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TNA E-News March 2017


2017 Membership Listing now online – New Members Welcome!
The 2017 membership list has now been published on the TNA website. View and check your listing here. If you haven’t yet signed up or would like to know more about membership benefits and fees, click here.

22 Mar – TNA’s Queensland Performing Arts Sector Meeting
Join us and the newly named Queensland Chamber of Arts and Culture for a performing arts sector meeting to look at ways to strengthen the small to medium and independent sector in Queensland. We will seek your input in the planning for the arts campaign leading up to the upcoming state election. 10.30am to 12.30pm, Wed 22 Mar 2017 at Metro Arts (109 Edward Street, Brisbane) Free event. Book here.

Australian Theatre Forum 2017: IT’S TIME. Listen. Examine. Speak. Celebrate. 3-5 Oct
The team have started conversations across the country towards the ATF in Adelaide. TNA continues to seek input and ideas. Add your thoughts here. 


15 Mar – Catalyst Grant Round closes next week
The next round of Catalyst grants will close at midnight (AEST) on Wed 15 Mar for activities commencing after 1 Jul 2017. Projects by, or that involve, small to medium organisations will be given priority. Guideline and application info.

Arts Access Victoria launches ‘Art Matters’ – a suite of capacity building resources
A three linked capacity building resource for the arts, disability and mental health sectors: 1) Art and You – A Planning Guide: designed to empower people with disability and mental health issues to argue for NDIS funding. 2) ARTfinder: an online tool to search for and find inclusive and accessible arts programs. 3) Art for Everyone: a comprehensive guide to creating accessible and inclusive arts programs.

21 Mar – Queensland Showcase TNA Session – Next Steps: Reaching Your Touring Goals
How do you gauge and maintain presenters’ interest after attending Showcase? Share your tips and strategies in this practical session facilitated by Nicole Beyer, Executive Director, TNA. Tue 21 Mar, Redlands, QLD. Read about the Queensland Showcase program.

Australian Copyright Council – Free Resources
The ACC provides a range of free resources to Australian creators to ensure copyright is protected and respected. Updated information sheets include: An Introduction To Copyright In Australia | Names, Titles and Slogans | Writers and Copyright.

10 Mar – Arts & Culture Infrastructure grants close this Friday
The 2016-17 Arts & Culture Infrastructure grants from Liquor and Gaming NSW offer $100,000 – $300,000 for a single project for the development and enhancement of arts and cultural facilities across NSW. Funding is available for construction, renovation, accessibility upgrades and purchase of equipment. Applications close 5pm on Fri 10 Mar 2017. Eligibility and application criteria.

10 May – WA Showcase at Subiaco Arts Centre – Register now
Looking to engage with Western Australian work, venues, producers and artists? With various funding streams in the market, WA Showcase also features a professional development program. WA Showcase runs from 10 – 12 May 2017 at the Subiaco Arts Centre. Registrations range from $150 p/day to $350 (full conference). Closing 3 May. More info.

LPA has developed a Guide to Child Safety in the Live Performance Industry
Providing best practice guidance for live performance organisations to implement child safe standards, culture, environment, and policies and procedures. View the guide here.

Australia Council Tool – Arts And Cultural Attendance And Participation
In January, the Australia Council for the Arts released a new online interactive dashboard looking at attendance and participation with the arts at a local region level. Using 2013/14 Australian Bureau of Statistics data, it covers cultural attendance, creating, and participation across art, craft, theatre, dance, music, and literature. View the dashboard here.

20 Mar – Creative Partnerships Australia: Arts Sponsorship Masterclasses
Learn about securing and maintaining partners; good practice and methodology; confidence and language skills, and look at case studies of successful models. With UK Arts Fundraising and Sponsorship Consultant Nicole Newman, this runs from 20 – 31 Mar in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. $100+GST (includes catering) Booking info and event details.

A new online network – Circus Network Australia – launching 10 Mar
Australia’s entire world-famous Circus community will finally connect together online this week after 40 years of massive change, innovation reform and success. Registration is free for all members of the Australian Circus community. Read about it and sign up here.


13 Mar – Malthouse and FCAC’s ‘Living Now’ residency and commission for diverse writers
Apply for ‘Living Now’ – a new program providing a residency and commission for two writers from diverse backgrounds. Includes a residency of up to 8 months at Malthouse Theatre, a writing workspace, and regular meetings with a dramaturg and mentors to further develop ideas for a new theatrical work. Deadline for submissions is 5pm Mon 13 Mar 2017. More info here.

26 Mar – Artist Intensive for practising artists and art workers
The Artist Intensive is a core group of 25 artists from all fields with an interest in politically-engaged practice and will undertake workshops, case studies, discussions and shared meals with Mel Evans, Kelly Doley, Alex Kelly, Amy Spiers, Gabrielle de Vietri and Megan Cope. Various venues around Collingwood and Melbourne from 30 Apr – 6 May 2017. Applications close midnight 26 Mar 2017. $50. More info here.

10 Mar – Playwright Hot Desk at the Wheeler Centre – applications close this Friday
The Wheeler Centre 2017 Hot Desk Fellowship is offering a desk solely for use by an emerging female playwright. Complete an online form and explain what the fellowship would mean to you and include a sample of written work (published or unpublished). Closing Fri 10 Mar. Read more.

28 Mar – ArtPlay Artist Learning Session: ‘As Told by Children’ – FREE
Not sure if your project idea will work? In this ‘ask the experts’ workshop, children explain what they’ve most enjoyed doing in previous arts experiences and why. Facilitated by Drop Bear Theatre. Presented by children. 6 – 7pm, Tue 28 Mar, at ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr. Book here.

