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TNA E-News August 2016


2016 Victorian Theatre Forum: ‘The Next Stage’ – Documentation and Resources
Thanks to everyone who came along to our 2016 forum. Videos of keynote addresses from Willoh S. Weiland and Alison Robb can be viewed here. Both keynotes are Auslan interpreted, so spread them far and wide! If you weren’t able to join us, look at the event page to view the forum program as well as additional personal resilience resources from Alison Robb. An outcome from the forum is a working group to look at Child Safe Standards for the performing arts. Email Veronica Pardo for more info.

11 Aug – Currency House: Investing in Cultural Leadership Showcase – Free Event
Join us from 6.30 – 7.30pm tonight at the Tower Theatre, Malthouse for a showcase of Currency House’s Cultural Leadership Mentorship recipients. Didem Caia, Duncan Graham and Jeremy Neideck will each read from their writing, supported by their mentors, Ann Tonks, Julian Meyrick and Judith McLean respectively (Leigh Tabrett will stand in for Judith at this event). Event is free but bookings are essential. Networking afterwards at the Malthouse bar (Cash Bar). More info.


The Black Sequin Dress by Jenny Kemp – Playbox plays on is giving TNA subscribers an exclusive opportunity to sample the wonderful plays from its new Playbox collection with a 1-month free subscription to a different play each month. Malthouse Theatre was previously called Playbox, until 2004. This collection focuses on Playbox’s ‘All Australian’ period, a brave and passionate cultural experiment that began in 1990, created an exceptional legacy of Australian plays and nurtured a generation of artists. Follow this link to read a different script each month specially selected for you by Literary Manager, Tom Healey. This month the script you can access is The Black Sequin Dress by Jenny Kemp, first produced in 1996.  Enjoy!

Theatre Works: Directors Lab, Melbourne – FREE
Directors Lab: Melbourne is an intensive creative laboratory for professional theatre directors from around Australia and the world. This free professional development opportunity returns to Theatre Works in 2016 in partnership with Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Festival and supported by the Ian Potter Foundation. The dates for the 2016 Lab are 15 – 22 October. The Lab will run from 8am – 8pm over eight consecutive days. Applications are now open. Read more here.

4 Oct – EOIs close for the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program  
EOIs are now open for emerging arts leaders to take part in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program. Participants will need to commit to a six-month course, which includes two intensive three-day residentials, workshops, an online course and access to optional mentoring and secondments. EOIs close on 4 October and participants will be notified in November. More info.

CPA’s Conversations in Fundraising – free panel events for the Small to Medium sector
Creative Partnership Australia’s CEO, Fiona Menzies, will lead an informal discussion with senior professionals from local arts organisations who have successfully grown their philanthropy and fundraising programs. Perth 15 August, Adelaide 16 August, Hobart 5 Sep, Brisbane 4 Oct (Please note that the Sydney and Melbourne events have sold out). All sessions are free and run from 5.30-7.30pm. Book your spot here.

29 Oct – TNN’s Regional Theatre Forum at Artlands Dubbo
Theatre Network New South Wales (TNN) will host their regional theatre forum within the Artlands Dubbo program from 2pm – 5pm on Saturday 29 October 2016. Titled ‘Beyond the Limits – regional theatre in the national landscape’ the forum is a panel/presentation format with Q&A, break-out sessions, action planning. Attendance at the forum is free for TNN Associate members and Artlands delegates. Read about the event here.

Professional Puppetry Workshop with Ricky Syers – $600 for six days at Carriageworks
Erth, with the support of Carriageworks, will present a six-day Ricky Syers masterclass. Gain insights into the creative process and develop skills in puppet making and manipulation whilst exploring principles of design and construction. This masterclass runs from 12 – 17 September 2016 at Carriageworks in Sydney and is specifically tailored for professional puppeteers and puppet makers. Contact | See some of Ricky’s work in this delightful mini doco.

