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TNA E-News February 2018


Launch of Platform Paper 54 – ‘Young People and the Arts: An agenda for change’ – Sue Giles
TNA, Currency House and Polyglot Theatre have partnered to launch Sue Giles’ Platform Paperhosted by Malthouse Theatre this Friday. This event is sold out – contact us to go on the waiting list, or join us at the Malthouse foyer bar from 6.30pm for post-event conversation. The paper can be purchased via Currency House, and an audio recording will be made available after the event. 4.30pm – 6.30pm, Friday 2 Feb, The Bagging Room, Malthouse Theatre, Southbank.

TNA 2018 Membership
Are you a financial member of TNA? Our online member listing will be updated at the end of February – we would love to see your name on it! Membership categories are: IndividualFullAssociate, and we offer a NSW Bundle for those who are also members of TNN. Check out the list of member benefits. We look forward to working with you all in 2018! Become a TNA member.

Announcing THE LIST: Female, Non-Binary and Trans Technical Artists
We are proud to release a directory of Designers for live performance prioritising gender equity. Initiated and compiled by Emma Valente of THE RABBLE, with TNA’s support, the list encourages theatre makers to hire more diversely in the areas of Design, Composition and Animation. Use the list, share it, take leadership. Let’s change our hiring practices. View the list here.


31 Jan – National Play Festival EOIs close today!
The National Play Festival will be on in Sydney from 21 – 24 March. Playwriting Australia invites playwrights and independent theatre artists to take part in an industry-only program. EOIs to access the subsidised rate of $120 close today. Submit an EOI here.

6 Feb – Australia Council: Arts Projects Grants for Individuals and Groups – $10,000 to $50,000
This program funds activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Round 1 for 2018 closes on Tuesday 6 Feb. More info here.

Tasmanian and South Australian State Elections in March – more on the way!
– The Tasmanian state election has been called for 3rd March. At the previous election in 2014, the Liberal party won government, after four terms of Labor. The performing arts sector has been meeting and encourages action to get arts on the agenda. Read the Tas Performing Arts Communique here, or contact Sam Routledge to add your voice.
– As South Australians head to an election on 17th March, where the record 16 year incumbent Australian Labor Party (SA) government will seek a fifth four-year term against the opposition Liberal Party of Australia (SA), the Arts Industry Council SA have developed a Vision for the Arts.
– TNA has summarised the status all of all State and Territory elections – Read the summary here. 

19 Feb – Koori Gras Creative Workshops – FREE
Moogahlin Performing Arts, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Carriageworks Sydney invites applications for the upcoming Koori Gras Creative Workshops, 19 – 24 February 2018. This free program provides an opportunity for First People’s qweer artists to develop new performance work for Black Nulla Cabaret on Saturday night 24 February at Carriageworks.

6 Feb – Australia Council: Playing Australia funding round closing next week
This Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. The first funding round for 2018 closes on Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018. Apply here.

12 Apr – Carriageworks’ Longhouse program: The Gathering
The Longhouse returns with four events in 2018 beginning with The Gathering – 6pm, Thurs 12 April at Carriageworks, Sydney. After 2017’s extraordinary gains for Asian Australian performance, how do we maintain the momentum? Join in this Open Forum and have your say. More info here.

3 March – Launch of Witness: Performance, Discussion, Community
Witness – the brainchild of Alison Croggon and Robert Reid – is a platform providing in-depth discussion about the performing arts, with podcasts, a Theatre History video series, reviews, essays, and Live Nights (in Melbourne). Support this initiative through a subscription, and attend the launch at La Mama, Saturday 3 March, 2pm-4pm, where they will announce their inaugural Witness First Nations Emerging Critic. Register for free or join as a member for as little as $5 a month.

13 Mar – Regional Arts Fund: Community and Quick Response Grants
The Regional Arts Fund is a mix of Community and Quick Response Grants. Most rounds open in February 2018. Check your state or territory organisation’s website to find out when applications open and close in your area. More info here.

TNA’s response to further Australia Council budget cuts in December 2017
Along with others in the industry, TNA responded angrily to the news that the government cut another $5.4 million ($1.8m p/a for three years) from the Australia Council in December’s mid-year forecast. Read Richard Watts’ Arts Hub article. As we head to a federal election as early as August this year, the sector needs to re-focus and be clear about the arts’ contribution nationally.

29 Mar – Bundanon Trust: Call out to artists for Siteworks 2018
SITEWORKS is Bundanon’s annual spring gathering of artists, scientists, scholars and community voices for a one-day event on Saturday 29 Sept 2018 in the grounds, fields and forest around the Bundanon homestead, NSW. Open to all art forms and practices, and the works can be performative. Read more here.

