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TNA E-News – November 2022


In 2023, we are launching a pilot program of LeaderShift, engaging a group of diverse people already working in organisations, as well as their organisations, to address systemic inequity in performing arts leadership. We will support up to eight mid-career arts professionals currently working in performing arts organisations, including paid professional development. EOIs will close December 5.

Producing Fundamentals Video 
Over two days in July, TNA hosted a VIPI Producing Fundamentals two-day workshop and networking event for emerging producers. Videographer, Cobie O, has done an incredible job capturing the event. Watch the reel here.

TNA ‘This is How We Do It 2022’ Indie Report
TNA’s Report on the Working Trends of Independent Artists and Creatives in the Performing Arts  analyses results from 297 valid responses from independents to an online survey conducted in May and June 2022. Learn what the going rates are, considerations when setting fees, and how indies continue to be impacted by COVID-19.

10 Nov – Regional Victorian Performing Arts Forum 
Due to severe weather, TNA postponed the Regional Victorian Performing Arts Forum in Ballarat. The new date for the event is Thursday 10 Nov; ticketholders have already been contacted. If you did not register for the event, but would like to attend, please email

24 Nov – VIPI Online Salon on Intercultural Independent Producing
Our last VIPI salon for 2022 will be a Zoom discussion panel with facilitator Lia Pa’apa’a, including guest speakers Grace Vanilau and Kush Kuiy, exploring some of the relationships performing arts producers have to facilitate and the importance of cross-cultural collaboration, with time at the end for questions. 24 Nov, 11am–12pm AEDT, register here. If you have access requirements, please email before 15 Nov.  


4 Nov – OzAsia Masterclass: Gudirr Gudirr with Dalisa Pigram (SA)
Workshop for dancers and choreographers, with 2-3 years of experience in dance, circus, and other movement-based practices. The workshop will introduce Marrugeku’s devising approaches drawing on personal and cultural backgrounds to create contemporary movement. $30.

7 Nov – Creative Sparks Grants (QLD)
Up to $10,000 to assist artists, producers and orgs with the creation and presentation of projects that are shared with the public (either online or at a venue/location within the Brisbane LGA).

13 Nov – Belvoir’s General Auditions EOIs (NSW)
General auditions to meet with actors who are new to the company. Actors must have at least three years of training or three years of acting experience, be based in NSW and are able to make it to in-person auditions and be 18+.

14 Nov – Lord Mayor’s Creative Fellowships (QLD)
Up to $10,000 support for Brisbane artists, arts workers, and creative producers wishing to develop their careers with professional development activities. Activities could include skills development, art residencies, short course training, mentorships and masterclasses.

16 Nov – Brand X Ground Zero Residency (NSW)
Performing arts residency for LGBTQI+ artists living with disability, deaf, hard of hearing and/or neurodiversity, with opportunity to develop and perform a 10–15-minute work as part of The Flying Nun and World Pride 2023. $1,000 stipend for solo projects, $1,500 for groups, with $500 per project for production costs.

18 Nov – Performing Lines TAS Sector Day (TAS)
Annual gathering of organisational leaders and independent artists from around TAS, to share information, projects and network. $50 per person for organisation, $20 for indie artists.

20 Nov – Project Seed Red Hot Arts (NT)
$10,000 support for artists and groups to experiment and develop new work and projects to be part of Desert Festival 2023, with mentoring possibilities, creative/tech/site expertise from staff across 5-6 months.

21 Nov – The Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship
Open to playwrights to write a new play and also to directors or writer/directors that can lead the creation of an Indigenous-led new stage work. The selected Fellow receives $45,000 over an 18-month period.

25 Nov – Red Stitch Graduate Program 2023 
Graduate positions across Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Design or Stage Management to join Red Stitch in Melbourne as full ensemble members for a year. Open to graduating students in the year immediately following the completion of their training.

29–30 Nov – The Street General Auditions (ACT)
The Street are interested in meeting adult actors based in Canberra and the surrounding regions who are passionate about new work and old work made in new ways. 

10 Jan 2023 – The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Funding 
Up to $15,000 to assist talented emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. Professional development opportunities include residencies, mentorships, workshops, conferences and festivals.

Adelaide Fringe’s Honey Pot
Registrations open for artists and producers that want to present work during Fringe to secure future bookings and extend the life cycle of their work. Accessible in-person and online.

Environmental Policy and Action Plans (UK)
Julie’s Bicycle, a not-for-profit that mobilises the arts and culture to act on the climate crisis, has a how-to guide on the process of producing an environmental policy and action plan for a cultural organisation, with tips, templates, and a factsheet compiling useful resources.


11 Nov – Risky Business: A Little Show and A Big Conversation
Geelong Arts Centre is hosting a performance-meets-panel discussion, with three sets of provocations discussed by a panel of experienced disabled artists. Why is language so important? Why do people avert their gaze? What remains unspoken, and why? $25.

14 Nov – Dancehousing Community Group 2023
Long-form residency for 7 dance community groups at Dancehouse, responding to the EOI ‘Community of Practice’. Successful applicants receive free weekly two-hour studio sessions, and some funds and production support for two events.

16–27 Nov – EMILIA Associated Program
In celebration of Morgan Lloyd Malcom’s play Emilia, Arts Centre Melbourne is hosting a series of panels and workshops designed for female-identifying, trans and non-binary creatives of colour. On 19 Nov: From Page to Stage: Bringing Your Script to Life with Virginia Gay and Sonya Suares. On 21 Nov: Taking Steps: How to Incorporate Movement into Performance.

