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TNA E-News – May 2021

Check out the TNA May 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.


TNA is Hiring!
TNA has a number of flexible short-term roles coming up, in communications, curation and producing. Contact GM Joshua Lowe if you want to work for our growing organisation, and are passionate about strengthening the performing arts in Australia.

TNA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 2021 Board Members
TNA held our AGM on 7 May online. Zainab Syed and Robyn Gawenda have joined TNA as new Board Members. We farewelled and thanked outgoing Board Members Brad Spolding (Founding Member), Catherine Jones, and Annette Vieusseux for their service to TNA and the sector.

TNA 2020 Annual Report
Our 2020 Annual Report celebrates the resilience and successes of both TNA and the sector amidst a very challenging year.

Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI): Regional Info Sessions
TNA will be hosting VIPI info sessions in Bendigo and Warrnambool in June. Dates TBC. Register your interest to attend by emailing VIPI Program Producer at

1000 x 1000: Crisis Cash EOIs
If you are an independent artist, producer or production crew in the performing arts and continue to be severely impacted by COVID-19, Crisis Cash EOIs remain open, offering one-off emergency payments of $1,000.


18 May – Open Call: Performance Art Week Aotearoa (PAWA)
Small fee for participating performance artists to showcase work, accommodation provided. Festival Dates: 10th – 14 Nov, Wellington, NZ, in-person only festival. Submit PAWA proposal. 

20 May – Frankston Arts Centre HATCH Workshop Series for Artists
Online and in-person workshops to help artists level-up their arts business knowledge and improve professional arts skills. Upcoming: I Hate Networking! 20 May, 7 – 9pm, Online, $15. View all HATCH workshops.

21 May – Creative Partnerships LIFT COVID Mentorships
Offers 16 arts fundraising or organisational management mentorships, providing expert advice, one-on-one guidance and building capacity to navigate COVID-19 impacts.

23 May – Nominations: Australian Production Design Guild (APDG) Awards
APDG Awards open to designers working across stage, interactive multimedia, film and television.
Entry fees begin at $35 and you must be an APDG member.

31 May – Hip Hop Dance Almanac: Call for Articles
A media platform that commissions and archives stories and voices of people working in Hip Hop dance in the UK and internationally. Seeking longform written content (1500-3500 words), deep-dives on specific topics and perspectives on Hip Hop dance. Payment: £150 – £350 per article.

31 May – Arts Sustainability Fund
Arts Sustainability Fund supports Australian Government funded arts organisations to remain solvent, by providing the necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from COVID-19 impacts.

1 Jun – On Residence: Dancehouse’s New Residency Program
On Residence offers independent dance artists time, space and cash to create and connect with Dancehouse’s network of dance-loving organisations and their communities in outer-metropolitan and regional Victoria and NSW.

1 Jun – Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund
Playing Australia supports the net touring and other designated costs associated with tours. No limit on the amount that can be requested.

20 Jun – Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships Nominations
The fellowships provide unrestricted grants of $160,000 tax-free over 2 years to individual artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities. Specific outcomes are not required. Nominees must be early mid-career, in the first 7 to 15 years of their practice.

5 Jul – Arts Tasmania Community Arts and Cultural Development Grants
Up to $30,000 for artists to partner with communities to develop and deliver community arts and cultural development (CACD) activities with and for communities.

NT Arts and Culture Professional Development Grant
Up to $2,000 for participation and showcasing at workshops, arts industry forums, or national markets and showcasing events. Open all year until funding is expended.

Eventide Conversations: Arts Advocacy – We Are Essential
Moderated by TNA’s Rani Pramesti, this panel discussion featured Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Boomerang and Spear, Diversity Arts Australia, and Our Hong Kong Foundation. Presented by Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association and Australian Performing Arts Market. Watch video recording if you missed it live.

StageCenta Theatre App
Australian theatre show guide and theatre ticketing platform. Register your information and shows for free.


