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TNA E-News – December 2022


TNA Office Closed from 22 Dec – 4 Jan
Our team will be on a well-deserved break for two weeks. If you require assistance or would like to get in touch, please do so by 19 Dec. See you in 2023!

Four new Circus and Physical Theatre (CaPT) Staff at TNA
We are very excited to announce four new additions to the TNA staff! Lauren Swain, Christy FlawsChristian Schooneveldt-Reid, and Charice Rust will begin work in December and January on several new initiatives to support the Circus and Physical Theatre sector, as well as our ongoing work as a part of TNA’s CaPT Strategy. Read more about them.

LeaderShift closes on Monday Dec 5
Applications for our pilot program of LeaderShift close soon. LeaderShift engages a group of diverse people already working in organisations, as well as their organisations, to address systemic inequity in performing arts leadership. We will support up to eight mid-career arts professionals currently working in performing arts organisations, including paid professional development. Applicants from arts producing orgs are especially encouraged.

Video Artist Talks from Australian Theatre Forum (ATF), Darwin 2021
A series of 5-minute video artist talks, curated by Next Wave as part of TNA’s 2021 ‘deconstructed’ Australian Theatre Forum, is available on the ATF website now. Talks include: Christian (Bong) Ramilo and Anna Weekes, Creative Producers at Darwin Community Arts, who speak to the successes and failures that come with undoing leadership systems and establishing a holocracy.


5 Dec – Homegrown at Horizon Festival EOIs (QLD)
Up to $12,000 for established Sunshine Coast-based artists to present new or existing works at Horizon Festival that uncover forgotten or invisible places on the Sunshine Coast. Includes marketing and producer support, and mentorship.

5 Dec – Bell Shakespeare Regional Teacher Mentorships
For primary or secondary (English and/or Drama) teachers in a regional, rural or remote secondary school to attend a four-day intensive at Bell Shakespeare’s HQ in Sydney on teaching innovative Shakespeare strategies, active learning principles, and teaching techniques and mentorship for the rest of the year.

5 Dec – Online Indy Theatre Forum
Chris Bendall will be hosting a free conversation and Q&A with leading theatre makers, media, and analysts, about the year that was, and what lies ahead. Guest speakers include Tandi Palmer Williams from the Patternmakers, Richard Watts from Arts Hub and Kate Fell from Darwin Festival.

7 Dec – Access Ideas and Insights: Innovations in Creative Access (NSW)
A free panel discussion featuring Sarah Houbolt, Demon Derriere and Sue Jo Wright, artists with disability or who are d/Deaf as they showcase their successes embedding access for artists and audiences in 2022.

11 Dec – The Mill Breakout Residencies 2023
The Free-range Residencies offers space for artists to develop new work over two weeks, a $500 artist honorarium, and technical and marketing support. The Spotlight Residency additionally offers to take the work interstate for further development, presentation, and networking opportunities, with a $5,000 artist honorarium.

12 Dec – Stage Sessions 2023 PASSAGE Artist Development Program (QLD)
For performers making original work to present at Redland Performing Arts Centre in March 2023. In-kind access to space, technical equipment, and full technical support.

14 Dec – Arts and Culture Priority Needs Program (NSW)
$5,000–$500,000 funding to support assessment, planning and urgent small-scale repair and replacements for arts and cultural infrastructure assets affected by the February– March 2022 floods.

14 Dec – Belvoir 25A Season 2023 EOIs
Offering six new projects the opportunity to present ambitious, low-cost independent theatre in Belvoir’s downstairs theatre rent-free.

24 Dec – The Farm’s Bare Bones Festival (QLD)
3-day arts workshop festival in the Gold Coast in Feb 2023, featuring technique classes from leading practitioners, intensive research workshops and studio showings and discussions. Register before 24 Dec for early-bird price: $350, after: $380.

31 Dec ­– The Griffin Award 2023
$10,000 playwright prize recognising an outstanding play or performance text that displays an authentic, inventive, and contemporary Australian voice.

