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TNA E-News March 2019


National Advocacy Update – Getting ready for the 2019 federal election
TNA is joining other performing arts peak orgs to call for a more secure creative vision for Australia. We call for all sides of politics to support the development of NIACA; for the full return of funding to the Australia Council plus an uplift for national touring, grants, organisations and strategic initiatives; for a fund for new major Australian works; and for the advancement of interconnections between the arts and other portfolios for better public policy outcomes. Read more.

Takeaway resources from the ‘Not In My Workplace’ Summit in Melbourne
TNA and a group of our members recently attended the inaugural Not In My Workplace Summit in Melbourne. Check out the following resources as we work to shift workplace culture to be more equitable and safe for all: Worksafe 2030 | Male Champions of Change Movement | Gender Equality Strategy (VIC).


Fair Play Symposium – Documentation now available
Check out the incredible livestream from the Fair Play Symposium presented by Diversity Arts Australia at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne this week. Featuring performances, keynotes, fiery panels, and thought provoking reflections on diversity in the arts, and our role as change makers.

29  Mar – ArtPlay New Ideas Lab supports proposals between $10,000 to $20,000.
Calling for proposals for new work to be developed at ArtPlay (Melbourne) in collaboration with children as part of the ongoing creative program for children (babies to 12 year olds). All artists of all disciplines from all over can apply before 5pm 29 Mar 2019. More info here.

27-29 Mar – Humanities, Arts & Culture Data Summit | DARIAH Beyond Europe workshop
This Australia-Europe knowledge exchange will explore new horizons for data-driven humanities and arts research, digital cultural collections and research infrastructure. Summit and workshop to be held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra from 27 – 29 Mar 2019. Cost is $200 for 3 days. More info.

31 May – Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship – $10,000
Named after the founding artistic director of The Australian Ballet, this fellowship for mid career choreographers will be awarded at the 2019 National Dance Forum. Applications close 31 May 2019. Read more.

11 Mar – Applications open soon for PAC Australia’s Performing Arts Exchange (PAX)
Held from 26-27 August 2019 on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland as part of the annual conference, PAX brings together producers, programmers and presenters from across the country to create and maximise touring opportunities and build relationships. Applications for producers close 11 Mar. More info.

10 – Playwriting Australia – National playwriting consultations and post-production program
These forums help Playwriting Australia more clearly understand how to support the needs of the diverse range of writers in each community. View dates, locations and registration info here. | The Post-Production program invests in show development. Submit an EOI by 25 Mar.

10 Mar – Symposium: All About Women
Sydney Opera House’s talks and ideas festival returns to celebrate International Women’s Day. All about women is a vibrant day that asks questions about gender, justice and equality. 10 Mar 2019, Sydney Opera House, NSW. Standard tickets from $33. More info here. 

18 April – Australia Council for the Arts – Chief Executive Program
Apply to be one of 3 Australian arts executives to join a cohort of 50 global leaders including two residential trips to the US (13-18 October 2019 and 19-23 April 2020), via a scholarship of US $25,500 per person. Apply by 18 April. Info here.

Fundraising Strategy Workshops with ACF – FREE
Designed for artists and arts organisations to make the most of the Australian Cultural Fund’s fundraising platform, these free workshops will be held in Adelaide 5-7 Mar and Sydney 12-13 Mar 2019. Register here.

Arts Wellbeing Collective – ‘Tour Well’ resource
The Tour Well resource promotes positive mental health and wellbeing on tour by outlining practical, evidence-based tips so you can better prepare, care for, and support yourself and your colleagues on tour. Download your free copy.

Applications open: CEW & Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarships
Three scholarships on offer for women managers of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage. Successful applicants will choose from leadership programs at Harvard Kennedy School and INSEAD Singapore. Middle and senior women managers encouraged to apply. Apply by 18 Mar 2019. Find out more.

National forums in March: Assessment processes and competitive funding
Prof. Joanne Tompkins (Humanities and Creative Arts at the Australian Research Council), will hold forums around Australia on assessment processes and the current climate for competitive funding in the humanities and creative arts disciplines. 1 Mar at the University of Adelaide; 8 Mar at Griffith University Gold Coast; 11 Mar at Queensland University of Technology; and 14 Mar at Murdoch University. Contact the Universities direct for more details.


7 Mar – Apply for Creative Victoria’s ‘Social Impact Program – Evaluation Exchange’
This initiative provides free access to expertise provided by BYP Group to work with you on designing and implementing the evaluation of an existing creative-based social impact project.  Up to $20k is available. Round closes on Thur 7 Mar 2019. More info here.

8 Mar – Artist Call Out for new festival at Federation Square
Fed Square is looking for pop-up interactive installations that activate lesser known spaces of Fed Square for the inaugural Anything But Square Festival in July/Aug 2019. Creatives receive free space, materials budget, AV support and fee. Find out more.

