TNA Announces APAF Dates and Curator
We’re pleased to announce that we will be presenting the seventh Australian Performing Arts Forum (APAF) (formerly Australian Theatre Forum, ATF) from 13-15 September 2023 in Brisbane in association with Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse. We’re thrilled to appoint Sanja Simić as Curator, who will work alongside the TNA team, partners, and guest speakers/facilitators to deliver the three-day forum. Save the date!
Travel/Accommodation Support for Indies to Attend APAF
TNA will once again invite indies to apply for a subsidised place at APAF ($121). We will also help you seek support from your state for travel/accom. Here are the opportunities we already know about. Tasmanians can apply to TNA by Friday 10 March to get a subsidised spot so you can then apply to Arts Tas’ ArtsBridge by 27 March. EOIs for indies in other states/territory will open in the coming weeks.
3 & 24 March – Force Majeure’s INCITE Professional Development (NSW)
Introductory 2-day masterclass in dance theatre making for all artists, and a two-week intensive with Artistic Director Danielle Micich for mid-career/established artists. $180 for masterclass, $1,050 for intensive. Applications close 3 March and 24 March respectively.
5 March – Testing Grounds: Collaborative Lab (NSW)
Two-day intensive cross-artform collaboration between writers and artists to form an idea of a work. Participants will hear from speakers working in the field and receive $1,150 participation fee.
6 March – Q Theatre Lab Residencies (NSW)
$2,500 for a Western Sydney artist to create new work at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith.
7–28 March – Sydney Theatre Company’s Professional Learning Series for Teachers (NSW)
For Secondary Drama and English teachers to develop skills facilitating Individual projects in directing and performance. From working with actors, to preparing and rehearsing a monologue with your student. $80 per session.
10 March – Australian Plays Transform’s Paid Theatre Mentorships (TAS)
For emerging First Nations, CaLD, and POC dramaturgs, storytellers, or playwrights based in lutruwita/Tasmania. One stream for dramaturgs, one stream for playwrights. The program requires 33-35 hours total attendance and participants receive a fee of $1,200.
10 March – APAM Gathering Profile EOIs at RISING
Profiles are 2-5 min pitch presentations by AU and NZ performing artists, collectives, and orgs, delivered to registered participants of the APAM Gathering at RISING in June 2023.
13 March – La Boite’s Masterclass: Writing for Theatre (QLD)
Explores the process of writing for stage and how to share it with a theatre company like La Boite, with celebrated playwright, Lewis Treston. Tickets from $13.50.
13 March – Accessible Arts’ Next Level Creative Mentorships (NSW)
Provides artists who are d/Deaf or live with a disability from NSW access to a mentorship within a performing arts org and $3,000 in project funding. Partnering orgs include Merrigong, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Opera House.
14 March – Accessible Arts x Arts Law: Artists’ Rights 101
Free online workshop with Arts Law, discussing how to protect your work, where to get help, and what happens when you make art with other artists.
16 March – Playlab Theatre’s Transmission EOIs (QLD)
Professional development for emerging playwrights from regional Queensland, with a series of online workshops covering structure, character, dialogue, and story pitching skills.
17 March – Women’s Leadership Program Scholarships
7-month program with 1-hour coaching sessions, designed for women in leadership roles or aspiring to further develop their leadership effectiveness. Successful participants pay a subsidised cost of $490.
19 March – La Boite’s Assembly
Skills development for emerging actors, writers, and directors in their first five years of practice. Some will be selected to work towards two nights of public outcomes at the end. Costs $325 per participant. Several bursaries are available for target groups.
24 March – International Society for the Performing Arts’ Pitch New Works
Accepting applications for Pitch New Works at the Manchester 2023 ISPA Congress in June 27–30 2023, a forum to share new performing arts projects. $50 USD non-refundable fee upon application.
27 March – Arts Tasmania Grants (TAS)
Artsbridge supports TAS artists travelling for arts and cultural opportunities (see APAF opportunity above), and for orgs to bring professionals to TAS for arts and cultural activities. Education residencies provide $10,000 for artists to work in secondary and regional primary schools.
16 March – La Boite Writers Meet and Greet (QLD)
Playwrights can meet with La Boite’s Programming Team to discuss their work and potential development opportunities. 15-minute slots across 28–29 March. You will need to submit a completed first draft of the work to be considered.
5 May – Queensland Dance Education Conference 2023 (QLD)
One-day professional development event for dance educators and teachers in QLD, produced by Ausdance QLD. Program includes Cultural Capability in Dance workshop, De-mystifying the National Child Safety Principles panel, and more. Tickets cost $250.
