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TNA E-news June 2017


Announcing ATF2017 – ABOUT TIME: Listen. Examine. Speak. Celebrate.
Theatre Network Australia is excited to announce the theme of this year’s Australian Theatre Forum – curated by Alexis West and Steve Mayhew. Join us for TNA’s biennial forum in Adelaide from 3-5 October to gather, discuss, and rejoice with your national peers and collaborators. Find out more.

ATF2017 Independent EOIs now open
As with past ATFs, Theatre Network Australia has reserved seats for Independent Artists and Producers at a heavily subsidised rate. EOIs are now open, and will close on Thursday 29th June, 5pm EST. Head to the ATF website to read more about process and eligibility.

Theatre Network Australia is official!
At TNA’s AGM, our members voted to change the name of TNA officially. As a small organisation, we will operate with a ‘T’ model – a high level of national advocacy, the ATF, and research and information across each of the states/territories, supported by the Australia Council, and a deep program of activity in Victoria, funded by Creative Victoria. The tiered membership model reflects this. We will work in partnership with colleagues across the country, including our colleagues at Theatre Network NSW.  Read about National Program here. 

AustralianPlays Playbox Series: Crazy Brave by Michael Gurr continues to give TNA subscribers access to the ‘All Australian’ Playbox Collection – free of charge – to brush up on the rich Australian theatre repertoire. This month, we are honoured to feature the award-winning play, Crazy Brave, by writer and activist Michael Gurr, who passed away in Melbourne recently.


2 Jun (today) – Call for Eligible Productions – Drover Awards 
Production nominations are now open for the annual Drover Awards to be presented during the APACA conference on 24th August. Productions must have completed a tour during the period 1 May 2016 to April 30 2017 and include at least five APACA member venues. About the Awards.

13 Jun – Create NSW – Apply for Grant Round 1
Round 1 of the following Create NSW grants will close on Tuesday 13 June 2017: Arts and Cultural Projects; Regional Touring; Regional Partnerships. More here.

15 Jun – Tasmanian Sector Meeting
TNA is heading to Tasmania for a performing arts sector meeting. Join Nicole Beyer and your peers to look at ways to support each other, find resilience, and new models of working. TNA Members free; non-members $26. 3 places left. Lunch provided. More info and bookings here.

19 Jun – Hot House Theatre Residency – A Month In the Country
A Month In The Country is a regional residency program supporting the development of new Australian work in the quiet atmosphere of a NSW farmhouse. Submissions are now being accepted for July to December 2017. Selected residents will receive $1,500 in cash toward travel and/or living expenses. Applications close 9am Monday 19 June, 2017. About the residency.

19 Jun – Australian Theatre Forum Information Session, Darwin.
TNA’s Communications Coordinator and Independent artist Jamie Lewis hosts this info session at Creative Accomplice, 4.30pm Tuesday 20 June. Darwin’s creative community is invited to join the discussion and find out more about how they can be part of this year’s ATF. RSVP to Jamie here. 

20 Jun – Australian Theatre Forum Information Session, Brisbane 
TNA invites artists and producers to meet with ATF Co-curators Alexis West and Steve Mayhew, and TNA Program Producer Kieran Swann. Find out about this year’s ATF theme, discussions, and how you can be involved. Metro Arts, 5.30pm, Tuesday 20 June. More Info | RSVP to Kieran here. 

21 Jul – NSW Touring Workshop in Sydney
Are you looking at getting your show on the road? Arts On Tour is partnering with Theatre Network NSW and NSW & ACT Performing Arts Centres Association to present a full-day touring workshop at 107 PROJECTS in Redfern from 10am – 4pm on Fri 21 July 2017. Tickets: $27.12 including lunch. More info here.

26 Jul – Culture Business Conference to be held in Melbourne this July
Held at State Library Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne from 26 – 28 July 2017, Culture Business will cover every aspect of fundraising in the arts and features a line-up of expert speakers. There are free sessions, ticketed sessions, and full conference tickets available. About the program.