Adelaide Fringe Opportunities – Poster Competition and 2017 Artist Fund
Adelaide Fringe has two opportunities for artists: The annual Poster Competition is now open. In addition to significant exposure, the winner will receive a $2000 cash prize, as well as free artist registration to present an exhibition as part of the 2017 Adelaide Fringe. Submit your design by this Sunday 14 August. Also open is the Artist Fund. Independent Australian artists presenting work in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe may apply for up to a maximum of $10,000 per project. Applications are encouraged in all art-forms and close on Wednesday 7 September.

19 Aug – Arts and Refugees Forum – Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre – FREE
Presented by Settlement Services International (SSI) and Casula Powerhouse, the Arts and Refugees Forum connects those who work, or are interested in, the intersection between the arts and refugees. Open to artists, performers, art therapists, educators, researchers, art workers and creative producers, the two-day forum will include talks from artists and leading practitioners in this space, with the aim of facilitating a state-wide discussion about refugee-related arts practice. 8.30am – 5.45pm, 19 & 20 August 2016, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW. About the forum. 

Case studies re indigenous protocols for arts and culture
Click here to view the recent Terri Janke and Company publication on Indigenous Cultural Protocols and the Arts. Featuring a series of case studies, this publication looks at best practice when it comes to Intellectual Property, Copyright and the Cultural rights conversation for indigenous performing arts.

Performing Lines – supporting artists and companies
Performing Lines is committed to finding additional ways to support artists and companies. Their producers, marketing and production staff in Sydney, Perth and Hobart are always available to offer project advice, budget templates, freight tips or social media advice. They also have hot desk space available, and have launched a industry blog to feature more opportunities, news and opinion from across the sector. Contact Performing Lines for more info.

26 Aug – Plus1 – Creative Partnerships Australia’s matched funding program for arts organisations
It’s time to apply for the 2016/17 Plus1 funding round. Small to medium arts organisations can receive matched funding (capped at $50,000) for fundraising campaigns that support a project or activity of their choice. Project examples include creating and presenting new artistic work, education programs or scholarships, technology improvements and core operational support. Applications close 26 August 2016. Read more.

3 Sep – Mobile States – Future directions and call out for contributors
Funded by the Australia Council, Performing Lines’ Mobile States initiative has had a big impact for Australia’s small to medium and independent performing arts sector, having significantly increased touring opportunities, national profile and audience for contemporary performance. While the formal initiative concludes at the end of this year, the Mobile States consortium members will next meet on 3 September 2016 during Adhocracy in Adelaide. Performing Lines invites producers, presenters and programmers interested in creating and contributing to a new consortium model to join the discussions. Read more here.

28 Aug – National Theatre of Parramatta Mentoring Program – ‘From Page to Stage’
National Theatre of Parramatta’s playwriting mentorship is a free program consisting of workshop salons, mentoring and dramaturgical support over a 15 month period. Presented in association with Playwriting Australia, ‘From Page To Stage’ is open to writers from Western Sydney. Submissions close 28 August. More here.


16 Aug – Artist Learning Program at ArtPlay, Melbourne
ArtPlay is a creative arts studio for children. The Artist Learning program is geared towards artists, teachers, therapists or anyone working in the arts with children. The next session on 16 August will be run by improvisation troupe Born In A Taxi and will look at facilitating collaborative improvisation with children. Suitable for artists/performers/teachers of all levels. More info here. 

12 Oct – Lucy Guerin’s Hotbed Workshop with Faye Driscoll – $90
Faye Driscoll leads a fun and transformational performance practice where more not less is possible. This intensive three day workshop during Melbourne Festival will focus on play, improvisation and the voice and body. Registration: $90 per participant. 12pm – 6pm, 12 – 14 October 2016 at Lucy Guerin Inc Studio, West Melbourne. Book your spot.

Expressions of Interest – Darebin Arts Development Program
The Darebin Arts Development program supports artists by providing access to space, mentors and materials. Developments are for new artistic work can vary from script readings, physical work, exploration, rehearsals, showings, guidance and mentorship. In 2016 Artists can apply for a Creative Development at Northcote Town Hall or Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, or a Producing Mentorship. Submissions close on Monday 22 August, 5pm. Apply here.