Easing of Restrictions and Changes to QR Code Service Use
From 28 May, density quotients of 1 person per 2sqm will be lifted for small-to-medium sized venues. Venues 400sqm and below can have up to 200 people per space without any density limit, provided COVID marshals are on site ensuring all patrons check in to each space. Larger spaces still need to observe density limits. All venues and businesses are also required to undertake electronic record keeping, and must use the Victorian Government QR Code Service through the Service Victoria app. Read full announcement. 

16 May – Forté Mentorship Program
Forté Mentorship supports 5 independent artists from the West to work with a mentor to build knowledge, skills and professional networks. Open to all career stages, and specifically supports artists who identify as First Nations, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, and/or D/deaf or Disabled. Mentees, Mentors and Mentees/Mentors with a self-generated relationship may apply.

25 May – Regional Arts Victoria (RAV): EOIs for 2022 Touring Programs
RAV seeks artists and companies for their touring programsConnecting Places offers professional development to community presenters alongside a program of touring works that are accessible and affordable. Arts & Education is an incursion-based program designed to bring arts experiences to young people across Victoria.

28 May – White Night EOIs
EOIs open for White Night Bendigo and Geelong in the categories of Installation, Visual Art, Lighting, AV, Projection, Film, Music and Performance.

31 May – HillsceneLIVE Seeks Producers to Join Creative Leadership Committee
The committee curates and coordinates this live art festival program in the Dandenong Ranges. Stipend of $750.

15 Jun – City of Melbourne (CoM) Annual Arts Grants
CoM Annual Arts Grants provides up to $20,000 for arts projects and residencies, including online projects and creative developments.


12 May – Shifting and Stirring #10: PORTRAIT: The subtext of identity
Shifting and Stirring is a series of online workshops for artists and arts organisations working with children and families. Facilitated by Roy Weiland & Uncle Richard Campbell, this PORTRAIT workshop is a collaborative process which fosters a dialogue about what makes up a person’s identity. 12 May, 11am – 1pm AWST, Free.

1 Jul – Carclew Fellowship Program
Up to $10,000 for emerging artists and arts workers aged 26 years or under to undertake professional development, which includes: Arts career building; Skills development; Exploring new art form practice, methods and techniques; or Research towards creative development. Minimum of one Fellowship will be awarded to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant.


16 May – Circostrada LAB #6
Co-organised with Imaginarius – International Street Theatre Festival, CS LAB #6 runs 25 – 26 May with a focus on adaptability and mental health. Online program is open to all, including 3 keynote sessions. Registrations close 16 May.

21 May – International Circus Awards Submissions: Information Session
The inaugural awards recognises companies, artists, and circus producers from around the globe for their outstanding achievements. 1st info session: 21 May, 9am AEST. A 2nd info session will be held on 3 June. You are not required to attend an info session to put in a submission.


  • Zainab Syed is stepping down as Producer at Performing Lines WA to take up the role of Producer at Belvoir St Theatre.
  • Margie Breen has been appointed as Director of Theatre Network NSW.
  • Corrugated Iron Youth Arts has announced Kelly Blumberg as General Manager.
  • Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) announces Anne-Louise Sarks as its first female Artistic Director.
  • Kane Forbes has joined Mona Foma as its Executive Producer.
  • Caitlin Comerford and Kyall Shanks have been announced as Co-Artistic Directors of the 2021 Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF).
  • Tim Munro will step down as CEO of Hobart’s Theatre Royal later this year.
  • Thomas Caldwell has joined St Martin’s Youth Art Centre as General Manager.
  • Joseph O’Farrell (aka JOF) has been announced as the Creative Director of Victoria’s White Night Bendigo and White Night Geelong.
  • Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (BREC) has announced the appointment of Meg Shields to the new role of Program Manager.
  • Jana Gibson, Head of Member Services APRA AMCOS, will step down from her role at the end of June.
  • Monica Stevens is the new Creative Producer of JUTE Theatre Company.
  • Natalie Bell steps down as Executive Producer of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre to take up a role of Head of Production at Prospero Productions.
  • West Australian Ballet has appointed Olivier David as Executive Director.
  • Melbourne Fringe has announced a series of new appointments: Michelle Tseng as Marketing Campaigns Manager; Adam Valentine as Publicist & Copywriter; Ashleigh Morris as Program Coordinator, Artist and Venues; and Eden Cotter-Longworth as Executive Assistant.
  • Regional Arts Victoria has announced Jacquelin Low as Director of Operations.
  • Perth’s FRINGE WORLD Festival has announced a refresh of its core team. Ruth Morris is appointed as Head of Programming, Courtney Meagher is appointed as ARTRAGE Cinema and Project Producer, and Justin Marshman is appointed ARTRAGE Creative Producer.
  • Westside Circus will rebrand as Circus Nexus.
  • Sylvie Guillem joins Sydney Choreographic Centre as International Patron.


