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TNA E-News June 2018


TNA Peer-learning Roundtables for Orgs (TAS, VIC, NT) – Addressing Sexual Harassment
TNA is running a series of Roundtable meetings. Share where you are up to, what next steps are needed and what you need help with. Hobart was on 15 June; Melbourne is 19 & 26 June; Darwin 10 July  (followed by a sector gathering). Contact Nicole Beyer for more information and to find out what’s happening in the other states.


18 Jun – Applications for MTC’s Next Stage Writers’ in Residence program close TODAY
MTC is offering 3 positions as Writers-in-Residence as part of the 2018 NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program. Selected applicants will receive development and production support, an annual stipend of up to $25,000, and more. Applications close TODAY – Mon18 June 2018 at 5pm. More info.

4 Jul – Regional Arts Australia launches the Regional Arts Network
This national network offers professional development and connectivity for regional, remote and rural artists and arts workers. In addition to events, initiatives, the program also features a 2018 webinar series which kicks off on 4 July with Wesley Enoch, Simon Spain and Mary Jane Warfield talking Networking and Engagement. Read more here.

1 Jul – Carclew’s Arts Development Fellowship – $3,000 – $12,000
Based in Adeliade, Carclew’s career development Fellowship Program allows for an artist or arts worker aged 26 years or under to pitch a program of professional development / study and request financial support ranging from $3,000 – $12,000. Applications for 2019 will close at 11:59pm (ACST) 1 July 2018.

25 Jun – Front Row – Darwin Festival’s Industry Development Program
Front Row is a new skills development program for Northern Territory artists facilitated by Darwin Festival and Brown’s Mart Theatre during the 2018 Darwin Festival. Open to early and mid-career artists, arts workers and writers to develop creative and professional skills. Appls close 25 June.

2 Aug – Remix Perth: Culture | Technology | Entrepreneurship
Open to all innovators from the arts, creative industries, policy and more, this one-day REMIX Academy event in Perth will explore the future of the creative industries in WA. Hosted at State Theatre Centre on 2 August. Earlybird tickets now on sale. Limited places available. More info here. 

20 Jun – Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund applications open this week
It’s time to start thinking about Adelaide Fringe again! Applications for the 2019 Artist Fund will close on 20 Jul. Keep an eye on the Fringe page as information will be available this week.

15 Jul- Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership
Open to professionals in the Australian non-profit sector to undertake research and/or professional development in the U.S. Apply by 15 July 2018 for programs commencing between July 2019 – June 2020. Scholarship includes living allowance, travel allowance, access to activities, support and more. About the scholarship.

Emerge Cultural Leadership Workshop Program 2018 | Shepparton – FREE
Multicultural Arts Victoria invites culturally diverse and Aboriginal artists and cultural leaders to participate in a series of free leadership workshops. The workshops have a multicultural focus, but anyone is welcome. Tuesdays 5.30pm to 8.30pm until July 10 at The Connection, Shepparton. Bookings essential. More info.

10 July – TNA @ Darwin Fringe – Sector Gathering FREE
Join Nicole Beyer and Jamie Lewis (TNA), Annette Madden (Australia Council), and the Darwin performing arts sector to catch up on national updates, discuss Territory sector issues, and contribute towards future visions and actions. Tue 10th July, 4:30 PM – 6.30PM, Browns Mart, Darwin. More info.

1 Jul – National Library of Australia – 2019 Creative Arts Fellowship
The Arts Fellowship supports four weeks of intensive research by creative practitioners and artists, to create new artistic work that is inspired particular collections. Applications close 1 July. About the fellowship.

17 Jul – ILBIJERRI theatre workshops in Tuggeranong, ACT – FREE
Open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and young people, these free workshops in storytelling with Rachael Maza and devising with Katie Beckett will be held on Tue 17 July at Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Book your spot here.

3 Aug – Country Arts Support Program (CASP) 
This annual small grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW. Funding for the 2019 round is available for projects between 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2019. Eligible activities include workshops, exhibitions, performances, artist-in-residence programs, and public art and design projects. Appls close 3 August. More info.

10 Jul – Queensland Touring Showcase 2018 submissions close
arTour has announced that Queensland Touring Showcase will be held on 23 & 24 October at Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Production submissions close 10 July and are open to producers and artists from around the country and internationally.

6 Jul – The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards 
Presented by Qantas, this award aims to identify a diverse group of visionary women championing change in business and society. Categories include Arts, Culture and Sport. Nominations close Fri 6 Jul. About the award.

Create NSW Funding Delays
The NSW sector has shared concerns regarding Create NSW funding and offers advice to prevent future delays. Click here to read the joint statement from NAVA, Playwriting Australia, Theatre Network NSW and Regional Arts NSW. Read the Arts Hub write up here.

