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TNA E-News – February 2021

Check out the TNA September 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.

It has been a challenging week for many of our peers and colleagues in WA, particularly those who have had to cancel shows scheduled for Perth Fringe. We understand that this may bring about a sense of uncertainty and anxiety. Please prioritise your health and wellbeing, check in with one another, and do not hesitate to seek help. If you require immediate mental health support, phone Lifeline 131141 or Support Act 1800 959 500. Our Crisis Cash Fund (see below) remains open for independents who require urgent financial assistance.


17 Feb – Are you TNA’s next Program Manager?
This role focuses on events, the Safe Theatres program, and our Circus and Physical Theatre strategy. Read the full position description. If you need support in completing an application, contact Simone ASAP. Interviews in the week of 22 Feb.

1000 x 1000 Crisis Cash: EOIs still open
We know that there are many independent artists and arts workers who are still feeling the financial impact of COVID-19. These one-off emergency payments of $1000 are available to independent artists, producers and production crew in the performing arts who have been severely impacted. Submit simple EOI.

Congratulations to Jamie on her new role at Next Wave
We farewell TNA’s Program Manager Jamie Lewis, who begins her new role of Next Wave CEO / Executive Director this month. We celebrate the 4 years of amazing work she has done at TNA for the small to medium and independent performing arts, and wish her well for her stellar career ahead.

Chair of the TNA board Jill Smith honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Congratulations to our wonderful colleague and Chair who has been recognised for her significant service to arts and culture.

2020 Federal Inquiry Submissions: Shoutout to TNA Members
10% of submissions to the Inquiry into Australia’s creative and cultural industries and institutions were by TNA members. Thanks for your part in advocating for our sector! The next public hearings are tomorrow (5 Feb) and 19 Feb. Watch here.


Updates to Live Performance Award
Minimum wages have increased for our sector. Read full document or specific changes to clauses.

15 Feb – I Am Not A Virus: Asian Creatives Callout (Western Sydney)
Diversity Arts Australia is commissioning new works that respond to Covid-19 racism. $600 minimum fee. Creatives must be based in Western Sydney.

17 Feb – 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. Artists paid $4,400 per month. Must be a joint application between host organisation and artist.

23 Feb – Australia Council 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.

26 Feb – APAM’s Gathering at DreamBIG: Profile EOIs Open
Submit your EOI as an artist/ maker or a presenter to showcase your profile online or in person for the May gathering. Profiles will highlight the repertoire, ideas and ambitions of Australian and New Zealand artists and companies. Digital Gathering: 14 – 24 May. In Person Gathering: 19 – 23 May.

28 Feb – Static Drive Co: To The Front Workshop Series (WA)
Designed for and taught by First Nations and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse artists, with streams in Performance, Playwriting and Making. Participants are paid $550 to attend, and given access to shows and other masterclasses. Apply.

Griffin Digital Artist Membership
Engage in monthly workshops, network with future collaborators and participate in Q&As with key artists from Griffin’s 2021 season. Sign up for $5 per month.

Deadly Funny: MICF First Nations Open Mic Comedy Competition
Workshop ideas with a professional comedian and perform live on stage. State winners will participate in the National Grand Final, held as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF). Cash prize of $2,000. Feb and Mar dates in different cities. More info.


Update to COVID-19 restrictions (comes into effect today 4 Feb)
Masks are mandatory indoors again, including offices. The 75 per cent ‘return to work’ cap in both public and private sectors will be paused and the current cap of 50% will remain in place.  Stay up to date on Restriction Levels.

12 Feb – 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.

22 Feb – RAV 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.

25 Feb – Creative Victoria Building Audiences Fund
$2,000 – $20,000 for marketing initiatives designed to build or re-establish audiences as the sector continues to reopen and recover from COVID-19. Available to independents and small organisations to engage audiences, build brand awareness and increase income. More info.

1 & 9 Mar – Port Phillip Council Cultural Development Fund Recovery and THRIVE Grants
Recovery Grants (up to $12,000) support local artists, groups or organisations to develop creative projects that engage the community during COVID-19 recovery. THRIVE (up to $10,000) funds new projects by Deaf and Disabled artists, to be presented at Open Doors Emerald Hill.


ASSITEJ World Congress & MIRAI 2020
The 20th ASSITEJ World Congress & International Performing Arts Festival for Children and Young People / MIRAI 2020 will take place from 22 – 31 Mar as a blended physical (‘On Ground’) and virtual (‘Online’) event. Stay tuned for how to participate in the virtual event.

