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TNA E-News December 2017


TNA 2018 Membership is now open!
Become a member of our national network and join us in advancing the Australian performing arts sector. Membership categories are: Individual, Full (for metropolitan-based VIC organisations) and Associate (for regional VIC and interstate organisations), plus a NSW Bundle for those who are also members of TNN. Thanks to all of those who have already joined up as financial members for 2018 – we look forward to working with you all! Become a member | Current member listing.

2017 Indie Survey – ‘This Is How We Do It: Working Trends of Independents’
Our 2017 Indie Survey looks at how independent creatives are conducting their work, charging for activities and planning for the future. It is not a salary survey. We’ll use the feedback to design relevant and practical support programs for Indies in 2018 and beyond. It only takes 10 minutes to complete. Have your say before Friday 8 December. Take the survey here.

Red Door collection by Read THE SEASON by Nathan Maynard
Australian Plays is giving TNA subscribers access to the Red Door Collection – plays selected by the Literary Manager that can be shared, celebrated, challenged and discussed. Each month, one play is made available to read, free of charge. This month enjoy THE SEASON by Nathan Maynard.


Belvoir launches initiatives to champion independent artists in 2018
Belvoir has announced a suite of new opportunities designed to strengthen the independent theatre sector: 25A will see the Downstairs Theatre given to teams of artists for free; the inaugural Andrew Cameron Fellowship for an emerging artistic leader; and the launch of a discount ticket program for artists in 2018. More info here.

8 Dec – Ian Potter Foundation Arts Grants close soon
The latest round of Ian Potter Foundation Arts grants will close on Friday 8 December 2017. EOIs are open to artistic institutions across Australia looking to foster professional development for artists, or innovative development for the sector. More info here.

15 Dec – Casting call for ‘Carry On’: Accessible travel documentary series
Carry On is a documentary series that will follow the adventures of four young travellers with various disabilities or impairments. If you are aged between 18 and 35 with a good sense of humour and a thirst for adventure, submit a short video OR written response by Friday 15 December 2017. Filming to occur in 2018. Read more.

Pathways Showcase – AWG launches online portal
The Australian Writers’ Guild has announced the launch of Pathways Showcase – a new online portal to foster industry connections and assist producers looking for Australia’s hottest new scripts and screenwriters. Check it out.

3 Dec – Emerging Writers’ Festival – Artist Call Out all over Australia!
Artists and writers are invited to submit an EOI for the 2018 Festival, 19-29 June in Melbourne. Share your work, ideas for events, topics and conversations at the festival. This year EWF has some funding to fly artists to Melbourne and would love to see applications from all over Australia. Artist call-out closes this Sunday 3 December 2017. More info here.

29 Jan – QLD grants: Creative Sparks / Innovation Grants / Lord Mayor’s Fellowships
There are a range of Brisbane City Council grant options currently open to creatives: The Creative Sparks program offers up to $10,000 to support the development of new work. Apply by 29 January 2018. | The Innovation Grants Program supports growth of new creative businesses, partnerships and start-ups. Apply by 19 February 2018. | The Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships supports development and training for young and emerging Brisbane artists and artsworkers aged 17 – 30. Apply by 29 January 2018.

Arts North West – Technical Skills Register
Do you have technical skills in arts and design, live in north-west NSW, and want people to find you? Arts North West has launched a new online Technical Skills Register on their website. Your completed form will be uploaded online with your contact details. Register here.

31 Dec – Apply for the 2018 Griffin Award – $10,000
Now in its 21st year, the Griffin Award is a $10,000 prize for an outstanding play or performance text that displays an authentic, inventive and contemporary Australian voice. Applications close midnight Sunday 31 December 2017. Read more here.

4 May – Wide Open Space (WOS) – Arts and Performance Applications now open
Taking place in Central Australia from 4 – 6 May 2018, WOS celebrates Australian art and desert culture through visual and performing arts. The performance program includes burlesque, circus, roving, spoken word, experimental and fun local and interstate acts. Get your act to the desert.

7 Dec – Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment (AAWE) – Melbourne and Hobart
Entertainment Assist and AAWE are offering free entertainment industry mental health and wellness forums in Melbourne on Monday 4 December at Alex Theatre, St Kilda and in Hobart on Thursday 7 December at Salamanca Arts Centre. Come along and join the conversation. Book here.

