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TNA E-News Nov 2018


Major Performing Arts Framework Consultation – What TNA is doing
TNA will write a submission and is currently seeking input from TNA Members. We encourage you to read the consultation paper and write a submission of your own by 26 Nov. Final consultations include a webcast on 22 Nov. Read about the MPA Framework and consultation process here.

Australian Theatre Forum (ATF) Review Complete – Changes and plans for 2019!
In response to sector changes and feedback, we will keep the focus on artists (55% of ATF attendees are artists), ensure diversity, continue the Independent EOI strategy, prioritise new voices and restructure the ATF model. We are working towards a 2019 forum! Stay tuned. For now, here are a few exciting changes:

  • ATF will be a key gathering place in the new APAM year-round operating model;
  • New international and practice-based streams;
  • Shared leadership model for the Artistic Direction of ATF;
  • A creative facilitation program (Deep Democracy) in the 6-month lead-up for a cohort of 10 leaders who will then co-curate and facilitate sessions.


7 Dec – NIACA Consultations and Feedback
Feedback on the National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority discussion paper close at 5pm (AEST) on Fri 7 Dec 2018. Have your say: respond to the discussion paper, complete the online survey, attend one of the First Nations consultation forums (for First Peoples only). Consultations will feed into a national gathering on First Nations arts and culture in the second half of 2019.

17 Dec – The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship for Women Artists – $100,000 each
This major new artist fellowship by Cavaliere’s Estate in partnership with ACCA, MONA and Carriageworks, will be granted to three female-identifying Australian artists working at the nexus of performance and installation. Any stage of practice is eligible. EOIs close 17 Dec 2018. More about the fellowship.

22 Nov – Australia Council – The Leadership Exchange in Perth and Broome, WA
Leadership Exchange invites local leaders to an interactive learning experience of workshops and forums to enhance their arts leadership skills. Registrations now open for Perth (22 Nov) and Broome (7 & 8 Dec). More info here.

Call Out for images – 365 Days: Australian Women Directing
Across 2019 the Australian Women Directors Alliance (AWDA) will post one image per day of Australian women artists as they direct and facilitate projects. Send your images and get involved in this visibility project. Download the project overview.

14 Dec – 2019 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship for dancers/choreographers
This fellowship supports the development of contemporary dance theatre. The 2019 fellowship is from 29 Jul – 25 Aug. Open to dancers/choreographers between the ages of 20 and 35. Applications close Fri 14 Dec 2018. More info.

Playwriting Australia: Playwright Forums in WA & SA
Playwrights in SA and WA are invited to discuss how Playwriting Australia can best support playwrights. WA Forum: Sat 8 Dec, 10am – 3pm at State Theatre Arts Centre, Perth. (Regional playwrights may be eligible for a travel bursary). SA Forum: Sat 15 Dec, 12pm – 5pm at Adelaide Festival Centre. Click here for both forums.

16 Nov – NT Artists – EOIs for Darwin Festival 2019 close this week
Northern Territory artists are invited to submit bold and innovative project and performance proposals for the 2019 Festival. Download the 2019 NT Artists Expression of Interest pack for details. Submissions close this Fri 16 Nov.

24 Nov – EOIs for All Conference’s ‘Parasite’: Experimental Arts Laboratory, Melbourne
Parasite is an experimental art lab for 40 participants from the independent sector. Curators Ema Tavola (Fiji) and Gabi Ngcobo (South Africa) will present diverse and innovative ideas that support the practices of living artists in Australia and beyond. 1-5pm on Sat 8 Dec 2018 at West Space, Bourke St, Melbourne. EOIs close 24 Nov. Apply here.

14-30 Nov – Platform Paper by Scott Rankin – National events
Scott Rankin’s Platform Paper, ‘Cultural Justice and the Right to Thrive‘ is published by Currency House has been launched with a series of national events. Remaining: Brisbane 14 Nov at La Boite; Canberra 15 Nov at National Museum Australia; Hobart 20 Nov at Hobart Book Shop; Melbourne23 Nov at Footscray Community Arts Hall; Adelaide 29 Nov at Adelaide Festival Centre; and Sydney 30 Nov at Museum of Contemporary Art.

21 Nov – Creating Queenlsand’s Future – Consultation in Brisbane
Have your say in response to Arts Queensland’s ‘Creating Queensland’s Future: Developing a 10-Year Roadmap’ for the arts, culture and creative sector discussion paper. This free public consultation is from 10am to 12pm on Wed 21 Nov at Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane.

19 Nov – Arts NT Project Round – Up to $20,000
Arts development grants offer support to the research, develop or create new work, arts projects or community cultural development projects. For activities starting Feb 2019. Read more.