31 Mar – Fair Play | Equity, Inclusion & the Creative Industries – Apply for an audit
The Fair Play project, funded by Creative Victoria, is an equity and inclusion capacity building program for organisations that receive multi-year funding through Creative Victoria. Undertake a fully supported audit to investigate opportunities for change in leadership, creative programming, staff, marketing and audience development. EOIs close 31 Mar. About the program.

25 Mar – Playwriting Masterclass with Patricia Cornelius
Playwriting Australia and the Royal Exchange in Manchester will host a live streamed Masterclass with Patricia Cornelius from 6pm – 8.30pm EST on Mon 25 March. Open to emerging playwrights based in Melbourne. Improve your writing craft with one of the Australian greats. Apply here.

12 Mar – City of Melbourne launching Quick Response Arts Grants
New funding of up to $4,000 per project/activity available available for ​artists, creatives and small to medium arts organisations needing support for unexpected opportunities. Stay tuned for info.

6 Mar – Australian Women Directors Alliance: AGM & Creative Practice Exchange at VCA
This gathering aims to provoke stimulating dialogue about diverse directorial practices. 6.30 – 7.15pm: AGM business. 7.30 – 9pm Facilitated Creative Practice Exchange. Grant St. Theatre, VCAM, Southbank, Wed 6 Mar. RSVP to

10-17 Mar – Snuff Labb for artists
You are invited to participate in Snuff Puppets’ second Snuff Labb workshop for 2019, Transmorph. Workshops over two weekends in Footscray, 10-11 March and 16-17 March, 10am – 6pm. Join here.

13 – 22 Mar – Dance Massive industry program – so much on!
Practice-based masterclasses ($35 – $45) held at WXYZ Studios in North Melbourne. View workshops. | The festival’s free conversation series runs from 18 – 22 Mar at VCA Studio 221. View conversations program. | Hosted by Dance Massive and APAM, the Table Talks program is open to anyone in the performing arts sector interested in informal discussions with national and international delegates. 12–2pm Wed 13 & 20 Mar at Arts House. Info and registration.

TNA Peer Learning Groups for Small to Medium companies
The next round of our Peer Learning program for General Managers and Executive Producers of S2Ms companies in Victoria kicks off in early March. Participants meet monthly and must be a current member of TNA. Email Simone for details.

30 & 31 Mar – Chunky Move – Open Auditions
Call out for Melbourne-based professional dancers and physical performers aged 18+ for engagement in a large scale work to be developed and premiered in 2019. Must be available between 5 – 30 Aug 2019 and the first 3 weeks of Oct 2019. More info here.

Artist Call: The Butterfly Club’s Melbourne Cabaret Fringe line up and inaugural Queer Play Festival
Got an idea for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival Fringe (Jun/Jul) or the inaugural Queer Play Festival (Aug)? The Butterfly Club, located in Melbourne’s CBD, is accepting EOIs until 5pm Mon 4 Mar. Please note: The Butterfly Club is not an accessible venue. Apply here.


29 Apr – Applications open for INTERSECT Australia
Led by British Council, INTERSECT strengthens the international profile and opportunities available to First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse curators, creative producers and artistic directors. Includes sustained mentorships, networking and knowledge exchanges. Australian-based participants will travel to the UK in September 2019. Apply by 29 Apr 2019. More info here.

13-19 Apr – Opium Residency, Berlin, Germany
A new Creative Residency directed by Firenza Guidi. The workshop/creation is open to actors, circus performers, dancers, musicians, visual artists and technicians from all disciplines and to all those with a desire to embark on a multi-faceted creative journey. More info.

Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) Grant Round 2019-20
Providing seed funding for innovative programs and initiatives which strengthen links with Indonesia. Grant applications of $10 000 to $40 000 will be considered. Priority areas include contemporary arts & culture. Apply by 5pm (AEDT) on 21 Mar 2019. Read more.

29 Mar – Australia at the Dubai World Expo 2020 – 2021
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will deliver a Cultural Program showcasing Australia’s cultural assets and heritage at the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021. EOIs are now open to artists and arts companies nationally and will close on 29 Mar 2019. Complete your EOI here and email to

IUGTE – Workshops in Europe this summer
International Theatre Workshop, 10 – 17 Jun in Leibnitz, Austria | Physical Theatre Intensive 9 – 14 Jul and Movement: Directing/Teaching Lab 26 – 31 Aug in Berlin, Germany.


29 Mar – Artist Applications for International IPAY Showcase 2020
Calling for artistic applications for the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). Earlybird applications close 29 Mar, selections in July, showcase from 21 – 25 Jan 2020. Showcase info | Register for an info session here.

21 Mar – Arena Theatre Company – Open studio: new work development festival
The Bendigo Studio is a new pilot festival for selected companies and independent artists to develop new TYA works with Arena Theatre Company, 18-22 March 2019. All welcome to attend the open studio and picnic from 2pm on Thur 21 Mar. Tour the studios, view works in development, join the TYA sector discussion and speak with artists. More info.

20 Mar – World Day of Theatre for Young Audiences 2019
The World Day of Theatre for Children celebrates the message ‘Take a child to the theatre, today’. #takeachildtothetheatre. Logos and info here.