13 Nov – Save the date: Australian Circus Festival
The 3rd Australian Circus Festival will be held in Sydney from Nov 13-16 2017 at the Blacktown Showgrounds. With confirmed international guests, the aim of the festival is to further encourage co-operation amongst every facet of Circus – classic, touring, contemporary, youth and social. Tickets will go on sale in July 2017. More info here.

30 Nov – Save the date: ArtsState in Lismore
A gathering to celebrate and discuss the arts in regional NSW, ArtState will be held in Lismore from 30 November – 2 December 2017. Sign up here for more info.


Save the date – TNA’s Victorian Theatre Forum 2017- 4th August
The annual event for Victoria’s performance industry is fast approaching. This year we will be hosted by Back to Back Theatre in Geelong, a short train-trip out of Melbourne’s CBD. Ink us in your diary for Friday 4 August and keep an eye on the TNA website for more information.

13 Jun – The Bamboozle Approach – Disability Arts Professional Development Workshop $40
Artists and teachers are invited to attend the multi-sensory production of Down to Earth before joining Creative Director, Christopher Davies, in a hands-on workshop of Bamboozle’s approach to making work for children and young people with disabilities. Tuesday 13 June at Arts Centre Melbourne. Limited spaces are available to ensure a rich learning experience. Read more here.

7 Jul – Nominations are now open for the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Role
The Victorian Aboriginal Honour Role acknowledges those who have made an outstanding contribution to the state or had significant influence that has instigated change for the betterment of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in a particular field. Nominations close at 5pm 7 July 2017.

AusDance Victoria Call-Out: DAIR (Dance Artists In Residence)
Independent dance artists, collectives, collaborators and companies are eligible to submit proposals for the first Victorian program of DAIR. Applicants can apply for a residency of one or two weeks in various venues, involving creative development, research, mentorships, rehearsal and remounting of work. Applications close 30 June 2017. Residency info.

14 Jun – Apply now to be a part of Regional Arts Victoria’s 2018 Connecting Places Program
Regional Arts Victoria is on the lookout for high quality arts experiences that can be performed in various regional community venues across the state. EOIs close 12pm Wed 14 June 2017. Read the guidelines.

28 Jun – Victoria’s first Creative State Summit
Held at various venues across Melbourne CBD from 28 – 30 June 2017, the Creative State Summitwill bring together international and local speakers and creatives to share ideas, forge connections, and help shape the future of the creative industries. Due to limited places, there is an open access event at Melbourne Recital Centre, 6pm Wednesday 28 June priced at $25 for non-delegates. Apply for limited bursary places before Friday 9 June. View the speaker and hot topic session info here.

18 Jul – Dance House: Room To Move applications now open
Room To Move is a non-curated program offering choreographers and dance makers the opportunity to present work-in-progress in front of a live audience. Presentation dates are on the last Friday of each month from June to November. Apply by Monday 17 July for August and September. More info here.

Regional Arts Victoria confirms 18 month touring agreement
RAV will continue to support tours to VAPAC Members that arise out of Showcase 2017. This interim agreement, supported by Creative Victoria, has been endorsed by VAPAC and Theatre Network Australia. It ensures there is no interruption to current levels of touring support in Victoria, as we work together on reviewing and improving the industry’s approaches to performing arts touring.

14 Jun – The Creative Exchange: Engaging Audiences Digitally – Free seminar
Creative Victoria will partner with Deakin University to present a seminar exploring the benefits and challenges of engaging arts audiences through digital technologies. Hear from Ben Walmsley, Associate Professor in Audience Engagement at the University of Leeds, UK. 3.30pm-5.00pm, Wednesday 14 June, Deakin Downtown, Docklands. Read more here.

