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TNA E-News July 2017


Performing Arts Sector Meeting in Perth on Wed 26 July – Free
Join us in Perth for a performing arts sector meeting. Alexis West* and Steve Mayhew, Co-Curators of the Australian Theatre Forum, along with Nicole Beyer, Executive Director, will be seeking your input and starting conversations in preparation for October’s ATF2017 in Adelaide. All welcome, even if not planning to attend ATF. 3pm to 5pm, Wednesday 26 July 2017, King Street Arts Centre, Perth, followed by drinks, hosted by Performing Lines WA. FREE, but bookings essential. Book here  (*Alexis will be attending via Skype).

ATF Registrations for companies and organisations open on Tue 25 July
Full registrations for ATF 2017 open on Tuesday 25 July. Large and medium organisations can register a maximum of three delegates for ATF. Small and small-to-medium organisations can send two delegates. Limited places are available in the following categories Govt/Universities; Large Org; Medium Org; Small-Med Org; Small Org. Check out the registration page on the ATF website.

2017 Victorian Theatre Forum: No Such Thing As A Free Lunch | Fri 4 August, 2017 | Geelong
TNA is proud to host the eighth annual Victorian Theatre Forum. After a tumultuous year in the arts, No Such Thing As A Free Lunch looks at the complex web of relationships in our sector; the dynamics of giving and getting; and tackling head-on the question of how we work together best. Structured as a series of active working groups around a beautiful long lunch, this year’s VTF is about banding together to plan a future where we all get fed. Back To Back Theatre, Geelong. Registrations here. More Info here.


24 Jul – Submissions now open for Playwriting Australia’s New Play Development Program
The program is designed for writers at all stages of their career, giving them time, space, creative guidance and resources to develop their script. There are three strands of the program; the National Script Workshop, Rapid Fire and Longform.  Each successful script will be allocated to the program it will most benefit from. Submissions close at 11.59pm EST on Monday 24 July. Read more here.

Australia Council’s Arts Sector Service Organisations Scan
This desktop scan by the Australia Council was undertaken to develop a greater understanding of the scale and nature of arts organisations whose core purpose is to provide programs and activities that support artists and arts organisations. It analyses 111 organisations, from all states and territories and artistic disciplines. Limited research on international models is included. Read Here.

14 Jul – Register at the earlybird rate for APACA 2017
Last chance to catch the earlybird registration rate for the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association’s annual conference to be held in Sydney from 21 – 24 August 2017. Earlybird registrations close Friday 14 July. Register here.

28 Jul – Apply now for a National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship
These fellowships are designed to support creative writers and practising artists as they develop new work using or inspired by the Library’s collections. Artists and writers are eligible to apply: Creative Arts Fellowship and Creative Arts Fellowship (Writing). Apps close Fri 28 July 2017.

31 Jul – INCITE: Professional Dance Theatre Intensive with Force Majeure
INCITE is a week-long, full time program offering invaluable training in Force Majeure’s devising process. Led by Artistic Director, Danielle Micich, the inaugural INCITE program will commence in November 2017 and will include mentorship by Ellen Lauren, Co-Artistic Director of New York’s SITI Company. Open to professional dancers, actors and makers with demonstrated industry experience and an existing practice, the intensive runs from 10am – 6pm, 6 – 11 November. Applications close 5pm Monday 31 July 2017. Read more here.

24 Jul – TNN & TNA present an advocacy masterclass with Neil Pharaoh 
This half-day masterclass examines both NSW and federal advocacy approaches with the aim of assisting the delegates to determine future advocacy goals. Guest speaker Neil Pharaoh, is an expert campaigner and strategist. 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Monday, 24 July 2017, Ground Floor Meeting Room, The Arts Exchange: 10 Hickson Rd, Sydney. To book, contact Jane:

4 Aug – Critical Stages Indy Theatre Forum in Penrith
If you are an independent theatre-maker, producer, director, designer or performer working in NSW, come on down to the Indy Theatre Forum for an afternoon of discussion, networking and drinks. Topics include venues, touring, audience development, fundraising and diversity with a special focus on opportunities and challenges of being an artist in Western Sydney. 5.30pm – 7.00pm at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith. Details soon at

REMIX – Upcoming Academies and summit events across the country
REMIX Academy: Perth, State Theatre of WA, 24 August 2017. The theme is Culture, Technology, Entrepreneurship. Register now for earlybird prices. REMIX Academy: Sunshine Coast, University of the Sunshine Coast, 1 September 2017. The theme is Creative Places: Nurturing Creative Communites. Earlybird registrations close 4 August. Save the date for the REMIX Sydney 2017 Global Summit to be held on 7 & 8 Dec 2017 at University of Technology Sydney.