14 Dec – Varuna’s Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers
Open to writers of all genres who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. One week fellowships are located at Varuna in the Blue Mountains, NSW and include accommodation, travel, full board, private writing space and access to a mentor. Apply by 14 Dec. Apply here.

26 Nov – Submissions now open for MELT: Festival of Queer Arts & Culture (QLD)
MELT celebrates LGBTIQ+ culture through a dynamic program of curated events featuring local, national and international artists and performances. Based at Brisbane Powerhouse, MELT runs from Fri 28 Jun – Sun 07 Jul 2019. Applications close 9am Mon 26 Nov. Read more.

Diversity Arts Australia Report: Voice, Agency and Integrity
This report compiles issues, experiences and potential solutions to entrenched barriers identified at the Beyond Tick Boxes symposium hosted by DARTS in 2017. View report here. Check out documentation from the symposium and report launch.

Live Performance Australia’s (LPA’s) Ticketing Code of Practice The latest edition of the LPA Ticketing Code came into effect on 1 Oct 2018. This is a best practice guide for the live entertainment industry about ticketing related matters. About the code.

22 Nov – Arts Queensland: Apply for Queensland Arts Showcase Program – $40k – $100k
The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) is a rolling fund accepting applications at any time, but its Arts Ignite program ($60k for new works; up to $40k in-kind venue support for Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts) closes on 22 Nov 2018 for 2019 projects.

14 Nov – NT Artists – ‘Creative in Residence’ Program – Up to $30,000
The Creative in Residence program offers support for three NT artists to take up a 3-6 month residency at a cultural venue in Alice Springs and Darwin as a professional development opportunity. Each residency has funding support of up to $30,000. Applications close 10 Dec 2018, for residencies starting from 1 Jul 2019.

Safe Theatres Resources
The Equity Foundation is currently hosting a series of sold out workshops and seminars in Australia with the world’s leading “intimacy coordinator” Ita O’Brien. Read about her work here. | The website for U.S. based Intimacy Directors International outlines a 5 pillar approach to rehearsal and performance practice.

Create NSW – Creating New Income Toolkit
Offering advice on how to build skills and capacity across philanthropy, sponsorship and crowdfunding, Create NSW’s Creating New Income Toolkit is aimed at helping small to medium arts, screen and cultural organisations to flourish. View the toolkit.


Creative Victoria – The First Peoples Creative Industries Traineeship
Creative organisations can now apply to be part of a new initiative providing First Peoples with pathways into the creative industries. The Traineeship is open to First Peoples aged 18 to 25 years. Host organisations must have capacity to offer trainees work opportunities for 6 to 12 months.

28 Nov – Workshop for the Blind & low vision community at Malthouse
Presented by Description Victoria, this workshop focuses on audience development and community engagement. Wed 28 Nov, 2pm – 5pm at Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse, Southbank. Cost: $75 Full | $45  Unfunded orgs, indie artists, and people with disability. More info.

10 Dec – Apply for the Lucy Guerin Inc Secondment Program 2019
This secondment offers an insight into the everyday activities and unique identity of Lucy Guerin Inc as the company prepares to premiere a new work at Dance Massive 2019. One week secondments from 4 Feb – 1 Mar 2019. Apply by 10 Dec. More info here.

4 Dec – Chamber Made’s new initiative for women artists: ‘Hi-Viz’
Hi-Viz is a practice exchange day for women artists working at the intersections of performance, sound and music. Held at The Substation, Newport on Tue 4 Dec from 10am – 4.30pm, open to emerging, mid-career and established artists. Tickets: Indies $25 | Funded orgs $75  More info.

26 Nov – Apply for Malthouse Theatre’s Vanguard program
Receive tickets to performances, attend conversations and events, connect with Malthouse team and artsits, contribute to cultural leadership discussions and build your network. Program is for 18 – 30yr olds. Apply before 26 Nov 2018. More info.

30 Nov – Melbourne Theatre Company: 2019 Women in Theatre Program Streams
The core 2019 Women in Theatre Program will focus on Technical Creative Design. Participants receive access to mentoring, leadership training, and career advice. Apply by 30 Nov. | A second program stream will offer paid design positions on MTC mainstage productions. Applications open in December.

1 Dec – Free Theatre’s Applied Theatre Toolkit workshop series
Presented by Free Theatre, these weekend summer workshops are designed to provide creative tools to adapt to diverse learning, training, and dialogic contexts. The Applied Theatre Toolkit will be held at Siteworks in Brunswick Dec 2018 and Feb 2019. Cost is $135 per workshop or $375 for all four.

