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TNA E-News – November 2020

Check out the TNA November 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.


Federal Inquiry into the Creative Industries – Submissions
There have now been 338 submissions published with more coming. You can see the full list here. TNA’s submission is No. 215. TNA’s Circus and Physical Theatre (CAPT) Advisory Committee has also put in a CAPT-specific submission, No. 141.

1000 x 1000: Crisis Cash Updates – Extended till Mar 2021
With the support of 302 donors and 71 Champion Companies, we have raised $315,000 thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia. In response to the ongoing impact of COVID as well as JobKeeper and JobSeeker reductions, we are extending the campaign into 2021. Help us reach our goal of raising $1000 for 1000 artists. Independent artists, producers and production crew in the performing arts who have lost income, are not receiving JobKeeper at the full-time rate, and belong to a high-risk group may apply for a one-off emergency payment of $1,000.

Behind the Scenes Podcast with Ching Ching Ho
Ching Ching Ho, theatre director and participant in our new Power Play program, discusses intercultural work in the time of no travel and safe spaces for inspiring artists. Listen.


Description Victoria’s New Guide to Inclusive Meeting Practices
A resource and checklists to help facilitate the access needs of people who are Blind or have low vision. Read.

15 Feb 2021 – Anthony Costa Foundation Arts Management Scholarship
Assists students with a disability in undertaking a postgraduate course in the field of arts and cultural management at Deakin University. Offers cash payments of $1800 per credit point. More info.

18 Nov – Creative Partnerships Panel: The Ethics of Arts Partnerships
Discuss ethics, art and business; and when, how and why you might you say no. Panellists: Dr Simon Longstaff AO FCPA (Executive Director, The Ethics Centre), John Richardson (Director of Development, The Art Gallery of NSW) and Simone Whetton (Corporate Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley). Free, registration essential. 18 Nov, 11am – 12pm AEDT.

18 Nov – Ruby Awards Nominations
The award honours the best of South Australian arts and culture. Nominate an artist, performance or event in the relevant award category.

20 Nov – APAM Wire #11: Changing Models of International Engagement
Explore the ways that artists are adapting to new models of touring, re-thinking their practice, and working with international presenters. Panellists: Sue Healey, Amrita Hepi, Tristan Meecham and Gemma Pepper, hosted by Norman Armour. 10 -11:30am AEDT, register.

20 Nov – Powerhouse NSW: Creative Industries Residency Program EOIs
Receive subsidised space, the opportunity to work on projects at the Powerhouse, and engage with audiences through the co-development of public programs. More info.

22 Nov – Waverley (NSW): EOIs to join Cultural Advisory Committee
The committee oversees the implementation and ongoing performance of the Waverley Council Cultural Plan 2020—2025. Term is for 2 years. Open to both local residents and non-residents. More info.

23 Nov – Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Playwrights Award and Fellowship
The Playwrights Award offers $7,500 for a full-length unproduced play of any genre. The Playwrights Fellowship is for an established playwright who will receive a total prize package of $25,000 which includes a year-long Fellowship and commission to write a new play.

29 Nov – Brunswick Mechanics Institute Open Call for Creative Developments
Two weeks of free space, access to tech, production, and industry expertise. Flexible timeframes offered for the development period, for example one intensive or two separate one week blocks. More info.

30 Nov – Merlyn Myer Music Commission
Open to female composers, the commission supports the development of a new musical work and includes a cash prize of $12,000. Melbourne Recital Centre will cover all costs associated with presentation and documentation.

4 Dec – Participate in Research on Deaf Theatre in Australia
d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and theatre companies that create d/Deaf theatre productions are invited to participate in an online survey or express their interest to be involved in Oral Deaf History. More info. 

7 Dec – City of Sydney COVID-19 Recovery Grants
CBD Activation Grants provides $5,000 – $50,000 for city centre businesses and creatives to activate spaces in the public domain and vacant corporate locations with cultural programming.
Cultural Sector Innovation Grants provide up to $20,000 to innovate, adapt and grow through recovery.

7 Dec – First Nations Arts Awards – Australia Council
The Dreaming Award ($20,000) supports an inspirational young First Nations artist aged 18-30 years to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships. The Red Ochre Award ($50,000) recognizes an outstanding senior male and female artist. Nominations must be made by third parties.


COVID Updates
Creative Victoria has updated their COVID page to reflect recent changes to restrictions. This includes a summary of what it means for the Creative Industries, Q&As and resources. Industry Restart Guidelines are also available on the Arts and Recreation services page of the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website. Feels like too much? Begin your reading with Six Principles of COVIDSafe Workplaces.

