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TNA E-News March 2018


Announcing the TNA SMASH Bursary for Independents!
Designed in honour of retired TNA founding board members Simon Abrahams (Chair) and Alice Nash (Deputy Chair), this bursary is open to Australian-based Independent Artists or Producers to recognise existing and potential contribution to the sector. Bursary value is $500 and includes TNA membership, attendance to TNA forums and a remaining allowance to use towards show tickets, travel, or professional development. Awarded annually to one recipient. Submissions close 5pm, Friday 13 April 2018. Nominate yourself or nominate an independent here.

ATF podcast – Future Directions of Australian Theatre
Following on from ATF 2017, our co-curators Alexis West & Steve Mayhew have been compiling a podcast series of bite-sized (8min) interviews to unpack future directions of Australian Theatre and examine the ripple effects of the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum. In the first two podcasts, Steve and Alexis talk amongst themselves and with Kamara Bell Wykes (Creative Director, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company). Listen here.

Save the date: 2018 Victorian Theatre Forum
The ninth annual Victorian Theatre Forum will be held from 9.30am – 6.00pm on Wednesday 9 May 2018 at Arts Centre Melbourne & Testing Grounds. Full program and registration info coming soon. Please note that VTF 2018 is a TNA member event. Not yet a member? Join now.


19 Mar – Blak Artists Kinection program – Performance Space & Moogahlin Performing Arts
Open to early-career First Peoples arts workers based in NSW, Blak Artists Kinection enables artists, curators, producers or writers to develop connections with peers and leaders through a series of workshops and meetings across 2018. Develop creative and professional skills in a supportive and safe environment. Applications close midnight Mon 19 March 2018.

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) – Directors Initiative
CAAP has partnered with Queensland Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company for the CAAP Directors Initiative – a two-year training program in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, to identify, develop and embed Asian Australian directors in these state theatre companies. Program includes workshops, observing mainstage productions, professional development, networking, and hands-on directorial engagement with host companies.

21 Mar – National Play Festival kicks off in Sydney
PWA’s National Play Festival, Sydney, 21-24 March 2018, is about to start. Program includes keynote address by Wesley Enoch, panels, masterclasses, workshops and playreadings.

Sexual Harassment and Codes of Conduct – Update and Consultation
TNA is continuing to meet with colleagues to discuss what needs to be done to address sexual harassment and other bullying in our sector. Check out the industry resources under ‘Policies and Protocol’ and ‘Code of Behaviour’ in the TNA Library. Our colleagues at Live Performance Australia have developed a comprehensive draft Code of Conduct (click to download) and are seeking industry feedback by COB 26th March. Read the draft and add your views here.

22 Mar – Training: Mental Health First Aid for Arts Workers
This two day Mental Health First Aid training course will run from 22 – 23 March 2018 at Bankstown Arts Centre, NSW. Join your peers for this 2 day training course with customised case studies for the performing arts. Tickets are $184.76. Limited subsidised places available for independent self-funded artists at $35. Book now.

5 Jun – Australia Council Opportunities for First Nations Artists
The Australia Council offers a Fellowship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts of $80,000 to support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years. Closing date is 5 June, 2018. More info here.

16 Mar – Festivals Australia funding round closes next week
Festivals Australia provides funding to support individual art projects at festivals or significant one-off community events. Funding of between $5,000 to $100,000 is available for projects commencing from 1 July 2018. Applications close 5pm AEDT Fri 16 March 2018. Read more.

26 Mar – Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts: Cape Bruny Residency (TAS)
The Bruny Island Foundation is seeking applications from artists across all disciplines for a four-week residency in an historic dwelling in the South Bruny Island National Park. Open to Australian residents only, the residency must take place between May – June 2018. Applications due 26 March 2018. A stipend of up to $2000 is available. About the residency.

31 Mar – Residency for NT Writers at Varuna, Blue Mountains, NSW
Arts NT and Varuna invite NT poets, playwrights, authors and songwriters to apply for a residential fellowship at the National Writers House in Katoomba, NSW. Four fellowships are offered and include two weeks residency at Varuna plus travel costs. Apps close 31 March. More info here.