29 Nov – Arts, Law & You workshop in Footscray by Arts Law Australia
Arts West and Western Edge Youth Arts present this workshop on Copyright and Intellectual Property and how it impacts the independent and small to medium Arts Sector.  Thur 29 Nov in two parts from 10am – 6pm at MetroWest, Footscray. Cost: $10 Members /$25 Conc /$40 Full (per session). Read more.

16 Nov – Evaluation in the Arts, Footscray Community Arts Centre – $240 for orgs
Timoci O’Connor (The University of Melbourne) and John Smithies (Cultural Development Network) explore the practical ways to make evaluation more meaningful and effective for your organisation. Fri 16 Nov, 9:30am – 1:30pm at Footscray Community Arts Centre. More info.

5 Dec – City of Melbourne – Test Sites program
Test Sites project funding and workshops are open to artists and creatives working across all disciplines and at any stage of their career who want to try out their ideas in the public realm.
Applications close 5pm, Wed 5 Dec. About Test Sites.

5-7 Dec – Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of Art AAANZ Conference
Featuring keynote speakers who will present expanded and alternative frameworks for understanding the diverse contexts and histories of art: Gabi Ngcobo (South Africa); Genevieve Grieves (AUS); and Ema Tavola (Fiji). 5-7 Dec 2018, RMIT University, Melbourne. Registration: $150 – $550. More info here.

14 Dec – EOIs for Due West Arts Festival closing soon
Produced by Footscray Community Arts Centre, Due West Festival is now inviting proposals from artists and companies from Melbourne’s west to take part in the 2019 Festival (15-24 Nov 2019). Be sure to read the PDF guidelines and submit your EOI by Fri 14 Dec. Info and guidelines here.

27 Nov & 10 Dec – Showcase Victoria 2019 – Info Session and Applications
An info session for artists, producers and theatre-makers from 5pm – 7pm on 27 Nov 2018 at the Malthouse. Book here. | Applications to be a part of the state performing arts showcase open on 10 Dec. Open to all performing arts genres. Read about Showcase.

24 Nov – Victorian State Election – Final Reminder
The Victorian State election is next Sat 24 Nov. Get familiar with the candidates in your electorate, research party policies, and watch the arts debate. 

PhD Scholarship in curatorial practices – RMIT University and Arts at CERN
This PhD scholarship with RMIT School of Art and CERN (leading art and science programme promoting dialogue between artists and physicists). Based at RMIT Melbourne, with a minimum of 6 months working with Arts at CERN laboratory in Switzerland. Scholarship covers tuition and stipend. More info here.


23-29 Jun 2019 – IETM Campus Eleusis, Greece
The 2019 IETM Campus will be a week of intensive training in all aspects of international working. It is a great opportunity for a group of 20-25 participants to start internationalising their performing arts careers. Attendance by application. More info here.

20 Nov – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Online Info Sessions
Thinking about Edinburgh? Get advice from the Fringe Society and direct knowledge from a panel of experts to make the most of your Fringe visit. Join online on 20 and 21 Nov. Read more.


30 Nov – Think Tank: Theatre Industry and Education, Drama Australia Conference
Hosted by MTC Education and Families, this session considers the intersection between industry and education in the arts and is open to industry and theatre education delegates from around Australia. Held at the Drama Australia National Conference at Victorian College of the Arts, Fri 30 Nov, 1.15pm to 2.45pm, Qatar Lounge, Southbank Theatre. RSVP to Meg Upton or Jeremy Rice.

21 Nov – Art Play – Sharing contemporary art practices with young children
Join a musician, a visual artist and theatre maker in this artist learning workshop exploring what contemporary art practices and young children have to offer each other. $20 per adult, bookings essential. Catering provided. Wed 21 Nov, 3pm – 7pm at Artplay, Birrarung Marr. Book here.

Peer Assessment Panels – Are you registered?
We encourage people working on projects involving young people and young audiences to register as peer assessors. Positions are usually paid – to cover your time and costs. Register now and help to build a strong and diverse pool of practitioners from the sector. More info here.

30 Nov – International Open Call: Center Stage Korea 2019
The KAMS – Korea Arts Management Service is calling for international presenters (festival, venue, or network) to apply for the Center Stage Korea grant before 30 November 2018. Grant contributes to airfares and freight for invited Korean artists/groups. More info here.

15 Nov – Final chance: Apply for the Next Generation Program in Norway 2019
The Next Generation residency program is for 25 artists under the age of 36 from all over the world. In 2019, the program will be held in Kristiansand, Norway from 2-7 Sep alongside the Sand Festival. Accommodation, meals, registration and facilitation costs are covered. Apply by15 Nov 2018.

ASSITEJ Feature – ‘Who is not in the room?’ by Sue Giles
Read Vice President of ASSITEJ, Sue Giles’, reflection on a provocation by the Executive Committee following the recent international congress. Sign up to the ASSITEJ enews here.