15 Dec – Festivals NT Grant Round 2 closes
The Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) is committed to broadening visitation and growth opportunities through the creation of new events and the development of existing events in the NT. There are various funding tiers available. Round 2 closes Friday 15 December. Read more.

Australian Arts Market Summary – A must read!
PAC Australia has released a free Australian Arts Market Summary – a fantastic industry resource that provides an overview of the various marketplaces and showcases across the country with a breakdown of opportunities available for presenters and producers. Read the report here.

4 Dec – Applications close for ‘Playlist’ – new Australian works with a queer focus
Seymour Centre, Mardi Gras and Siren Theatre Co invite creators of new or developing works of theatre with a queer focus to submit EOIs for ‘Playlist’ – be it a show, a completed script, or anything in between. Selected work will be presented on Saturday 17 February 2018. Read more.

13 Dec – QLD arts orgs: Book a coaching session for your organisation – FREE
Creative Partnerships Australia is facilitating 45 minute one-on-one free sessions at Brisbane Powerhouse on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 December 2017 with cultural strategist and fundraising expert Janine Collins. If you are looking for organisational guidance, fundraising strategies and development consultation, register your interest here.

16 Jan – Ian Potter Cultural Trust – Round 1 Applications for 2018 now open
The Cultural Trust offers grants of up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. Applications close Tuesday 16 January 2018 for projects commencing after 4 May 2018. About the grant.

Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia
Australia Council for the Arts has released the latest instalment of industry research from David Throsby and Katya Petetskaya. This study on economic conditions shows that artists’ incomes have decreased since 2009, and average total incomes for professional artists are 21% below the Australian average. Read the report here.

Other Industry Resources and Reading
Listen to the ‘In Conversation’ recording of the recent Critical Stages Indy Forum in Sydney. | The National Indigenous Dance Forum report is now available to read. | MEAA’s Performers Collective Agreement has been updated. Check out the latest on working conditions for performers engaged in live theatre productions.


15 Jan – ‘Take Over!’ – Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe – $30,000 for a new work
An independent artist/company/collective will work in residence at ACM, receive $30,000, rehearsal space, as well as support and mentorship in producing, marketing and fundraising. The resulting work will run in the Fairfax Studio for one week of Melbourne Fringe Festival, 26 – 30 September. Applications close Monday 15 January 2018. More info here.

4 Dec – Showcase Victoria Applications close next Monday
Looking to tour to Victorian venues in 2019/20? Have a show available for one-off performances or suitable for festivals? Hoping to expand your industry connections? Then you need to be part of the 2018 Showcase Victoria program. Applications close next Monday 4 December. Apply now.

15 Dec – Brunswick Mechanics Institute – 2018 Creative Development EOIs are now open
Two inaugural development programs are on offer in 2018. Creative Development – up to 4 weeks of free space and support for artists or companies to develop new work; Resident Artists – free and unlimited short notice space for artists and companies residing in the City of Moreland, to rehearse, make, and meet. EOIs close 5pm, Friday 15 December 2017. More info here.

7 Dec – Creative Care: Wellbeing in the Arts – FREE
Presented by Creative Victoria in partnership with the Arts Wellbeing Collective and Auspicious Arts Incubator, this seminar will run from 3pm – 4.30pm on Thursday 7 December at The Cube, ACMI, Federation Square. Free, but bookings essential. More info.

4 Dec – Malthouse Theatre – EOIs close next week for Vanguard 2018
The Vanguard program invites individuals aged 18 to 30 to connect with Malthouse Theatre as a space for artistic, social and political discussion. Receive tickets to preview performances, attend pre and post-show conversations and connect with the Malthouse team and artists. EOIs close Monday 4 December. Read more.

15 Dec – Artist Call Out – Yarra Youth Services Artist in Residence (AIR)
This program presents opportunities for early career artists aged 20 – 25 years to work with peers and mentors as they develop their studio practice and workshop facilitation experience. Applications close 15 December. Read the guidelines.

6 Dec – MTC’s Women in Theatre Program – Apply now for the 2018 program
The 2018 Program is offering ten emerging and mid-career Women in Theatre across various disciplines the chance to experience the culture and inner workings of a major state theatre company over a 12-month period, whilst also receiving one-on-one mentoring from a leading practitioner. Applications close Wednesday 6 December 2017. Read more.

