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TNA E-News – August 2022


22 Aug – National Cultural Policy Submissions & How to Make One
The Federal Government is developing a new National Cultural Policy and you can have your say. Many peak bodies, including TNA, are making submissions on behalf of the sector, but we encourage you to make your own submission – no need to use the template. TNA’s Draft Submission can be downloaded here

Creating Out Loud Industry Guides 
TNA has been involved in piloting Peer Learning circles with University of Queensland’s Dr. Kate Power. The resulting guides are now available for free for people to run their own self-directed group. 

Behind the Scenes Podcast – July 
Writer, visual artist and current VIPI producer Monique Grbec chats about her multi-artform practice, VIPI and telling her story.


Town Hall Events for National Cultural Policy Consultation
Part of the Australian Government’s commitment to delivering a new National Cultural Policy. Upcoming Town Halls: Broome on 17 Aug, and Darwin on 19 Aug.

16 Aug–4 Oct – Arts Access Nexus 2022
Professional development program for Deaf and Disabled artists aged 18-26. All sessions will run online.

17 Aug–12 Oct – Dance Makers Collective Make It Happen (NSW)
Free in-person 9-week program for creative practitioners and producers living within or connected to the City of Parramatta, to refine their skills in making project ideas happen, led by Carl Sciberras. Online option available for those in the region.

19 Aug – Theatre Works EOIs
Melbourne’s indie theatre is accepting project proposals for their 2023-24 mainstage seasons. Victorian and interstate indie artists, companies, collectives, directors, writers, producers are invited to apply.

22 Aug – NAISDA Study Applications for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
NAISDA is accepting applications from aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancersand performing artists to study with them next year.

26 Aug – Crossroads Arts – Regional Scholarships
3-day workshop in contemporary movement, performance and theatre making on Oct 7–Oct 9, in partnership with Dancenorth Australia and La Boite. Heavily subsidised: $90 for weekend. People with disability from regional areas across AU (except Mackay) can apply for a scholarship of up to $2,000 to cover their travel, workshop fees and accommodation costs.

Fair Play on Screen – Aug & Sept Masterclass Series
Diversity Arts is offering a series of masterclasses, focusing on improving cultural and racial equity in a culturally diverse, migrant and refugee context. Upcoming in Aug: Anti-Racism Leadership Training with Erfan Daliri, Inclusive Directing with Pearl Tan, Audience Development and Marketing with Fotis Kapetopoulos. Program is also open to those working in the performing arts.

2 Sept – Carclew’s Project and Development Grants
Up to $3,000 for artists to develop skills and build their careers, $10,000 for artists and $20,000 for organisations to develop and present projects for children and young people. Individual artists must be 26 years or under (30 years or under for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants).

2 Sept – ISPA Global Fellowships
For early to mid-career professional performing arts leaders, who are committed to increasing the global connectivity of the industry. Selected participants receive ISPA membership, congress registration, and travel subsidy to attend the 2023 New York Congress (Jan 10–12).

2 Sept – VAMP encounter Residencies (Regional NSW)
For creative practitioners living and working in regional NSW to take part in the enCounter residency at the Gilgandra Museum. This includes: $6,000 participation fee, access to the centre’s collection, and subsequent presentation of work inspired by the museum. link

5 Sept – Live Performance Support (TAS) – Guarantee Program
Tasmanian arts orgs, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues responsible for box office risk in the eligible period can apply for a guarantee ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. This program has been extended until 5 Sept.

6 Sept – Australia Council’s Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
$10,000 to $50,000 grants to support a range of activities that benefit the arts sector and public.

30 Sept – National Regional Arts Fellowships
Offers a guaranteed income (for a short period) for an artist/practitioner to develop their work, skills, networks or research. Two streams available: $20,000 for creative and professional development, $10,000 for first timers in creative or professional development.

Vision Australia Resources
Good resources from Vision Australia on Improving the Recruitment ProcessInclusive PresentingCommunicating EffectivelyTips to Improve the Theatre Experience.


22 Aug – Southside Festival’s EOIs
$5,000 commissions for artistic works to be presented within the 2023 South Side Festival period, 5–14 May 2023.

25 Aug–5 Sept – Council Arts & Culture Project Grants
Closing 25 Aug in the City of Maribyrnong: Community Grants providing up to $25,000 for initiatives that encourage and remove barriers to participation in community life.
Closing 1 Sept in the City of Stonningtongrants up to $20,000 or over $20,000 for artists and organisations to deliver arts projects. Individuals must be auspiced.
Closing 4 Sept in the City of Banyuleup to $10,000 for local individuals and groups to deliver creative projects.
Closing 5 Sept in the City of Port Phillip: the Cultural Development Fund offers up to $12,000 per project to support local artists, groups or arts orgs. In the previous year, council awarded $186,975 for 18 successful projects.

16 Sept – State Library Victoria Fellowships
Various fellowships for artists, writers, and scholars to immerse themselves and respond to the Library’s extensive collections. The Kerri Hall Fellowship for Performing Arts offers $15,000 to artists in the Loddon Mallee region to undertake projects exploring theatre and the performing arts in Victoria.