March–May – Dana Waranara Digital Feedback Sessions
Bringing together artists, producers and presenters interested in supporting First Nations choreographers to create, present and tour more productions. Blakdance is now accepting registrations of interest from peers, presenters, producers, and programmers to attend the Critical Response Process sessions as responders.
PAC Australia – Panel, Advisory Group, Speaker and Peer Reviewer Call Out
PAC is seeking peers for a range of panels, advisory groups, peer reviewers, observerships and speaking opportunities. Indies are paid.
Attending Prague Quadrennial 2023?
Leading this year’s Australian Contingent of the Prague Quadrennial will be designer Jacob Nash. If you’re planning to attend, the PQAU23 team would love to hear from you. Email Xavier O’Shannessy at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook Group.
The Patternmakers has released a report on how the pandemic has changed audience accessibility, and research on the power of youth arts.
Research on Valuing the Arts in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
By Australia Council and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage on the contribution of the arts to wellbeing, public value and social inclusion in AU and NZ. You can read the full report.
6 March – LGI’s Dance Dialogues: Retrospection and Emergence w/ Adrian Heathfield
Free discussion as part of FRAME on the differences between visual arts and theatrical traditions of spectating, and what it might mean for dance practice to recover dances past.
15 March – Office for Women Victoria Scholarships for Diploma of Governance
The Institute of Community Directors Australia’s program on governance training to help women advance their board careers. All women in VIC with prior experience serving, or a desire to serve, on Government or not-for-profit boards can apply. The Office for Women Victoria are offering full scholarships valued at $4,500.
19 March – Melbourne Fringe Fund
Round 1 is now open: Two Hundred Seats Grant provides $25,000 and guaranteed programming in the ETU Ballroom in Trades Hall, Cash to Create Grants provides $10,000 to create something new for Fringe, and Malthouse Tower Commission provides $25,000 and free venue hire.
20 March – Regional Arts Fund Project Grants
Up to $30,000 for arts projects, professional development for artists and arts workers, and community capacity building projects.
20 March – City of Melbourne Grants
Up to $10,000 Community Event Grants for not-for-profit orgs to support the needs of diverse communities in the municipality; up to $20,000 Inclusive Communities Grants for not-for-profit orgs or schools to support community connection, social inclusion, access, and participation for City of Melbourne residents.
20 March – Creative Spaces Shop 54 EOI
A short-term shopfront opportunity in North Melbourne open to artists looking for a space to work, exhibit or sell. Proposals that enliven shop frontage and include a high level of public access and engagement will be prioritised.
24 March – Besen Family Foundation Arts & Culture Grants
Up to $10,000 grants. The org must be based in VIC or must be proposing to use the funds for the benefit of Victorians.
2 April – FUSE Fund 2024
Between $1,000–$15,000 grants for Darebin-based artists and community orgs to present as part of FUSE in Autumn/Spring 2024.
14 April – City of Stonnington Arts and Cultural Grants
Applicants can apply for grants up to $20,000, up to $60,000, in-kind venue hire to Chapel Off Chapel, and other City of Stonnington venues, and triennial grants for activities from 2023–2026. Open to orgs, community groups and individuals.
ASSITEJ STUFF – Youth Arts & Young Audiences
7 March – AWESOME’s Creative Challenge Artist-in-Residency Program (WA)
For two artists with experience working with young people to work in a regional and remote WA community for up to two weeks. Residencies are process driven and aim to amplify the voices of children.
13 March – ATYP’s Fresh Ink National Mentoring Program
For emerging writers in for performance based in Cairns, Sydney, Hobart, or Darwin aged 18–26 to produce two short works for the stage and receive mentorship to hone their skills.
18 March – DRILL Performers Call Out
DRILL seeks performers aged 9–25 to participate in the creation and production of AGE in Hobart. There is a $250 membership fee to join the Junior or Senior Company, but bursaries are available.
27 March – ArtPlay New Ideas EOIs
Up to $20,000, and venue/development space for artists to develop new projects for children and families at ArtPlay.
La Mama’s Youth Led Ensemble
There are places available in the Youth Led Ensemble, for 12–18-year-old theatre lovers to make friends and build their skills as young artists. Free to attend with weekly sessions.
PYT Fairfield’s After School Pilots (NSW)
Free drop-in classes in theatre-making and performing for anyone aged 14–18 during school term.
CIRCUS AND PHYSICAL THEATRE (CAPT) STUFF
12 March – Gasworks’ Circus Showcase
Seeking artists and collectives to present 10–15-minute acts, with shortlisted acts to perform for one night. Artists receive rehearsal space and technical support.
13 March – NICA x Fringe Commission
$20,000 commission open to independent circus artists across AU to present a brand-new work at NICA during this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.