COVID Safe Plans
Business Victoria has resources to help with COVID Safe Plans, including information on free infection control training. Auspicious Arts have also created a COVID Safe Work Plan.

Creative State 2021-2025
Shape Victoria’s 4-year creative industries strategy to help recover and rebuild for the future. Fill in the survey: COVID-19 impact; your needs, priorities and concerns; and your ideas for the future. There is a dedicated survey for young Victorians aged 15-25 who connect with the creative industries in any way.

VicHealth Report: The arts and creative industries in health promotion
Key findings include: People need at least 2 hours per week of arts engagement for good mental wellbeing; Cross-sector partnerships play an integral role in the effective use of the arts and creative industries for health promotion. Read full report.

City of Melbourne Creative Laneways Project
This six-month project will create 156 jobs for people, including designers, music producers, lighting specialists, production designers, technicians and maintenance workers. Apply via the Working for Victoria website, and select the ‘Arts and Recreation Services’ category when creating your profile.

2021 Joan and Betty Rayner ACTF Commission 
Commissions the creative development of a new performance work for young children, up to $20,000. Recipient will also be given the opportunity to tour the work as part of Regional Arts Victoria’s 2022 Arts & Education Program. Opens 10 Nov. More info.

19 Nov – Geelong Arts Centre Artists Accelerate Sessions – Listies and Kate Fell
Free online conversation series. Upcoming: 19 Nov, 4.30 – 5pm, Building Audiences for Your Work with the Listies. | 10 Dec, 4.30 – 5pm, Risk Taking During Restrictions with Brisbane Festival Program Director Kate Fell.

22 Nov – City of Melb Test Sites Online 2021: Develop Ideas for the Public Realm
Provides funding of $5000, practical advice, individualised support and group workshops, with an extra focus on online professional development while access to public space is limited. More info. 

22 Nov – Bluestone Church Arts Space Midsumma EOIs
Selected LGBTIQA+ artists based in or connected to Melbourne’s West will receive free venue hire and marketing support, plus keep box office and all other takings. More info.

25 Nov – GENERATE 2020: Working in First Nations Cultural Contexts
Professional development to build the capacity and effectiveness of non-Indigenous workers to better support sovereignty and self-determined outcomes in First Nations arts, culture, education and community engaged practice. 6 x half-day sessions over 3 weeks, via Zoom. 25 & 26 Nov, 2 & 3 Dec, 9 & 10 Dec. Org $900pp / Indies $630pp. Limited places. 

29 Nov – Sangam EOIs: Festival of Performing Arts of South Asia and Diaspora
In partnership with Dancehouse, Sangam will support the development and presentation of up to 6 new dance and movement works by South Asian and Diaspora artists (live or digital). Selected works will be provided $750 – $1500 in fees, space and other in-kind support. More info.

30 Nov – City of Greater Bendigo Community Grants (Medium Grants)
Up to $10,000 for not-for-profit groups or businesses to develop projects. More info.

South Gippsland Call for Local Creatives (Paid)
Council is seeking creatives to deliver an arts package including projects, events, training, employment and opportunities. Submit EOI. 

1 Dec – Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) New Residency Program Callout
RESIDENCE offers independent artists and small-medium collectives a space to experiment with practice, create innovative arts projects and conduct research in a communal and inclusive environment. No cost to artists participating in the first year.

13 Dec – City of Maribyrnong First Nations Creative Projects Initiative
$10,000 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists to create a new work within the municipality. Must live, work or have a connection to the local area. More info.

*TNA is a national organisation operating within a T model – high level national work, with a dedicated Victorian program funded by Creative Victoria.


19 Nov – Shifting and Stirring #7: Dancing Together in Virtual Spaces
Shifting and Stirring is a workshop series on participatory creative encounters for and with children. This session is on participation as part of dance. 12 – 2pm AEDT. Register. 

22 Nov – Sharehouse: Carclew Residency Program
Seven young creatives working in any artform will be offered studio space for 12 months.

25 Nov – Griffin Ambassadors EOI
An annual program for year 10, 11 and 12 students including workshops, performances and access to industry professionals, to support the next generation of theatre-goers and theatre-makers. Simple EOI.

25 Nov – ASSITEJ International Coffee Session: Stress Management and Empowerment
Join peers from around the world to gain an international perspective on the topic. 3 panellists from Nigeria, Germany and Japan will also each share strategies specific to their contexts. 7 – 9 pm AEDT. Register.

31 Dec – Editorial DALYA International Playwriting Contest
Submit a play for young audiences to Category A (60 min – 2 hours) or category B (30-60 min). Prize is €10,000.


