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TNA E-News Sep 2018


Grant Writing Workshop as part of Sidesault Festival
Facilitated by TNA and Auspicious Arts Projects, this workshop looks at the fundamentals of a grant application. Learn strategies and get tips for building your project budget. 1pm – 3pm, Mon 15 Oct at Circus Oz, Collingwood, VIC. Tickets are $10 and go towards an artist bursary. Book here.

TNA’s CaPT Sector Gathering – Free event
TNA is hosting a Circus and Physical Theatre sector gathering from 3.30 – 5.30pm on Mon 15 Oct at The Melba Spiegeltent, Circus Oz, Collingwood, Victoria. Free event. Non CaPT people welcome! Book here.

Safe Theatres Workshop on Tue 9 Oct – FREE
Save the date for 10am – 2pm, Tue 9 Oct at Arts Centre Melbourne, on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Bullying. Hear from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, learn more about LPA’s Code of Practice, and join roundtable discussions with colleagues. This workshop is hosted by Creative Victoria in partnership with TNA, MTC, Malthouse, LPA and Arts Centre Melbourne. Contact TNA to stay in the loop. 

8 Oct – AICV’s State Election Arts Debate, National Gallery of Victoria
In the lead up to the State Election, the Arts Industry Council of Victoria (AICV) have invited representatives from the major parties to present their vision for Victoria’s cultural future. Mon 8 Oct 2018, Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria. Forum facilitated by ABC presenter, Sami Shah. Free event. Bookings essential. Register here. 

TNA Resource Pick: Audio & slides from Anat Shenker-Osorio’s Talk on Race-Class
Watch cognitive linguist, Anat Shenker-Osorio, present findings on a multi-phase project to build an effective new narrative on race-class. Australian Progress hosted this public talk in Melbourne last month, in which Anat draws parallels to her research with Australia’s socio-political context. This link includes the talk’s slideshow.


5 Sep – FLOCK: Join the movement of independent artists in Perth! Next gathering tonight!
FLOCK is a free monthly forum series for Perth’s independent artists featuring a creative workshop and facilitated discussion. FLOCK #3 is TONIGHT, Wed 5 Sep, hosted by St George’s Cathedral – Dance and Theatre Program. Workshop by Jay Emmanuel, debrief and discussion facilitated by Daisy Sanders. Book now ($10 deposit refunded on the night). Click here to follow the Flock! Read the Flock Manifesto.

28 Sep – Apply now for the Australia Council’s Arts Leaders and Future Leaders Programs
These programs offer development opportunities for arts leaders at all career stages and include intensive residentials, online workshops and projects. Future Leaders Program applications close on 28 Sep 2018. Arts Leaders Program applications close on 26 Oct 2018. Read more.

11 Sep – Ian Potter Cultural Trust – Round 3 closes next week
The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. Round 3 applications close 11 Sep 2018. Apply here.

Live Performance Australia (LPA) releases new Code of Practice
LPA has released the Australian Live Performance Industry code of practice to prevent workplace discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and bullying. This code – developed with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) – mirrors that released by Screen Producers Australia (SPA). The LPA code came into effect on 3 Sep 2018.

Unpacking the Independent Producer / Artist Relationship
‘Tips for Engaging an Independent Producer’ by Indie Producer, Erin Milne, unpacks the role of the producer and outlines possible questions for artists to consider when engaging a producer. Read on Arts Hub. Read on TNA website. Independent producer, Laura Milke Garner has also published an article calling for artists to reconsider some of the negative stereotypes they have about the producer’s role.

25 Sep – ActNow Theatre: Arts Pathway Program in Adelaide for First Nations people – FREE
This Arts Pathway Program is for First Nations people interested in developing careers in the arts. The three-day workshop series will run from 10am – 5pm, Tue 25 – Thur 27 Sep in the Adelaide CBD. Free workshop, catering provided. Participants from regional SA can apply for funding to cover their travel and accommodation costs.

21 Sep – BlackWrights: ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s brand-new artist development program
BlackWrights is designed to bring new First Nations work to the stages of Australia. Collaborate with other First Nations artists through two streams: 1. The Creators Program is a paid opportunity over a 12-month period. 2. The Master Labs are a series of hands-on theatre workshops. Expressions of Interest close 3pm Fri 21 Sep. Note that this is a national opportunity, but no travel allowance is supplied. Read more.

2 Oct – Australia Council Grant Programs – Next round closes soon
The next round of Australia Council grants closes Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019. This includes: Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups – $5,000 – $25,000; Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups – $10,000 – $50,000; Arts Projects – Organisations – $10,000 – $100,000; and Playing Australia for individuals and organisations touring costs.

QLD Chamber of Arts and Culture announces Regional Arts Services Network
Last week the QLD Arts Minister, Leeanne Enoch MP, announced the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) has now been established to prioritise local needs and build networking and collaboration across regions and between artists and companies. Following an extensive two-stage EOI process, eight service providers will form the network. Read the full list here.

New LPA pay rates and related industry resources from Performing Lines
From 1 July this year, minimum pay rates under the Live Performance Award 2010 (the Award) increased. Read this fantastic summary from the Performing Lines team and be sure to check out the related content at the bottom of the page, including a marketing resource.

4 Nov – ABC RN Call Out: Published writers for Drama series pitch
The ABC is looking for radio and podcast drama series from experienced writers who are new to the audio medium. You must be a published writer to submit a work. Submissions close 4 Nov. More info here.