The New Platform Papers
Currency House’s landmark collection of essays is out now – about the two major cultural issues of 2023, The Voice and the new National Cultural Policy. The Voice issue contains essays by Jo Caust, Wesley Enoch, Rachael Maza, and the Future for the Arts issue includes essays by Julian Meyrick, Harriet Parsons, Richard Bronk, and more.

The Patternmakers’ Audience Outlook October Report
The most recent report on audience trends in arts and cultural activity has found that financial reasons are now the number one barrier to attendance, surpassing the risk of Covid-19.


3 Dec – Footscray Community Arts’ Next in Colour
A focus group session inviting community members, artists, educators, and individuals from the African diaspora interested in the creative industries to participate in conversations about creating spaces, practices, and processes towards self-determined futures. 

5 Dec – Melbourne Theatre Company’s MinterEllison Future Directors Initiative
Providing paid positions for Melbourne-based early to mid-career directors to work as Assistant Directors alongside senior theatre directors on a Melbourne Theatre Company production.

7 Dec – City of Melbourne Program Callout 2023
Inviting creators to submit their ideas for a new annual technology, innovation, and arts festival program – the festival theme is ‘Now or Never’. Funding of up to $50,000 to support the creative development and presentation of projects that forge connections between technology and art. 

12 Dec – 2023 Joan and Betty Rayner ACTF Commission
$20,000 to supporting the creative development of a new performance work, specifically devised for primary school children, with the opportunity to tour the new work as part of RAV’s 2024 Arts & Education Program.

13 Dec – Arts Gen x cohealth Aged Residential Outreach Team
Looking for bilingual Vietnamese-English and Chinese-English speaking artists to host a series of creative workshops engaging older people living in Housing Estates and Residential Housing in Melbourne’s North and West. Artists are provided with $2,000 and additional support for materials and access needs.

16 Dec – Speak Percussion’s Bespoke Professional Development Program
Free PD for emerging to mid-career music, sound, and performance artists. Provides workshops in arts business and artistic development, and time for project development.

March 2023 – Ballarat Creative Inspiration Grants
$1,000 to assist artists in their practice, fund a small arts opportunity, or kick start the development of a new idea in the City of Ballarat.

May 2023 – City of Yarra’s Climate Action Small Project Grants
Up to $2,000 support for initiatives which engage and inspire the local community to take climate action.

Participants for ‘Us and All Of This’
Geelong Arts Centre and Bunjil Place are seeking local participants to join award-winning choreographer and creator Liesel Zink to create a large-scale, meditative and sculptural public dance work.

ASSITEJ STUFF Youth Arts & Young Audiences

Adelaide Fringe for Kids 2023 EOI
Newest cabaret coming to Adelaide Fringe 2023, looking to showcase the best acts FOR or BY kids. Looking for performers and family-friendly acts across multiple artforms, including circus, dance, music, magic, and comedy.

9 Dec – Griffin Ambassadors 2023
Griffin Theatre’s annual access-all-areas program for year 10, 11, and 12 students to immerse themselves in workshops, attend performances and meet industry professionals across the year.

31 Dec – Alhusayni Alsagheer International Festival of Children’s Theatre, Iraq
Applications are open to present works for audiences aged 6-12 years at the 7th Annual Alhusayni Alsagheer International Festival of Children’s Theatre, Karbala Iraq in March 2023. Meals, accommodation and local transport provided, travel costs partially supported.

28 Feb 2023 – Call for Papers: 6th International Theatre for Young Audiences, Researchers and Critics Forum
An open call for papers to participate in the forum in Buenos Aires City, Argentina 11–15 Sept 2023. The topic for the Forum is: the tensions between what should, what can, and what is wanted in the performing arts for children and young people. What is imposed, what is allowed and what is creative today? Abstracts are due 28 Feb.

Feb 2023 – Visioni 2023 & 2024 Calls for Proposals & Artists Meet Early Years Program
An annual gathering for Italian and International theatrical operators, dedicated to the performing arts for early years. Proposals to present in 2023 and 2024 are openThe Artist Meet Early Years program offers 18 young Italian and international artists the opportunity to meet young children in créches and kindergartens, where children belong to an educational community.


