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TNA E-News May 2017


TNA Annual General Meeting and Sector Studies Event
Our AGM will feature a quick report on TNA’s 2016 outcomes followed by brief updates on research undertaken by TNA, Deakin University, the University of Melbourne and Macquarie University. Join us at the TNA Office, 222 Bank St, South Melbourne, Tuesday 23 May 2017, 4pm – 5pm, followed by drinks and networking. Click here to RSVP or Nominate a Proxy by Friday 19 May.

AustralianPlays Playbox Series: Thieving Boy & Like Stars In My Hands by Timothy Conigrave continues to give TNA subscribers access to the ‘All Australian’ Playbox Collection, free of charge – to brush up on the rich Australian theatre repertoire. This month features Thieving Boy & Like Stars In My Hands by Timothy Conigrave. Happy play reading!


9 May – Midsumma Futures: Opportunity for early-career queer artists and culture makers
Midsumma Futures is a nine-month development and mentoring program for early-career artists and culture-makers from across Australia to develop their practice in a queer context with access to mentoring, workshops and peers. Applications close Tuesday 9 May. Though this is a national opportunity, note that Midsumma does not cover travel and accommodation costs. More info here.

29 May – Kate Challis RAKA Award for Best Stage Play by an Aboriginal or TSI writer – $20,000
The Australian Centre has announced the 2017 Kate Challis (RAKA) Award will be awarded to the best stage play by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer. The play must have been performed between January 2012 and January 2017. Applications close Monday 29 May. About the Award.

29 May – Artist Call Out for ‘Adhocracy’ – a creative development hothouse – Up to $4,000
Adhocracy is Vitalstatistix’s national creative development hothouse. Artists are invited to create, converse and critique in one space from Thursday 31 August to Sunday 3 September in Port Adelaide. Vitalstatistix is seeking proposals from artists across Australia with a special opportunity for additional funding for SA artists. EOIs close Monday 29 May. More info here.

6 June – Australia Council Grant Round closes
The next round of Australia Council grants will close on Tuesday 6 June 2017. Categories include Career Development for Individuals; Arts Projects for Individuals, Groups and Organisations; and Individual Fellowships. Click here for the full list of grants and requirements.

Creative Partnerships Australia – ‘Fundamentals of Fundraising’ National Workshops
Geared at emerging practitioners who want the basics of arts fundraising, philanthropy and sponsorship, and established arts workers who want a refresher, these workshops will be held throughout May in Launceston, Western Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Book your place.

Australia Council Arts Governance Program
How does your board prepare for the future? What is its role in monitoring artistic health? The Arts Governance Program is designed to help organisations thrive. Comprising a full day workshop for small-medium organisations and a webinar series, they will be presented nationally between May and November and cost $350 per organisation for a maximum of three people. Read more here.


4 May – City of Melbourne Grants – Info Sessions
City of Melbourne grants of up to $20,000 are open to artists and creatives across all disciplines. Free information sessions will run throughout May at various locations across Melbourne to assist in the grant writing process. View the full list of sessions here.

20 May – Apply now for 2017 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival
Emerging to mid-level artists are invited to apply for Poppy Seed Festival 2017. You bring the show, they provide venue, publicity, financial, logistical and marketing support. The 2017 festival takes place from 1 November to 9 December. Applications close on Saturday 20 May. More info here.

25 May – Creative Victoria announces a $300,000 Combatting Homophobia Initiative
The Combatting Homophobia initiative offers funding towards innovative projects of significance that will engage, challenge, educate and inspire the Victorian public and provide a fresh and meaningful way to communicate this message. Applications will be accepted online here. The deadline is Thursday 25 May 2017. Read about the initiative.

28 May – Groundwork: A public conversation about disability in performance and circus – Free
Women’s Circus will host an informal conversation with women identifying as having a disability who work in performance and circus. Themes include identity and the intersection of creative practice, disability and gender. All welcome, venue is wheelchair accessible, event is auslan interpreted. Sunday 28 May, 1pm – 4pm at Women’s Circus, West Footscray. Book your place.

