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TNA E-News – August 2023


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We need someone with great admin skills and the ability to write/edit copy, 1 to 2 days per week for the remainder of 2023. See Administrator Position Description.

8 Aug – Voice Referendum Webinar
TNA is hosting a Voice webinar, including a Q&A with Michael Lavarch AO and peer discussion facilitated by Erica McCalman on how our sector can approach key issues and support First Nations colleagues and communities. Aug 8, 4:00-5:15pm AEST.

Australian Performing Arts Forum (APAF) Program Sneak Peek
In case you missed it, last month we announced some speakers and program details. The current delegate list is now up – time to get excited about the brilliant humans you’ll be catching up with at APAF! Places at are filling up fast and early bird prices close Aug 13 so jump on quick to register at a discounted rate.

15 Aug – APAF Sector Briefings
TNA is holding online briefings ahead of APAF for registered and potential delegates for the Circus and Physical Theatre, and Performance with/for/by Young People sectors. 

Salary Survey Report 2023
This year’s Salary Survey is now available online for TNA members. Non-members can purchase the report for $330 (inc GST) by emailing

Catch up on ‘Behind the Scenes’ Podcasts, featuring TNA members
In July, Maryanne Sam – director, producer, writer, actor and founding member of Ilbijerri Theatre – chats about the inspiring beginnings of Ilbijerri. In June, Daniel Riley chats about his inspiring journey toward becoming Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT).


8  & 17 Aug – Contemporary Asian Australian Performance Longhouse Events (Brisbane and Sydney)
Longhouse Brisbane on Asian Australian Leadership: 8 Aug at 6pm, with Triona Calimbayan-Giles, Tarun Nagesh, Katrina Irawati Graham and Courtney Stewart. Longhouse Sydney on Independent Artists, 17 Aug at 6pm, with Victoria Falconer, Tiffany Wong and Piumi Wijesundara.

10 Aug – Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship and Social Change Fellowship
The scholarship offers $120,000 over 2-3 years toward postgrad studies, and includes a nine-month leadership development program. The fellowship offers $50,000 to undertake personal and professional development, from overseas research and travel to PD and work experience.

15 Aug – Australia Council announces three new international investment programs
International Engagement FundInternational Touring and Presentation Fund, and International Travel Fund will fund a broad range of activity across artforms. Online info session on 15 Aug at 4pm AEST.

15 Aug – Regional Arts Project Grants
Up to $30,000 funding for high-quality arts projects benefitting regional or remote artists, arts workers, audiences and communities.

20 Aug – Theatre Works 2024-25 EOIs
Submit a proposal for Theatre Work’s 2024-25 mainstage seasons (including Midsumma). Open to Victorian and interstate indies and companies.

21 Aug – Ready to Roll Pitching and Producing Skills Lab
1-week (Oct 30-Nov 2) opportunity for indie artists to build their pitching packages for existing work, hosted by Studio1 in Brisbane.

21 Aug – Vivid Sydney EOIs for Light and Cross Art Form
Be part of the 2024 program, taking place from 24 May to 15 June. 

22 Aug – WA DLGSC seeks input for 10 Year Vision for Arts and Culture in WA
The 10 Year Vision Discussion Paper reports against the Strategic Directions 2016-2031 milestones, and the updated 10 Year Vision (2023-2033) will draw on the framework of the new National Cultural Policy. Give you input by completing this survey.

23 Aug – Adelaide Fringe 2024 Fund Grants
Adelaide Fringe Fund supports artists, producers and venue operators to present work at Adelaide Fringe. $5,000 for Up + Running Grants, $10,000 for Level-Up Grants.

24 Aug – Governance Conversations Free Webinars
Australia Council and Diversity Arts Australia are hosting 6 free, monthly webinars exploring contemporary issues in arts governance.  Upcoming on 24 Aug, 12-1.30pm AEST: Board Representation: Promoting Cultural Safety and Addressing the Power Gap. Subsequent webinars on 27 July, 24 August, 21 Sep, 19 Oct.

25 Aug – Currency Press Australian Playwright’s Festival: “Safe Spaces, Risky Ideas”
Brings together a diverse range of established and emerging writers from around the country, including a mix of panels and one-on-one conversations. 25 – 27 Aug, Sydney, tiered pricing starting at $15 for individual sessions. Full program and tickets.