MEAA – Useful Resource regarding leave entitlements for performers
The Performers Collective Agreement clause on the MEAA website addresses annual leave entitlements for performers and ‘reasonable refusal’. Read more here.


14 Jul – Inclusive Performance Workshops in Melbourne – Deaf and disabled artists only
As part of a research project in disability and the performing arts in Australia, this offer is strictly for performing artists, makers and arts workers who identify as Deaf, disabled, divergent. Facilitators include Heidi Everett, Janice Florence, Jo Dunbar and Jodee Mundy. The Melbourne workshops will be held at Footscray Arts Centre (FCAC) on Sat 14 & Sun 15 July, 12noon – 4pm. Participants receive an honorarium of $150, plus lunch and travel costs. About the project. Other questions, email Kath Duncan.

Foundry658: creative industries accelerator program – $20,000
Foundry658 is the new creative industries accelerator from ACMI and the State Library of Victoria designed to support independent artists, small arts organisations, not-for-profits and others to grow creative ideas into sustainable and successful businesses. The program consists of roadshows, bootcamps and the 12 week accelerator program. Accelerator recipients will receive $20,000 in seed money. Applications for 2019/20 will close in December 2018.

2 Jul – Apply for the Dinny O’Hearn Creative Writing Fellowship – $5,000
This biennial award offers a young Australian writer of fiction, poetry or drama a residency at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne. Applications close 2 July. About the fellowship.

Bendigo Regional Centre for Culture – Program Overview 
Check out the Regional Centre for Culture program for an overview of events, festivals and opportunities happening in the Bendigo region, including Artlands Victoria – Regional Arts Australia’s biennial conference – in Bendigo & Castlemaine from October 10-14, 2018. Note: earlybird registrations for Artlands close on 13 July.

Deakin University’s Sue Nattrass Scholarship – Arts & Cultural Management
Two Sue Nattrass Scholarship places are available for postgraduate studies in Arts and Cultural Management to recognise and honour Sue Nattrass AO. The courses are delivered by Deakin’s online ‘Cloud Campus’. Applicants working in rural and regional Australia and/or working for small-medium sized organisations will be highly regarded. For more info, email Dr Anne Kershaw.

Sisterhood – A series of spoken word events
This spoken word platform centres on the perspectives of African, First Nation and LGBTQI+ artists, brought to you from Sisters on the Mic and Arts Centre Melbourne. Gather at Bombini Buzz, Southbank Promenade, Melbourne for free ice cream and spoken word from 6pm each Monday in June, including an open mic opportunity today, 18 June. About Sisterhood.

Creative Victoria’s Creative Learning Partnerships (CLP) 2019
CLP assists Victorian schools to engage creative professionals, or arts and cultural organisations, in a residency to develop a creative project in collaboration with students, staff and the school community. Grants of $10,000 are available to schools partnering with an individual; and $35,000 for schools partnering with an arts or cultural organisation (including OIP orgs!). Applications open 2 July and close 16 Aug. About the partnerships.

Turning Pointe – Report on gender inequality in the dance sector
Launched in Melbourne this week, the independent report, Turning Pointe calls for many recommendations to improve gender equality in Australian Dance. View the full report here.

Submit your production for the 2019 VCE Drama and Theatre Studies Playlist
Applications for the 2019 Playlist may be submitted by playwrights, theatre companies, producers and/or arts organisations. Plays must have a performance season in Victoria during the relevant times of the school year. Apply here before 3 July. Any other queries, contact VCAA via


24 Jun – Call Out – DANCE BOX Residency Program, Japan
This 21 day semi-supported residency in January/February 2019 is for performing artists to work in the theatre space ArtTheater dB KOBE, Japan. Applications close 24 June. More info.

2 July – EOIs close for British Council’s INTERSECT Program
Three Australian based and three UK based arts professionals will support each other through a nine month peer mentorship from July 2018 to March 2019. Program covers return flights to London, accommodation for 6 nights, other transport costs and per diems. Open to those with at least five years’ experience as a producer, publisher, curator, programmer or artistic director. Apply for Intersect.

16 Jul – Call Out – Crystal Ruth Bell Residency, Beijing
What feeds you? This funded residency in November/December at Red Gate in Beijing centres on the theme ‘Nourish’. Open to individuals and duos working across all art forms. Applications close 16 July. Read about the residency here.

15 Aug – Yale Drama Series seeks submissions for 2019 playwriting competition
The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of the manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English and received by 15 August. About the competition.

4 Sep – ‘Unlimited’ Symposium in London and online
The Symposium is a disabled-led, two-day event aimed at global audiences across the cultural sector. Attend in person or engage in the discussion and debate online. The Symposium tackles the key issues for disability-led arts across the world and looks at ways to create positive change by 2020. 4 & 5 September 2018 at Unicorn Theatre, London. Tickets start at £75 for freelance individual artists and producers. More info here.