The Colour Cycle: Diversity Arts Australia launches a new podcast series
With an aim to disrupt cultural whitewashing and examine whether Australia’s Arts and Cultural sector looks like Australia, The Colour Cycle is a new podcast by Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS) – Australia’s key organisation advocating for cultural diversity in the arts. Hosted by Lena Nahlous, Executive Director of DARTS.

TNN code of behaviour
TNA endorses the Theatre Network NSW (TNN) Code of Behaviour. Based on the Royal Court Theatre’s Code of Behaviour from the UK, it is published in response to our theatre sector’s demand and hope for culture change to prevent sexual harassment and abuses of power. Read more here.


3 & 4 March – Back to Back Theatre’s CAMP: Delightfully ruthless theatre workshops
A weekend of workshops for people with and without disability. Facilitators include Artistic Director of Fraught Outfit, Adena Jacobs, First Nations Artist Jack Sheppard, multi-art performer Joseph O’Farrell (JOF) and visual ecologist Aviva Reed. Sat 3 & Sun 4 March at Back to Back Theatre, Geelong. Bookings essential. More info here.

8 Feb – Creative State Commissions – First round closing soon
The Creative State Commissions program is now open for applications from organisations, studios, companies and collectives working in any creative field. Up to $1 million is available to develop ground-breaking, ambitious works of scale that will have a significant impact. Stage 1 (EOI) Submissions close 5pm 8 Feb 2018. More info here.

14 Feb – The Deep Dive artists’ lab – Arts Centre Melbourne
Challenging traditional creative expression, The Deep Dive artists’ lab shares the practices and processes of some of Australia’s leading neurodiverse artists and allies in a dynamic day of keynotes, performances, conversations and workshops  10am – 4pm, Wed 14 Feb, Arts Centre Melbourne. Tickets: $0 – $60. Book using the promo code: DEEPDIVE. More info here.

9 Feb – The SUBSTATION – Emerging Artist EOIs close soon
Applications are now open to emerging artists of all disciplines to apply for a 12 month studio residency at The SUBSTATION, Newport. Applicants must be within 5 years of graduating from an arts degree at a tertiary level and live within the Greater Western Suburbs of Melbourne. EOIs close 5pm, Fri 9 Feb 2018.

15 Feb – Creative Victoria: The Innovation in Marketing Fund – $2,000 to $20,000
This fund provides one-off support for discrete marketing projects that explore different ways of engaging audiences, building brand awareness and increasing income for existing programs. Round closes: 5pm, Thursday 15 Feb. More info here.

12 Mar – Risk Residencies: new creative development program at Darebin Arts Centre
Need space to take a creative risk? The Darebin Arts Centre is seeking expressions of interest from creative practitioners of all disciplines, to participate in a new pilot program: Risk Residencies. Artists are offered free space in a bare room to test something new. EOIs close Mon 12 March 2018, subject to capacity. About the residency.

28 Feb – Collingwood Arts Precinct: Call out for Key Tenancies EOIs
Small to medium creative organisations leasing between two to six years, to move in throughout 2019. The precinct offers affordable rent, shared common spaces and a collaborative community. Download the EOI pack, visit the CAP website, or register for an info session. Spread the word. EOIs close 5pm, 28 Feb 2018.

22 Feb – Creative Care: Improving wellbeing in the Arts – FREE
Plan your ‘wellbeing’ approach to 2018. Join Tracy Margieson (Arts Wellbeing Collective, Arts Centre Melbourne) and John Paul Fischbach (Auspicious Arts Incubator) for practical tips and tricks for self-care in the creative industries. 3pm – 4.30pm on Thurs 22 Feb, 2018 at The Tower, Coopers Malthouse, Southbank. Book here.

27 Feb – Showcase Victoria: Registrations and Go Pitch fund
The annual performing arts marketplace, Showcase Victoria, is happening on April 17 & 18 at the Darebin Arts Centre. Registrations open on Tuesday 27 February alongside program announcements. The Go Pitch Fund offers subsidised travel and registration for regional artists and producers. Applications open on Tues 27 Feb and close Tues 13 March.

2 Mar – Register for Round-table on current audience research across artforms – FREE
The International Network of Audience Research in the Performing Arts (iNARPA) invites you to its first public event in Australia: a round-table on current audience research across artforms. 8.45am – 5.15pm, Wed 14 March 2018 at Deakin Downtown, Melbourne. Hosted by Deakin University in conjuction with University of Leeds. Registrations close Fri 2 March. More info.