ASSITEJ International Coffee Sessions Continue
Catch up on the January regional meet up on Equity and Equality in International Collaboration hosted by our own Sue Giles.  Also put 1 Mar in your diary for the Voice of Children session.

1 Mar – Carclew Grants
Project and development grants of up to $10,000 to support early-career artists and arts activity for, by and with young people in South Australia.

4 Apr – Platform LAB
The LAB offers studio space, mentorships, cash and professional development opportunities through both in-person and online intensives for Victorian emerging artists. This round will focus on outcomes and presentations. Applications open 16 Mar.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) Class Clowns National Competition
Open nationally to Year 9 – 12 students, who will refine their skills in writing and performing guided by a professional comedian. Participants perform in front of a live audience, and the funniest teens will be invited to participate in the National Grand Final, held as part of MICF. Multiple dates across states. More info.

SAYarts Creation and Collaboration Workshop (Adelaide)
6-week course for 17 – 26 year olds focusing on generation of new material, collaborating with kindness & generosity, and re-booting a creative practice. Cost: $250, Thursdays, 6.30– 8.30pm beginning 25 Feb.


Rigging and the Creative Process: Video Recording of Zoom Panel
Watch world renowned circus riggers discuss their creative and technical processes.

Stratera Circus Sessions EOI
Monthly (ish) platform for artists to present new/ experimental works in progress to an audience and receive useful feedback.


  • Playwriting Australia merges with Australian Plays to become Australian Plays Transform.
  • Brett Sheehy, Artistic Director of Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC), has announced that 2021 will be his final year with MTC, concluding with the launch of the 2022 season.
  • John Kachoyan has stepped down as Literary Manager of Australian Plays.
  • John Davis has resigned from his role as CEO of Australian Music Centre.
  • ActNOW Theatre has announced the appointment of Yasmin Gurreeboo as Artistic Director and Co-CEO.
  • Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) announces Suzanne Pereira as General Manager.
  • Brown’s Mart appoints Sophia Hall as CEO.
  • Corrugated Iron announces Zoe Scrogings as the Executive Producer.
  • Perth Festival has appointed Julia Holt as Head of Programming.
  • Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre Garry Stewart will step down from his role at the end of 2021.
  • Marcus Westbury is stepping down as CEO of Collingwood Yards (formerly Collingwood Arts Precinct).
  • Natasha Phillips has been appointed as Performing Lines VIC Producer while Annette Vieusseux is on maternity leave.


Program Manager, TNA (VIC). Apply by 17 Feb.
Assistant Client Manager, Auspicious Arts (VIC). Apply by 5 Feb.
Senior Producer, Footscray Community Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 7 Feb.
Director, First Nations, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (NSW). Apply by 7 Feb.
Marketing & Engagement Officer, Arts Mildura (VIC). Apply by 7 Feb.
General Manager, Arts Mildura (VIC). Apply by 7 Feb.
Administration Assistant, National Institute of Circus Arts (VIC). Apply by 8 Feb.
Executive Assistant, Brisbane Festival (QLD). Apply by 8 Feb.
Marketing Manager, Brisbane Festival (QLD). Apply by 8 Feb.
Marketing Coordinator, Brisbane Festival (QLD). Apply by 8 Feb.
Director, Technical & Producer, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 11 Feb.
Creative Producer, Arts Mildura (VIC). Apply by 11 Feb.
CEO, Bundanon Trust (NSW). Apply by 12 Feb.
Youth Theatre Director, NORPA (NSW). Apply by 12 Feb.
Customer Service Manager, Bundanon Trust (NSW). Apply by 15 Feb.
Executive Assistant, Melbourne Fringe (VIC). Apply by 15 Feb.
IGNITE Programs Officer, Belco Arts (ACT). Apply by 21 Feb.
Executive Producer/ CEO, Australian Plays Transform (NATIONAL). Apply by 22 Feb.
Director, Collingwood Yards (VIC). Apply by 22 Feb.
Performing Arts, Events & Marketing Coordinator, Salamanca Arts Centre (TAS). Apply by 22 Feb.
Artistic Director, Australian Dance Theatre (SA). Apply by 26 Feb.
Artistic Director, Tutti Arts (SA). Apply by 28 Feb.
Arts Development Officer, City of Mandurah (WA). Applications assessed upon receipt.


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.

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