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TNA E-News – October 2021

This month features multiple resources around Covid-19 vaccination policies, online classes and workshops across Australia, and upcoming programs for 2022.


Support Act Info Session – How to Apply 
Support Act’s $2,000 Crisis Relief Grants are still open for live performing arts workers. TNA is hosting an info session with Support Act on Tuesday, 12 Oct at 12:30—1:15pm AEDT, where Support Act’s coordinator Anne Jacobs will be taking us through the application form step-by-step, and answering any questions you might have. Register here.

Equity Action Plans
TNA’s Equity Action Plan (EQAP) is an extension of our 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and is based on a human rights framework where every human has the right to participate in cultural life. Read TNA’s updated Equity Action Plan and our Progress Report, as of Aug 2021. If you’re considering introducing an Equity Action Plan in your organisation, Arts Hub writes on why you need one.


US Vaccine Policy Database
Examples of vaccination policies of US performing arts organisations, which can perhaps be useful for the decision-making process when implementing your own policies.

Covid-19 Vaccinations: workplace rights and obligations
Fair Work has a compiled a list of answers to questions around mandating Covid-19 vaccinations in the workplace, and other resources.

Understanding Audiences in a Pandemic 
A tracking study of audience sentiments during Covid-19. Includes a dashboard to filter data by art form and region. Creative Victoria has published previous findings with a Victorian focus.

The White Pube – Funding Library
An open-access resource of successful funding applications, crowd-sourced from around the world. Ideal if you’re looking for examples of language, structure, budgets to improve your own application.

International Engagement Strategy 2021-2025
Read and download Australia Council’s new International Engagement Strategy 2021-2025. Programs include delivering an International Engagement Fund and focusing on Asia-Pacific engagement.

7 Oct–2 Dec – Creative Partnerships’ Knowledge Series
Online seminars for arts professionals wanting to expand their fundraising skills. Individual sessions are $40.

11 Oct – Sydney Observatory Residency Program (NSW)
Supports creation of new work or research inspired by Sydney Observatory’s history, collection and disciplines. In-kind space and $5,000 honorarium.

11 Oct – Arts House’s Fail Better: A Mental Health Workout
Join Arts Psychologist Chris Cheers in a gentle but invigorating mental workout to reframe your thinking in the face of cancelled shows, shuttered venues and grant rejections. None of these are failures. Tickets are free.

11 Oct – Lucy Guerin Inc’s Klein Technique Class Series
Four-week online class on working with a body-felt understanding of how the muscles of deep postural support bring the bones into alignment. $40 for four classes.

15 Oct – Chamber Made’s Hi-Viz 2021: Sound as Knowledge Exchange
Free online event on Friday 15 Oct, which includes artist presentations, talks and activities. A focus on people living beyond the binary, whose work resides at the intersection of performance, sound, and music.

20 Oct – Wire #14: The Art of Re-Opening 
Panel conversation hosted by APAM with colleagues in the US and Canada on the practical implications of re-opening, drawing from their experiences in their regions.

22 Oct – Belvoir’s Andrew Cameron Fellowship 2022
For an emerging artistic leader, director, writer, dramaturg or designer to work with Belvoir’s Artistic and Programming team over one year to support play development, auditions, rehearsals and season programming. Applications close 22 Oct.

25 Oct – Channelled Impulse Residency (QLD)
Supporting dance artists with access to full rehearsal days, studio access, mentorship and a chance to present works. Residency dates: 6–17 Dec.

Australia Council Programs
Multiple programs on offer:

PAC Australia Announcements
PAC Australia have confirmed that they will be the hosts of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Regional Congress to be held in Perth in April 2024. APAX dates for 2022 have been announced: 5–9 September 2022 at NIDA, Sydney and online.

First Nations Emily’s List
An initiative by Emily’s List to encourage more First Nations women to run for positions in government. Find out more on how to get involved.

