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TNA E-News – July 2023


Australian Performing Arts Forum (APAF) Registrations
TNA’s APAF will be held in Meanjin/ Brisbane from 13–15 September, in association with Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane Festival. Early Bird Registrations are now open for TNA members and non-member organisations. Note that indies had to register via an EOI process, which is now closed.

11 July – Producing Fundamentals (VIC)
Our one-day in-person professional development for artists and producers returns to the Fringe Common Rooms. Guest speakers include Anna Nalpantidis (APHIDS), Theo Cassady (Ilbijerri), Alex Paige (Ilbijerri), Creatrix Tiara (Freeplay), and independent producers/practitioners Freya Waterson, Tony Yap, and Erica McCalman. Topics include ‘intercultural collaborating’ and ‘producing in the future’. Tickets start at $10, and fully subsidised spots are available. Register now.


4 July – Creative Partnerships’ Match Lab
Matched funding for independent artists and groups, with long-term professional development in philanthropy and arts partnerships. Whatever you raise, Creative Partnerships will match it up to $10,000 per project.

4 July – Creative Partnerships’ Plus1
For not-for-profit arts and cultural orgs to develop and run more effective fundraising campaigns. Whatever the org raises within that period, Creative Partnerships will match up to $25,000 or $50,000, depending on the org’s size.

6 July – ActNow Theatre’s Queer Theatre Program
Free program with a monthly session/discussion led by professional queer and trans artists on skills development in writing, acting and dramaturgy. Upcoming: Teddy Dunn on the differences between the idea of queer theatre and the idea of queer representation.

7 July – Evolving Arts and Disability in Australia Residency EOIs
Arts Access Victoria and DADAA are hosting a paid week-long residency bringing Australian Deaf and Disabled cultural leaders together, with access, participation fees, travel, accommodation and living costs provided. Discussions will include the future of Disability arts practice and what structural supports are needed. Dates are 7–11 August in Naarm/Melbourne.

7 July – Australian Democracy Network’s Government Relations Masterclass (ACT)
Two-day masterclass designed to build the skills of mid-to-senior level campaigners leading policy advocacy and government relations, with hands-on training in strategies for you to advocate on your issues and win.

14 July – The Australian Multicultural Foundation Carla Zampatti Scholarship for Young Women
$10,000 to support a venture, project or activity that will help young women 18–29 to achieve their aspirations. Applicants must be from a community that is culturally and linguistically diverse and is experiencing disadvantage.

16 July – Dead Puppet Society Academy (QLD)
Artist program for Brisbane-based artist or groups with a keen interest in visual theatre, and an original concept ready for creative development. Successful artists receive $2,000, mentorship, a public showcase and in-kind marketing support.

24 July – PYT Fairfield’s Pitches & Tea EOIs
For young and/or emerging local artists to test and pitch their creative ideas-in-progress in a professional setting. Successful recipients will be given 10-15 minutes and $600 to showcase their idea in any format they deem suitable. One pitch will be chosen for further development, with in-kind venue and cash support.

Darwin Festival’s Industry Connect Program (NT)
For NT artists and arts workers to connect with the festival, with invitations to talks, workshops and other opportunities to engage.

Widening the Lens: Social Inequality and Arts Participation
Australia Council’s report explores the socio-economic factors that shape people’s engagement with arts and culture. Executive Summary on Page 4. One finding supports other research that ‘Australians may be socially conditioned to see ‘the arts’ as a specialised pursuit, even while we have high rates of participation in cultural activity’.

Creative Australia
The Government has now passed the legislation to establish Creative Australia and its new functions. This means: an increase in their Board members, the establishment of the Music Australia Council, and the establishment of the Creative Workplaces Council. Read for more information.

Australian Production Design Guild (APDG) Awards Nominees 
Congratulations to the 2023 APDG Award Nominees! A special shout out to TNA members Anna Cordingley (costume design for Amadeus) and Eloise Kent (emerging designer for Eclipse) for their nominations. 

PAC Australia and NAPACA Partnership
PAC Australia and the NSW and ACT Performing Arts Centres Association (NAPACA) have announced a new partnership. PAC Australia will undertake the financial and administrative functions of NAPACA under an initial two-year service agreement, with the intention to increase operational efficiencies across both organisations and provide additional capacity for NAPACA to focus on organisation and membership development.


13–16 July – Dancehouse Workshops at Dance Lens Festival 
In-person workshops led by Siobhan Murphy and Cobie Orger on skills and creative strategies to create screendance works, such as ‘Dancing with Frames’, or ‘Camera handling and Composition’. $45 per workshop.

17 July – Lucy Guerin Inc’s Resident Director 2024 EOIs
Year-long program for choreographers approaching mid-career to support the individual’s specific goals as an artist. $12,000 fee and up to 6 weeks full-time access at WXYZ Studios for the creation and development of new work.