3 April – NICA x Fringe Circus Hub
NICA will become a Circus Hub during Melbourne Fringe, meaning it will also support independent artists and small to medium companies to present works in their venue. Fixed venue hire costs are waived in favour of a 60% box office split.
16 April – Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ Under Construction Residencies
Circus artists across AU receive $3,000 and in-kind support, free accommodation and 2-weeks access to rehearsal space to develop and perform new work. Victorian artists receive additional $5,000, and the opportunity to be considered for a $20,000 commission.
Brisbane Circus Centre
Flipside Circus has officially opened their new, purpose-built hub for circus artists in QLD. The first ever production in the Brisbane Circus Centre is ‘From Little Things’ running from 2–11 March.
- After 17 years as Senior Producer of the Tasmanian office of Performing Lines, AnnetteDowns is leaving the organisation to spend time with family.
- Sally Noonan has been appointed the new co-CEO and Executive Director at Melbourne Theatre Company.
- Following 15 years of service, Tricia Walton will complete her role as Chief Executive at Carclew in March. Recruitment for the new Chief Executive is underway.
- Hayden Tonazzi has been appointed the new Artistic Associate at Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP).
- Sarah Kirkham has been appointed the new Executive Director at Australasian Dance Collective.
- Philippa Maughan has finished up as Program Manager at Regional Arts WA.
- Callum McClean has finished up as Executive Assistant at Adelaide Festival.
- Thea Baumann has been appointed the new Artistic Director and CEO at 4A.
- Britt Guy has been appointed the new Creative Producer at Tracks Dance.
- Artistic director Lindy Hume AM will be stepping down at Ten Days on the Island; this year’s will be her last festival.
- APHIDS has announced the APHIDS Triad, made up of artists Sammaneh Pourshafighi, Amaraa Raheem and Amrita Hepi. The Triad will assist in programming decisions, offer community consultation and curatorial care to APHIDS projects and operations.
- Annette McLernon has stepped down as Director at FORM Dance Projects.
- Nescha Jelk is the new Development Coordinator at ActNow Theatre.
- Bec Dundas has been appointed the new Artistic Director at DRILL. Bec is currently acting Artistic Director for Stompin, and Associate Producer at Tasdance.
- Shannon Rush has been appointed Artistic Associate at State Theatre Company South Australia.
- After almost 10 years working as an independent producer, Erin Milne, Executive Producer at Bureau of Works has taken up the role of Programs Manager, Museums & Collections at the University of Melbourne. Bureau of Works will continue, with producers Xavier O’Shannessy and Freya McGrath, and Erin working one day a week.
- Melbourne Theatre Company has announced 12 new Artistic Associates that form their Advisory Council: Zindzi Okenyo, Zoë Coombs Marr, Tony Briggs, Kate Hood, Patricia Cornelius, Paul Jackson, Roshelle Fong, Sonya Suares, Amy Sole, Corey Saylor-Brunskill, Margot Morales, and Stephen Nicolazzo. Zoey Dawson has also joined MTC as their New Work Associate.
Multiple roles, Dark Mofo (TAS). Apply now.
Live Performance Programme Manager, The Rechabite (WA). Apply now.
Learning and Engagement Manager, Arts Wellbeing Collective, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 3 March.
Director of Development, Belvoir (NSW). Apply by 3 March.
Deputy Company Manager, Bell Shakespeare (NSW). Apply by 5 March.
Tour Administrator, RAV (VIC). Apply by 5 March.
Project & Programme Manager, Project Management Office, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 5 March.
Associate Producer, Programming, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 6 March.
Marketing Officer, La Boite (QLD). Apply by 6 March.
Executive Producer, FORM Dance Projects (NSW). Apply by 6 March.
Manager, Schools, Carclew (SA). Apply by 6 March.
Philanthropy Manager, Monkey Baa Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 7 March.
General Manager, Darlinghurst Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 8 March.
Touring Production Manager, Darlinghurst Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 8 March.
Production Manager, Darlinghurst Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 8 March.
Multiple roles, Victorian Opera (VIC). Apply by 10 March.
Deputy Head of Lighting, Michael Cassel Group (VIC). Apply by 10 March.
Brand Marketing Coordinator, Malthouse (VIC). Apply by 12 March.
Creative Producer, Western Edge Youth Arts (VIC). Apply by 12 March.
Marketing and Communications Director, Brisbane Festival (QLD). Apply by 13 March.
Volunteer Youth Board Member, L2R Dance (VIC). Apply by 14 March.
Chief Executive, Carclew (SA). Apply by 17 March.
Productions Assistant, Sydney Symphony Orchestra (NSW). Apply by 19 March.
Creative Director/CEO, Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (VIC). Apply by 19 March.
Creative Producer, Access & Inclusion, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 22 March.