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TNA E-News – December 2023


Farewell to TNA’s Executive Director Nicole Beyer
As announced in August, Nicole will finish at TNA this month. Nicole has led the organisation for 15 years since it was founded in 2009. We thank her for her incredible contribution to TNA and the sector.

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 20 Dec. See you in 2024!

Policy Database
TNA has an open-source policy database where organisations can list their policies, plans, procedures, and codes of conduct. Many organisations find this a useful reference when developing their own documents. We encourage you to list policies your organisations have that you are proud of! A shout out to Arts House’s newly launched Equity—Builder and Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

Indie Producer Database
A reminder that TNA has a database of independent performing arts producers.
Producers can add their names to the list of those who support independent artists, independent collectives and independent companies. When indies look for producers, we often refer them to this database!

Behind the Scenes Podcast November
Christian Schooneveldt-Reid gives an update on TNA’s Circus Rigging ProgramsAlysha Herrmann, ‘daughter of regional Australia’, shares her practice working with young people across long distances, thinking long term, and thinking strategically.


Adelaide Fringe Honey Pot Registrations
Adelaide Fringe’s international arts marketplace is in-person and online in Feb–March 2024. Participation is free for artists and producers registered for Fringe. The artist finder for delegates will be launched in Dec 2023.

4–10 Dec – Improvention 2023 Canberra (ACT)
A gathering of improvisers from Australasia and around the globe to convene, connect, and workshop. Day-pass and weekend registrations are available, starting from $195.

11 Dec – Creative Sparks Grants (QLD)
$10,000 for artists, arts workers, creative producers, and Brisbane not-for-profit community arts orgs to test, develop, and present projects that are shared with the public.

14 Dec – Arts South Australia Artists at Work Taskforce EOIs
Looking for members to join the non-statutory advisory body, providing independent advice on work insecurity and income inequality experienced by SA artists and arts workers.

14 Dec – Gippsland Performing Arts Centre Summer Residency EOIs
Offering performing artists and orgs free access to space, time, and technical support for new works in development.

15 Dec – Griffin Theatre Flat Earthers: The Musical Auditions
Griffin and Hayes Theatre Co are casting multiple roles for Flat Earthers: The Musical. Auditions are open via self-tape submissions.

15 Dec – Arts South Australia and Brink Productions First Nations Fellowship
$25,000 each for two emerging First Nations playwrights/storytellers in SA to develop their practice, create a script for a new theatre work, and gain industry networks over a 12-month period.

16 Dec – World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific: The International Young Choreographer Project
Held in Taiwan in July/August 2024, selected emerging choreographers will develop new works with Taiwanese dancers over three weeks. An honorarium of US$800,  accommodation and local transport is provided but applicants must fund their own travel to Taiwan.

17 Dec – Australia-ASEAN Council 2023-24 Grants
$15,000 to $50,000 for projects that build people-to-people, institutional and business connections between Australia and Southeast Asia, focusing on cross-cultural collaborations, regional international relations, and economic, education and scientific innovation.

20 Dec – Creative Australia x Creative Partnerships Australia: The Art and Science of Fundraising Program
Nine-month program for small-to-mid-sized arts orgs with mentoring, a self-audit, and consultancy to strengthen philanthropic fundraising practice.

7 Jan 2024 – Darwin Fringe Festival Applications
Artists can choose to present their work at Fringe hub venues, like Brown’s Mart Theatre, at other venues, or to perform non-ticketed pop-up performances. Hub and pop-up applications close in Jan, general applications close in March.

7 Jan 2024 – Theater Treffen International Forum Open Call 2024
18-day scholarship program run with the Goethe-Institut and Pro Helvetia in Berlin, supporting international theatre professionals from all disciplines to exchange and present at the festival. Participants receive a scholarship.

23 Jan 2024 – Arts House CultureLab & Warehouse Residency 2024–2025
CultureLab supports independent artists, collectives, and small-medium orgs to create new work with up to $20,000 and 2–4 weeks’ studio time. The Warehouse Residency supports the development of new work led by Deaf and Disabled artists with a $30,000 residency fee, $10,000 producer fee, $5,000 access budget, $2,000 artistic peer support and up to 8 weeks of studio time.

29 Jan 2024 – HotHouse Theatre’s GreenHouse: National Artist Residency
Up to two-week creative development for artists to create live performance; fully funded, co funded, and unfunded residencies available. Funded residencies of up to 8 nights receive a stipend of $1,200; up to 13 nights receive a stipend of $2,000.

3 Feb 2024 – JUTE Theatre Write Sparks EOIs (QLD)
Heavily subsidised professional development course for performance writers in Far North QLD, mentored by JUTE Theatre from April–June 2024. $400.

6 Feb 2024 – The Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarships 2024
Up to $50,000 for young artists aged 21–35 to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either interstate and/or overseas. 2024’s intake funds artists in acting, among other disciplines.

Tracks Dance Subsidised Residencies (NT)
Offering subsidised studio hire and mentorship from the Tracks staff during the Nov–Feb season. Up to 21 hours for $200, or 42 hours for  $300. Applications are open now.

Art as work: professional arts activity recognised in Centrelink’s mutual obligation requirements
A reminder for independent artists on JobSeeker that freelance arts work counts toward meeting mutual obligations. This can include grant submissions, auditions, meetings to discuss the services you offer.