Guild Cowork – affordable desk space for artists & creatives in the Melbourne Arts Precinct
Network and collaborate with others in the Guild Cowork on Sturt Street, Southbank. Light-filled space, 24/7 access, plants, lockers, printer, meeting room access and large break space and kitchen. Desks are $80 per week or $300 per month. Stay for a week or stay for a year. More info.


11 Jan – ISPA Congress New York – Balancing Acts: Art, Community, and Leadership
The next Congress for International Society for the Performing Arts will take place in NYC from 9 – 11 January 2018 and will look at the intersection of the creation and presentation of the arts, its role in our communities, and the transition to the next generation of arts leaders. Register now.

23 Jan – IETM Spring Plenery Porto – Australian Delegation
EOIs are now open for support to attend the IETM Spring Plenary in Porto, Portugal from 26- 29 April 2018. Australia Council for the Arts will provide 6 delegates with $3000 to attend. EOIs close midnight, Tuesday 23 January 2018. More info here.

9 Feb – Call for applications – CINARS Biennale 2018 Official Programming
The CINARS Biennale 2018 Official Programming will feature selected full-length showcases as well as showcased excerpts of works in dance, music, theatre, multidisciplinary arts and circus. The call is open to artists from all countries. Apply before February 9, 2018. Read more.

The Arts in Society – 2018 Conference in Vancouver
The Arts in Society will host their 2018 conference from 27–29 June at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada. Special Focus: How Art Makes Things Happen—Situating Social Practice in Research, Practice, and Action. Registrations & submissions are now open. More info.


5 Jan – ASSITEJ International magazine call out
For the next 3 years, ASSITEJ’s working plan focuses on Towards the Unknown. 2018: the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Beijing, China: Imagining the Future; 2019: the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Kristiansand, Norway: Confronting the present; 2020: The ASSITEJ World Congress in Tokyo, Japan: Beginning the Journey. Members are invited to enter submissions to the magazine for Beijing 2018. About the magazine.

4 Dec – Open Call for Performances – Act3i Festival, Singapore
ACT 3 International invites all professional children theatres to submit their applications for the ACT 3i Festival For Children, taking place in Singapore from May 21 to June 3 2018. Interested companies must send in their applications by Dec 4 2017. More info.

Keep in the loop – Newsletters and Social Media
Be sure to check out the TYA and Youth Arts newsletter designed as a What’s On to promote the great activity happening around the country. You can keep an out for YPAA & ASSITEJ updates via the Facebook page.


CaPT Advisory Group Announced
This week, TNA announced our CaPT Advisory Group: Kate Fryer, Joshua Hoare, Felicia Lannan, Deb Wilks, and Rockie Stone. Designed to ensure that the sector has a voice, and that services are meeting needs, the advisory group will meet quarterly to maintain information exchange and strong engagement between TNA and the broader CaPT industry. Read more.

10 Dec – Women’s Circus – ‘A Room of One’s Own’ Artist Residency
This residency program runs from January to June 2018 and offers women identifying artists working in circus, performance and/or physical theatre up to 2-weeks of free access to the fully-equipped Drill Hall in West Footscray. EOIs close midnight Sunday 10 December 2017. More info.

Circus City at Sydney Festival
Sydney Festival is bringing the circus back to town in January 2018. Circus City returns to Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta – a Festival precinct taking in the Circus Oz Big Top, the Flying Trapeze, Legs On The Wall’s outdoor trampoline playground, and Riverside Theatres. About Circus City.

16 Dec – Legs On The Wall – Parachute Festival
Held on the grounds of the old Parachute Regiment in Lilyfield, NSW, the Parachute Festival runs from 16 – 17 December 2017 and features workshops, performances and more. Day passes and festival passes available, or buy an individual workshop ticket for $20. More info.

3 week pilot program of Autism friendly classes starts TODAY!
Westside Circus has created their first program for people specifically living on the Autism Spectrum. This 3-week Pilot Program is open to anyone 7 years or older and will take place on Fridays from 1 – 15 December in Preston. This class is eligible for the NDIS program. Contact Westside for more info.

30 Mar – Gravity Dolls: Aerial Arts Festival in Collingwood, VIC
The Aerial Arts Festival, presented by Gravity Dolls, will take place from 30 March – 1 April 2018 at Perry Street, Collingwood. Featuring 80 aerial discipline workshops and a world class teaching team of trainers that have performed all over Australia and the world. Find out more.