 27 Aug – 2023 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships Nominations
A valuable $200,000 fellowship (up from $160,000 in 2022) for an early mid-career artist/creative/cultural leader at least 7 years into their practice, with no strings attached. 

5 Sept – National Theatre of Parramatta Open Table
Start a conversation about your creative work and practice. Artists don’t need to have a fully formed concept but an idea to spark further discussion.

5 Sept – Australia Council for the Arts: Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
Up to $50,000 for a range of activities and projects, both national and international, across all art forms. Note that the International Engagement Fund will be offered as a separate category, closing on 19 Sept.


8 Aug – Writing for performance: Free Ballarat Workshop Series by Emma Hall
A series of six weekly drop in sessions on text for contemporary performance, with a focus on generating from autobiography or lived experience. Free to anyone with an interest in writing and/or performing for theatre. Runs till 5 Sep.

12 Aug – Lucy Guerin x Temperance Hall: Out of Bounds
A choreographic ideas sharing platform: 25 Victorian dance artists present a short showing. Each session will present the work of three artists, followed by facilitated group discussion. 12 – 13 Aug, Free to register.

13 Aug – CALD2LEAD 2023 scholarship for Diploma of Governance
Institute of Community Directors in partnership with CALD2LEAD is offering a part scholarship of $3,600 for CALD women leaders to undertake the Diploma of Governance.

14 Aug – Regional Arts Fund Project Grants
Up to $30,000 for arts projects benefitting regional or remote artists, arts workers, audiences and communities.

14 Aug – South Side Festival 2024 Artist EOIs
Up to $5,000 for artist commissions in Frankston.

18 Aug – Free HOTBED workshop: Storytelling and the Body with Ghenoa Gela
Three-day workshop for First Nations artists only, unpacking Ghenoa’s methodologies of versatile pathways for performance. Training in dance/theatre is recommended. Traditional/Cultural dancers and/or Storytellers are welcome.

20 Aug – EOIs for Emerging Playwriting Group at Ivanhoe Library
Led by Emily Sheehan, participants will explore playwriting craft through weekly workshops while writing the first scenes of a new play. The free, 10-week program is for all experience levels and will run on Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm from September 5.

29 Aug – The Relationship is the Project Conversation Series
Conversation led by Jade Lillie, with panelists Timoci O’Connor, Tristan Meecham, Alex Kelly and  Simona Castricum as they discuss community-based practices. 5.30-7.30pm at Abbotsford Convent, free entry.

ASSITEJ STUFF Youth Arts & Young Audiences

4 Aug – Monkey Baa support for makers of work for young people
Independent theatre makers who have a new work ready for production may apply to receive $2000 and in-kind support including venue, production, marketing and ticketing.

15 Aug – APAF Briefing
TNA is holding an online briefing ahead of APAF for registered and potential delegates from the Performance with/for/by Young People sector. Come along for 30 minutes to hear about the APAF program and how to be a great advocate while you are networking! Register here.

21 Aug – ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival 2024 in Cuba
Calling for performances and productions, workshops and seminars as part of the professional exchange programme; and conference papers on ‘Voices of a New World: Legacy and Innovation in TYA’. NEW deadline for productions is 21 Aug.

8 Sep – Carclew Project and Development Grant
Grants between $3,000 and $10,000 for skills development, creative practice, career building, and development and/or presentation of new or existing work. Applicants must be aged 26 years or under.


15 Aug – APAF Briefing
TNA is holding an online briefing ahead of APAF for registered and potential delegates from the Circus and Physical Theatre sector. Come along for 30 minutes to hear about the APAF program and how to be a great CaPT advocate while you are networking! Register here.

Women’s Circus Space Connect Program: Free Space for Artists
Offers free rehearsal space for circus companies and professionals. Artists can request financial support for access needs, including childcare, travel, interpreters etc.

Swinburne University decision to ‘pause’ NICA Enrolments 
An open letter from the current cohort of Certificate IV in Circus Arts students and Media responses from Artshub, The Age, The Conversation and the ABC. TNA’s Executive Director Nicole Beyer spoke to Channel 7’s Sunrise program, calling for Swinburne to reverse the decision.

19-20 Oct – Australian Circus Summit at NICA: Save the Date   
Part of NICA’s Circus Hub for the 2023 Melbourne Fringe Festival, the two-day program will be announced in the coming months. 