6 Oct – National Youth Arts Summit in Adelaide after ATF
Big issues, brain-stretching ideas, intimate conversations, practical actions. Join the national discussion concerned with future-proofing youth arts practice in Australia. Located in and around the iconic Carclew House immediately following the Australian Theatre Forum, the 2017 National Youth Arts Summit will bring together artists, arts workers and young creatives of all artforms who are engaged in art making with children and young people. Friday 6 October. A Carclew event. More info here.

13 Nov – Save the Date for ‘The Show Must Go On: Ensuring Performing Arts Wellbeing’
Theatre Network NSW will present this performing arts industry summit dedicated to raising awareness, sharing information, and generating cross-industry action around the wellbeing of performing arts workers on Monday 13 November 2017at Sydney Opera House Studio. Read about the summit.

Arts-Based Approaches to Health and Wellbeing
University of Tasmania’s engagement unit, Foundations of Arts and Health, explores ways to integrate creative practices into programs and to promote personal health and wellbeing. The course is offered online, with full HECS scholarships available. Potential students may also be interested in the Stress Reduction and Mindfulness course, also available online.


13 Jul – 2018 Darebin Arts Speakeasy performance applications now open
Darebin is looking to partner with leading artists and companies to provide the highest quality performing arts experiences to audiences at the Northcote Town Hall between February and November 2018. Applications close 5pm Thursday 13th July. Apply here.

8-9 Jul – Melbourne Puppetry Festival – Creature Technology Co. Workshop Program
Creature Technology Co. will present a series of four workshops for teachers, theatre artists, puppet enthusiasts and makers on Sat 8 and Sun 9 July at Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton. Simple Mechanisms Workshop – 8 July 10am; Cambodian Shadow Puppets Workshop – 8 July 1pm; Puppetry and Performance Techniques Workshop – 9 July 10am; Exploring digital workflow for Puppet Design and Making – 9 July 1pm. Each runs for 3 hrs. Tickets: $60 per workshop. Info & bookings.

31 Aug – Regional Centre for Culture 2018 – Local Grants Available, Creative Victoria
The inaugural Regional Centre for Culture in 2018 encompasses the City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and Hepburn Shire. This area has been named the first Regional Centre for Culture because of its significant reputation in arts and creativity. A one-off grant round will fund local creative projects in the designated Regional Centre for Culture area in 2018. Applications close 5pm, Thur 31 August 2017. Read more.

8 Jul – Next Stages Capacity Building Workshops with Dancehouse
Next Stages is a series of practical, capacity-building workshops for independent dance artists and emerging artists from other art forms, led by industry experts. Running from July 8 – 22 each session provides hands on sessions to sharpen your skills, arm you with practical tools, provide industry insights and support you in building a sustainable career. Book a season pass, day pass or each session individually – bookings now open. More info here.

Raglan’s Cottage Artist Residency – Melton
Open to visual and performing artists, this program will prioritise applications evidencing a commitment to contemporary practice. Successful artists will be provided the cottage studio space at no cost for a period of up to 3 months and will also agree to actively engage with the Melton community, either through the creation of their work, or by providing open studio/artist talk/workshop sessions. Applications are accepted year-round. Read more.

Creative State Progress Report
Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley has announced the publication of a One Year On Progress Report on the Creative State Strategy. TNA is pleased with the progress of many of the 40 actions, in particular that the new Creative Victoria Act explicitly recognises the contribution and importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural practice. Many actions will have new funding accompanying them. Enjoy reading the progress report and feel free to send through any comments, feedback or questions. Read the report.


