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TNA E-News – March 2020

Check out the TNA March E-News below, with national and Victorian arts news, industry goss, and current positions vacant. Make sure you sign up to receive the E-News in your inbox by using the form at the bottom of the page.


Hello! This is Yuhui, sending out my first TNA e-news after farewelling Bethany this week. I’m an independent performance-maker based in Geelong, and have been doing contract work with TNA for a couple of years. Look forward to engaging with you all!

13 Mar – Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) Salon session at AsiaTOPA
Join a roundtable with independent producers working across cultures in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond to discuss Independent Intercultural Producing: ‘Best’ Practice, ‘Failed’ Practice. 20 Mar, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Book here by 13 Mar.

April – Safe Theatres Workshops in WA, SA and NSW
TNA and partners will be delivering Safe Theatres Workshops as follows : 2 Apr, State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth | 14 Apr, Restless Dance Theatre, Adelaide | 23 Apr, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney. Regos open mid-March. For further queries, please contact us.

Seeking Arts Organisations’ Plans for Dealing with Covid-19 for Sharing
A group of arts organisations is looking for Pandemic Plan examples with a view to sharing actions. Some examples include National Arts Council Singapore and Arts Centre Melbourne. TNA will post resources on our website as they are made available. Contact us if you have resources to share.


9 Mar – 2020 Australia Council Awards Live Stream
Tune in to the Australia Council Awards live stream. 9 Mar, 7.30pm.

9 Mar – City of Sydney Grants
First round of grants and sponsorship for 2020 now open, including: Cultural and Creative GrantsFestivals and Events Sponsorships and Matching Grants. All close 9 Mar.

12 Mar – First Nations Writers’ Residency
Australia Council in partnership with leading Indigenous publishing house Magabala Books invites applications for the First Nations Writers’ Residency. Broome, 4 -13 May. Open to mid-career and established First Nations Writers. Apply by 12 Mar.

16 Mar – DFAT Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program: Bushfire Renewal Round
This ACDGP Bushfire Renewal Round of grants will focus on supporting the building, rebuilding and promotion of the creative industries in bushfire-affected areas of Australia. Up to $60,000 per year for up to 3 years.

17 Mar – Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) Wire Series
Register to join these free online learning sessions with APAM. Wire #4 is on Residencies and Performance Practice, 17 Mar, 4:30pm AEDT.

Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants
Two funding streams will support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire-affected regions to assist with recovery efforts and encourage international and domestic visitors to come to the regions. Ongoing assessment for Stream 1 until 20 Nov. Apps close 20 Mar for Stream 2.

27 Mar – EOIS for 2021 YIRRAMBOI Commissions
YIRRAMBOI Festival is seeking EOIs to showcase projects in the 2021 festival. YIRRAMBOI Commissions will provide direct support to emerging and mid-career First Nations artists to develop and present new work.

Mar – Creative Partnerships ‘Stewardship: Creating Relationships for Life’ Masterclass
Review your organisation’s stewardship activities with fundraising expert Patricia Castanha and gain skills to craft a stewardship strategy. Various cities and dates in March. Book now.

6 Apr – Indigenous Languages and Arts program (ILA)
The ILA program invests approx. $20million per annum to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia. Apply by 6 Apr.

7 Apr – National Arts and Disability Awards
The Awards celebrate the achievements and significant contribution of artists with disability. Recipients receive  $50k (established) and $20k (young artist) respectively. Nominations must be made by third parties by 7 Apr. More info.

7 Apr – Australia Council Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative
Individual artists or arts workers with disability can apply for $30,000 to extend their arts practice, networks, skills and ambition (mentees or mentors). Due by 7 Apr. Read more.

16 Apr – Precipice Art Lab
Darwin independent company ACCOMPLICE invites artists “on the precipice” of artforms, ideas, methodologies and identities to share their practice and participate in a range of workshops, rituals, and provocations. Precipice Arts Lab is 11 – 14 Aug in Darwin, followed by APAM 15 – 18 Aug. Apply by 16 Apr.

Malcolm Robertson Foundation: Commissions for emerging writers
The Foundation supports play commissions for emerging writers with no more than 3 plays already produced by professional companies. Applications must be for a full-length play, and submitted by a professtional theatre company. Trustees meet twice yearly to consider applications. Contact Kerry Schwabl on or 03 9207 8600.

Apply to the Fair Play: Equity, Inclusion and Creative Industries Project
Managed by Diversity Arts and funded by Creative Victoria, this is an equity and inclusion capacity-building program for organisations that receive Creative Victoria multi-year funding. Runs May – Nov 2020. Complete EOI to participate or complete this form to register your interest as a mentor.