20 July – Creative Ventures Program
$70,000–$100,000 over 2 years funding for micro to small creative orgs to generate content, work and opportunities. Three streams are available: General, First Peoples, and Deaf and Disabled.

31 July – Yarra Arts Fellowship 2024
$10,000 grant for an artist to focus on their practice by reducing financial pressures associated with maintaining a creative practice.

Gasworks’ Group Facilitators EOIs
Seeking facilitators for group arts participation events across performing and visual arts. Big and creative proposals are welcome.

5–6 August – Intergenerational Performance Workshop
Pony Cam is looking for a group of people aged 55+ to collaborate on a new intergenerational performance work. Initial workshop on 5 or 6 Aug, with further creative development workshops in Sept for those interested in continuing. 

ASSITEJ STUFF Youth Arts & Young Audiences

11 July – Polyglot Theatre’s Trauma Responsive Practice Workshop (VIC)
In-person professional development for artists and practitioners working with children and families. Workshop covers how trauma impacts children and young people, and the activities and strategies that can help heal the impacts of trauma. $100 per person, email

19 July – ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival 2024 in Cuba
ASSITEJ World Congress 2024 is calling for performances and productions, workshops and seminars as part of the professional exchange programme, and conference papers on ‘Voices of a New World: Legacy and Innovation in TYA’. The deadline for productions is 19 July.


CaPT breakout session at Producing Fundamentals! (VIC)
As part of TNA’s Producing Fundamentals event next week, we are running a session specific to Circus and Physical Theatre (CaPT): a discussion roundtable on Pathways for CaPT Producers addressing topics such as: How to develop your producing presence in industry and grow your networks; Pathways/Markets to consider for circus works; and Pacing and wellbeing for CaPT producers. The amazing Steph Cox from Women’s Circus and Nic Clark from Nicholas Clark Management are our panellists sharing their experiences and perspectives on producing in the CaPT sector. Book here! 

TNA’s Diverse Riggers Scholarships (VIC)
TNA is offering scholarships to support two aspiring riggers from Victoria, from underrepresented communities or with diverse lived experience, to complete the Certificate III in rigging.

TNA’s Parenting in Circus 
TNA’s Parenting in Circus resource is now online and will continue to be updated throughout 2023 with additions welcomed from the sector.


  • Monika Pieprzyk has stepped down as General Manager at Poetry in Action.
  • Claire Nesbitt-Hawes has stepped down at Ensemble Theatre, and Carly Pickardhas been appointed the new Senior Producer.
  • Sarah Mott has stepped down as Company Coordinator at Riverside Theatres. Virginia Helu is the new Company Coordinator.
  • Vanessa Hyde finished up her role as CEO at CuriousWorks. Kiriaki Zakinthinoshas been appointed the new CEO at CuriousWorks since March this year.
  • Emily Wells has been appointed Executive Producer of YIRRAMBOI Festival.
  • Max Dewa Stretton has been appointed the new Chair of Tracks Dance.
  • Jodee Mundy OAM has been appointed Creative Producer of Access and Inclusion at Alter State.
  • Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa has been appointed the new Executive Director at Blue Room Theatre.
  •  Sophie Gabrielle Pigram has stepped down as Venue & Operations Coordinator at Temperance Hall. Luke Fryer has been appointed the new Venue & Communications Coordinator.
  • Ashleigh Adams has been appointed the new Program & Partnership Manager at Eastern Riverina Arts.
  • Li Cunxin AO has announced his plans to retire as Artistic Director at Queensland Ballet. A global search for Queensland Ballet’s artistic director will soon take place.
  • Philippa Maughan has been appointed the new Executive Director at Circuit West.
  • Sarah Slade has been appointed Executive Director Commercial and Operations at ACMI.
  • Hilary McKenna has been appointed our new Executive Director at CO3 Contemporary Dance.
  • Robyn Ayres is stepping down as CEO at Arts Law after 20 years of service. Arts Law has launched their recruitment process for a new CEO.
  • Chris Drummond is stepping down as Artistic Director at Brink Productions after 19 years.
  • Sue Roff has announced she will be stepping down as Executive Director of Arts Project Australia in December 2023.


Workshop Facilitators (EOIs), Incite Arts (NT). Apply by 7 July.
Creative Producer, Families and Children, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 9 July.
Industry Development Manager, VAPAC (VIC). Apply by 9 July.
Associate Producer, Performing Lines WA (WA). Apply by 10 July.
Project Investment Officer, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 11 July.
Technical Supervisor, Fruit Fly Circus (VIC). Apply by 14 July.

Assessment Officer, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 19 July.
Artists Services Officer, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 26 July.
Director, Evaluation and Impact Measurement, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 26 July.
Board of Directors (Voluntary), Eastern Riverina Arts (NSW). Apply by 31 July.
CEO, Magabala Books (WA). Apply by 6 Aug.
CEO, Arts Law (NSW). Apply by 10 Aug.

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