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TNA E-news February 2016


Australian Theatre Forum 2017
Welcome to 2017 – an ATF year! We are already working towards the fifth biennial Australian Theatre Forum to be held at Adelaide Festival Centre, as part of the OzAsia Festival, from 3 – 5 October. Over the coming months, we will be releasing program information, registrations and EOIS for the supported independent places. For now, put the forum dates in your diary and we look forward to telling you more soon.

TNA’s 2017 Membership now due! Join your colleagues and support our work.
Thank you to all of those who have rejoined TNA in 2017! For those who haven’t, please join up now before we upload the 2017 membership listing. And support our core work!: advocating for fair and robust cultural policy, and strengthening and connecting the Australian performing arts sector. We offer the following membership categories: Individual, Full (for metropolitan-based Victorian organisations) and Associate (for regional Victorian and interstate organisations). NSW members will receive a further ‘bundling’ discount when signing up with TNN as well. Renew your membership here | View the current member listing.

READ A PLAY! Playbox Series by Falling Petals by Ben Ellis.
In 2017, Australian Plays continues to give TNA subscribers access to the ‘All Australian’ Playbox Collection. Each month, one play will be made available to read, free of charge – a great way to brush up on the rich Australian theatre repertoire. This month features Falling Petals by Ben Ellis. Happy play reading!


7 Feb – Australia Council Grant Round closes next week
The next deadline for Australia Council Grants is Tuesday 7 February. Categories include: Career Development Grants for Individuals, Arts Projects for Individuals, Groups and Organisations and Artists with Disability. Read more here.

17 Feb – Experimental Choreographic Residency 2017
Performance Space and Critical Path are seeking proposals from artists or artist collaborations, for a 3-week choreographic residency taking place from 15 May – 3 June 2017. Applications Close Friday 5pm, 17 February. More info.

6 Feb – Performance Space: Queer Development Program 
Performance Space is offering opportunities for artists working in queer performance: Stephen Cummins Residency (7 -18 March) – a two-week mentored program – and the Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive (21 – 25 March) is a skills development project. Both programs will take place at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. Applications due Wed 6 February. Find out more.

National Touring Selector – Registrations now open for ShowBroker 2017
Registrations are open for all performing arts professionals to attend this year’s inaugural Australian National Touring Market, ShowBroker, being held at Adelaide Festival Centre from 27 Feb – 1 March 2017. Visit the National Touring Selector for more info.

17 Feb – Creative Partnerships Australia introduces MATCH Lab for Independents.
MATCH Lab is a new iteration of CPA’s matched funding program for independent artists and groups. Successful applicants get an expenses-paid spot at a two-day professional development fundraising clinic and are eligible for up to $10,000 in matched funding. EOIs close 17 Feb 2017. Read more here.

Visual Arts and Health: Free online course
University of Tasmania is offering a free online short course, “The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health”. Though this is aimed at visual artists, we think this will have relevant crossover for performing artists. Learn how arts practice can be used in expressive therapies, community healthcare initiatives, and enhancing community health benefits. The short course is free and takes around 6 hours to complete. About the course.

31 March – Open Call to Artists – EOIs for Bundanon Trust’s Siteworks 2017
SITEWORKS, 23 September 2017, is Bundanon Trust’s annual spring event that brings together artists, scientists, scholars and community to share knowledge and experiences arising from responses to the Bundanon properties. The theme this year is ‘The Birds and The Bees’ – open to all art forms and practices. EOIs to participate close 31 March. Find out more here.

20 Feb – NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship – $10,000
The NSW State Government is offering 15 professional development scholarships to young regional artists and performers from all art forms, including dance, theatre, Aboriginal arts, literature, music and more. Scholarships are worth $10,000 and include a professional development networking program in Sydney in late 2017. Applications will close Monday 20 February 2017. More info here.

10 Mar – Art & About Sydney 2017/18 Expresssion of Interest
City of Sydney is on the hunt for big creative ideas that temporarily transform public and unusual spaces in the local government area. Ideas and proposals from all art disciplines are welcome. A range of projects and installations up to the value of $85,000 will be considered. EOIs close 10 March 2017. More info.

Progress 2017, an advocacy & leadership conference, Early Bird closes 20 Feb. 
Progress 2017 is the key biennial event that gathers, energises, and propels forward Australia’s leading campaigners, advocates and change-makers. Progress 2017 will bring together 1,500 of Australia’s thought leaders, policy advocates and change-makers. Melbourne, 6-7 June. More Info.

SAVE THE DATES – APACA Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] and Conference
APACA’s 31st annual performing arts conference “Outside, In” and the national Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] will take place at The Concourse, Sydney between August 21-24 2017. The PAX will open on midday Monday 21 August and close on the evening of Tuesday 22 August. The conference will open on the evening of Tuesday 22 August and conclude with the conference dinner and Drover Awards on Thursday 24 August. More Info


23 Feb – Creative Victoria: VicArts Grants close
The next round of applications for Vic Arts Grants will close on Thur 23 Feb 2017. Grants are available to Individuals and organisations including arts, non-arts, community and local gov.

8 Feb – Showcase Victoria 2017: Applications close next week
Showcase Victoria is the state performing arts marketplace for producers, presenters, artists, venue & festival managers, community development workers and programmers to experience and facilitate touring of high quality work. Showcase Victoria 2017 will be held at The Coopers Malthouse, 31 May – 1 June. Applications will close next Wed 8 February. Apply here.

