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TNA E-News – December 2020

Check out the TNA December E-News below, with national and Victorian arts news, industry goss, and current positions vacant. Make sure you sign up to receive the E-News in your inbox by using the form at the bottom of the page.

Dear Colleagues,

2020 is coming to an end – a relief for many, given the devastating impact of the pandemic on our artistic, professional and personal lives. We acknowledge that it has been a challenging and painful year for many in the arts and we grieve with you.

At the same time, we also wish to celebrate the resilience of the arts community. Through our work this year, it has been moving for us to witness the care and generosity that you have shown each other. TNA feels privileged to have played a role in supporting our community during this time.

We know that many of the challenges of this year will continue to be felt into 2021 and beyond. Taking the time to reflect on what we have learnt, and making a conscious choice on how to move forward, could be valuable.

We hope that you have a restful and well-deserved break.

Yuhui, Jamie, Tessa, Rani, Simone and Nicole at
Theatre Network Australia


THIS IS HOW WE DO IT 2020: TNA’s Report on the Working Trends of Independent Artists
This brand new report analyses results from 283 valid responses from independent artists and creatives to an online survey conducted in mid 2020. Learn what the going rates are, considerations when setting fees, and how artists have been impacted by COVID-19.

TNA’s Equity Action Plan (EQAP)
Our EQAP is an extension of Theatre Network Australia’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, and is based on a human rights framework where every human has the right to participate in cultural life. Read it here and feel free to use it as a template.

TNA Office Closed from 21 Dec – 8 Jan
Our staff will be on a well-deserved break for 3 weeks! If you require assistance or would like to get in touch, please do so by 18 Dec. See you in 2021!

Last Call for 2020: Crisis Cash EOIs
As the TNA office is closing for a few weeks, we won’t be assessing or distributing crisis cash funds during that time. If you intend to apply, we will be processing our last round of emergency payments (for the year) next week. Please apply by 14 Dec. It is a simple EOI form, and feel free to get in touch if you need assistance.


Roadmap and National Principles for Reactivating Live Performance Venues and Events
National Cabinet has asked the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee to develop a roadmap for reopening arts and entertainment venues. These guidance documents provide a nationally consistent health-based approach to reactivating safely.

MEAA Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen
Resource for the stage and screen industries when creating, performing or recording performances of intimate scenes. Covers all stages of the creative process, from casting, auditions and pre-production, preparation, rehearsal, performance and post-production.

Live Performance Award 2020
The Fair Work Commission has supplied the new Live Performance Award 2020 which provides minimum wages and conditions for the majority of employees in the live performance industry.

13 Dec – Critical Stages Regional Touring Residencies
Week-long paid residencies in regional or metro locations to NSW-based artists, to support the creation of new work intended for regional touring in future. Residences to be completed between Jan and Apr 2021. Submit EOI. 

15 Dec – 2020 Vision? What Worked in the Performing Arts, What Didn’t, Where Next.
A round-robin where Australian artists look back on 2020, and ahead to 2021. Hosted by Alyson Campbell, Paul Rae and Collaborators (UniMelb); with Jacob Boehme, Chris Mead, Adele Schonhardt, Sonya Suares, Latai Taumoepeau and Dianne Toulson. 1.30 – 4pm AEDT. Register.

8 Jan – Darwin Fringe Workshop Series
2-day intensive for creatives working across genres, covering both business and artistic development. Free opportunity; 10 x travel bursaries of $500 also available for rural participants. Workshop Dates: 6 – 7 Feb 2021. Apply before 8 Jan.

10 Jan – Research Survey: Theatre making in the age of #Metoo
This research is being undertaken by Korean-Australian theatremaker YoungHee Park for a thesis with a goal of providing a framework for safe creative spaces. Survey will take approximately 15min, and does not request personal identifying information.

15 Jan – PICA Interdisciplinary Lab
The first of a three-year artist exchange and professional development program with Australian and South and Southeast Asian artists. Participation fee of $1,500 will be provided for a week’s worth of commitment spread across the year. More info.

15 Jan – Australia-Singapore Reciprocal Digital Funding
Seeds research on artistic practice and collaborative processes between artists, with the potential to spark new connections or deepen existing relationships which may result in co-creation of new work. $5,000 per proposal. More info.

15 Jan – Capture All: A Sonic Investigation
Liquid Architecture (Melbourne) and Sarai (Delhi) will collaborate to support six artists, scholars, and writers based in India and Australia through a series of creative and critical workshops, intensives, and dialogues. Event dates: Apr – Aug 2021. More info.

29 Jan – 2021/22 Pre-Budget Submissions
The 2021/22 Budget will contribute to the next phase of the Government’s Economic Recovery Plan designed to create more jobs and secure Australia’s future. Submissions are sought from individuals, businesses and community groups on their priorities for the Budget. To ensure that views can be incorporated, submissions are due by COB 29 Jan 2021. TNA is working with other peak bodies to coordinate our submissions.

