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25 Jun – TNA and Kiln 2.0 – This Is How We Do It – Creative Practice Exchange – FREE
TNA is partnering with Arts Centre Melbourne’s Kiln 2.0 program for independent creatives. Join us at the Hamer Hall Stalls from 1.30pm – 4pm on Tue 25 June for practice-based discussion and reflections from special guests Tariro Mavondo, Gareth Hart and Emma Hall. Limited places. Free event, book here.

16 Oct – TNA’s National Gathering – TYA and Youth Arts Symposium at Abbotsford Convent
Save the date for our 2019 national gathering – a full day symposium focused on evidence-based research from the TYA and Youth Arts sector. The Symposium will run alongside Melbourne Festival and feature auxiliary events and workshops hosted by member companies. More info and call for presentations coming soon.

New Arts Minister – TNA urges Stay Active!
With a new Minister, Paul Fletcher, from Bradfield NSW, appointed to the Arts in the Morrison government, TNA urges the sector to keep up the pressure for the arts to be supported and valued. Read TNA’s call, published in Arts Hub, for Minister Fletcher to value the role of artists. Join a political party! Read more here.

Updating THE LIST: Female, Non-Binary and Trans Technical Artists
We are updating The List – a directory of Designers for live performance compiled by Emma Valente with support from TNA. A gender equity initiative, The List encourages diverse hiring in the areas of Design, Composition and Animation. Use it, share it, take the lead. Designers wanting to be listed, email


19 Jun – FLOCK #11 – Independent artist gathering in Perth – FREE
Next gathering for Perth’s independent and freelance artists is 5.30pm – 8.30pm, Wed 19 Jun at King Street Arts Centre. Workshop: “Rhythms & Rhymes: Inspiring students with contemporary music” with Scott Giffiths aka Optamus. Conversation: “Negotiating collaboration” with Elizabeth Pedler. More info here.

10 Jun – INCITE Professional Dance Theatre Intensive 2019
Force Majeure’s dance theatre program for mid-career and established artists is a two week-long, full time program led by Artistic Director Danielle Micich. Open to professional dancers, actors and makers, directors and writers. Cost: $950. Dates: 4 – 15 Nov 2019. Apply here by Mon 10 Jun.

Theatre Network NSW (TNN) – Leadership change
Inaugural Director, Jane Kreis, is stepping down but will stay on to support TNN at a Board level. Katrina Douglas will commence as Coordinator, one day a week, to lead the organisation during a redevelopment phase after having received only 60% of its annual program funding.

17 Jun – Apply for MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers-in-Residence
Three new participants will be selected to commence at MTC in August for an initial 12 month period. Writers are provided with an annual stipend, workspace at MTC HQ, dramaturgical support and insight into the processes of a major theatre company. Deadline: 5pm, Mon 17 Jun. More info here.

7 Jul – Ahead of the Game: Artist Residency
All The Queens Men and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres (AGAC) invite LGBTIQ+ artists and creatives who are based in the ACT and engaged with contemporary arts practice to take part in a new collaboration. Applications close Sun 7 Jul. First residency period kicks off Mon 19 Aug 2019. More info here.

#DiversifyYourArts – Tips for including cultural diversity in your strategic plan
Multicultural Arts Victoria has released a poster outlining steps and advice for diversifying your arts organisation. View the poster. Read the ArtsHub article.

2019/20 AICD National Not-for-Profit Scholarship Program
This program will enable 140 NFP leaders to complete the AICD’s Governance Foundation course in 2019-20. The program provides participants with an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of directors including risk, financial performance and strategy. Read more.

World Fringe Congress is coming to Adelaide in 2020
This formal gathering of organisers and employees of Fringe Festivals from all over the world provides an opportunity to learn and forge valuable networks with other members of the international arts community. World Fringe Congress runs 14-18 Feb during Adelaide Fringe 2020. Read more here.

21 Jun – CHASS Australia Prizes – 2019 Applications now open
Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australian academics, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students working in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Apply by 5pm AEST Fri 21 June 2019. Read more here.

A New Approach – Reference Group and Research Working Group announced
Philanthropist, Rupert Myer, will chair a new 10-member Reference Group to provide strategic advice for A New Approach arts and culture think tank. Over the coming 18 months, a series of research reports and case studies will be released. The new Research Working Group is chaired by Professor Malcolm Gillies AM FAHA. Full Reference and Research Groups listed here.