13 Feb – ‘Creating Tracks’: Commission for Contemporary Dance – $22,000
Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council will commission a new professional contemporary dance work/s to be presented as part of Culture Tracks 2017. Artist fees, development space, time and professional support of up to $22,000 will be offered. EOIs close Monday 13 Feb. More info.

6 Feb – Exhibition EOIs close for the Koorie Heritage Trust
The Koorie Heritage Trust is seeking proposals from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, collectives, community groups or curators living in Victoria, to participate in their 2017 exhibition program. EOIs close Monday 6 February 2017. Read more about the Exhibition here.

The Corinthian Food Store: Melbourne living room needed for This, This is Mine
Following successful seasons in homes in New York, Sydney and Canberra, Sydney-based collective, The Corinthian Food Store, is on the hunt for a house/apartment in central Melbourne for their production, This, This Is Mine, with a living space and outdoor area large enough for 16 people for 2 nights between 22 March and 1 April 2017. The collective will provide a stage manager to oversee OH&S requirements. If you know of a suitable space, contact the team.

9 Mar – VAPAC Marketing Workshop: Book Now
Are you looking to build your skills in marketing shows on tour? Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC) will present a full day workshop for Presenters and Producers with Marketing guru, Richard Fitzgerald, on Thursday 9th March at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, 10am – 4pm. Tickets: $95 for Presenters | $55 for Producers (Artists/Performers/Creators). Book here.


Women Playwrights Conference – Chile 2018
The Women Playwrights Conference is seeking volunteer theatre script assessors for selection of 4 works from the Oceania region to be read at the 2018 WPI Conference in Chile, South America.
More Information available from TNA member Jeannie Haughton here.

2017 Churchill Fellowship Roadshow Dates
If you are looking to travel overseas in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence that will benefit your field in Australia, a Churchill Fellowship might be for you. The Churchill Trust will host free info sessions around Australia in February and March. Applications for the 2017 Churchill Fellowship program will open on 28 February. More info here.

ISPA Congress – Montreal, May 2017
The next International Society of Performing Arts Congress will be held in Montreal, Canada in May 2017. The theme for the Congress is: Identities. Early Bird registrations will close at the end of March. About the Congress.


£600,000 investment promotes young people’s health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency (PHA) are making a joint investment of £600,000 over the next three years, working with a wide range of providers to promote the emotional health and wellbeing of young people. Read more about the initiative here.

TNA is faciliating the sector through hosting the Australia National Centre of ASSITEJ
Australia has always been very involved in ASSITEJ International, which brings people together to share knowledge and practice within the field of theatre for children and young people. With the demise of Young People and the Arts Australia (YPAA), TNA now supports the sector, and is developing a dedicated strategy for the sector, with the input of the sector and ASSITEJ Australia representative, Sue Giles, Polyglot Theatre. Amongst other things, there will be a gathering at the ATF, and we are continuing to be a part of ASSITEJ as a National Centre. More Info here.

Awards – Australian TYA work continues to kick goals in the USA.
At IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth) in Madison Wisconsin, Finegan Kruckemeyer won the Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award for his amazing work as a writer of theatre for young audiences and Slingsby Theatre Company won the Victor Award for Best-In-Showcase for their production of The Young King. Back in Australia, ATYP won Best Production for Young People at the Sydney Theatre Awards for Spring Awakening. Congratulations to them all!


  • Emma Bennison is stepping down as CEO Arts Access Australia
  • Castlemaine State Festival announces Glyn Roberts as Festival Director from June 2017, replacing Martin Paten who will direct his final Festival in March.
  • Federation University Australia has announced Bryce Ives as Director of the Arts Academy Ballarat and Gippsland Centre of Arts and Design (GCAD).
  • Robert Kronk has commenced as Creative Producer of Flipside Circus.
  • Amelia Bartak has replaced Nic Clark as CEO of the National Theatre Melbourne.
  • Arena Theatre Company has moved to share an office with St Martins Youth Arts Centre.
  • The Arts Centre Gold Coast has appointed Criena Gehrke to the new role of CEO/Director.
  • HotHouse Theatre appoints Margaret Gleeson and Jeremy Elias to its Board of Directors.
  • The Women’s Circus announces the appointment of Penelope Bartlau as Creative Projects Director.
  • Opera Australia has extended Lyndon Terracini’s Artistic Director contract through to 2021.
  • Graeme Russell to finish as Theatre Manager of Her Majesty’s Ballarat in order to pursue opportunities in the UK.
  • Jill Eddington – currently Arts Practice Director, Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts – has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of University of Queensland Press.
  • Country Arts SA has appointed Terri Dichiera to the new role of Project Manager for the National Touring Selector (NTS).


Prominent Australian philanthropist and arts patron, James Fairfax AC, has died, aged 83.


General Manager, Tasdance (TAS). Apps close 10 Feb.
Aboriginal Arts Development Officer, Blacktown Arts Centre (NSW). Apps close 3 Feb.
Reception and Office Administrator, Melbourne Festival (VIC). Apps close 13 Feb.
Company Manager, D’Faces of Youth Arts (SA). Apps close 17 Feb.
Executive Coordinator Arts and Culture, City of Gold Coast (QLD). Apps close 7 Feb.
Community Arts Facilitator, Mornington Peninsula Shire (VIC). Apps close 3 Feb.
Chief Executive, Magpie Dance (UK). Apps close 24 Feb.


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Compiled (in London) by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Australia.

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