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TNA E-News – March 2021

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.


We are hiring a new General Manager
Due to the growth of our organisation, TNA is advertising a full-time General Manager role for a 3-year contract. Applications close 15 Mar.

Congratulations to TNA’s Outgoing General Manager Simone Schinkel
Simone has been appointed CEO of Music Victoria! In her 4+ years at TNA, she has driven organisational growth, co-developed many new programs, cared for members so warmly (especially during COVID), and smartened TNA up with a new office, branding, systems and policies. We thank Simone for her excellent work and we wish her well in her new role.

Australian Theatre Forum (ATF) 2021 Announcement
ATF will proceed in 2021 in a deconstructed, COVID responsive way. There will be 5 events across the year – 3 in person, and 2 online. The in-person events are designed so that if borders close, the event can be hyper-local, with online elements where appropriate. Read about the 5 events and changes to ATF in 2021.

Panel Discussion: “Creative Associations: Should You Join?”
TNA’s Rani Pramesti was on a City of Ballarat panel with other peak bodies discussing the merits of joining a peak body or association. Watch the video recording – TNA is at 20:35. And join TNA as a member for as little as $33 a year!


2021 ASSITEJ World Congress/ MIRAI Festival for Theatre for Young Audiences
Australians can attend the virtual event, including Productions On Demand, a Professional Exchange Programme, the General Assembly, Congress Ceremonies, and Networking Events. Dates: 22 – 31 Mar. Full program available by 12 Mar.

Back to Back CAMP International Workshops
Join workshops run by contemporary artists from around the world and work alongside Back to Back’s ensemble. Open to everyone with or without disability, Thursdays and Saturdays in March. Positions limited and bookings essential.

8 Mar – Regional Arts Australia: Regional Assembly Program EOIs
Artist-led online studio program for 10 mid-career artists working in regional and remote locations. Artists receive a fee to participate in 8 sessions across the year, connecting them through works in progress, development practice and theory.

11 Mar – Lots of PACT Artist Opportunities!
Read the full pack which covers Residencies, Emerging Producers Program, Extra! Extra! and Hyperlocal Program. All are paid opportunities and EOIs close 24 Mar. Info Session on 11 Mar.

11 Mar – Brand X Site-Responsive Residency (Sydney)
Create 7-minute individual performances in hotel rooms above the pub to be performed multiple times over a 2-night season on 12 & 13 Apr. $1,500 Artist Fee + $1,250 Stipend to cover production costs. More info. Also check out Brand X’s upcoming professional development workshops.

15 Mar – Touring Queensland Fund
Supports the delivery of high quality, tour-ready work to and from regional QLD communities. Various streams for artists-in-residence, single tours, multi-tours or quick response grants. Funding ranges from $20,000 – $200,000.

15 Mar – NT Arts and Culture Grants
Creative Fellowships: Up to $20,000 to support established NT artists/ arts workers to undertake research or professional development. Arts Residencies and Skills Exchanges: Up to $10,000 to support early and mid-career artists/ arts workers to access professional development, skills exchanges and mentoring.

15 Mar – NAIDOC Week Local Grants
Supports communities to celebrate the histories, cultures, achievements, and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through events and activities. NAIDOC Week: 4 – 11 Jul.

22 Mar – Helpmann Academy Creative Boost Grants (SA)
Supports emerging artists with grants of up to $1,000. Artists may purchase essential services or pay immediate costs, develop small projects, build digital skills or audiences.

24 Mar – Apply for 2021 Season at Blue Room Theatre (WA)
Opportunities for new works to be programmed from Aug – Dec 2021. Development Season Productions receive $2,500 cash seed fund, alongside box office split and access to mentorship fund. Applicants must be members of Blue Room.

26 Mar – Varuna Writer’s Space Fellowships for D/deaf or Disabled Writers
In-person residency fellowships or online fellowships available, running from 6 – 20 Sep. Funding of $1,100 to fit individual needs, plus group and one-on-one sessions.

31 Mar – Blacktown Arts Creative Arts Fund (Sydney)
Up to $3,000 (orgs) / $2,000 (individuals/ groups) to develop arts and cultural programs with local communities. Individuals/groups may also use funds for professional development activities. Applicants must be based locally.

Seeking Interviewers and Interviewees for Pacesetters Creative Archives
The archives chronicle the histories of creative practice of migrant, refugee and culturally diverse arts practitioners in Australia. Seeking established arts practitioners to be interviewed AND writers to do the interviewing.