Young People & the Arts Sydney event wrap up and link to documentation
For those who couldn’t make it, documentation is now available for the TNA and TNN industry forum ‘Young People and The Arts’ held in Sydney at ATYP on 30 May. This was a great gathering of the sector and featured a keynote by Sue Giles, discussion and industry panel, and incredible insights from ‘young firecrackers’. Click here to view program, transcripts and useful resources.

First Stages – St Martins
This ongoing opportunity exists to connect independent artists and companies with St Martins to explore and develop work that puts children at its centre. If you have an idea, get in touch with the team. More info here.

Bloodfest 2018 – Kids & Teens Horror Short Film Challenge
Know of any creative young actors and film makers? Applications are now open for Bloodfest – a short film festival of horror works up to 5 mins in length. Films must be created and scripted by young people. Finalists will be screened at Event Cinema, Sydney, with a Gala Red Carpet Experience, prizes and trophies on 29 & 30 October. Read about Bloodfest.


8 Jul – Women*s Circus: ‘A Room of One’s Own residency EOIs for second half of 2018
This residency offers women identifying artists working in circus, performance and/or physical theatre up to two weeks FREE access to a fully-equipped training and rehearsal space in West Footscray. Applications close midnight 8 July, 2018, and residencies take place between August and December 2018. More info here.

CaPT interview on Vision Australia
TNA has a monthly segment on Vision Australia Radio’s ‘Behind The Scenes‘ program. Our June slot featured Kate Fryer (Dislocate and CaPT Advisory Group) and Antonella Casella (Circus Oz) talking sector transitions, contemporary circus in Australia and the upcoming Circus Oz show Precarious which opens later this month. Listen to the interview here.

Academic and other news
Kristy Seymour has completed a Doctor of Philosophy titled: “Bodies, Temporality and Spatiality in Australian Contemporary  Circus.” A great contribution to our sector. Amanda Lyn from the Crackup Sisters has been awarded a scholarship to continue to help her learn to fly!


  • Arts House announces the appointment of Emily Sexton as the new Artistic Director.
  • Simon Spain announced as the new Chairperson of Regional Arts Australia.
  • Jonathan Holloway to step down as Artistic Director of Melbourne Festival at the end of his fourth festival in 2019.
  • Charlie Cush departs Circa to take the CEO role at Brisbane Festival.
  • Jerry Remkes moves from Arts Centre Melbourne to commence at Australian Art Orchestra.
  • Naomi Edwards finishes up at Patch Theatre, the board announcing arts leaders Geoff Cobham and Teena Munn to join as Artistic Director and Producer.
  • Georgie Meagher to finish as Director/CEO of Next Wave Festival in July.
  • St Martins Youth Arts Centre announces Kerry O’Sullivan as new Executive Director / Co-CEO.
  • Lab Kelpie has announced Sharon Davis in the new role of Literary Manager.
  • Lucy Shepherd to finish up as Artistic Director /CEO of Newcastle’s Tantrum Youth Arts in July.
  • AMPAG announces new board members: Craig Whitehead, Anne Dunn, Libby Christie, David Rich, Mary-Jo Capps, and Philip Crutchfield.
  • Vivia Hickman steps down from the Next Wave Board to take up the role of Executive Producer at Sydney Festival.
  • Vanessa Pigrum announced as the new Chair of Next Wave.
  • Kerry Comerford announced as new Ausdance National Executive Director.
  • After 21 years, the final curtain closes on KAGE.
  • Following a devastating fire in May, the inimitable La Mama is looking to rebuild, but right now needs finances to continue staging productions in alternative locations across Melbourne. Show your support here.


Artistic Director / CEO, Tantrum Youth Arts (NSW). Apps close 18 Jun – TODAY!
Executive Producer, Chamber Made (VIC). Apps close 19 Jun.
Manager – Artist Engagement, Arts Access Victoria (VIC). Apps close 20 Jun.
Communications & Marketing Co-ordinator, Arts Access Victoria (VIC). Apps close 20 Jun.
Executive Director, Circa (QLD). Apps close 22 Jun.
Various Roles, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apps close from 22 June.
Company Manager, Dancenorth (QLD). Apps close 29 June.
Development Coordinator, Polyglot (VIC). Apps close 29 Jun.
Development Manager, Dancehouse (VIC). Apps close 1 Jul.
Production Manager, Midsumma Festival 2019 (VIC). Apps close 2 Jul.
Chief Executive, Belfast Community Circus School (Nth Ireland). Apps close 4 Jul.
Various Casual Roles, Hayes Theatre Co (NSW). Apps close 7 Jul.
Liveworks Festival Producers, Performance Space (NSW). Apps close 15 Jul.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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