31 Mar – Back to Back Theatre – CAMP Workshop calling for youth participants
CAMP: A theatre-making workshop for those with and without disability at Back to Back Theatre in Geelong. This year, there is an exclusive all-day workshop for 12 – 17yr olds on Sun 31 Mar. Click here to register.

ASSITEJ Article: Changing Theatre Through Our Audience
Francis Italiano of Sensorium Theatre reflects on the company’s approach to creating transformative theatre-going experiences. Read the article.


Artist Call Out: Gasworks Arts Park’s 2019 Circus Showdown competition/showcase
A professional development program for circus and physical theatre acts (individuals and groups) of between 10 to 15 minutes. Heats on 8 and 9 May, finale on 11 May at Gasworks in Melbourne. Competition is free to enter. Winners receive cash prizes, all finalists receive free photograph/videography. Applications close this weekend! More info.

Call for projects: FRESH CIRCUS#5, France 2019
Circostrada, ARTCENA and CIRCA are calling for projects for FRESH CIRCUS#5 in Auch, France, 22 to 24 Oct 2019. Selected projects to be presented and will serve as a basis for facilitated discussion. Exchange and reflect on circus arts at an international level. Complete the form before midnight March 8, 2019 (French time).

Casting Call for female artist – Cirque du Soleil, Florida USA
Cirque du Soleil is looking for a female circus artist or dancer to play the lead role of a 12 year-old female character in its new show in Orlando, Florida. Available for a minimum of 2 years starting September, 2019. Requirements and info.

30 Mar – Home Of The Arts: Discount code and circus gathering, Surfers Paradise
Join Circa Zoo, FFFC, Flipside, Circus Arts Byron Bay, Circus Stars, Spaghetti Circus, Vulcana and Aerial Angels and more at HOTA for a Circus Exchange and Circus Olympics after a relaxed performance of JUNK by Flying Fruit Fly Circus at 3pm, Sat 30 Mar. Use the discount code ‘Alice’ for $12.50 tickets to all shows. Book here. AND email for info on the gathering.


  • Erica McCalman steps down as Creative Producer at Next Wave.
  • Kathy Morrison finishes up as General Manager of Ilbijerri to work in the arts in Toronto.
  • Angela Salomon departs Arts SA to work with Multicultural Affairs at Government of SA.
  • Witness announces Jacob Boehme as 2019 First Nations Emerging Critic.
  • Ausdance National has cancelled the 2019 Australian Dance Awards.
  • Bryce Ives departs Theatre Works to work with Laureate Education as Senior Vice President and Chief Storyteller for their work in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Bangarra and the Victorian Government announce four-year partnership in Bendigo. More info.
  • Sarah Goodes has been appointed MTC Associate Artistic Director.
  • Jasmine Straga appointed to Fédération Mondiale du Cirque’s board of directors.
  • Shari Sebbens appointed Sydney Theatre Company’s new Richard Wherrett Fellow.
  • Dale Packard departs Regional Arts Victoria for General Manager role of Music Victoria.
  • Daniel Clarke departs Arts Centre Melbourne to work as Executive Producer of Programming at Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
  • The Tasmanian Theatre Council (TCT) announces Marcus Bower as the 2019 recipient of the Tasmanian Theatre Awards’ (The Errols) Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • MTC has announced the 2019 Women In Theatre participants. View names here.
  • VicHealth’s Chief Executive Officer, Jerril Rechter, will depart the organisation in March.
  • Tara Poole commences as Coordinator Creative City, City of Ballarat.
  • Lyn Wallis to finish up as Artistic Director/CEO of HotHouse and go freelance mid year.


Due West Program Coordinator, Footscray Community Arts Centre (VIC). Apps close 6 Mar.
Drama Program Manager, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (NT). Apps close 11 Mar.
Community Producer, Big hART (VIC). Apps close 8 Mar.
Casting Administrator, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apps close 6 Mar.
Producer – Q Theatre, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd (NSW). Apps close 13 Mar.
Marketing and Development Coordinator, Courthouse Youth Arts (VIC). Apps close 13 Mar.
Various roles, Bell Shakespeare (NSW). Apps close 8 Mar.
Public Engagement and Learning Manager, Dancenorth (QLD). Apps close 25 Mar.
Assistant Producer (Participation) and (Deadly Fringe), Melbourne Fringe (VIC). Apps close 11 Mar.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Circus Oz (VIC). Apps close 13 Mar.
Administration & Operations Coordinator, Next Wave Festival (VIC). Apps close 10 Mar.
Marketing & Communications Manager, Creative Partnerships Australia (VIC). Apps close 15 Mar.
Education Coordinator, Belvoir (NSW). Apps close 18 Mar.
Arts & Cultural Support Officer, Cairns Regional Council (QLD). Apps close 11 Mar.
Deputy Head of Set Construction, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apps close 14 Mar.
Program Coordinator, Canberra Youth Theatre (ACT). Apps close 8 Mar.
Communications Officer, Creative Victoria (VIC). Apps close 7 Mar.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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