Creating Out Loud: Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship
This fellowship aims to address COVID-19 impact on the arts by developing a sustainable peer coaching program in QLD. Led by Dr Kate Power, in collaboration with Queensland Ballet, La Boite and ArtsNexus. TNA is on an industry reference group guiding this research.

31 May – COVID-19 Federal Arts Sustainability Fund
‘Last resort’ funding for significant government funded organisations that are at imminent risk of insolvency, having taken all reasonable action to maintain their financial position.

Getting the Show back on the Road Stream A (WA)
Up to $150,000 to ease financial risks for organisations, producers and presenters, festival organisers and commercial companies to stage a show or tour. No closing date, but must apply at least 25 working days before project start date.

Arts Wellbeing Collective Resource: Tour Well for Tour Managers
Practical suggestions, evidence-based tips, and real life examples for designing and delivering tours that promote positive mental health for the whole company.

Arts Matters: Chamber of Arts and Culture WA New Advocacy Website
A new platform to highlight key issues, policy priorities, research, and resources in support of the arts and culture sectors. Get involved by bringing these issues to the attention of your representatives in parliament, especially in lead up to the state election on 13 Mar.

Catch up on FLOCK #21: Indie Artists and Money
Group brainstorm hosted by Performing Lines WA, with David Pledger and Daisy Sanders. Discussion was on universal basic income, government funding, artists looking after each other and artists within arts sector structures. Watch and listen here. 


Support for Businesses Impacted by Circuit Breaker
Victorian small businesses (including sole traders) impacted by the coronavirus circuit-breaker action may benefit from grants of $2,000. Sole traders must be registered for GST.

7 Mar – Melbourne Fringe Common Rooms Opportunities
New Voices Commission offers $15,000 for an emerging playwright to create a new work that responds to the history and values of Trades Hall. Support also includes mentorship, space, free festival registration, priority programming at the Festival Hub. | Artist-in-Residence EOIs: Offering 5 paid residencies ($5,000 + 16 days of rehearsal space) to support the development of new work.

18 Mar – Regional Arts Fund Program Grants
Project and Skills Development Grants offer up to $30,000. Small Festival Grants offer up to $6,000 for small volunteer run festivals to employ a professional regionally based worker. Regional Arts Fund Fellowship offers up to $20,000 for self-directed programs that build artists capacity to sustain a career in regional Victoria. Apply through Regional Arts Vic (RAV).

5 Apr – La Mama Banksia Festival EOI
Banksia Festival will be a four-day celebration from 21 – 24 Oct to mark the reopening of La Mama on Faraday Street. Proposals are sought from artists across all artforms. The theme is Rebirth.


Quick Survey: Are you going to the 20th ASSITEJ World Congress/ MIRAI Festival online?
As the event approaches, TNA wants to know if you’re planning to attend (online) and how much you’d be willing to pay. We have the option to bulk buy tickets to reduce the price from $125 to as little as $55, so we need some info from you in this 3-question survey.

9 Mar – Spark Youth Theatre Ensemble Auditions
Young people aged 16 – 25 are paid a small fee to work & perform together over one year. Selected participants go straight into a rehearsal period, ready for presentation in Apr – May. Audition dates: 5 – 9 Mar, Callbacks: 10 Mar.

21 Mar – Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP): Martin-Lysicrates Prize for Playwrights
Submit the first 10-15 minutes of a new play for young people aged 11-14. The winning playwright will receive a commission of $12,000, as well as work closely with ATYP to develop the script from first draft to completion.

25 Mar – SIGNAL Young Creatives Lab
Up to $8,000 for artists aged 18 – 25 to realise projects. Also includes in-kind venue and producing support, sessions with a mentor, and additional funding for access requirements. More info.

26 Mar – Artplay New Ideas Lab EOIs
$10,000 – $20,000 to develop new work for children (babies to 12 years), especially where children and/or families are co-creators.

3 Apr – Platform Arts (Geelong) Opportunities
Audition for the performance ensemble: Seeking artists aged 9- 26 interested in devising and performing experimental new works. EOIs open till 3 Apr, auditions run between 4 Apr and 4 May. |
Apply for the LAB which supports emerging artists with funding, space, professional development intensives and mentorship.