1 Jul – Call for Pitches – Playwriting Australia podcast series for playwrights
PWA is calling for emerging playwrights to curate a five part podcast series focusing on Australian playwrights. Selected pitches receive payment for research. Interviewing and recording set for August and September 2019. Applications close 9am 1 Jul 2019. Apply here. 

14 Jun – Apply for the 2019 Stella Young Award
Arts Access Victoria honours artist Stella Young with this annual $3,000 award. Open to any young Australian artist (16 – 30yrs old) with disability working in Comedy, Performing arts and/or screen, who have used their art to challenge the social narrative about disability. Applications close 5pm Fri 14 Jun. More info here.

Business Management and Governance Podcast
Community Colleges Australia (CCA) has released a new six-part podcast series featuring interviews with community college CEOs, business consultants and governance specialists. Topics include: Corporate Governance, Mentoring, CEO Transition, HR, Funding and Strategic Planning. Listen here.

17 June – Adelaide Fringe 2020 – Grants for Artists, Venues and Producers
2020 Fringe Artist Grants include 1. Make it Happen – assistance for marketing, travel or presentation; and 2. Innovate – supporting bold creative projects. | SA Producer Grants (up to $10k). | Venue Grants (up to $10k). View all opportunities here.

Towards Reconciliation – Resources
TNA acknowledges the recent National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and highlights that page 16 of the NRW booklet outlines how to have honest, respectful conversations. We encourage you to mark other days and weeks of significance such as NAIDOC Week (7-14 Jul 2019). Explore the Reconciliation Action Plan resource, read the State of Reconciliation report, and check out this recommended viewing. 

19 Jul – National Library of Australia 2020 – Creative Arts Fellowships
Offering practising artists and writers at any stage in their career the opportunity to work with the Library’s collections. All art forms welcome. Includes $10,000 for project expenses and four weeks’ residency. Apply by 5pm Fri 19 July 2019 (AEST). More info here.


21-28 Jun – ArtPlay/SIGNAL’s Artist Learning Opportunity: Sensory Dramaturgy for Access
Explore ways to engage children with disabilities through sensory arts practice on 21, 22 & 28 June in Melbourne. Includes two days of hands-on workshops and attendance at Sensorium Theatre’s, Whoosh! Cost: Indies $70, Funded orgs $130. More info here.

2019-20 Victorian Budget delivers $225.5 million for the creative industries portfolio
New initiatives span from large cultural attractions to independent creators and regional opportunities. Latest figures show that Victoria’s creative industries deliver $31 billion to the state – up 23% in four years. Read TNA’s response.

23 Jun – Brunswick Mechanics Insitutue – Creative Development Program – EOIs Now Open
EOIs for the Creative Development Program are now open to artists or companies with a new performance project to develop between Jul – Dec 2019. Includes three weeks of free space along with access to tech, production and industry support. EOIs close 5pm 23 Jun 2019.

Dancehouse – Opportunities for Artists
Emerging Choreographer’s Program: Jul 2019 – Jul 2020, EOIs close Thur 6 Jun 2019. | Room To Move: Research residency from Sep – Dec 2019. | The Artist’s Cut: Subsidised space for artist activity. EOIs open now.

Arts House Opportunities – Makeshift Call Out and Nomad Residency
1. Makeshift Workshop: Shifting States, Queer Acts in Sovereignty, 17 – 19 Jul, 10am – 5pm. Call out closes Mon 10 Jun. | 2. Makeshift Workshop: Queer Club Culture + Design Ecologies, 2 – 4 Sep, 10am – 5pm. Call out closes Mon 24 Jun. | Time_Place_Space: Nomad – a research-based residency that will be hosted in regional Victoria in Nov/Dec 2019. Artist EOIs close 1 July.

16 Jun – 2021 Speakeasy Presentation Applications
Applications are now open to artists and companies for performance presentations at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and Darebin Arts Centre in 2021. Applications close: Sun 16 Jun at 11:55pm. More info here.

24 Jun – City of Melbourne Annual Arts Grants
What would you create with a $20,000 arts grant? All artforms are invited to apply for 2020 project funding. Categories include: Arts projects; Aboriginal arts projects; and Arts residencies. Deadline: 24 Jun 2019. Read more.