Australia Council Report: Arts and creativity can revitalise regional tourism
Research report ‘Domestic Arts Tourism: Connecting the country’ finds that arts tourists are high value tourists: they travel further, stay longer and spend more than domestic tourists overall. Read the full report. 

Playwriting Australia (PWA) Review: A new vision for Australian play development
Playwriting Australia’s latest review outlines a new vision for the future of play and playwright development in Australia. It recommends a merger of 2 organisations, Playwriting Australia and Australian Plays. Read full review. 

Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) Opportunities
ASF improves leadership and management capacities for not-for-profits. There are a number of scholarships currently open for application including Doctor of Business LeadershipMcCarthy Executive Mentoring Scholarship and Coaching for Purpose.


Until 15 Mar – Keir Choreographic Awards: Industry Programs
The diverse program features workshops from the artists that make up this year’s KCA jury. More info and to book.

19 Mar – Unlocking Capacity Funding for Independent Producers – TNA and Creative Victoria
Unlocking Capacity, a stream of the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI), offers producers a multi-year grant of up to $35k per annum for up to 3 years to support targeted skills development activities. By 19 Mar.

19 Mar – Creative Victoria Creative Activation Fund
Grants of $40k – $300k are available to support the development and delivery of creative projects that have strong potential to become year-round tourism generators. More info.

30 Mar – City of Melbourne External Assessment Panel EOI
City of Melbourne are seeking independent experts to join the External Assessment Panel for 2020 – 2024. Honararium ranges from $250 – $1500. EOIs close 30 Mar. Apply here.

Elephant In Our Room Public Workshops
The 2020 Elephant In Our Room Public Workshop Series shares methodologies and techniques to transform workplace conflict. Held monthly, on a Sunday afternoon. Eg. 5 Apr, How to Map Conflict, $80. Check out the full program.

15 Apr – First People’s Investment Program (Pilot)
Creative Victoria’s First People’s Investment Program provides opportunities for First Peoples individuals, groups and organisations through funding in 3 different streams: Connect to Country, Develop Your Skills and Create Something New. Apply by 15 Apr.

New Platform for Culturally Diverse Artists / Artists of Colour
Multicultural Arts Victoria is developing a new platform to explore arts and cultural practice with artists of colour and culturally and linguistically diverse artists and communities. Fill in a brief EOI or read more.

Geelong Arts Centre Creative Engine
A range of opportunities exist to engage with the recently redeveloped Geelong Arts Centre: Occupancy grantsstart-up fundingsupport of up to $20,000 for developed projects and its new creative co-working spaceRead more.

Green Room Award Nominees
Congratulations to all Green Room Award Nominees!


11 Mar – IETM is looking for a new Board Member
The ideal candidate has been an IETM member for at least 3 years and has experience in cultural policy and advocacy, preferably at an international level. Submit application by 11 Mar.

2 Apr – Register for IETM Tromsø Plenary Meeting 2020
The theme of the meeting is Activism. Gather with peers for for networking, exchange of ideas and informal conversations. Both IETM members and non-members are welcome. 30 Apr – 3 May, Tromsø, Norway. Early bird ends 2 Apr. Read more.

22 Jun – Communicating the Arts, Lausanne
Communicating the Arts is the first international communications conference gathering the visual and performing arts sector. The theme is “The Art of Placemaking”. 22 – 24 Jun, Lausanne, Switzerland.


21 Mar – Audition for Platform Youth Arts Ensemble (Geelong)
Platform Youth Arts is developing an ensemble aged 26 years and under led by director Jackson Castiglione. Artists interested in contemporary theatre, podcast and screen content are encouraged to audition. Auditions held on 21 Mar, 10am to 4pm. More info and to register.

23 Mar – Melbourne Fringe XS Open: Public Art Commission
XS OPEN seeks to commission a new work for children in a public space within the City of Maribyrnong. Successful artist(s) receive up to $10,000. EOIs close 23 Mar. Submit EOI.

27 Mar – ArtPlay New Ideas Lab Applications
ArtPlay seeks proposals from artists for projects where children and/or families are co-creators, and which respond to the provocation of ‘climate emergency’. New Ideas Lab supports proposals between $10,000 and $20,000. Closes 27 Mar.

27 Mar – Signal’s Young Creatives Lab
Young Creatives Lab provides an opportunity for young artists and creative practitioners to realise new ideas in collaboration with Signal. Funding ranges from $5000 to $8000 per project. Proposals are welcome from artists and creatives aged 18 to 25 years across all disciplines. Apply by 27 Mar.