Midsumma at Gasworks 2023
Gasworks open for performers looking for a venue to present work as part of Midsumma Festival 23 Jan–11 Feb 2023. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

ASSITEJ STUFF Youth Arts & Young Audiences

9 Sept – Lake Macquarie One Act Play Festival is open for submissions – NSW
Opportunity for playwrights and actors aged 10 years and up to perform original works (10-25 minutes in length) on stage 24–25 Feb 2023.

30 Sept – EOIs for Next Generation Residency Program – Lahore, Pakistan
15 artists from Pakistan and 15 international young theatre makers (aged 18-35) will work for 11 days to learn from each other and co-create short performances 8–18 Feb 2023.

21 Sept – ASSITEJ International Coffee Sessions Continue – online
Register to attend one of the next ASSITEJ Coffee Sessions online. The topic of conversation will be Diversity in Production and Programming.


13 Aug – Volunteer Thank You Afternoon Tea at Brunswick Picture House
Spaghetti Circus and The Brunswick Picture House are hosting an afternoon tea to celebrate all of their fantastic volunteers and provide an occasion to discuss upcoming opportunities with the National Circus Festival in September.

Circus Nexus Emerging Artists Program (VIC)
An opportunity for four emerging circus artists to develop a new circus act and perform in the upcoming production on 9–11 Sept at Circus Nexus. Participants receive: 6 weeks free rehearsal space at Circus Nexus, $1,500 performance fee, $1,000 creation budget and more.

New Custom Circus Venue for the Fruities
It was announced last week that the NSW Government’s Creative Capital fund will invest $3.3 million to support construction of a new 100-seat studio theatre in Albury. Borderville Studio Theatre will be located within the current Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC) site.

Aussie CaPT Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 
Congrats to all of the Australian artists and producers who have shows on at Edinburgh Fringe right now! Quick roll call: 360 All Stars (Onyx Productions); angel monster (Phluxus2 & Cluster Arts); Assume People Like You (Melon The Human); Casting Off & Zoe (A Good Catch & Cluster Arts); Circa: Humans 2.0 (Circa); Collision (Casus & Cluster Arts); EGG & Femme (Erin Fowler); Railed (Head First Acrobats); Rebel & Rouge (Highwire).


  • Tasnim Hossain has been appointed Melbourne Theatre Company’s new Resident Director.
  • The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has announced Kamilaroi descendant Bradley Chatfield as its new Head of First Nations Programming.
  • Kate Fell has been appointed Artistic Director of Darwin Fest.
  • Karen Quinlan AM has been appointed CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • Joe Toohey is stepping down as CEO of Regional Arts Victoria to take up the role of Head of Finance at The Wheeler Centre.
  • Sue Hunt joins Regional Arts Victoria as Board Chair, replacing outgoing Chair Kath Mainland.
  • ACMI’s Chief Experience Officer Seb Chan has been appointed to the role of ACMI Director and CEO.
  • Stuart Maunder AM has been named the next Artistic Director of Victorian Opera, commencing in late 2023, replacing current Artistic Director, Richard Mills AM.
  • Susie Lyons joins Regional Arts Victoria as the new Director, Strategic Initiatives.
  • Jeff Khan, Artistic Director and CEO at Performance Space will be stepping down from the role from August 31. Jeff has been appointed the Creative Director of Asia TOPA.
  • Penny McCabe has been appointed Head of Programming at Geelong Arts Centre.
  • Vanessa Wright has been appointed the new Senior Producer NSW at Performing Lines, who will lead the company’s NSW team and program.
  • Congratulations to TNA Member Susie Dee on receiving the Australia Council Award for Theatre.


Associate Producer, APAM (VIC). Apply now.
Associate Producer, Sydney Festival (NSW). Apply now.
Literary Director, Black Swan State Theatre Company (WA). Send in your EOI now.
Administration Assistant, The Unconformity (TAS). Apply by 15 Aug.
Marketing and Partnerships Officer, The Unconformity (TAS). Apply by 15 Aug.
Arts Program Associate Producer, Country Arts SA (SA). Apply by 15 Aug.
Head of Programming, QPAC (QLD). Apply by 16 Aug.
Head of Public Engagement, QPAC (QLD). Apply by 16 Aug.
Board Member (Voluntary), Australian Dance Theatre (SA). Apply by 19 Aug.
Digital Producer, Sydney Festival (NSW). Apply by 19 Aug.
Program Manager, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 22 Aug.
Campaign Marketing Coordinator, Malthouse (VIC). Apply by 22 Aug.

Equity & Inclusion Officer, Malthouse (VIC). Apply by 22 Aug.
Executive Assistant, Sydney Festival (NSW). Apply by 22 Aug.
CEO, Regional Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 24 Aug.
Production Manager, Footscray Community Arts (VIC). Apply by 25 Aug.
Artistic Director, Polyglot Theatre (VIC). Apply by 26 Aug.
Head of Venue Management, Monkey Baa (NSW). Apply by 29 Aug.
Technical Lead, Monkey Baa (NSW). Apply by 29 Aug.
Executive Officer, Drama Victoria (VIC). Apply by 29 Aug.
Business Development Manager, Tantrum (NSW). Apply by 31 Aug.
New Work Manager, Malthouse (VIC). Apply by 4 Sep.
SAM Communications & Training Coordinator, Desart & the SAM (Stories Art Money) Platform (NT). Apply by 6 Sept.
CEO, PICA (WA). Apply by 9 Sept.

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