Save the Date: The Canberra Circus Festival
The circus arts camp will be held on April 17 – 23 2023, with the full line-up and details on how to register to come. If you are interested in talking more, email Tom Davis at 

Listen to Portraits of Inclusion Podcast – Social Circus Stars

Circus Talk’s podcast features individual circus practitioners from around the world. This episode focuses on what it is like to practise circus as a tool for social change. Includes Kristy Seymour of Circus Stars in QLD!

Watch Circus in the Context of Immigration
Will Borrell from Caravan Youth and Social Circus Network (UK) and his guests share their projects about how they use circus as a tool to facilitate migratory issues with refugees and newly arrived migrants. 90-minute recording. 

Congratulations to CircusWA!
CircusWA have announced that they are the recipients of Impact100 Fremantle’s major grant of $100,000 for 2022. CircusWA will be developing a new Level Up Circus Academy, offering young people access, inclusion, and training in circus.


  • Tim Wilson stepped down as Executive Director at Western Arts Alliance. Joshua Heim has taken up the role as Executive Director from September 19.
  • Imogen Gardam has stepped down as Senior Producer at Griffin Theatre Company and has started as Development Executive at Screen Australia.  
  • Aaron Choulai has been appointed the new Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra.
  • Adelaide Cabaret Festival has announced multiple Artistic Directors for their 2023 program. The Cabaret Collective features previous artistic directors Julia HoltDavid Campbell and Lisa CampbellKate CeberanoEddie PerfectAli McGregorJulia ZemiroAlan Cumming and Tina Arena.
  • Dani Lim has been appointed the Program Coordinator at ActNow Theatre.
  • Paul Thompson has been appointed the new Executive Officer ay Flying Arts Alliance.
  • Lucy Guerin Inc has announced that Rebecca Jensen will be the company’s Resident Director for 2023.
  • Dancehouse has announced the appointment of a new Chair, Melanie Lane, and Deputy Chair, Viviana Sacchero to commence in 2023.
  • Bernadette Fam has been appointed the New Work Manager at Malthouse Theatre.


Associate Artist, Milk Crate Theatre (NSW). Apply now.
Development Manager, Milk Crate Theatre (NSW). Apply now.
Marketing Officer, Ausdance VIC (VIC). Apply by 2 Dec.
Associate Artist, ActNow Theatre (SA). Apply by 2 Dec.
Program Manager, Women’s Circus (VIC) Apply by 2 Dec.
Shopfront Young Leader, Shopfront Arts (NSW). Apply by 2 Dec.
First Nations Cadet, The Australian Ballet (VIC). Apply by 5 Dec.
Executive Director, Australian Art Orchestra (VIC). Apply by 5 Dec.
Head of Business Development, Black Swan State Theatre (WA). Apply by 5 Dec.
Programs Administrator, Creative Partnerships Australia (VIC). Apply by 5 Dec.
Performance Studies Coordinator, National Institute of Circus Arts (VIC). Apply by 5 Dec.
Circus Teacher, National Institute of Circus Arts (VIC). Apply by 5 Dec.
Performing Arts Program Manager, Tuggeranong Arts Centre (ACT). Apply by 5 Dec.

Venue Supervisor and Rigger, National Institute of Circus Arts (VIC). Apply by 5 Dec.
Renewal Project Manager, Canberra Theatre Company (ACT). Apply by 8 Dec.
Executive Director and Co-CEO, Emerging Writers Festival (VIC). Apply by 9 Dec.
Senior Publicist, MONA (TAS). Apply by 9 Dec.
Head of Voice, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), NIDA (NSW). Apply by 9 Dec.
Wig Stylist, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 9 Dec.
Head of Finance & Business Administration, State Theatre Company of South Australia (SA). Apply by 12 Dec.
Multiple roles, Melbourne Writers Festival (VIC). Apply by 12 Dec.
Stage Mechanist, Opera Australia (NSW). Apply by 13 Dec.
Head Mechanist, Malthouse Theatre (VIC). Apply by 15 Dec.
Prop Makers/Supervisors, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). No closing date.
Production Crew EOIs, Bell Shakespeare (NSW). No closing date.

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