New choice of super fund rules from 1 Nov 2021
From 1 Nov, employers may need to take an extra step to comply with choice of fund rules. If the employee does not choose a super fund, you will need to request their ‘stapled super fund’ details from ATO. More information on ATO.


Vic Gov’s Vaccinated Economy Trials
Some venues in regional Victoria will participate in a trial, where they will open to fully vaccinated patrons and be provided support to put in place processes required to verify the vaccination status of patrons visiting the venue.

13 Oct – City of Melbourne’s Quick Response Grants
$4,000 to develop/present new work from November 2021–May 2022. Support will be considered for online content.

14 Oct – Arts House Artist Opportunities

18 Oct – Multicultural Festivals and Events Funding
Grants from Creative Vic from $2,000–$50,000 for community organisations to deliver cultural festivals and events for their local communities.

19 Oct – West Space EOIs
For artists to develop work in 2022, for exhibition at Collingwood Yards in 2023. Receive $2,000 artist fee, $1,000 production budget and in-kind support.

19–26 Oct – Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising
Two-day workshop for Melbourne organisations and indies to learn the foundations of arts fundraising. Tickets cost $50.

22 Oct – Echo Collective’s In This Place Workshops
Disability-led collective story-telling project explores ways to tell stories connected to place and belonging. Workshops will cover improvisation, drawing, performing, writing, and voice.

23 Oct – Ba-gurrk Murrup (Women’s Spirit, Past, Present and Future)
Cultural Conversation livestream hosted by Geelong Arts Centre, featuring local First Nations women, as they share stories of connection to Country, place and self through their personal and creative journeys. Registration is free but essential.

25 Oct – MTC’s MinterEllison Future Directors Initiative
4 paid Assistant Director positions available in 2022 for Melbourne-based early to mid-career theatre directors. Applications close 25 Oct.

Geelong Arts Centre’s Creative Engine – Artists Accelerate
Free professional development sessions: Writing About Yourself and Your Practice on 28 Oct, Participation and Co-Creation in Live Performance on 2 Dec.

New Child Safe Standards from 1 July 2022
Organisations will need to comply with Victoria’s new Child Safe Standards from 1 July 2022, with key changes including families and communities’ involvement with child safety, and a greater focus on safety for Aboriginal children. Read the information sheet and a comparison on the current and new Child Safe Standards.


11 Oct–Tasmanian Aboriginal Arts Mentoring Scheme (TAS)
$10,000 for TAS Aboriginal artists 25 and under to undertake mentorship, and TAS arts organisations to mentor a young Aboriginal artist.

17 Oct–Propel Youth Arts WA–Project KickstART Festival EOIs (WA)
Inviting artists aged 12-26 and youth-led organisations to pitch their project/workshop/performance to showcase at next year’s KickstART Festival. Successful applicants will receive in-kind venue, artist fee, and promotional support.

1 Nov – ASSITEJ Next Generation Program
Residency for artists 36 years or younger to attend the Bibu Biennial and ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 17–22 May 2022 in Sweden. Accommodation, full registration/access to events and workshops, and food is provided. Successful applicants may apply for a partial travel grant.

Carclew’s DIY Mono Club
Download a do-it-yourself guide to running your own virtual book-club, exploring the monologue scripts from This Was Urgent Yesterday.

Arts as Science: Childhood and the Contemporary Scene
Online interview with researcher and theatre director Melissa Ferreira, who talks about her post-doctoral research on the presence of children in the contemporary scene. The interview is conducted in Portuguese, with English closed captions.


Spin Circus – Adelaide Fringe Training EOIs
4-week training course from 22 Feb–18 March 2022 during Adelaide Fringe. Focused training on offer includes hand balancing, partner acrobatics, contortion, cyr wheel and breakdance. Send EOIs to with your name, age, home city, preferred specialty and any questions.

TNA 2021– 2024 CaPT Strategy
In collaboration with our CaPT committee we have completed a 2021–2024 CaPT strategy that will help focus our work over the next three years. This work will deepen our engagement with the sector and contribute to developing a sustainable and equitable sector. You can find details of the strategy on the TNA website.