  • We bid a fond farewell to our founding TNA Board Members, Simon Abrahams (Chair), Alice Nash (Deputy Chair) and Sarah Austin, and thank each of them for their united vision, stunning contribution, and tireless efforts towards the strengthening of the sector and growth of TNA since it was formed in 2009.
  • Kate Fielding announced as Program Director of A New Approach, an advocacy program supported by Myer Foundation, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Keir Foundation.
  • Milly Darby joins JUTE Theatre Company as Business Development Officer.
  • Founding Creative Director of Monkey Baa, Tim McGarry, steps down after twenty years with the company. Sandra Eldridge and Eva Di Cesare will continue as Creative Directors.
  • Alysha Hermann appointed Creative Producer (Youth) at Carclew.
  • Wesley Enoch announced as Patron of Metro Arts, the second in the organisation’s 39 year history.
  • Commonwealth Games 2018 creative team announced: Katie Noonan, Wesley Enoch, Stephen Page and Kyle Page.
  • Belvoir announces Emme Hoy as recipient of the NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights in 2017.
  • Artistic Director, David Berthold, accepts contract extension to include 2019 Brisbane Festival.
  • Penny Watts to finish up as General Manager of Monkey Baa Theatre Company this month.
  • Sue Dent to leave Ausdance Victoria and take up a role at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
  • Ben Fox to step down from his role as Artistic Director with Red Hot Arts in Alice Springs.
  • Maxwell Gratton announced as Executive Director of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
  • Lindy Hume, Jenny Dowell OAM, Tiffany Lucas and Sarah Bolt announced as new Board members of NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) based in Lismore NSW.
  • Joint Artistic Directors, Neil Armfield AO and Rachel Healy, to extend their contracts with Adelaide Festival for a further two festivals, culminating in 2021.
  • Wendy McCarthy has finished up after nine years as Chair of Circus Oz – fellow board member Nick Yates will take on the role for the next 2 years.
  • A big congratulations to TNA members JUTE Theatre Company on their 25th anniversary, and HotHouse Theatre on their 20th anniversary!
  • TNA’s Program Director & eNews editor, Bethany Simons, is back from her ‘Radical Sabbatical’. For the last 14 months, she compiled our eNews from a range of far-flung locations*. See below.


Marketing Coordinator, Seymour Centre (NSW). Apps close 3 Dec.
Director – Programs, Carriageworks (NSW). Apps close 4 Dec.
Aerials Trainer, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus (NSW). Apps close 4 Dec.
Box Office Manager, Malthouse Theatre (VIC). Apps close 4 Dec.
General Manager, Performing Lines (NSW). Apps close 4 Dec.
Literary Manager – Australian Script Centre/Australian Plays (National). Apps close 6 Dec.
Actors, Elbow Room Productions schools tour with RAV (VIC). Apps close 7 Dec.
Program Administrator, Brisbane Fest (QLD). Apps close 11 Dec.
Development Coordinator, Darwin Festival (NT). Apps close 11 Dec.
Co-CEO/Executive Director, DanceNorth (QLD). Apps close 11 Dec.
Various, Ausdance Victoria (VIC). Apps close 13 Dec.
Head of Curatorial, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (NSW). Apps close 15 Dec.
TV hosts, reviewers and writers, ABC ME (VIC). Apps close 15 Dec.
Executive Producer – Performing Arts, The Joan (NSW). Apps close 15 Dec.
Production Manager, Castlemaine State Festival (VIC). Apps close 15 Dec.
Program Coordinator, Flipside Circus (QLD). Apps close 18 Dec.
Artistic Director, Perth Festival (WA). Apps close 22 Dec.
Producer, Snuff Puppets (VIC). Apps close 9 Jan.
Artistic Director, Riverland Youth Theatre (SA). Apps close 26 Jan.
Director, Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre (NT). Apps close 16 Feb.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons (in Melbourne, would you believe) for Theatre Network Australia.
*Compilation locations since September 2016: Barcelona, NYC, Rome, London, Dubbo, Melbourne, Tam Coc, Bangkok, Dubai, Muscat, Jerusalem, Prague, Ohrid, Townsville, Brisbane.

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