Producer, Lucy Guerin Inc (VIC). Apply by 12 May.
Festival Assistant, Moreland City Council (VIC). Apply by 12 May.
Coordinator, Program & Curatorial, City of Port Phillip (VIC). Apply by 13 May.
Indigenous Production Trainee, Bangarra Dance Theatre (NSW). Apply by 14 May.
Emerging Indigenous Producer – Paid Mentorship, RMIT Indigenous-led Participatory Arts Project (VIC). Apply by 15 May.
Programming Coordinator, Sydney Opera House (NSW). Apply by 16 May.
Social Media Coordinator – Chinese Audiences, Sydney Opera House (NSW). Apply by 16 May.
Dance Curators, Dancehouse (VIC). Apply by 17 May.
Coordinator, Schools Engagement, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 17 May.
Associate Producer, Brisbane Festival (QLD). Apply by 17 May.
Donor Communications & Campaigns Manager, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 17 May.
Sustainability Coordinator, RISING Festival (VIC). Apply by 17 May.
Head of Lighting, Merrigong Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 17 May.
Marketing Coordinator, Hayes Theatre Co (NSW). Apply by 17 May.
Theatre Operator Intermediate, City of Parramatta (NSW). Apply by 17 May.
Finance & Operations Manager, Bangarra Dance Theatre (NSW). Apply by 18 May.
Associate Producer, Ilbijerri / APAM (VIC). Apply by 18 May.
Administrative Assistant (Indigenous Applicants only), Wilin Centre – University of Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 19 May.
Creative Programs Manager, State Library of Victoria (VIC). Apply by 20 May.
Venue Technical Coordinator, Sydney Dance Company (NSW). Apply by 20 May.
Board Members, Outer Urban Projects (VIC). Apply by 21 May.
Development Manager, Red Stitch Theatre (VIC). Apply by 21 May.
First Nations Cultural Consultancy, Geelong Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 21 May.
Production Manager, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 21 May.
Associate Producer (Perth Office), Performing Lines (WA). Apply by 23 Mar.
Visitor Services Coordinator, Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD). Apply by 23 May.
Marketing and Administration Coordinator, Performance Space (NSW). Apply by 23 May.
Lighting Technician, Sydney Opera House (NSW). Apply by 23 May.
Service Coordinator, Description Victoria (VIC). Apply by 24 May.
Board Member, Women’s Circus (VIC). Apply by 24 May.
Voice & Text Coach, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 24 May.
Venue Manager, Browns Mart Theatre (NT). Apply by 28 May.
Program Leader, Blue Mountains Theatre (NSW). Apply by 30 May.
Company Dancer Open Auditions, Sydney Dance Company (NSW). Apply by 4 Jun.
Office Manager, Performing Lines / Tasmania Performs (TAS). Apply by 6 Jun.
Executive Producer, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (WA). Apply by 21 Jun.
Board Members, Outback Theatre for Young People (NSW, but applicants can be based interstate).


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.
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