Save the Date: National Youth Circus Symposium / Circus Industry Forum, Jan 2019
These important national events are scheduled for 13 – 15 January 2019, as part of Sydney Festival. More details to be released soon.

16 Nov – Last chance to submit an EOI for free workshops with Nguyen Lan Maurice in WA
This five-day workshop series with Creative Director of Lang Toi, Nguyen Lan Maurice, will be held at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre from 10am – 5pm, Sun 3 – Thur 7 Feb 2019. This development opportunity is for professional circus and physical theatre practitioners. More info.

17-21 Jan 2019 – Spin Circus Festival in Melbourne
Spin Circus Festival (Spinfest) boasts 3 full days of workshops, shows, music, skills, food and community. Open to all ages and experience levels. Accommodation is onsite camping. More info.

9 Feb – Artist Applications now open: 2019 Circus Festival Young Stage in Switzerland
Artists from all over the world are invited to apply for the 11th edition of Circus Festival Young Stage which will be held from 10-14 May 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. The max. age for artists is 27. Applications close 9 Feb 2019.

16 Apr – Gravity Dolls Aerial Arts Festival 2019
Running from 19 – 21 April at Circus Oz in Melbourne, the 2019 festival will feature a high quality training program by world-class trainers. Workshops range from Tissu, Straps, Trapeze, Dance, Conditioning and more. Tickets: $375 – $425. Earlybird registration now open.


  • John Oster stepping down as CEO of Regional Arts Austrlaia.
  • City of Melbourne announces a YIRRAMBOI Festival Creative Directorship shift from Jacob Boehme to Caroline Martin.
  • Sydney Festival Artistic Director Wesley Enoch‘s tenure extended to 2021.
  • Kate Cherry, Director and CEO of NIDA, will step down this week.
  • ILBIJERRI welcomes First Nations women, Emily- Anyupa Napangarti Butcher and Laila Thaker, as Associate Producers.
  • Jeremy Gaden finishes up as Senior Manager of Partnership Programs at Creative Victoria and Kirsty Rivers takes on the role for 6 months.
  • Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) announces Amanda Wright as General Manager.
  • Live Performance Australia (LPA) President, Andrew Kay AM to hand reins to Richard Evans.
  • Kerry Comerford commences as CEO of Accessible Arts and Chair of Arts on Tour, succeeding Rob Hurcum after 20 years.
  • Lisa Havilah departs Carriageworks to commence as CEO of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).
  • Genevieve Jacobs appointed chair of the first Minister’s Creative Council, which will advise the ACT Government on arts and cultural sector issues. Jack Lloyd as Deputy Chair. Other members include Ben Fox, Andrew Galan, Megan Hinton, Liz Lea, Tamzin Nugent, Adelaide Rief, Michael Sollis and Sia Ahmad, and Jilda Andrews.
  • Yellow Wheel announces two new appointments: Artistic Director, Joshua Lowe, and Associate Director, Kyall Shanks.
  • RANT Arts Ltd. announced as Program Administrator of the Regional Arts Fund in Tasmania.


We acknowledge the passing of visionary music educator and conductor, Richard Gill, and honour his passionate contribution to the cultural life of Australia.


Various roles, Bell Shakespeare (NSW). Apps close from 16 Nov.
Senior Lecturer Interdisciplinary Practice, Victorian College of the Arts (VIC). Apps close 18 Nov.
Creative Industries Officer, City of Port Phillip (VIC). Apps close 18 Nov.
Program roles, Darwin Festival (NT). Apps close 19 Nov.
NDIS Project Coordinator, Weave Movement Theatre (VIC). Email Janice Florence  for PD / info.
Community/ Outreach Project Manager, Westside Circus (VIC). Apps close 19 Nov.
Touring Coordinator, Arts on Tour (NSW). Apps close 22 Nov.
Director General, Commonwealth Foundation (UK). Apps close 23 Nov.
General Manager, Next Wave (VIC). Apps close 25 Nov.
Director Business Intelligence, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apps close 25 Nov.
Leadership roles, Canberra Youth Theatre (ACT). Apps close 26 Nov.
Roxy Theatre Coordinator, Leeton Shie Council (NSW). Apps close 29 Nov.
Executive Producer Performing Arts, Sutherland Shire (NSW). Apps close 29 Nov.
Production Manager, Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD) Apps close 30 Nov.
First Nations Lead, APAM Office (VIC). Apps close 30 Nov.
Producer roles, BIGhART (TAS and WA). Apps close 30 Nov.
Technical Coordinator, The Street Theatre (ACT). Apps close 3 Dec.
Open Teaching Opportunities, NIDA (WA SA QLD ACT NT TAS). Apply by 31 Dec.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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