15 Aug – The Butterfly Club calling for Expressions of Interest
EOIs are open to producers and artists who wish to be a part of the Butterfly Club’s 2016/17 Curated Summer program. Successful applicants will produce a one-week season of their work between December 2016 and February 2017. The Butterfly Club considers independent works including theatre, cabaret, comedy, sketch, vaudeville, burlesque and live music. EOIs close at 5pm on the 15th of August. Read more here.

ArtsHouse EOIs
Arts House has an online expression of interest (EOI) process open year round. If Arts House is right for you, tell them about your projects when they are close to presentation (you won’t need to provide a budget, tech or planning details at this stage). Arts House’s creative team reviews all EOIs every six to eight weeks. Find out more.


Performing Arts Camp – Grant for Professional Performers
Open to performing arts practitioners from around the world, the 2016 International Performing Arts Camp will be based in a 12th century Monastery in Tuscany, Italy from October 24 – 29, 2016. The program is open to dancers, choreographers, actors and circus performers interested in practical research of contemporary performance practice together with colleagues from all over the world. Grants are to cover accommodation and meals. About the camp and grant opportunity.

4 Oct – Australia Council: International Residencies program
The Australia Council’s Interntional Residencies Program is now open to applicants for 2017/18 and will close with the next grant round on 4 Oct 2016. The suite of International Residencies can be found here.


Youth Arts Summit – Policy Working Group
At the end of July, a number of representatives from artforms within the Youth Arts Sector attended a residential summit on the Hawkesbury River. Supported by the Australia Council and facilitated by Lenine Bourke, the Youth Arts Summit was designed to provoke discussion and interpretation around youth arts and what the sector can achieve. In addition to deeper connection and valuable learning, one of the key outcomes of the summit is the establishment of a youth arts policy working group. We will keep across these meetings and report back as actions arise.

2017 National Indigenous Youth Arts Forum
At the Youth Arts Summit a cohort of First Nation representatives also gathered to have a closed conversation about their practice and projects with young people in the communities where they are based. As there has not been a formal space for Indigenous youth to gather and talk arts practice since 1993, the group have proposed a forum to potentially co-incide with the Yirramboi (Woi-wurrung for tomorrow) Festival 5-15th May 2017 in Melbourne. More info to come.

ASSITEJ Newsletter
Read a summary of what is happening in the international youth arts sector here.


  • Amelia Bartak to hand the role of Executive Producer of Phillip Adams Ballet Lab to Kristy Ayre as the company relocates to Temperance Hall, South Melbourne.
  • Platform Youth Theatre has announced its closure following the recent federal and state funding rounds. PYT inspired a generation of young performers, and we want to acknowledge their incredible work.
  • Tony Burke is the new Federal Shadow Minister for the Arts, taking over from Mark Dreyfus.
  • Jane Crawley will finish as Manager of Arts Melbourne at City of Melbourne to take up the role of Director, Arts Sector Investment at Creative Victoria ahead of Greg Andrew’s retirement.
  • Kip Williams appointed as Interim Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company.
  • Vivia Hickman announced as incoming Chair of the Next Wave Board, taking the reins from outgoing Chair Janenne Willis.
  • Minister Martin Foley announced an additional $3 million in Creative State funds for the development of the Contemporary Arts Precinct (CAP) in Collingwood.
  • While Theatre Network Australia’s Bethany Simons is on leave overseas for the remainder of the year, we have Simone Schinkel and Susie Thatcher working with us in the TNA office.


CRM & Ticketing Manager, Malthouse Theatre. Apply by 22 Aug.
Theatre Lecturers and Tutors, Victorian College of the Arts. Apply by 28 Aug.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Work Placement, Adelaide Fringe. Apply by 26 Aug.
Programming Coordinator, Sydney Opera House. Apply by 21 Aug.
Contract Technician, Merrigong Theatre Company. Apply by 29 Aug.
Project Coordinator, Dance Massive. Apply by 14 Aug.
Neon Pop Producer, 2017 BrisAsia Festival. Email here for info. Apply by 15 Aug.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Australia.

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