Hill.

12–13 April – Yirra Yaakin Ngalaka Daa Ensemble Auditions (WA)
Auditions open for 13–18-year-olds to be a part of the Ngalaka Daa Ensemble. Participants receive intensive individual development in theatre making, performance and Noongar language skills.

13 April – Beyond the Fence: Free Creative Writing Workshop (NSW)
For young writers aged 14–20 to deep dive into Sydney Theatre Company’s production of ‘Fences’ and gain insight from professionals. Hosted by STC and WestWords.


Recipient of Circus Trainer Bursary Announced
Congratulations to Rachel Peters on being selected for TNA’s Access & Equity Circus Trainer Bursary, which will support her to attend five days of professional development for Circus Trainers later this month at Canberra Circus Festival.

5–9 April – Circus Vulcana Performance Making Workshop Intensive (QLD)
Led by artist Emma Maye Gibson (aka Betty Grumble) for women, non-binary and trans artists in the development of new performance work and innovative individual practice. Costs $160.

12 April – Corrugated Iron Company in Residence (NT)
For a group/collective of artists and/or circus performers aged 18–30 to access performance and workshop spaces, access to the only designated circus venue in NT, and technical and box office support.

1 May – ROOKE Emerging Artists Program (TAS)
For artists based in TAS to gain mentorship/support from ROOKE artists. Support can look like training, creating acts/routines, lighting, arts administration, or producing.


  • Anton Berezin has been appointed President at The Green Room Awards Association.
  • Amanda Jolly is stepping down as Executive Director at Queensland Theatre.
  • Marnie Karmelita has been appointed the new Artistic Director of Ten Days on the Island.
  • Maitland Schnaars has been appointed Artistic Director at Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, starting in his new role in May.
  • Agnès Michelet has been appointed Artistic Director & CEO at Critical Path. Agnès joins Critical Path, alongside new team members Jasmin Sheppard as First Nations Curator, Ira Ferris as Producer, and Neil Godfrey as Finance and Administration Manager.
  • Catherine Driver has been appointed the new General Manager at Regional Arts WA.
  • Monkey Baa has announced the departure of co-founder Sandie Eldridge, who will be moving on to pursue other creative work.
  • Asia TOPA has announced the appointment of Naomi Velaphi as Executive Producer, and Tam Nguyen as Creative Associate to their leadership team.
  • Chris Isaacs has been appointed Black Swan’s new Literary Director.
  • Ken Markwell has been appointed Executive Director at Bangarra Dance Theatre.
  • Lior Albeck-Ripka and Jesse Lubitz are stepping down as directors at Festival of Jewish Arts and Music.
  • Katt Osborne will be stepping down as Executive Director at The Blue Room Theatre.
  • Fiona Sweet has been appointed Executive Director and co-CEO at the Stella Prize.
  • Jacob Nash, the multi-award-winning Head of Design at Bangarra Dance Theatre will be stepping down.
  • James Berlyn will end his tenure as Artistic Director at WA Youth Theatre Company in July this year.
  • Humphrey Bower has been appointed Artistic Associate at Black Swan State Theatre Company.
  • Emma O’Neill has stepped down as Production Manager at Vitalstatistix.
  • Alana Culverhouse is stepping down as Executive Director/Co-CEO of Perth’s Co3 Contemporary Dance.
  • Georgia Malone is stepping down as General Manager at PICA to take up a senior role in the Arts & Culture team at Minderoo Foundation.


Treasurer (Volunteer), MADE Board (TAS). Apply now.
Development Manager, Australian Plays Transform (NSW). Apply by 5 April.
Head of Producing, Northern Stage (UK). Apply by 5 April.
Senior Producer, Ensemble Theatre (NSW). Apply by 5 April.
Senior Manager, Partnerships, Perth Festival (WA). Apply by 10 April.
Creative Producer, Australian Plays Transform (NSW). Apply by 10 April.
Producer (Contract), Arts on Tour (NSW). Apply by 10 April.
Artistic Director, State Opera South Australia (SA). Apply by 11 April.
Head of Philanthropy, QPAC (QLD). Apply by 14 April.
Literary Manager, Griffin Theatre (NSW). Apply by 14 April.
Membership Coordinator, RAV (VIC). Apply by 16 April.
Creative Director and Co-CEO, MAV (VIC). Apply by 17 April.
Head of Partnerships, QPAC (QLD). Apply by 17 April.
Associate Producer, Griffin Theatre (NSW). Apply by 17 April.
Executive Director, Commercial & Operations, ACMI (VIC). Apply by 23 April.
Senior Producer TAS, Performing Lines (TAS). Apply by 24 April.
Manager, North West Regional Partnerships, RAV (VIC). Apply by 30 April.
Artistic Director, Barkly Regional Arts (NT). Apply by 30 April.
Program and Partnerships Manager, Eastern Riverina (NSW). Apply by 1 May.

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