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TNA E-news November 2016


TNA Membership Notice for 2017 – Join us from 1 December
Theatre Network Australia’s 2017 Membership will open on the 1st December for companies, institutions and individuals. Fees will range from $26.40 for individuals to $308 (associate) and $660 (full) for large companies. Benefits include sector development, networking opportunities and advocacy, as well as ‘steak knives’ benefits such as discounts to the Australian Theatre Forum. Theatre Network NSW members will enjoy a ‘bundling’ discount. Check out the current member listing to see who you’ll be joining!

Seeking a Producer for ATF 2017
We are now seeking a Producer to work with the TNA team, including Director Nicole Beyer and Co-Curators Alexis West and Steve Mayhew, to produce the 3 day Australian Theatre Forum in Adelaide 3-5 October, 2017. Download the 2017 ATF Producer PD | Submit an Expression of Interest before Sunday 13th November, 11.59pm EST.

Playbox Series by Read CRAZY BRAVE by Michael Gurr. 
Australian Plays is giving TNA subscribers access to the ‘All Australian’ Playbox Collection. Each month, one play will be made available to read, free of charge – a great way to brush up on the rich Australian theatre repertoire. This month features CRAZY BRAVE by Michael Gurr. Happy play reading!


Catalyst still open for applications – but how long for?
Despite rumours that Catalyst could be moved to the Australia Council, the Arts Ministry’s websitestill lists Catalyst funding as OPEN, and is accepting applications.  MYEFO (the mid year economic reforecast) is when budget changes can happen outside of the annual budget. MYEFO has to happen by the end of January, or six months after the last budget (May 3rd), whichever is later. Our advice? Don’t hold your breath, and do still apply to Catalyst. Remember that individuals can apply as a group of three, with an auspice. December 15 is the next ‘closing’ date.

Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation 2017 Commission
Regional Arts Victoria’s Arts & Education team and the Australian Children’s Theatre Commission have announced the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation’s next commission. Expressions of Interest are now open and must be for a work for primary aged children, be tourable and adhere to the ACTF’s Guidelines. The successful artist(s) will tour their new work with RAV’s Arts & Education Program in 2018. Applications close 5pm Monday 30 January 2017. Guidelines and how to apply

17 Nov – Next Wave – Kickstart Helix applications now open
Kickstart Helix is a career-changing opportunity for emerging artists, writers, curators and producers from across Australia. This year-long program offers professional skills development through a series of residencies, workshops, showings and events, together with self-directed learning and ongoing support. Applications close Thursday 17 November. There are still some info session spots available for Darwin, Perth and Adelaide in the coming week. More info here.

29 Nov – 2017 Honey Pot Delegate Registrations Now Open
Honey Pot is Adelaide Fringe’s marketplace, which runs throughout the festival from 17 February – 19 March. Registrations are now open to presenters, programmers, genuine decision makers of festivals and venues all over Australia and the world to be a part of the market. Honey Pot exists to create opportunities for works to have a life beyond the Fringe.  Delegate applications will close on 29 November, 2016. Info and registrations.

Opera Review Final Report
The National Opera Review has concluded with its Final Report recommending 118 changes to the four Major Opera Companies. Read the report’s executive summary here. Recommendations include government funding of $23.1 million be granted to various initiatives “to support the long-term sustainability of the Major Opera Companies”. This recommendation is highly contentious given that the Australia Council’s funding for small to medium companies and independent artists has been drastically reduced as a result of the 2014 and 2015 budget changes. Its annual report 15/16 shows that funding for Council grants and initiatives dropped from $45.3m in 2013/14 to $28.0m in 2015/16.

TNA continues to call for $72million over four years to be returned to the Australia Council to support the long-term sustainability of the thousands of independent artists and small to medium companies who are the lifeblood of Australia’s arts ecosystem.

Nov/Dec MILKE: Live Workshops for Independent Producers and Artists
Laura Milke Garner, producer and founder/managing director of MILKE will offer a series of workshops around Australia for independent producers and artists: Adelaide (Sat 19 – Sun 20 Nov) Perth (Fri 25 – Sun 27 Nov), and Melbourne (Sat 3 Dec). Registration $55 – $85. Workshop info and bookings. Be sure to check out the MILKE resources page as well for a series of artist talks.


10 Nov – 2016 Victorian Touring Workshop – Last chance to register
TNA will once again co-present this one day workshop, with RAV and VAPAC, offering practical sessions, case studies and networking opportunities aimed at artists, companies and producers who are ready to tour and engage with marketplaces such as Showcase Victoria. 10.30am – 4:30pm on Thursday 10 November at The Bagging Room, Malthouse Theatre, Southbank. Registrations: $25 unfunded | $30 funded (ticket includes lunch and afternoon tea). More info here.

14 Nov – Malthouse Female Director in Residence
For the first time, Malthouse’s 2017 Director in Residence position is reserved for a female theatre artist from a Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) or Indigenous background. This 10 month position offers intensive career development (directing, artistic planning and industry engagement) and a salary to a female theatre artist. Applications close Monday 14 November. More info.

Arts House has a hot desk at the newly opened ACMI X, SouthBank
ACMI X is a co-working studio in Southbank for artists and businesses in the creative industries. The Arts House desk offers space, Wi-Fi, shared facilities and access to a curated events program. Arts House is calling for expressions of interest from independent artists to use the single office desk – offered in weekly blocks (4 weeks max) available until January 2017. To book the desk, email Arts House and you’ll receive a short expression of interest form.