Circostrada Publication: “Circus in Africa: An Ivorian Perspective”
Documents the context, knowledge, meetings and the experience gained through the 2020 Ivory Coast gathering organised by Circostrada.

En Piste Survey Report: Impacts of COVID-19 on the Canadian Circus Sector
Results from a second survey in December on the impact of the pandemic.


  • Music Victoria has appointed Simone Schinkel as CEO. Simone moves on from her job as TNA General Manager.
  • Jenna Mathie has been announced as NORPA’s Executive Producer.
  • The National Theatre Melbourne has appointed Sarah Hunt as CEO.
  • Bureau of Works farewells Freya McGrath, who takes up a new role as Associate Producer at Polyglot Theatre. They welcome Xavier O’Shannessy as new Associate Producer.
  • Jennifer Greer Holmes has joined Vitalstatistix as part-time Executive Producer for 2021.
  • Metro Arts has appointed Genevieve Trace to the role of General Manager.
  • Griffin Theatre Company has announced the appointment of Julieanne Campbell as its Executive Director.
  • Creative Partnerships Australia has announced Christina Chiam as State Manager for NSW and ACT.
  • Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company has announced the appointment of Drew Wootton as Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager.
  • David Pledger has been appointed as the inaugural Program Curator for Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) SPECTRA 2021.
  • Theatre Royal Sydney has announced a management team for the theatre: Jono Perry as General Manager; Nick Cook as Technical Manager; Houri Tapiki as Head of Customer Experience.
  • Philanthropists Carillo Gantner and Ziyin Wang Gantner have been jointly awarded the 2019 and 2020 Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Asia Medals.
  • Australia Council appoints Franchesca Cubillo as Executive Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts.
  • Freya Waterson has stepped down as Chunky Move’s Senior Producer to focus on her independent practice.
  • Opera Australia has announced that CEO Rory Jeffes intends to step down from his role.
  • No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability has announced the appointment of Kerry Ireland as Creative Producer.
  • The Australian Ballet has announced the retirement of two Principal Artists, Andrew Killian and Kevin Jackson.


General Manager, TNA (VIC). Apply by 15 Mar.
Artistic Director, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 5 Mar.
Executive Producer, MONA (TAS). Apply by 5 Mar.
Resident Directors, C!RCA (QLD). Apply by 5 Mar.
Administrator (First Nations identified), C!RCA (QLD). Apply by 7 Mar.
Production Manager, C!RCA (QLD). Apply by 7 Mar.
Philanthropy & Sponsorship Manager, Sydney Fringe (NSW). Apply by 7 Mar.
Festival Manager, Sydney Fringe (NSW). Apply by 7 Mar.
Program Manager, Adult Programs, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 7 Mar.
Logistics Manager, Arts Centre Melbourne. Apply by 7 Mar.
Lighting Technician, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 8 Mar.
Office & Administration Coordinator, Dancenorth (QLD). Apply by 8 Mar.
Creative Producer, Families & Children, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 10 Mar.
Experience Manager, Burrinja Cultural Centre (VIC). Apply by 10 Mar.
Head of Marketing, Sydney Contemporary (NSW). Apply by 10 Mar.
Head of Partnerships, Sydney Contemporary (NSW). Apply by 10 Mar.
Ticketing Manager, Darwin Festival (NT). Apply by 14 Mar.
Special Events Producer, Darwin Festival (NT). Apply by 14 Mar.
Business and Project Manager, Outback Theatre for Young People (NSW). Apply by 14 Mar.
Marketing and Audience Development Coordinator, PVI Collective (WA). Apply by 18 Mar.
Program Coordinator, Artists and Venues (targeted position for a Deaf or Disabled person), Melbourne Fringe (VIC). Apply by 21 Mar.
Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Diversity Arts Australia (NSW). Apply by 21 Mar.
Access Coordinator, Sydney Fringe (NSW). Apply by 21 Mar.
Board Member, Outback Theatre for Young People (NSW). Apply by 21 Mar.
Staging Manager, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 22 Mar.
Box Office Supervisor, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (WA). Apply by 22 Mar.
CEO, 100 Story Building (VIC). Apply by 25 Mar.
Outreach and Engagement Producer, La Mama (VIC). Apply by 5 Apr.
Online Creative Producer, La Mama (VIC). Apply by 5 Apr.
First Nations Producer/ Curator, La Mama (VIC). Apply by 5 Apr.


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.

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