27 Mar – 34th Green Room Awards Ceremony
Held at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne, 7pm, Mon 27 Mar. Tickets start at $25. Book now and join us to celebrate outstanding achievements in Melbourne Cabaret, Contemporary & Experimental Performance, Theatre, Dance, Music Theatre and Opera. View the 2016 nominees.

28 Mar – The Present Performer/Andante Method: A ‘Total Performance’ Making Intensive
Belgian artist Younes Bachir joins FCAC Artist-in-residence Deborah Leiser-Moore for a four-day intensive masterclass. Experience making work of excitement, vibrancy, danger and strong theatrical presence. 10am – 4pm, Tue 28 Mar – Fri 31 Mar. Presented by FCAC and Tashmadada. Information and bookings.

14 Mar – Apply for Creative Victoria’s Marketing Innovation Fund – Up to $20,000
Offering a total of $100,000 for individual grants of up to $20,000 for small to medium organisations across the creative industries, this annual fund provides support to undertake marketing projects to grow their audiences or markets in new ways. OIP organisations are eligible to apply. Applications close 5pm, Tue 14 Mar 2017 for projects commencing after 31 Jul 2017. More info here.

4 Apr – Creative Victoria’s Go Pitch Regional Fund – Applications open soon
An initiative that offers an opportunity for subsidised travel and registration to attend Showcase Victoria 2017. Applications open on 4 Apr and close 18 Apr 2017 for artists or producers living and working in regional Victoria. About Go Pitch.


17 Mar – IETM Staff Exchange 2017
The programme offers IETM members a unique opportunity to gain international experience by joining the team of another member organisation and hosting a professional from abroad. Duration may vary from 1 week to 3 months or more. Applications close Fri 17 Mar 2017. More info.

10 May – Culture Summit 2017: United Cities and Local Governments, World Secretariat
Considering the growing importance of culture in the framework of sustainable cities, the Executive Bureau of UCLG is convening a second UCLG Culture Summit in 2017, hosted by the Special Self-Governing Province of Jeju (Republic of South Korea) from 10-13 May 2017. More info here.

31 Mar – Deep In The Mountains – Arts Residency Program in Korea
Arts Council Korea invites artists to submit proposals to join ‘Deep in the Mountains’, an international residency program celebrating the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. Deadline for proposals is Friday 31 March. About the residency.

23 May – Apply now for ISPA Congress: Identities – Montréal, Canada
The arts community is transforming at a never-before experienced pace: demographic movements, new voices, technology and information. This blending of cultures leads to innovative experiences in the performing arts. Join 400 international delegates in Montréal, May 2017, for the International Society of Performing Arts’ 100th Congress. Read more here.


Australia’s Representative to Nominate for the ASSITEJ Executive Committee – Sue Giles
Following a call out and EOI process, Sue Giles has been chosen as Australia’s representative to nominate for the ASSITEJ Executive Committee for 2017-2020. Sue has been in the role since 2014, so this further term will consolidate and build on her work with the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will be voted in at the ASSITEJ Congress in South Africa in May. The Australia Council for the Arts is supporting a small delegation of Australians to attend the Congress. Read about the congress.

TNA is now the ASSITEJ National Centre for Australia
With thanks to the contribution of some of TNA’s members who work in the Theatre for Young Audiences or Youth Theatre sectors, TNA has joined ASSITEJ as a National Centre, to continue Australia’s long association with the international network. More info here.

VALE Betty Amsden
Melbourne philanthropist and arts advocate, Betty Amsden, has died, aged 90. Betty was a passionate supporter of the arts for children, and the Betty Amsden Trust has supported the ASSITEJ International Executive Committee position since 2014. We will all miss her personal interest, warmth and advocacy for the sector.


  • Antonia Seymour appointed as General Manager of Arts on Tour, replacing Heather Dransfield.
  • Co-founder, Tim McGarry, to step down from his role as Creative Director of Monkey Baa Theatre Company.
  • Christine Schloithe to finish up as General Manager/ Executive Producer of Patch Theatre.
  • Jayne Lovelock to finish up as Development Manager of Malthouse Theatre and commence as Director of Development at Melbourne Theatre Company.
  • Theatre Network Australia welcomes Jamie Lewis as Communications Coordinator.
  • Michelle Kotevski departs Riverside Theatre in Parramatta to take up the role of General Manager of Playwriting Australia.
  • Melbourne based contemporary performance maker, Tamara Saulwick, announced as Artistic Director of Chamber Made Opera.
  • Amelia Bartak announced as CEO of National Theatre Melbourne.
  • Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 Australia Council Awards, in particular: Rosemary Myers, Windmill Theatre (SA) – Theatre Award, Stephen Page (NSW) – Dance Award, and Madeleine Flynn (VIC) – Emerging & Experimental Arts Award.


Marketing and Development Manager – Performance Space (NSW). Apps close 17 March.
General Manager/Executive Producer – Patch Theatre Company (SA). Apps close 20 March.
Marketing & Communications Manager – Next Wave (VIC). Apps close 20 March.
Classes and Education Manager – Circus Oz (VIC). Apps close 21 March.
Marketing Manager – Ensemble Theatre (NSW). Apps close 20 March.
Director, Sydney Story Factory Parramatta (NSW). Apps close 22 March.
Part time General Manager – The House that Dan Built (NSW). Apps close 20 March.
Marketing & Communications Manager – Darwin Festival (NT). Apps close 13 March.
Operations Manager – Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (WA). Apps close 22 March.
Development Manager – Shaun Parker & Company (NSW). Apps close 24 March.
Executive Director, Performing Arts – Sydney Opera House (NSW). Apps close 26 March.
Creative Producer (various roles) – Footscray Community Arts Centre (VIC). Apps close 24 March.
Philanthropy Manager – Queensland Theatre (QLD). Apps close 31 March.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Australia.

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