  • Performing Lines has appointed Sinsa Mansell as new Senior Producer of their Tasmanian office.
  • Criena Gehrke is Queensland Theatre’s new Executive Director.
  • Ruth Osbourne is stepping down after 25 years as Artistic Director of QL2 Dance. She will be succeeded by new Artistic Director, Alice Lee Holland. QL2’s General Manager Amélie Langevin will also finish up this month.
  • Yunuen Perez has stepped down as Creative Producer of Public Realm and Lead, Participation at Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • Bri Zammit has stepped down as Creative Producer of La Boite.
  • Sean Walsh has stepped down as Producer of Barking Gecko Theatre, and is now the Producer at The Bullshift Company.
  • Julia Gregg has been appointed the new Strategic Operations & Enterprise Lead at 100 Story Building.
  • Ari Palani has left La Boite to take up a position at Queensland Theatre as Producer (Youth Program).
  • Penny Miles has been appointed Executive Officer of the Betty Amsden Foundation.
  • Ausdance NSW has appointed Sarah Goroch as its new General Manager.
  • Ella McNeill is stepping down from her role as Director of Arts & Culture at Minderoo Foundation.
  • Windmill Theatre Company’s Executive Director, Kaye Weeks, is transitioning to the new part-time role of Executive Director of Windmill Pictures. Windmill’s Producer, Ross McHenry has been appointed the new Executive Director of Windmill Theatre Company alongside the company’s incoming Artistic Director, Clare Watson.
  • Mike Harris has been appointed inaugural Executive Director of Sutherland’s The Pavilion Performing Arts Centre, taking the reins from Interim Director Rachel Healy.
  • Sydney Opera House has appointed Michael Hutchings to the role of Head of First Nations Programming.
  • Robyn Ayres is stepping down as CEO of Arts Law Centre of Australia.
  • Kate Britton has been appointed as Performance Space’s next Artistic Director.


General Manager, QL2 Dance (ACT). Apply by 6 Aug.
Production Manager, Terrapin (TAS). Apply by 6 Aug.
Technical Manager, Seymour Centre – University of Sydney (NSW). Apply by 6 Aug.
Reception and Box Office Coordinator, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (NSW). Apply by 6 Aug.
Annual Giving Manager, Bell Shakespeare (NSW). Apply by 7 Aug.
Performing Arts Coordinator, Ruyton Girls’ School (VIC). Apply by 9 Aug.
CEO, Arts Law Centre of Australia (NSW). Apply by 10 Aug.
Staging Supervisor – Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 10 Aug. Production Coordinator, Orchestra Victoria (VIC). Apply by 11 Aug.
Customer Service and Office Coordinator, Ensemble Theatre (NSW). Apply by 11 Aug.
Deputy Head of Department – Staging, Adelaide Festival Centre (SA). Apply by 11 Aug.
Deputy Head of Department – Lighting, Adelaide Festival Centre (SA). Apply by 11 Aug.
Head of Department – Lighting, Adelaide Festival Centre (SA). Apply by 11 Aug.
Junior School Specialist Teacher (Creative & Performing Arts – Maternity Leave), Thomas Hassall Anglican College (NSW). Apply by 11 Aug.
Communications Coordinator, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 13 Aug.
​​​​​​​Venue and Operations Manager, Bell Shakespeare (NSW). Apply by 13 Aug.
Marketing Manager, Performing Lines (NSW). Apply by 14 Aug.
Marketing and Communications Director, Brisbane Festival (QLD). Apply by 14 Aug.
Set Builder, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 16 Aug.
Season Ticket Team Member, Belvoir (NSW). Apply by 17 Aug.
Operations Manager, Pink Flamingo Spiegeland (QLD). Apply by 17 Aug. Philanthropy Manager (Foundation & Special Projects), The Australian Ballet (VIC).  Apply by 19 Aug.
Senior Finance Analyst, Opera Australia (NSW). Apply by 20 Aug.
CFO, Country Arts SA (SA). Apply by 22 Aug.
Creative Coordinator – Youth Week Festival, Propel Youth Arts (WA). Apply by 24 Aug.
Technical Operations Manager, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 31 Aug.
General Manager, Darwin Entertainment Centre (NT). Apply by 1 Sep.

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