1 Feb – Touring Victoria grants open
Looking to tour a production, performance, exhibition or program to regional and outer-metro Victoria? Apply for Touring Victoria funding. Round 1 closes 5pm, Thurs 1 March 2018 for tours taking place from 1 July 2018 onwards. Visit the Creative Victoria website for more.

22 Feb – Round 1 Deadline: VicArts Grants – $5,000 – $60,000
VicArts Grants invest in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies by providing one-off support for discrete projects and programs. Round 1 closes 5pm, Thursday 22 February for activities commencing after 1 July 2018. Read more here.

2018 Arts Funding Deadlines – Courtesy of Auspicious Arts Projects
Auspicious Arts Projects have put together a comprehensive list of arts funding deadlines for 2018. You can view the list online or download it here The team at Auspicious offers a fantastic service to artists. If you haven’t already, be sure to join their mailing list here.

21 Mar – Arts Moreland – Arts Investment Grants Program – up to $10,000
These grants provide financial support to organisations in the creative sector who wish to grow their practice, address infrastructure needs or develop new works and programs. Applications are now open and will close at 5pm, Wed 21 March 2018. About the grant.


1 Feb – Churchill Fellowship 2018 applications open
Churchill Fellowships provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field. 2018 applications open this Thursday 1 February, and info sessions will take place around the country throughout February and March. About the fellowship.

IETM 2018 Satellite and Plenary – Egypt and Portugal
The IETM Satellite will be held in Cairo, Egypt from 22 – 25 March 2018 with an artistic program presented by Arab Arts Focus. Registration deadline is Friday 16 March. IETM members and non-members are invited to join the Plenary Meetings in Porto, Portugal from 26 – 29 April 2018. Registration deadline is Thursday 22 March.


Platform Paper by Sue Giles – Young People and the Arts: An agenda for change
In this new paper, Sue Giles (Polyglot, ASSITEJ) calls for a review of accepted attitudes, and the embrace of a different paradigm. Can we consider the child as a cultural citizen? Papers available for purchase from Currency House from Friday 2 February 2018.

Beijing Gathering: Call out for workshops and presentations
The ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Beijing will centre on the theme: Towards the Unknown. Registrations and a call out for content will come soon. Pop the dates (18 – 24 August 2018) in your diary – it would be great to have some Australian voices in the mix. Read more. 

ASSITEJ Meeting and Newsletter
Sue Giles attended the Executive Committee meeting at the Panoptikum Festival in Nuremberg in January to continue the Association’s major focus for change in 2018: inclusion and access. For updates, sign up for ASSITEJ news on their website.

National round up: What’s On for TYA and Youth Theatre News
The next edition of the National Youth Theatre Newsletter will be coorindated by Fraser Corfield of ATYP and Helen Hristofksi of Barking Gecko with TNA. Get your round up notes together and submit here by the end of February in the following format: Name of org, Title of work/update, Date/Time/Event details, short paragraph. Be sure to include company contact details, person and jpeg logo.

Listening Tour Reflections 2017
This is the first report released by the Commissioner of Children and Young People. It is the Commissioner’s reflections after speaking to over 1,000 South Australian children and young people. It summarises what is most important to them, their hopes and aspirations for the future. Read the reflections here.

International Performing Arts for Youth – Philadelphia Showcase
IPAY in Philadephia included a strong Australian TYA presence with a keynote by Sam Routledge of Terrapin and showcase by Monkey Baa, with spotlight pitches by Terrapin Theatre and Stalker. Slingsby’s Andy Packer is on the IPAY board so we are well represented and this market continues to be a vital one for Australian theatre for young audiences.


National Youth Circus Symposium (NCYS) 16-17 Jan & Circus Industry Forum 17-18 Jan
Part of Sydney Festival Circus City, about 100 participants attended across both gatherings for robust discussion about Circus as an artform, practice and industry; identifying gaps and responding to key issues affecting the sector. An extended update of both events will follow in TNA’s next CaPT specific bulletin – stay in the loop and share this link with your colleagues.

CaPT Advisory Group – Working with Theatre Network Australia to support the sector
Kate Fryer, Joshua Hoare, Felicia Lannan, Deb Wilks, and Rockie Stone are the inaugural CaPT Advisory Group, ensuring the sector has a voice, and that services are meeting needs. The group will meet quarterly to maintain strong engagement between TNA and the broader CaPT industry. Read more.

20 Feb – Zoom In: On the State of Circus & Physical Theatre at APAM 2018 
TNA is helping to run a session at APAM facilitated by international circus advocator Yohann Floch (Fresh Arts Coalition Europe) and Brisbane-based director Chelsea McGuffin (Company 2). APAM delegates are invited to join us for breakfast, robust discussion, listening and action plans on Tuesday 20 Feb 8am – 10am at Sofitel Brisbane Central. 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. Limited places. Find out more.