Performance and Rehearsal space available at Theatre Works
Located in the heart of St Kilda, Theatre Works has last minute single-week availability in the July-October period for rehearsals or performances. Concession rates are available for individual artists, non-profits and indie companies. Venue facility info | Submit an email enquiry

21 Jun – Register now for BalletLab’s 2017 Master Class and Workshop program ‘Pacific’
This week-long dance and performance intensive will culminate in a public presentation at Temperance Hall in South Melbourne. In daily contemporary dance master classes, learn repertoire from ‘Pacific’. Workshop runs from Mon 26 – Fri 30 June. Places cost $140. Register before 21 June. Register your spot now.


35th International Theatre Institute (ITI) World Congress
The 35th ITI World Congress will be held in Segovia, Spain, from 14 to 22 July 2017. Attendance to include members of the ITI, performing artists, educators, politicians, World Theatre Ambassadors as well as leaders of UNESCO, the UN and other international organisations. Non-members may be invited as guests or as observers to the Congress. Read about the Congress.

Climate Change Theatre Action 2017 – Register your event
Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) is a worldwide series of readings and performances of a selection of short climate change plays in support of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP meetings). Your event can take place anywhere in the world, anytime between October 1 and November 18, 2017. More info here.


Cradle of Creativity – report from the 19th World Congress of ASSITEJ International
Held in Cape Town, South Africa from 17 – 27 May, this year’s congress boasted delegates from over 103 countries. There was a strong Australian contingent at the festival and congress, with 23 Australians from the Theatre for Young Audiences sector attending either as performers or delegates. This included the 5 delegates funded through Australia Council. Visit the ASSITEJ International website for news and opportunities.

ASSITEJ Leadership and Membership
In Congress, Sue Giles was re-elected as Executive Committee member and was also made one of the Vice Presidents of the Association. She will continue to work with TNA on advocacy and opportunities for Australia TYA. TNA members who have indicated their interest and commitment to Theatre for Young Audiences are automatically members of ASSITEJ Australia and ASSITEJ International. Keep in the loop through these updates or subscribe through ASSITEJ.


  • After twenty two years of outstanding service, arts advocate Tamara Winikoff has resigned as Executive Director of NAVA and will also step down as long-serving Co-Convenor of ArtsPeak. We thank Tamara for her efforts on behalf of the arts sector, in particular her work with TNA during the Free The Arts campaign in 2015 and 2016.
  • Gail Cork finishes up as Director of (the Australian Script Centre).
  • Jo Porter steps in at Theatre Works as Acting General Manager, following Kate Hancock’sdeparture.
  • Timothy Sexton resigns as CEO and artistic director of State Opera of South Australia.
  • The Sydney Opera House announces Kate Dundas as Executive Director of Performing Arts and Edwina Throsby as Head of Talks & Ideas.
  • Tammy Medard appointed Treasurer of the Melbourne Festival Board.
  • Amelia Bartak has finished up as CEO of The National Theatre to pursue freelance work.


Marketing & Communications Coordinator – Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (WA). Apps close 5 Jun.
Business Manager – Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (NSW). Apps close 5 Jun.
Program Administrator – Creative Partnerships Australia (VIC). Apps close 6 Jun.
Various Roles – The Almeida Theatre (UK). Apps close 9 Jun.
Marketing and Communications Manager – Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD). Apps close 9 Jun.
Program Delivery Manager – Federation Square (VIC). Apps close 9 Jun.
Communications Coordinator – 100 Story Building (VIC). Apps close 12 Jun.
Business Manager – Shepparton Art Museum (VIC). Apps close 13 Jun.
Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships Dev. – Arts Centre Melb (VIC). Apps close 14 Jun.
Public Relations Manager – Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apps close 16 Jun.
Education Coordinator – Belvoir (NSW). Apps close 17 Jun.
Artistic Administrator – West Australian Ballet (WA). Apps close 19 Jun.
Chief Executive – Sydney Symphony Orchestra (NSW). Apps close 23 Jun.
Executive Director – (TAS). Apps close 23 Jun.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons (in Bangkok, Dubai and Muscat) for Theatre Network Australia.
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