Creative Victoria’s Audience Research Toolkit
This free resource for creative organisations and  businesses is designed to help you understand your market and identify gaps and growth opportunities. Contains ‘how to’ guides and templates to develop surveys, seek feedback, hold focus groups, analyse results and more. View the toolkit.

15 Jun – Testing Grounds – FREE artist spaces!
Nestled behind the Arts Centre in Southbank, Testing Grounds is entering a new phase of programming and offering 9 free studios to a creative practitioners for six months between Oct 2019 – Apr 2020. Applications close 15 June 2019. Read more here.

30 Jun – Moreland City Council Arts Activation Grants – Up to $8,000
The 2019 Arts Activation Grants offer funding and skill-building opportunities to support community-led ideas for engagement. Applications close midnight Sun 30 Jun 2019. More info here.

Melbourne’s New Winter Festival
Launching 2020, this new festival will feature collaborations between local and international artists, improve access to cultural experiences with free and ticketed events, and combine the creative ambition of Melbourne International Arts Festival with the popular appeal of White Night Melbourne. Read more here.

28 Jun – Arts West’s Catch Up Club – Belonging 
Join the gathering at Caroline Springs Library from 4pm – 6pm on Fri 28 Jun for networking, creating and belonging as part of Melton City Council’s Home Sewn: Makers of Melton project with artist, Anuradha Patel. Free event, book here.


16 Jun – Arts for Good Fellowship 2019, Singapore
This Fellowship focuses on the theme of Creative Empowerment for Children and Youth. If you are actively using the arts to make a positive difference in the lives of the young, submit your application before Sun 16 June, 11.59pm (GMT+8). More info here.

21 Jun – Australia Fellowship Program – ISPA New York
Mid-career performing arts leaders receive three-year access to ISPA’s extensive international network of arts professionals. Applications close Sat 22 Jun, 7:00 am AEST. Read more here.

Summer Residencies in Mexico: Superb live/work studio spaces
360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located on Lake Chapala, Mexico, and offers four live/work spaces available for 1 – 6 months. Accommodation and food costs not included. Read more here.


12 &13 Sep – ‘Make Space’ – National Youth Arts Summit in Adelaide
Carclew invites young artists, arts workers and creatives across Australia to MAKE SPACE for critical conversations and exchange on 12-13 September 2019. Day one for young creatives only. Day Two open to all. Earlybird tickets here.

17 Jun- Call for Proposals: Cradle of Creativity – Cape Town, South Africa
Submit proposals for the conference and professional development programme at Cradle of Creativity – 20-25 August 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Deadline: 17 June 2019.

16 Oct – TYA and Youth Arts – National Symposium in Melbourne
Save the date for this national gathering at Abbotsford Convent. See above notice in ‘TNA Stuff’.

Congress 2020 in Japan – Are you going?
TNA is advocating for delegate opportunities and financial support for the 2020 ASSITEJ Congress in Japan next May. Please email Bethany if you have submitted a production or are planning to register as a delegate. We will keep in touch as plans progress.

7 Jun – Open Call for Early Years – Visioni Festival, Bologna 2020
Visioni Festival in Bologna, Italy (Feb 2020) will host an Australian delegation of three people, including one young artist. Accommodation, food, registration and all events covered – travel not included. Click here to apply to the Open Call before Fri 7 Jun.

29 Jul – New Visions/New Voices – Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
A workshop/festival for playwrights and theatres. Selected artists work collaboratively in a weeklong intensive to further develop new works culminating in a presentation of rehearsed readings during a three-day conference (15-17 May 2020). Deadline: 29 Jul 2019. More info here.


29 Jun – Pre-Audition Workshop at NICA
NICA will hold a Pre-Audition Workshop on Sat 29 Jun for those interested in studying a Bachelor or Certificate IV in Circus Arts next year.  Info and Bookings.

2 Jul – TNA’s Circus/Entertainment Rigging Survey 2019
Designed in collaboration with the CaPT Advisory Group, this survey gauges the need for Circus-specific rigging accreditation. Open to responses from riggers, circus artists, programmers, presenters and venue managers, the survey takes 5min to complete and is due before 2 July 2019.

14 Nov – Save the date: TNA’s National CaPT Sector Gathering at Sidesault Festival
Our next CaPT Sector Gathering will be held in Melbourne at The Melba Spiegeltent during Sidesault Festival. Hear from colleagues, TNA, and the CaPT Advisory Group. More details soon.