Circus and its Others 2021: Digital Conference
Put the date in your diary: 4–7 Nov 2021 and check out Circus and its Others website for updates.


  • Cara Kirkwood has stepped down as Head of Combined Arts at Australia Council for the Arts to take up a new role as Head of Indigenous Engagement & Strategy at the National Gallery from 11 Oct.
  • Mayella Koroi has been appointed First Nations Lead Associate Producer at APAM.
  • Alice Hatton has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior Producer at Performing Lines NSW.
  • David Williams is joining Team Tantrum as Creative Producer for the remainder of 2021.
  • Angharad Wynne-Jones has stepped down as Head of Creative Engagement at the Arts Centre Melbourne to take up a new role as Head of Audience Engagement at the State Library of Victoria.
  • Chip Rolley has been appointed Head of Talks & Ideas at the Sydney Opera House.
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has appointed Ghita Loebenstein to the newly created role of Head of Cinemas, commencing18 Oct.
  • John O’Brien has been appointed to the role of Executive Director at Arts Upper Hunter.
  • Blake Taylor is ActNow Theatre’s new Program Coordinator.
  • Elaine Chia has stepped down from her role as Executive Director at Adelaide Festival, to take up a new role as CEO of a major interstate cultural project. The Adelaide Festival Board will commence recruitment of a new Executive Director later this year.
  • Anne Dunn has been appointed as Executive Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer at Sydney Theatre Company. Anne has been the Executive Director of Sydney Dance Company since 2010.
  • Jacob Boehme has been appointed Director of First Nations Programs at Carriageworks.
  • Danielle Andrews steps down as Communications Officer and Producer at Orana Arts to take up a new role as Content Assistant at Screen Queensland.


Multiple roles, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply now.
Multiple roles, The Australian Ballet (VIC). Apply now.
Multiple roles, Michael Cassel Group (NSW, VIC). Apply now.
Marketing & Communications Manager, Chunky Move (VIC). Apply by 7 Oct.
Theatre Manager, Cummins Theatre (WA). Apply by 7 Oct.
Marketing Coordinator, La Boite (QLD) Apply by 7 Oct.
Head of Wardrobe, Bangarra Dance Theatre (NSW). Apply by 8 Oct.
Volunteers Coordinator, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apply by 10 Oct.
Production Coodinator, Events, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apply by 11 Oct.
Administration & Digital Services Officer, Writing NSW (NSW). Apply by 10 Oct.
Development Manager, Monkey Baa (NSW). Apply by 11 Oct.
Backstage Wardrobe Supervisors, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 12 Oct.
Customer Service Consultant, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TAS). Apply by 15 Oct.
Head of Staging, Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD). Apply by 15 Oct.
Ticketing Coordinator, Cairns Regional Council (QLD). Apply by 17 Oct.
Social Media and Content Coordinator, La Mama Theatre (VIC). Apply by 17 Oct.
Venue Operations Manger, The National Theatre (VIC). Apply by 17 Oct.
Development Coordinator, Malthouse Theatre (VIC). Apply by 18 Oct.
Production Manager, Belvoir (NSW). Apply by 18 Oct.
Marketing Manager, Placemarkers* (QLD). Apply by 18 Oct.
Communications Officer (part-time), Propel Youth Arts WA (WA). Apply by 19 Oct.
Digital Marketing Coordinator, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (VIC). Apply by 19 Oct.
Finance and Administration Officer (part-time), Propel Youth Arts WA (WA). Apply by 19 Oct.
Producer for Children, Families And Creative Learning, Sydney Opera House Trust (NSW). Apply by 21 Oct.
Marketing Director, DarkLab, MONA (TAS). Apply by 22 Oct.
Lecturer, Performing Arts, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WA). Apply by 27 Oct.
Production and Technical Manager, Australian Theatre for Young People (NSW). Apply by 27 Oct.


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Compiled by Wen-Juenn Lee for Theatre Network Australia.
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