16 Mar – NSW Creative Achievement Awards
These NSW Government-supported awards celebrate outstanding creative industries achievements. There are three award nomination categories – the NSW Creative Laureate; the NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award; and a NSW Young Creative Award for outstanding young achievers aged under 25 and under. Applications close Fri 16 March. About the awards. 

Australian Copyright Council’s National Seminar Series – March to July
The ACC is touring Australia with its national seminar series, ‘Understanding Copyright’. Dates and locations: Adelaide 20 – 22 March; Melbourne 30 May – 1 June; Brisbane 18 – 20 June; Sydney 30 – 31 July. From $90 p/session. Register here.

17 Apr – Regional Arts Australia (RAA) – Digital marketing webinars
The RAA webinar series includes An Introduction to Google Analytics – 2.30pm-4.00pm AEDT on Tuesday 17 April 2018, and An Introduction to Google AdWords – 2.30pm-4.00pm AEDT on Tuesday 24 April 2018. More info here.

8 Mar – Laboratory Adelaide: When Did Culture’s Value Become a Number? – FREE talk
Four leading commentators discuss what we can do to reclaim the meaning and purpose of cultural activity from barren metrics in our daily lives and national agenda. Thursday 8 March 2.00pm-3.30pm at Adelaide Festival Riverbank Palais, Elder Park. Booking info here.

ACNC Review – Charities and Not-for-profits
The Government is reviewing the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission legislation – this legislation affects all charities and not-for-profits which include arts organisations. Theatre Network Australia prepared a submission, calling for no changes to the legislation, as we are concerned that there is a push to limit the advocacy roles of not-for-profits. We also supported the continued work of the ACNC to reduce the administration and reporting burdens for small organisations. The report is due Thursday 31 May. TNA’s and other submissions can be found here.

Strategic Conversations in Creative Placemaking, USA – Free webinars (March – July)
Join The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (USA) for webinars combining short presentations with conversation among peers. Designed for those interested in the intersection of arts and culture with social and economic issues, webinar topics are varied and run from now until July. Presented by Leonardo Vazquez, an urban planner and leader in the fields of creative placemaking and cultural competency. Note the US time zone! More info & registration.

LPA – New Safety Guidelines including Performer Hazards
The objective of the updated Guidelines is to promote best practice in delivering safe events and safe working environments, and raise awareness of the practical and legislative requirements to manage health and safety issues appropriately. Read the guidelines.

12 Mar – Flowstate Artist Residency – Southbank, QLD
Residencies are available for two artists or companies making site responsive work. Each residency will be for three weeks with a work-in-progress showing open to the public in December 2018. Applications close Monday 12 March 2018. Read more here.

26 Mar – HyPe – Call Out for 2018/19 Artists Proposals at Salamanca Arts Centre, TAS
The HyPe program fosters the creation of innovative, contemporary hybrid performance in Tasmania by supporting artists to challenge the existing limitations of traditional performance making. Up to $10k available. Applications close 9am Monday 26 March 2018. Read more.

29 Mar – Creative Partnerships Awards 2018 – Nominations now open
Do you know a champion of arts partnerships? CPA is welcoming nominations of Australian individuals who show leadership in private giving, philanthropy and business partnerships with the arts to be considered for the 2018 Creative Partnerships Awards. Nominations close 29 March 2018. Eligibility and guidelines.


9 Mar – Deadly Fringe is back for 2018 – Apply by this Friday!
ILBIJERRI & Melbourne Fringe’s Deadly Fringe will support two emerging First Nations artists to develop new works, and two producers to work on the festival and produce the Deadly work, for the 2018 Festival. Applications close 5pm, Friday 9 March. Find out more here.

23 Mar – Creative Darebin Networking Breakfast
Get to Cedar Bakery, High St Preston on Friday 23 March for creative discussions, tips and inspiration over breakfast. The upcoming theme is  ‘Open Discussion: Share your project’. Set the alarm – breakfast is at 7:15am! Tickets: $10, first 5 bookings receive free coffee. Book here.