6 Jun – Theatre Works Masterclass – Writing & Improvisation with Raimondo Cortese
Geared at mid-career and emerging artists, this masterclass focuses on performance writing for theatre. Develop a new performance work with Ranters Theatre’s Raimondo Cortese, Head of Masters in Playwriting, Victorian College of the Arts. Saturdays 10am-1pm on May 6th, May 20th, May 27th and June 3rd. More info here.

EOI Artist Opportunity – Arts House Desk at ACMI-X
Arts House has a hot desk at ACMI X; a co-working studio at Southbank. The space offers Wi-Fi, shared facilities and access to a curated events program. EOIs are for independent artists requiring desk space for their creative practice until 30 June 2017. Send an email to Arts House with your preferred weekly blocks (max 4 weeks) and a short description of your artistic project.

4 Jul – Apply for the 2018 VCAA Drama and Theatre Studies Playlists
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority is calling for applications for the 2018 Drama and Theatre Studies lists. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 4 July, 2017. Visit the VCAA website and click on the Playlist forms listed under ‘Curriculum’. About Drama | About Theatre

Victorian Government announces WorkHealth – mental health and wellbeing initiative
The $50 million fund from the Victorian Government will kickstart new initiatives and build on existing workplace mental health and wellbeing programs for arts organisations and workers. WorkHealth will be in operation early next year, but you can register your interest via the website.


Alliance of Artists Communities – 2017 Conference | Denver, Colorado
The Alliance of Artists Communities will gather arts leaders, funders, policy-makers, board members, educators and artists from across the globe for its Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado from 2 – 5 October, 2017. Topics include support for artists, community engagement and developing healthy organisations. Registrations open in June. More info here.

World Cultures Connect – New online platform for artists and arts organisations
World Cultures Connect (WCC) is a digital hub and international networking platform for the cultural and creative sectors. Designed as an online meeting place for cultural managers and creative professionals around the globe, the platform promotes work and services, knowledge sharing, and connecting with new partners, audiences and markets. About the network.


  • From Brisbane via New York and Bundanon, Theatre Network Australia is delighted to welcome artist, curator and producer Kieran Swann as Program Producer for a 6 month contract.
  • Deborah Stone finishes up as Editor of ArtsHub and will continue her commitment to the arts through freelance writing and communications work.
  • Director, Patrick Nolan, has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Opera Queensland.
  • Julie Amos appointed as General Manager of HotHouse Theatre.
  • Regional Arts Victoria announces Ros Abercrombie as Creative Producer of Artlands Victoria.
  • Queensland Theatre has announced Cairns-based artist, Isaac Drandic, as Resident Dramaturg.
  • Ebony Bott joins Patch Theatre as Executive Producer.
  • Rory Jeffes to commence as Chief Executive Officer of Opera Australia in July.
  • Sarah Gardner to step down from her role as founding Executive Director of IFACCA.
  • Rob Brookman and Torben Brookman join senior leadership team of the Adelaide Festival as Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director.


Australian playwright, arts advocate, political writer and activist, Michael Gurr, has passed away in Melbourne aged 55.


Executive Director, Belvoir (NSW). Apps close 5 May.
General Manager, Tracks Dance Company (NT). Apps close 14 May.
Company Manager, Lucy Guerin Inc (VIC). Apps close 10 May.
Executive Director, IFACCA (NSW). Apps close 30 May.
Marketing Manager, Ensemble Theatre (NSW). Apps close 26 May.
Communications Manager, Regional Arts Australia (NT or National). Apps close 19 May.
Production Manager, Chunky Move (VIC). Apps close 15 May.
Education Marketing Coordinator, Bell Shakespeare (NSW). Apps close 5 May.
Creative Producer, Families & Young People, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apps close 10 May.
Various roles, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apps close 10-15 May.
Head of Sponsorship, NIDA (NSW). Apps close 15 May.
Executive Director, International Festival of Arts & Ideas (USA).


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Compiled by Bethany Simons (in Vietnam) for Theatre Network Australia.
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