2 Feb – Apply to be an Australia Council Peer Assessor
Term is for 3 years from mid-2021 to 2024. More info.

17 Feb – 2021 Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) Synapse Residencies
ANAT residencies are open to artists working in any discipline. They run over 16 weeks and can be undertaken full-time, part-time or in discrete blocks over a longer duration. Artist fee is $4,400 per month. Must be a joint application between host organisation and artist.

23 Feb – Re-Imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives
The Cultural and Creative Solutions stream (up to $50,000) supports artists and organisations to re-imagine practice and operations in light of COVID-19 impacts.
The Industry Collaborations stream (up to $100,000) supports future-focused, cross-industry collaborations across and beyond the cultural and creative industries.

23 Feb – Strengthening Rural Communities Program
Gives small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. Range of streams and grant amounts available depending on location.

Save the date: The National Summit on First Nations Arts and Culture
This summit will be held in Adelaide, South Australia on Kaurna Lands from Sunday 24th – Friday 29th October 2021. More info on the National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority (NIACA).


State Budget 2020-21
Read about the creative industries initiatives supported in the 2020-21 Victorian Budget.

18 Dec – Resonate EOIs: Bowery Theatre Online Stage Series
A curated program of online performances showcasing musicians, performers and artists of diverse backgrounds. Paid opportunity. More info.

22 Feb – Creative Workers in Schools
Provides the opportunity for 150 creative industry workers to undertake a six-month residency in Victorian government schools. Creative workers will be ‘matched’ with schools based on a range of factors including proximity, interest in projects or ideas, creative worker skills and experience, and school preferences. More info.

Out of Bounds: Lucy Guerin Inc & Phillip Adams BalletLab New Showcase Program
Up to 48 dance artists will be given the opportunity to develop and present a short showing of their recent choreographic investigations. Successful applicants will receive financial and technical support, and access to rehearsal space. Simple EOI process to commence in Jan 2021.


15 Jan – Hothouse Theatre Industry Co:LAB EOIs
Pre-Professional Training Program for emerging artists (aged 16 – 24) with an interest in pursuing a career in acting and/or theatre making.

ArtPlay Artist Guides
Information and resources about specialised areas of practice such as technology, live art, consulting with children and working with young children.


C!RCA Ensemble Casting Call
Seeking acrobats with experience and strong skills in partner and group acrobatics. Solo disciplines are an advantage. There are various full-time roles across bases, middles and fliers. More info.

CircusTalk Podcast with Casus Circus
Follow the progress of Casus show Amataga, from concept to creation, production to touring. Hear from co-founder Natano Fa’anana as he devises and directs a cast comprising of People of Colour and/or indigenous peoples. Listen to podcast.

Circus Arts Hub Panels
Check out the latest panel discussions including ‘Focus on Australia: Young Artists Imagine the Future of Circus’.


  • Julie Wright has taken up the role of Creative Producer – Children and Families at ArtPlay for the next 12 months while Tanya Dickson is on parental leave. Julie is taking leave from her role as Producer at Polyglot Theatre.
  • Windmill Theatre Company has announced Sasha Zahra as its new Associate Director.
  • Diversity Arts Australia welcomes Ade Djajamihardja to the board.
  • Dave Mangenner Gough has been appointed as Chairperson of RANT Arts’ Executive Board.
  • West Australian Ballet (WAB) has announced the resignation of Executive Director Jessica Machin.
  • Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) Director Vicki Sowry has stepped down from the role.


Associate Producer, Liquid Architecture (VIC). Apply by 14 Dec.
Marketing Administrator, RISING (VIC). Apply by 14 Dec.
Chair of the Board, Aphids (VIC). Apply by 15 Dec.
Creative Workers in Schools Project Management Team (9 Positions), Regional Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 14 Dec, 5 Jan & 6 Jan.
Casting Coordinator, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 16 Dec.
Partnerships Manager, Yirra Yaakin Theatre (WA). Apply by 18 Dec.
Marketing Coordinator, Merrigong Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 18 Dec.
Project Manager, Arts Northern Rivers (NSW). Apply by 20 Dec.
Executive Officer, Browns Mart Theatre (NT).
Head of Programming, C!RCA (QLD).
Head of Touring, C!RCA (QLD).
Marketing Coordinator, C!RCA (QLD).
arTour Producer, C!RCA (QLD).
General Manager, Merrigong Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 8 Jan.
Audience Engagement & Marketing Officer, Gippsland Performing Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 10 Jan.
Education & Public Programs Officer, Gippsland Performing Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 10 Jan.
Director, Victorian College of the Arts – University of Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 15 Jan.
Development Manager, Ilbijerri Theatre (VIC). Apply by 25 Jan.


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.

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