Carnival Cinema’s World Circus Map
This open source World Circus Map covers schools, youth and social circus classes, companies, agents and production houses, set, lighting, sound and rigging companies, and physical and mental health practitioners – all specialising in Circus and Physical Theatre. More info.

25 Nov – 1 Dec – The 4th Australian Circus Festival, Brisbane
Entries now open for the festival held under the Hudson’s Circus big top in Brisbane, QLD. Submit an act for the festival, compete or perform a display in the Community Circus, Pre-Professional  Cirquability display show. All application forms are on the festival website.


  • Paul Fletcher replaces Victorian Senator Mitch Fifield as Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts.
  • Indigenous elder Uncle Jack Charles receives Red Ochre Award for lifetime achievement in the arts.
  • Jacob Boehme awarded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Australia Council Fellowship at National Indigenous Arts Awards.
  • Frances Rings appointed as Bangarra Dance Theatre’s first Associate Artistic Director.
  • Liz Jones AO announced as recipient of Live Performance Australia’s 2019 Sue Nattrass Award.
  • Katrina Douglas finishes up as Artistic Director / CEO of PACT centre for emerging artists.
  • Rob Tannion departs Circus Oz to commence with Cirque du Soleil; Kate Fryer announced as interim Artistic Facilitator.
  • Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) announces Jessica Olivieri as the Company’s new CEO / AD.
  • ILBIJERRI welcomes Joshua Allen to the Board.
  • David McAllister to step down as Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet after 2020 season.
  • Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley has announced 20 artists and sector leaders to develop the state’s new arts strategy. Foley will chair the board with two deputy chairs: ACMI CEO Katrina Sedgwick and TNA’s Executive Director Nicole Beyer.
  • Carriageworks announces Blair French as its new Chief Executive Officer.
  • National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) welcomes Genevieve Grieves and Wesley Enoch to the Board and farewells Amala Groom and Terry Wu.
  • Natalie Jenkins departs Black Swan State Theatre Company six months before the end of her contract.
  • Mark Crees commences as Group Manager, Cultural Strategy, for the City of Parramatta.
  • Vitalstatistix farewells long-term board member and Chair Narelle Walker and welcomes creative producer and First Nations leader Angela Flynn.
  • Polyglot Theatre welcomes Sandra Robertson and Jacob Boehme as Board Directors.
  • Michelle Kotevski has resigned from her role at Playwriting Australia.
  • Bonnie Leigh-Dodds departs Next Wave and Brunswick Mechanics Institute for Marketing Executive post at Melbourne Theatre Company.


Creative Producer – Contemporary Perf., Campbelltown Arts Centre (NSW). Apps close 5 Jun.
Production Coordinator – Melba Spiegeltent, Circus Oz (VIC). Apps close 5 Jun.
Manager Arts and Culture, City of Greater Geelong (VIC). Apps close 7 Jun.
Marketing and Sponsorship Manager, Expressions Dance Company (QLD). Apps close 7 Jun.
Executive Assistant (maternity cover), Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apps close 10 Jun.
Senior Advisor, Comms & Stakeholder Engagement, Arts Centre Melb. (VIC). Apps close 11 Jun.
Board Director, Australian Theatre for Young People (NSW). Apps close 12 Jun.
People and Culture Administrator, NIDA (NSW). Apps close 13 Jun.
Marketing and Development Co-ordinator, Patch Theatre (SA). Apps close 14 Jun.
Arts Officer, BEMAC (QLD). Apps close 14 Jun.
Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Arts Council (CAN). Apps close 16 Jun.
Volunteers Coordinator, Melbourne Fringe (VIC). Apps close 17 Jun.
Marketing Manager, Urban Theatre Projects (NSW). Apps close 17 Jun.
Producer, Abbotsford Convent (VIC). Apps close 17 Jun.
Production Coordinator, Complete Works Theatre Company (VIC). Apps close 21 Jun.
General Manager, DRILL (TAS). Apps close 21 Jun.
Marketing and Communications Manager, HotHouse Theatre (VIC). Apps close 1 Jul.
Edinburgh Gardens 2019 Programming Team, Village Festival (VIC). Apps close 20 Jun.
Company Manager, PYT Fairfield (NSW). Apps close 21 Jun. Email here.
Executive Producer (Co-CEO), ILBIJERRI (VIC) – Apps close 5 Jul.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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