C!RCA Ensemble Casting Call
Seeking female and male acrobats with experience and strong skills in partner and group acrobatics. Solo disciplines are an advantage. There are various full-time roles across bases, middles and fliers. More info. 

24 Nov – Mullum Circus Festival 2021 EOIs
The National Training Program will run from 20 – 23 Sep, and the Festival from 24 – 26 Sep. EOIs for performers and teaching artists open on 24 Nov. Further info will be sent out via their mailing list.

3 Dec – Brisbane Circus Sector Gathering
End of year event to talk, listen and embrace the Circus community. 3.30 – 6.30pm, Ron Hurley Theatre. Book your free ticket.


  • After 3 years, A New Approach (ANA) will move from being delivered by the Australian Academy of the Humanities to becoming an entity in its own right. The current phase of ANA concludes in Dec 2020. Details will be available in the coming months.
  • Chamber of Arts and Culture WA (CACWA) welcomes newly elected Board members Jeremy SmithEva Grace MullaleyLibby Klysz and Fiona Sinclair.
  • Arts Access Victoria and Lucy Guerin Inc (LGI) have announced a new multi-year partnership starting in 2021, which seeks to increase the engagement of Deaf and Disabled artists at WXYZ Studios and with LGI.
  • National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) welcomes Jacob Boehme as First Nations Lecturer.
  • Fiona Kelly steps down from her role as Development Manager of Malthouse Theatre.
  • Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) has announced the appointment of Candy Bowers and Priya Srinivasan into executive positions.
  • Green Room Awards Association has voted in Sapidah Kian and Eugyeene Teh as new Co-Presidents.
  • Western Edge Youth Arts has announced that Fiona Spitzkowsky will move from Communications Coordinator to Program Coordinator. Amarachi Okorom will step into the role of Communications and Administration Coordinator. They have also farewelled Interim Business Manager Jane Williamson.
  • Edwin Kemp Attrill will step down from his role as Artistic Director and CEO of ActNow Theatre at the end of 2020.
  • Anna Reece has been appointed as Director of Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • Ausdance Victoria has appointed Robbie Carmellotti as General Manager.
  • Katherine Fyffe has been appointed as Polyglot’s new Executive Director and Co-CEO.
  • Neal Harvey is leaving the Myer Foundation & Sidney Myer Fund to take up the role of CEO at the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.
  • Sandra Willis will step down from her role as Executive Director of Opera Queensland.
  • WA Circus Festival 2021 has been postponed to 2022.


Artists, Arena Theatre Co (VIC).
General Manager, Red Hot Arts (NT). Apply by 16 Nov.
Operations Manager, Blue Room Theatre (WA). Apply by 17 Nov.
Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Blue Room Theatre (WA). Apply by 17 Nov.
Ticketing Coordinator, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 18 Nov.
Office Manager, Tasmania Performs, Performing Lines (TAS). Apply by 19 Nov.
Marketing Manager, Opera Australia (NSW). Apply by 19 Nov.
Coordinator, NIDA Open, NIDA (NSW). Apply by 20 Nov.
Artistic Director, ActNow Theatre (SA). Apply by 20 Nov.
Assistant Producer, Polyglot Theatre (VIC). Apply by 20 Nov.
Executive Director, Griffin Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 20 Nov.
Creative Producer, Express Media (VIC). Apply by 20 Nov.
Development Manager, Australian Dance Theatre (SA). Apply by 20 Nov.
General Manager, Darwin Entertainment Centre (NT). Apply by 20 Nov.
Arts Advisory Board Members, City of Greater Dandenong (VIC). Apply by 22 Nov.
Donor Insights & Operations Manager, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 23 Nov.
Production Manager, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 23 Nov.
Emerging Producer Xchange, The Mill (SA). Apply by 24 Nov.
Business Manager, Polyglot Theatre (VIC). Apply by 27 Nov.
General Manager / Program Coordinator, Slipstream Circus (TAS). Apply by 27 Nov.
Producer – Emerging Artists, PYT Fairfield (NSW). Apply by 27 Nov.
Executive Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 29 Nov.
Co-Director, Watch This Space (NT). Apply by 30 Nov.
Producer, Abbotsford Convent (VIC). Apply by 30 Nov.
Senior Venue Technicians, HOTA (QLD). Apply by 30 Nov.
Production Coordinator, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 30 Nov.
Ticketing Services Coordinator, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 30 Nov.
Assistant Box Office Manager, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (NSW). Apply by 30 Nov.
Producer, Platform Arts (VIC). Apply by 4 Dec.
General Manager, Platform Arts (VIC). Apply by 4 Dec.


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Compiled by Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez for Theatre Network Australia.
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