Mar & Apr – Western Edge Youth Arts (WEYA) Up Next Masterclass Series
WEYA presents a series of workshops for emerging artists, including Safe Theatres, In Your Own Voice, Decolonising Through Imagery and Lighting Design. Open to anyone from the West aged 16 – 25.  Free, but spaces limited. View program here.

Theater Der Welt open to young audiences
For the first time in 40 years, triennial festival Theater Der Welt will dedicate a third of the program for young audiences. 14 – 31 May, Düsseldorf. Note that part of the festival clashes with World Congress 2020 in Tokyo.

Italy’s Visioni Festival cancelled due to Coronavirus warnings.


Theatre Network Australia’s CaPT Advisory Group Announced
CaPT Advisory Group for 2020-2021 is: Jascha Boyce, Alice Cadwell, Steph Cox, Natano Fa’anana, Harley Mann, Lisa McCready, Jo Smith, and Devon Taylor. Read more.

27 Mar – Flying Fruit Fly Circus ‘Under Construction’ Residency 
This new initiative is designed to develop and support emerging circus artists in regional NSW. Successful applicants receive $4,000 cash and extensive in-kind support. The residency concludes with a work-in-progress premiere during the annual Borderville Circus Festival in Albury-Wodonga. Apply before 27 Mar. Read more.

Apr – Women*s Circus short courses
Autumn Short Courses are open for enrolment and run 7 – 19 Apr. Anyone who identifies as, or has lived as a woman, or identifies as non-binary is welcome. View courses and enrol.


  • Women’s Circus announces Meghan Bourke as General Manager.
  • Alice Nash to step down as Executive Producer and Co-CEO of Back to Back Theatre to take up new role as Executive Director of Arts Investment at Australia Council.
  • Andrew Donovan has taken on the role of Director, Multi-Year Funding at Australia Council.
  • Jade Lillie has been appointed Head of Sector Development at Australia Council.
  • The PWA Board has implemented transitional governance arrangements. Current Chair Peter Wilson will step down. David Berthold will commence as Executive Chair, supported by a small interim board and current staff.
  • Anna Seymour to join Candoco Dance Company in London for a 2-year contract.
  • Melbourne Fringe has announced the appointment of Sam Strong as new Chair of the Board, replacing outgoing Chair Gideon Obarzanek.
  • Tamara Harrison has been appointed to the role of Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House.
  • Arts Access Australia announces departure of CEO Meagan Shand.
  • Marketing and Development Manager of Performance Space Emmaly Langridge is stepping down from her role.
  • Justine Hyde has been appointed as Director, Creative City at the City of Melbourne.
  • Performing Arts Connections (PAC) Australia’s Board has appointed Katherine Connor as the new Executive Director.
  • Jeremy Davies has been appointed new CEO at Westside Circus.
  • Tim Stitz has joined the APAM team as Manager, Partnerships & Operations.
  • TNA welcomes Sue GilesAndrea James and observer Rose de Jong to the board.


Various Roles, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 6 & 10 Mar.
First Nations Emerging Producer, ActNow Theatre (SA). Apply by 6 Mar.
Development Manager, Melbourne Writers Festival (VIC). Apply by 6 Mar.
Various Roles, HOTA (QLD). Apply by 6, 8 & 13 Mar.
State Manager, Northern Territory, Creative Partnerships Australia (NT). Apply by 6 Mar.
Various roles, QPAC (QLD). Apply by 6 Mar.
Philanthropy and Major Gifts Manager, Bell Shakespeare (NSW). Apply by 6 Mar.
Development Manager, Ilbijerri Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 8 Mar.
Marketing Aficionado, Sydney Fringe (NSW). Apply by 9 Mar.
Executive Producer, Ilbijerri Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 9 Mar.
Various roles, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 13 & 15 Mar.
Various roles, Midsumma Festival (VIC). Apply by 13 Mar & 3 Apr.
Costume Manager, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 15 Mar.
Marketing and Development Manager, Performance Space (NSW). Apply by 16 Mar.
General Manager, Sydney City Ballet (NSW). Apply by 16 Mar.
Development Manager, ACCA (VIC). Apply by 17 Mar.
Philanthropy Manager, PICA (WA). Apply by 22 Mar.
Senior Producer (Team Lead) and Industry Development Coordinator, Footscray Community Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 22 Mar.
Fundraising and Development Coordinator, Marian St Theatre for Young People (NSW). Apply by 23 Mar.
Production Manager, Sydney Theare Company (NSW). Apply by 25 Mar.
Board Members (Volunteer), Access2Arts (SA).


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.
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