16 Nov – Darebin Arts Ambassadors
Darebin City Council is seeking new members for their Arts Ambassadors Reference Group. Ten new members are being sought who have diverse expertise, experience and commitment to ensuring Darebin has a thriving arts and creative culture. EOIs close 4pm, Wednesday 16 November. For more information, visit Darebin Arts.

21 Nov – Critical Path EOIs open for ‘Body of Ideas’ participants
Body of Ideas is curated by Critical Path Associate Artist Samantha Chester. EOIs are now open for 10-15 performers makers, dancers and directors to participate in the two days provocation (9-10 Dec). Submit EOI by 21 November 2016. Find out more here.

18 Nov – Nebula Residency – Applications now open
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and Arts Access Victoria present the inaugural Bundoora Nebula Residency – a creative opportunity offering artists from all disciplines time and space in a unique and supported environment. Each of the eight available month-long residencies in 2017 will pair two artists, with each pairing including one artist with a disability. The residencies offer space inside Nebula – a custom built portable studio – and the historic Bundoora Homestead. Applications close Friday 18 November 2016 at 5pm. Read more here.

Arts Hub Melbourne Meetup – Arts Funding in a Post-Brandis Age
The first ArtsHub Melbourne Meetup will run from 6.00pm – 7.30pm, Tuesday 29 November 2016 at Work-Shop Melbourne (195 Argyle St, Fitzroy). Join ArtsHub Deputy Editor and Performing Arts Editor Richard Watts in conversation with our Director, Nicole Beyer (ArtsPeak and Theatre Network Australia). Tickets are $10 and include light refreshments. Info and bookings.

Regional Arts Victoria’s Connecting Places
The Connecting Places program works in partnership with local community groups to bring professional quality touring work to their communities and halls. Connecting Places is open to not-for-profit community associations who have access to a venue. Find out more here.

Industry Memberships – Did you know?
Malthouse: For a one-time $30 membership joining fee, arts industry members can access two $20 tickets to each mainstage production. Industry Memberships are valid for twelve months from purchase. To qualify, you must present proof of working in the arts industry. More info.
Arts Centre: Artist Cards are FREE and valid until 31 December and are renewable each year. Benefits include specially-priced tickets to selected performances, access to events and bar discounts. More info.


28 Nov – Australia Council’s 2017 Professional Arts Placements: China
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for arts managers, producers, and marketing and communications professionals to apply for a Professional Arts Placement at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and the Shanghai International Dance Centre in 2017. Applications close on 28 November. More info here.

23 Nov – Delegate EOIs close for 2017 IETM, Spring Plenary, Bucharest
IETM (the EU’s primary performing arts network) will host a performing arts Spring Plenary in Bucharest, Romania in April 2017. The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation, supporting individuals with a $3,000 contribution towards the cost of attending IETM. Expressions of Interest close: Wednesday 23 November 2016. To discuss your EOI, contact Ellen Dwyer – Project Officer, International Projects.

28 Nov – Delegate EOIs close for the 2017 Berlin Performing Arts Festival
Practitioners, presenters and producers of innovative performing arts in Australia have the opportunity to engage with the independent sector in Berlin through meetings and attending performances at the Berlin Performing Arts Festival in June 2017. The Australia Council will support up to five delegates with a $3,000 contribution towards the cost of accommodation and travel. Expressions of Interest close 28 November 2016. To discuss your EOI, contact Sanja Simic – Projects Officer – Residencies, International Projects.


7 Nov – ASSITEJ Germany’s International Directors’ Seminar
Directors of theatre for young audiences from all over the world are invited to share their ideas at the seminar in Oldenburg, Germany from 12 – 18 June 2017. National centres can nominate a director as a participant for next year’s seminar on the topic of “Streets and Crossroads”. Applications close 7 November. More info here.


  • Theatre Network Australia is pleased to announce that Simone Schinkel will continue working with us in 2017 as our new General Manager.
  • The Australia Council for the Arts has announced indigenous arts leader Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin as deputy chairwoman as well as four new board members: former Rio Tinto chief and chairman of Black Swan Theatre Company Sam Walsh, Regional Arts Australia chairwoman Kate Fielding, former political staffer and policy adviser Zoe McKenzie, and Hobart’s Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael.
  • Claire Portek announced as Aphids’ new Executive Producer.
  • Sydney Theatre Company (STC) has appointed Kip Williams as Artistic Director.
  • Steve Mayer-Miller has retired as the CEO/AD of Crossroad Arts in Mackay.
  • David Barrett has resigned from the position of Executive Director at The Art House Wyong.
  • Former AD of Big West Festival, Marcia Ferguson, commences as Curator of Knox Council.
  • Adam Gardnir departs Brisbane Powerhouse to step into Producer role at Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
  • Patrick Hayes announced as APAM Project Coordinator for 2017 and MELT Associate Producer.


Marketing & Audience Development Manager, Queensland Theatre. Apps close 6 Nov.
Industry Program Manager, Ausdance VIC. Apps close 13 Nov.
Producer, Erth – Visual & Physical Inc. Apps close 18 Nov.
Marketing and Development Manager, Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
General Manager, Hothouse Theatre. Apps close 25 Nov.
Producer – Australian Theatre Forum, Theatre Network Australia. Apps close 13 Nov.
CEO/ Director, Gold Coast Arts Centre and Cultural Precinct. Apps close 30 Nov.
Creative Projects Director, Women’s Circus. Apps close 11 Dec.
Administration Assistant, Crossroad Arts. Apply by 15 Dec.


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Compiled (in NYC!) by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Australia.

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