Evaluation for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Principles and Practice (UK)
A free online course developed by the Centre of Cultural Value and the University of Leeds on the principles and practice of carrying out evaluation in the arts, culture and heritage sector.


11 Dec – 2024 Joan & Betty Rayner ACTF Fellowship
$20,000 to support the development of an artist’s practice working in theatre for primary school children. The Fellowship will provide for related activities, training and research.

14 Dec – RMIT Making Connection: Is Access an Issue of Ethics 
Free panel on access in a capitalist democracy with Jenny Hickinbotham, Caroline Bowditch, and more. Online and in-person. 

31 Jan 2024 – Lemony S Lab Applications
10-month free training program for professional artists interested in developing their puppetry and performance techniques, with three performance outcomes.

1 Feb 2024 – Creative Projects Fund
$5,000–$20,000 for Victorian professional artists, practitioners, collectives and micro-orgs to develop or present new creative content. There is the First Peoples, Deaf and Disabled, and General stream. Applications open 7 Dec.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Independent Producers Callout
Seeking independent arts producers with capacity to take on a few more shows for MICF 2024. Please reach out to

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Family Friendly EOIs
MICF programs a range of events aimed at young people and families, both within the festival and around the calendar year. EOIs for performers with comic material that can work in outdoor stage or street contexts are open on a rolling deadline.

Arts Wellbeing Collective Training Program 2024
2024 dates are available for the industry’s training program on Mental Health First Aid, and workshops like Creative Self-Care and Responding to Mental Distress.

ASSITEJ STUFF Youth Arts & Young Audiences

6 Dec – Corrugated Iron Youth Arts Company C Auditions (NT)
Performers aged 13–25 are invited to auditions for the 2024 Ensemble. Company C members work with industry professionals over a 12-month period and are drivers in the creation of new theatre work.

10 Dec – Future Reset Young Producers Program (Baw Baw Shire)
Providing five paid mentorships and skills development opportunities for young people aged 13–25 in Baw Baw Shire to design, plan, produce, and manage an event at the West Gippsland Arts Centre in October 2024.


CaPT Riggers Scholarship Recipients 
As part of our Safe and Sustainable Circus Rigging Initiative, we’re thrilled to announce the recipients of our CaPT Riggers Scholarship: Melissa Tan and Catherine Horan-Blake. We’ll be supporting Melissa and Catherine in completing a Certificate III in Rigging.

CaPT Salon Series 2024
Our Salon Series continues in 2024 with an event on Pitching Circus and Physical Theatre Works in January. Sign up to the CaPT bulletin or email

6 Dec – Cluster Arts’ ‘The Long Pigs’ Panel Discussion (VIC)
Panel discussion and Q+A following Cluster Arts’ show ‘The Long Pigs’.


  •  Vivia Hickman has been appointed Malthouse’s new Executive Producer & Co-CEO.
  • Shopfront Arts Co-op is bidding farewell to its Executive Director and co-CEO, Daniel Potter.
  • Brown’s Mart has announced two new Artistic Associates: Nadine Leeand James Mangohig.
  • Kath Papas has been appointed the Senior Producer at Performing Lines VIC, as Samantha Butterworth goes on parental leave.
  • Helen Hristofski has been appointed the new General Manager at Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.
  • Hannah Kothe has been appointed the State Manager for SA and NT at Creative Partnerships Australia.
  • Jo Grant has stepped down as South West Regional Manager at Regional Arts Victoria.
  • Annette Shun Wah has stepped down as OzAsia Festival’s Artistic Director but will continue to be involved with future festivals in a programming consultancy role. Joon-Yee Kwok has been appointed the new Artistic and Executive Producer for the Festival.
  • Lisa Pavane is stepping down as the Director of The Australian Ballet School.
  • Olivia Adams has been appointed Associate Producer on the First Collective Residencies, a two-year program for First Nations dancers and choreographers led by Australasian Dance Collective and BlakDance.
  • Cheyne Mitchell will be stepping down as Artistic Director at Mudlark Theatre.
  • Sharleen Ndlovu has been appointed the new Director of Finance and Governance at Shopfront Arts


Philanthropy and Partnerships Coordinator, Sydney Dance Company (NSW). Apply by 7 Dec.
Administrator, Griffin Theatre (NSW). Apply by 8 Dec.
Festival Marketing Manager, Asia TOPA, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 10 Dec.
Festivals and Permits Officer, Arts Merri-bek (VIC). Apply by 10 Dec.
Directors/Board Members(Volunteer), Red Stitch Theatre. EOIs by 11 Dec.
Creative Producer, Women’s Circus (VIC). Apply by 11 Dec.
Head of Programming and Community Participation, City of Casey (VIC). Apply by 11 Dec.
Office and Program Coordinator, Lucy Guerin Inc (VIC). Apply by 13 Dec.
Programming Coordinator, The Pavilion (NSW). Apply by 15 Dec.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 18 Dec.
CEO, HotHouse Theatre (VIC). Apply by 3 Jan.
Producer, ROOKE (TAS). Apply by 5 Jan.
Art Producer, DarkLab, Dark Mofo (TAS). Apply by 8 Jan.
Senior Producer, Brisbane Festival (QLD). Apply by 15 Jan.
Technical Coordinator, Ensemble Theatre (NSW). Apply by 15 Jan.
Artistic Director and Head of School, The Australian Ballet School (VIC). Apply by 19 Jan.
Regional Manager, South West, Regional Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 21 Jan.
Membership Engagement Coordinator, Regional Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 28 Jan.

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