17 Mar – Finding Theatrical Material in Everyday Life – Workshop with Kyung-Sung Lee
Theatre Works to host an exclusive two-hour workshop with visionary director Kyung-Sung Lee (Creative VaQi, Seoul) on Saturday 17 March 2018 from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Explore how Lee continues to push the boundaries of contemporary theatre. Tickets: $30 Full | $25 Conc. Book now.

14 Mar – Legal Seminar: Contractor v Employee in the Arts 
Is this person a contractor or employee? Are they eligible for superannuation? What rights do they have? This workshop by Holding Redlich will navigate this legal minefield in a sensible, practical way. If you run an arts organisation, this is for you. 12.45pm-2.00pm, Wed 14 March at Holding Redlich and Arts Law, 555 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Register now.

24 Mar – Rawcus presents Masterclass with Marc Brew
An inclusive and accessible opportunity for artists with and without disability to work with the Rawcus Ensemble, Marc’s unique choreographic style will push the boundaries of physicality through the exploration of new movement. 10am – 3pm Sat 24 March at Temperance Hall, 199 Napier St, South Melb. $45 Full | $25 Conc. Places limited. More info here.

18 & 25 Mar – Puppetry Workshops at Siteworks
The Melbourne Festival of Puppetry will call-out for projects during June 2018. To start your creative juices flowing, Lemony S Puppet Theatre offer two weekends of puppetry workshops for professionals and interested adults at Siteworks in Brunswick: Performing with Objects and Figures 10am – 3pm Sun 18 March, and Creating Puppet Performances 10am – 3pm Sun 25 March. Tickets $80 Full | $60 Conc.

13 Mar – Arts West presents Arts & being a NDIS Provider: To Register or Not To Register
Arts West have announced their next NDIS focused event. Presented by Wayne Pfeiffer from PfA Consults, topics include: Understanding the NDIS planning process; How, if and when to register as an NDIS provider. Proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council. More info here.

9 Mar – Submit an EOI for Melbourne Fringe Program: Compass Navigate
Compass Navigate is an inclusive arts development mentorship program for emerging producers and self-presenting artists to improve their business ‘know-how’, and develop networking and project planning skills. Applicants who have experienced obstacles to participation in professional development programs, including artists who are Deaf or have a disability, will be strongly regarded. Expressions of Interest close 5pm, Fri 9 March 2018.

Creative Victoria announces a new suite of funding programs
A suite of new programs focused on social impact, diversity and inclusion have been launched as an action of the government’s Creative State strategy. The Social Impact Program and Diversity and Inclusion Program will offer funding ranging from $20,000 – $300,000 to support a range of projects and initiatives. Click on the programs links above to read more.

28 Mar – Symposium: CAST OUT LOUD – Hyphenated: Art & inter-cultural identity FREE
Alongside Hyphenated at Substation in Mar/Apr, this Symposium, presented by RMIT’s CAST with Multicultural Arts Victoria, asks questions about how Asian inter-cultural identity informs contemporary art practices. 5pm – 7pm 28 March 2018 at RMIT University. More info.

19 Mar – EOIs are open 2018 Melbourne Cabaret Fringe Festival
Open to independent works of cabaret from Australian artists, the festival runs from 2-14 July 2018 at The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. All productions must be 50 – 60 minutes and fit on a 4m x 2m stage. No festival registration fee. Expressions of interest due 9am, 19 March. Find out more.

22 Mar – 2018 Secondment – Choreographic Development with Lucy Guerin Inc. – FREE
Apply for a one-week Secondment during the development of Lucy Guerin’s new work at the The LGI Studio, 28 Batman St, West Melb. 9 April – 4th May (Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm, including class each day). Open to new graduates, and dancers in their first few years of practice. Applications close 11pm Thurs 22 March (applicants notified on 27 March). About the secondment.

13 Apr – Multicultural Arts Victoria: Mapping Melbourne 2018
Submit now for Mapping Melbourne 2018 – a platform for strengthening arts networks between contemporary independent artists across the Asian region. MAV can support projects in various ways including networking, marketing and financial support. Project outcome must take place in the City of Melbourne in the first two weeks of December and be relevant to the theme of “contemporary Asia in Melbourne”. Submissions due: 5pm, Fri 13 April.