18–19 Nov – Hi-Viz Satellites 2022: Modes of Making (Bendigo & Online)
A 2-day hybrid program hosted by Punctum and Chamber Made for women, non-binary and gender-diverse artists working across performance, sound and music to meet and exchange ideas. Tickets for independent artists start from $25. 

21 Nov – Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric 2023
For writers who have an unproduced play that they feel would benefit from a short development and showcase at a public reading. Successful applicants receive workshop time with actors, director and dramaturg, limited dramaturgical support, and a $1,500 fee.

22 Nov ­– Arts Access Victoria’s Radical Access
Online networking session for Deaf or Disabled artists who have been part of, or plan to be part of Melbourne Fringe.

30 Nov – Police Point Artist in Residence Program 
Provides up to six weeks’ accommodation and a workspace for artists and collectives in Portsea, Mornington Peninsula. Artists will need to cover their own travel costs, living and production expenses during the residency. 

ASSITEJ STUFF Youth Arts & Young Audiences

4 Nov – Brainstorm Productions Auditions 2023 (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne)
Auditions are now open for actors aged 19+ (playing age range 16–24) for Brainstorm Productions, which performs live theatre to primary and high school students each year. After an initial audition video, you may be required to attend an in-person callback.

13 Nov – Queensland Theatre’s Young Artists Ensemble Auditions (QLD)
A year-long actor training program designed for Years 8–12 to introduce young actors to the fundamental skills of stage craft. A number of scholarships are available.

25 Nov – Youth Week Grants (WA)
Up to $1,500 for individual events and up to $3,000 for collaborative community-wide events for orgs to host a Youth Week WA event that brings young people together.

10 Dec – International Children’s Festival in Šibenik, Croatia
Applications are open for the 63rd International Children’s Festival in Šibenik, Croatia on 24 June–8 July 2023. International theatres, ensembles, art organizations, associations or individual artists can apply by 10 Dec.

12 Dec – 2023 Joan and Betty Rayner ACTF Commission (VIC)
In partnership with RAV, providing up to $20,000 for the creative development of a new, small-scale theatre piece devised for primary school children, to the point of being tour ready.

Jan 2023 – NORPA Summer Workshop Series (NSW)
Two free workshops for young creatives: ‘Unlocking The Local’ Young Playwrights Workshop delivered by Griffin Theatre for Years 10–12, and Creative Youth Dance Intensive, delivered by Sydney Dance Company for dancers 14–18. Applications are open.


Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ Creative Space
For artists, groups and small-scale companies to join the Fruities in Albury for an agreed period of time to create circus and physical theatre works. Visiting artists receive free access to training facilities, mentorship and support from trainers and subsidised accommodation. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Nov 30 – Circostrada’s DIVE #2 Online
This three-day event in Portugal offers meditations on inclusivity within the circus world; the theme is ‘Diverse body/ies’. The sessions available online are the keynote on the concept of invisibilisation in the arts, and a talk with Diana Niepce. Register before 14 Nov 10am AEDT.


  • Tessa Leong has been appointed the new Artistic Director of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance.
  • Virginia Lovett, Executive Director and Co-CEO at Melbourne Theatre Company will depart after 10 years to take on a new role as Director of Performing Arts at the University of Melbourne.
  • Richard Carroll and Victoria Falconer have been appointed the inaugural Co-Artistic Directors at Hayes Theatre Co.
  • ACMI has appointed Keri Elmsly to the new role of Executive Director of Programming.
  • Amy Morcom has been appointed the new Executive Director at Force Majeure.
  • Dark Mofo has announced that Dark Mofo 2023 will be Leigh Carmichael’s last as Creative Director. Leigh will remain in his role as Director of DarkLab, but will make space for a new Artistic Director for 2024.
  • Screen Queensland has appointed Courtney Gibson as the organisation’s incoming CEO.
  • Danielle Devery has been appointed International Director at Circa.
  • Natalie O’Brien AM has been appointed the new CEO at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Hannah Mathews has been appointed the new CEO at PICA. Previously, Hannah was Senior Curator at Monash University Museum of Art.
  • Polyglot Theatre has announced the appointment of Cat Sewell as Artistic Director & co-CEO.
  • Nikki Ashby is no longer First Nations Creative Producer at Country Arts SA.


Arts Programmer (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identified role), Darebin Arts (VIC). Apply now.
Senior Producer, Youth, Families & Creative Learning, Geelong Arts Centre (VIC). Apply by 4 Nov.
Artistic Director, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 7 Nov.
Multiple roles, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apply by 10 Nov.
Executive Producer, RISING (VIC). Apply by 11 Nov.
Creative Trainee – Puppet Making, Terrapin (TAS). Apply by 13 Nov.
Puppet Maker, Terrapin (TAS). Apply by 13 Nov.
Manager, Research and Insights, Patternmakers (Remote & VIC/NSW). Apply by 13 Nov.
Executive Director, South Coast Arts (NSW). Apply by 14 Nov.
Resident Director, Michael Cassel Group (VIC). Apply by 12 Nov.
Artistic Director, Dark Mofo (TAS). Apply by 14 Nov.
Executive Producer, Dark Mofo (TAS). Apply by 14 Nov.
Philanthropy Manager, Queensland Theatre (QLD). Apply y 14 Nov.
Marketing and Communications Assistant, NICA (VIC). Apply by 18 Nov.
Senior Producer (Parental Leave), Malthouse Theatre (VIC). Apply by 20 Nov.
Executive Director & Co-CEO, Emerging Writers Festival (VIC). Apply by 21 Nov.

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