18-22 Apr – Register for Catapult Festival in Bathurst NSW 
Catapult is the meeting point for metropolitan, regional and remote youth circus practitioners and also the meeting point between youth circus and adult professional circus and physical theatre. Fees start from $140 (Youth), and include open access workshops/forums, 3 special events, and catered meals. Programs run from 18 – 22 April in venues across Bathurst. About the festival.


  • The Australia Council for the Arts has appointed Annette Madden as the new Director of Theatre.
  • Playwriting Australia welcomes Christie Evangelisto to the company in the role of Senior Dramaturg and Jorjia Gillis in the role of Creative Associate.
  • TNA welcomes Annette Vieusseux as Chair, Jill Smith as Deputy Chair, Lou Oppenheim as Treasurer and Erica McCalman as a new member of the board.
  • TNA farewells Kieran Swann as he relocates to the UK to commence as Programme Manager at Arnolfini, Bristol’s centre for contemporary arts. Go, Kieran!
  • Annie Bourke is General Manager of Malthouse Theatre as Amanda Macri takes parental leave.
  • Dr Alison Robb has launched an Adelaide based arts-sensitive psychological service catering to artists, arts workers, creative arts students and creative professionals.
  • Long-serving General Manager, Kevin O’Loghlin, finishes with Terrapin Puppet Theatre in April.
  • Olivia Ansell to step into Head of Contemporary Performance role at Sydney Opera House.
  • Isobel Taylor-Rodgers to commence as Executive Administrator of Melbourne Theatre Company.
  • Performing Lines appoints Megan Roberts as General Manager, taking the reins from Karilyn Brown (former CEO) who oversaw the transition to the new executive structure.
  • Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre to farewell Executive Director, Sharon Custers.
  • Alice Lee Holland joins Chunky Move as its 2018 Artistic Associate.
  • HotHouse Theatre farewells Julie Amos and welcomes Michael Huxley as Interim General Manager (part-time).
  • Expressions Dance Company welcomes Roxanne Hopkins of QPAC as a member of its board.
  • Flying Fruit Fly Circus has announced a new partnership with Circus in Yackandandah from 2018.
  • ILBIJERRI’s Education and Learning Manager, Kamarra Bell-Wykes, takes on the new role of Creative Director.
  • Dancenorth announces Kellie Williams as Acting Executive Director and Company Manager.
  • Deanna Smart has left Dancenorth to take up the role of Senior Producer, Programming, Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • Creative Program Producer of Melbourne Fringe, Dan Koop, steps down to concentrate on his own creative projects, and Independent Program Producer, Xanthe Beesley, departs to take the acting Artistic Director position at Union House Theatre.
  • Danny Delahunty, appointed to the newly created role of Festival Producer at Melbourne Fringe.
  • Brad Rush hands the National Touring Selector renovations over to producer Sarah Knight.
  • Ten Days on the Island announces Jane Forrest as Manager of Partnerships and Engagement, Vernon Guest as Creative Producer, and Angela Driver joins the board.
  • John Sheedy finished up as Creative Director of Theatre Works at the end of 2017.
  • Ausdance National is seeking an Executive Director and is changing its operating model. The new role will co-locate with another arts advocacy organisation in Sydney or Melbourne, and the Canberra office will close.


Puppeteers, Physical Actors & Clowns, Cirque Du Soleil (Int’l). Apps close 1 Feb.
Associate Producer (MARGUK), ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (VIC). Apps close 2 Feb.
Director – Young Artist Programs, Shopfront Contemporary Arts & Perf. (NSW). Apps close 5 Feb.
Producer In-Theatre – OzAsia Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre (SA). Apps close 5 Feb.
Various roles, Darwin Festival (NT). Apps close from 5 Feb.
Various roles, Sydney Opera House (NSW). Apps close in Feb.
Associate Lecturer – Audio, NIDA (NSW). Apps close 5 Feb.
Senior Producer, Sydney Festival (NSW). Apps close 9 Feb.
Executive Director, Ausdance National (VIC/NSW). Apps close 9 Feb.
Company Auditions, Australian Dance Theatre (SA). Held on 10 Feb.
Executive Director, Artsadmin (UK). Apps close 12 Feb.
Various roles, Melbourne Festival (VIC). Apps close in Feb.
Head of Presenter Services, The Arts Centre Gold Coast (QLD). Apps close 14 Feb.
Funding Program Coordinator (acting), Carclew (SA). Apps close 13 Feb.
Director International Projects, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apps close 21 Feb.
Producer, Urban Theatre Projects (NSW). Apps close 26 Feb.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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