30 Apr – EOIs open for 2018 La Mama Explorations
The annual La Mama Explorations season gives works in development three nights in the space – a wonderful environment for testing new work, form and processes. Explorations 2018 runs from October 15 – December 2 at little La Mama on Faraday Street. Applications close 30 April. To submit an application, email Caitlin here.

6 Apr – Be Bold Performance Residencies – Application are open
Brimbank City Council’s Bowery Theatre and St Albans Community Centre invites artists and arts organisations to apply for the 2018 Be Bold Performance Residency Program. Cash contributions range from $2,000 – $5,000 and all residencies are offered box office split, in kind venue and marketing support and access to the theatre and community spaces. Applications close 6 April 2018.

29 Apr – Big Dance 2018 across Victoria
Big Dance is a free large-scale participatory celebration on International Dance Day, Sun 29 April. Open to all. Join thousands of people dancing together in Melbourne, Lilydale or Castlemaine. The 2018 routine is choreographed by acclaimed Indigenous choreographer Frances Rings and New Zealand born Craig Bary. Big Dance workshop for dance leaders and teachers on 13 March 10:00am-1:00pm at Malthouse Theatre. Register here.

Review of Victorian Touring and Engagement
Creative Victoria has appointed arts research specialists Patternmakers, in association with Professor Peter Matthews, to conduct an independent review of the Arts Touring and Engagement environment in Victoria, and to identify options for revised touring models. Critical to the process will be a consultation and fieldwork phase. Further information will be provided in the coming months.


28 Mar – EOIs close for the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship
The 2018/19 Arts Fellowship is likely to be a voyage on Australia’s icebreaker Aurora Australis and a short summer (approximately 3 months) at Mawson research station. Artists with suitable projects are encouraged to apply. EOIs close 28 March 2018. More info here.

27 Jun – Arts in Society – International Conference in Vancouver, Canada
The Thirteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society runs from 27–29 June 2018 at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada. 2018 Special Focus: How Art Makes Things Happen—Situating Social Practice in Research, Practice, and Action. More info here.

26 Sep – ENCATC Congress in Bucharest, Romania
ENCATC is the European network on cultural management and policy. The 26th Congress on Cultural Management and Policy will take place from 26-29 September 2018 in Bucharest, Romania. An opportunity to access the latest advancements in cultural management and cultural policy education, training, practice, and research. More info here.

IETM Industry resource: Life off-stage – Survival guide for creative arts professionals
This resource is designed to provide support for artists and cultural professionals as they pursue careers without neglecting their role as individuals, parents, partners and citizens. Read the guide.


30 Mar – ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab proposals – $5,000 to $20,000
New Ideas Lab supports new work to be created at ArtPlay, as part of its ongoing creative program for children. Applications are open to artists of all disciplines for projects where children and/or families are co-creators. Applications close 5pm, 30 March. To learn more, view the guidelines, and book into an information session. More info here.

Report: Punching Above Their Weight; the Australian delegation at IPAY 2018
In this article, Bridgette Van Leuven – Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House, reflects on the Australian delegation at IPAY 2018. Download the article.

Documentation and Sydney Event – Sue Giles’ Platform Paper 54
Documentation is now available from the TNA/Currency House launch of Sue Giles’ Platform Paper – Young People and the Arts: An Agenda for Change at Malthouse on 2 February. Click here to read excerpts from Sue’s keynote address, our panellists, and to hear sound recordings from the young firecrackers. TNA is working on a Sydney event – details coming soon! Save the date: Wed 30 May 2018.


9 Mar – Circus Oz BLAKflip Masterclass Applications Open
Applications are now open for Circus Oz’s 2018 BLAKflip Masterclass 16 – 22 April. BLAKflip is open to applicants aged 17 and up who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander from a broad range of artistic backgrounds. Accommodation, travel and allowances will be provided where required, along with appropriate personal and cultural support for participants. Apply now.