11 Jul – China Shanghai Performing Arts Fair (CHINASPAF) 2017 and Satellite Events
If you are looking to extend your market into China, Australia Council’s EOIs are now open for performing arts organisations and producers working in children’s theatre, art and technology in performance, immersive or physical theatre to attend China Shanghai International Arts Festivaland Performing Arts Fair. There is also the possibility to attend the Wuzhen Theatre Festival or the SHIFT Art and Technology Festival. Event dates: 19-23 October 2017. Expressions of interest close: Midnight, Tuesday 11 July 2017 AES, with quick notification. Ten delegates will receive $3,000 each towards the costs. Read more here.

The 10th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR2018)
Featuring the theme ‘cultural governance of global flows: the past and future’, next year’s international conference on cultural policy research will be held at Tallinn University, Estonia from August 21-25, 2018. Conference fee is 250 euros. More info here.

IETM – Artistic assessment handbook for organisations
The International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) has released ‘Look, I’m priceless!’, a handbook on how to assess your artistic organisation. Learn various tools along with the principles of evaluation. Written by Vassilka Shishkova, independent arts and culture impact researcher, and published by IETM. Link to the toolkit.


National Youth Arts Summit
A reminder to start start making plans to attend the Australian Theatre Forum from 3 – 5 October in Adelaide and the National Youth Arts Summit which is being held the following day on 6 October, run by Carclew in North Adelaide. TYA discussions will also be held during the ATF.

ASSITEJ General Assembly wrap up
At the recent ASSITEJ congress in South Africa, the following topics were raised by the Assembly for improvement over the next three years: Inclusivity, Language, Child-Participation, De-colonisation. Full assembly minutes are available via the ASSITEJ website.

ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering
Over the past three years, the annual international Artistic Gathering has focused on intergenerational exchange, inter-disciplinary exchange and inter-cultural exchange. Make a note of newly announced Artistic Gatherings: ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Beijing, China as part of the Beijing International Children’s Festival in July/August 2018 and ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering as part of SAND Festival in Kristiansand, Norway in November 2019.

Upcoming ASSITEJ events
Save the date for the 20th ASSITEJ International Congress in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.


  • Steve Mayhew to finish as long-serving Creative Producer of Country Arts SA.
  • Suzi Cordell to finish up as Arts & Education Manager of Regional Arts Victoria.
  • Pippa Bailey announces her departure as Senior Producer of Performing Lines.
  • Nina Levy will be working as a communications consultant for APACA from now until the 2017 Performing Arts Exchange in Sydney in August.
  • Adelaide Fringe welcomes Jo O’Callaghan as Head of Artists, Venues and Events.
  • Next Wave commenced managing the space at Mechanics Institute on 1 July 2017.
  • After 32 years, Michael Easton is resigning from his post as Business Manager of Seymour Centre.
  • Happy 50th Birthday to La Mama Theatre!
  • Brett Cottle has resigned after 27 years of leadership at APRA and AMCOS.
  • Dr Joshua van Konkelenberg commences as Co-Opera’s Musical Director.
  • AusCo’s Pool of Peers are the first people contacted when Council is forming an assessment panel. View the list of peers here.


Business Manager, Seymour Centre (NSW). Apps close 10 Jul.
Community Engagement Coordinator, Abbotsford Convent (VIC). Apps close 10 Jul.
Head of Scenic Art, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apps close 10 Jul.
Marketing and Development Manager, Expressions Dance Company (QLD). Apps close 11 Jul.
General Manager, Kids Thrive (VIC). Apps close 13 Jul.
Executive Manager, Creative City of Sydney (NSW). Apps close 13 Jul.
Director of International Development, Circa (Intl). Apps close 14 Jul.
Programming and Venue Coordinator, Glenelg Shire Council (VIC). Apps close 14 Jul.
Cultural Development Coordinator, City of Wodonga (VIC). Apps close 14 Jul.
Executive Producer, Performing Lines (NSW). Apps close 17 Jul.
Grants and Community Projects Officer, City of Port Phillip (VIC). Apps close 9 Jul.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons (in Jerusalem) for Theatre Network Australia.
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