27 Apr – Circus Oz Sidesault at the Melba  – Applications open
The Melba is seeking expressions of interest from independent artists and small to medium companies who would like to be a part of the second festival of innovative and experimental Circus work at The Melba Spiegeltent, Sidesault at the Melba. Find out more.

Ongoing – Gravity and Other Myths – Seedling Fund
The Adelaide-based company offer micro-loans for emerging circus and movement artists designed to support artists, both financially and through professional mentoring, to create and present new works. Artists interested in this program will be asked to complete a simple submission explaining how this loan will assist them on their journey to becoming professional artists. About the fund.


  • TNA Executive Director, Nicole Beyer, awarded the 2017 Sidney Myer Facilitator’s Prize, while Dancenorth won the Group Award and Kate Mulvany won the Individual Award!
  • Fiona de Garis departs Performing Lines WA to commence as Executive Director of Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.
  • Luke Harriman to depart arTour and take on the role of Manager of Venues and Events at Gympie Regional Council.
  • Virginia Lovett steps down as Chair of the Arena Theatre Company Board, but remains on the board. Liz Grainger elected as new Chair and will focus on reshaping board membership to reflect the Company’s new Bendigo base.
  • Kathy Morrison appointed General Manager of Ilbijerri Theatre Company.
  • Rebecca Meston to finish up at Adelaide Fringe and take on the Funding Program Coordinator (acting) at Carclew.
  • Hillary Coyne announced as Executive Director/Co-CEO of Dancenorth.
  • Davey Thompson announced as the new Associate Producer at ILBIJERRI Theatre Company.
  • Ausdance Queensland announces Kate Usher as Executive Director.
  • Michaela Coventry to step down as Executive Producer of Speak Percussion to develop her own company Sage Arts, producing for Independent artists and companies.
  • Kath Melbourne announced as Creative Producer at Salamanca Arts Centre.
  • Mark Barnaba AM to stand down as Chair of Black Swan State Theatre Company, with the post being handed to current board member Nicola Forrest.
  • Disability activist, writer Carly Findlay joins Melbourne Fringe in the new position of Inclusion Coordinator.
  • Olivia Allen commences as Community Arts Officer at City of Yarra.
  • The Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust appoints Joel McGuinness as CEO, with Jill Smithleaving mid-March.
  • Playwriting Australia announces John Kachoyan as Literary Manager.
  • Victoria, lead by Creative Victoria, will deliver a reinvigorated APAM from 2020-2024.
  • Arena Theatre Company has appointed Sharon Custers as Executive Director.
  • Monkey Baa appoints Jeremy Miller as General Manager.
  • Jodie Farrugia stepping down as Artistic Director of Flying Fruit Fly Circus.
  • Leeanne Enoch MP appointed as QLD Minister for the Arts Minister.
  • Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Australia Council Awards including: Phillip Adams (VIC) – Dance; Liz Jones AO (VIC) – Theatre; and Edwin Kemp Attrill (SA) – Community Arts and Cultural Development. See the full list here.


Project Coordinator – IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy (ACT). Apps close 8 Mar.
Artistic Director/s, Theatre Works (VIC). Apps close 9 Mar.
Production Manager, Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD). Apps close 12 Mar.
Digital Project Manager, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apps close 13 Mar.
Various roles, NIDA (NSW). Apps close 13 Mar – 30 Apr.
Artistic Director, Flying Fruit Fly Circus (NSW/VIC). Apps close 14 Mar.
PT Bookkeeper, Monkey Baa Theatre (NSW). Apps close 14 Mar.
Head of Production, Belvoir (NSW). Apps close 16 Mar.
Executive Producer, Speak Percussions (VIC). Apps close 16 Mar.
Production Stage Manager, West Australian Ballet (WA). Apps close 18 Mar.
Coordinator, Creative Spaces, City of Greater Bendigo (VIC). Apps close 19 Mar.
Theatre Republic Associate Producer, Brisbane Festival (QLD). Apps close 19 Mar.
Producer – Programming and Events, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apps close 25 Mar.
Production Manager, Melbourne Fringe (VIC). Apps close 26 Mar.
General Manager – Maternity Cover, Nexus Arts (SA). Apps close 15 Apr.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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