26 Sep – Artist registration for the 2019 Adelaide Fringe closes soon
Anyone with a creative vision can register an event. Registrations close on 26 September 2018. Be sure to check out the FringeWORKS podcast for artist programs and opportunities. More info here.

Original scripts sought for Totem Short Play program
Totem’s Short Play Program includes mentoring by Award-winning NT playwright Sandra Thibodeaux. Attend individual script development sessions and 3 group workshops this October. Selected scripts will be staged in 2019 by a team of directors and actors at Totem Theatre’s Short Play Festival. Submissions close September 16. More info.

Arts Industry Council SA – Letter to the Sector
On Wed 22 Aug, the South Australian Government terminated the employment of Mr Peter Louca as the Executive Director of Arts South Australia and abolished the position of Executive Director. Read the response from Arts Industry Council SA here.

10 Oct – Adelaide Fringe Honey Pot EOIs open soon
Honey Pot is Adelaide Fringe’s arts marketplace. It provides a dynamic matchmaking service for Industry and Artist delegates during the festival. EOIs open on Mon 10 Oct. Read more here.

Storyteller’s Guide to Storytelling – Alice Springs
In this workshop, storyteller Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky will talk about how stories work structurally and how they influence our lives and our ideas. 7pm – 8.30pm, Thur 20 Sep at Red Hot Arts, 67 Bath St Alice Springs as part of Desert Festival. More info.

WITS: Women in Theatre and Screen – 
WITS is a Sydney-based artist collective fighting for real workable change to ensure that women are represented equally across theatre and screen in Australia. As part of the strategy, WITS and have a database which recognises and celebrates Australian female playwrights and significant female roles. View the database. Follow WITS on Facebook to keep an eye out for upcoming events.

Applications for the Dance Artist Residency – Hopetoun, WA
This 8 week program is open to sharing the schedule between two artists over two residencies. Dance Artist 1: Mon 8 Oct 2018 – Mon 5 Nov 2018 Dance Artist 2: Sun 4 Nov 2018 – Tue 4 Dec 2018. Open to experienced dancers and dance teachers passionate about dance accessibility in remote regions. More info.

Artist Cards for Australian Arts Festivals
A reminder that most arts festivals offer discounted tickets to practising artists – it’s just a matter of applying! Melbourne Festival (Oct 2018) Industry Memberships are capped at the first 300 approved applicants. Applications for Sydney Festival (Jan 2019) Arts Pass program close 14 Oct 2018. Keep an eye out for other festival passes as programs are announced.

10 Oct – Regional Arts Australia: Artlands Program Announced
The Artlands program is now available. It’s not too late to register. This year’s gathering will be held in Bendigo and Castlemaine from 10 – 14 October 2018.


6 Sep – Arts House 2019–20: CultureLAB EOIs close tomorrow!
Arts House invites CultureLAB expressions of interest for the financial year 2019–20. Priority focus is on independent, new and emerging practice. Selected artists will be invited to discuss projects. There is an investment of up to $10,000 for research and creative development of projects led by independent artists on site at Arts House. CultureLAB is supported by Creative Victoria. More info.

7 Sep – Theatre Works – New Public Programming streams
Apply now for one of three new creative programming streams at Theatre Works in 2019. ‘Because Now’ – financial support for five new works; ‘Because Heart’ – subsidised venue hire and in-kind support and mentorship for artist and works; and ‘Because Future’ – training, education, development, and thought leadership. EOIs close this Fri 7 Sep. Read more.

7 Sep – Milke Performing Arts Grant 
Got a brilliant idea for a new work? This grant offers full producing services & strategy plus financial support of $2000 from MILKE for one premiere season of an original work to be delivered by 1 Dec 2019. Applications close this Fri 7 Sep at midnight. Apply here.

8 Sep – Feldenkrais Discovery Day at Abbotsford Convent – FREE
Immerse yourself and discover the ways that the Feldenkrais Method is being utilised across health, community and performing arts. Program runs from 10am – 4pm at Abbotsford Convent and includes keynote presentations, individual sessions and group classes. More info here.

12 Sep – EOIs for Dance Massive Public Participatory project close next week
This brand new initiative for the 2019 festival (12-24 March). Submit your ideas for an innovative large-scale participatory dance project to activate public space in Melbourne. A financial contribution of $15,000 is available, along with marketing, digital and publicity support for the project. EOIs close 9am on Wed 12 Sep.

18 Oct – Advocacy: Arts West & Substation host state election candidates
Arts West has invited candidates for the Victorian state election in November to share their vision for arts and culture in the west. Meet your local candidates, hear their policies and ask them questions over morning tea. Click here to see the list of confirmed speakers. 10.30am – 1pm, Thur 18 Oct 2018, The SUBSTATION, 1 Market St, Newport VIC 3015. Free event, bookings essential.

19 September – The Show Must (Not) Go On: A Game Changers Conversation – Free
Delve into the #MeToo movement through performances and conversations in this free Game Changers Conversation, part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Where are we now, and how do we continue this conversation? Hear from Van Badham, Candy Bowers & Jennifer Piper. 6pm – 7.30pm, Wed 19 Sept. VU at MetroWest (138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC). Register your interest.

24 Sep – Monash Academy of Performing Arts: Grant for new work – $15,000
Submit your proposal for Monash Academy of Performing Arts’ (MAPA) 2019 ‘Works in Progress’ commission. One $15,000 award will be granted for a new work to be premiered in May 2019 as part of MAPA’s newly created annual program of performing arts events, MLIVE. Commission submissions close 24 Sep. More info.

12 Oct – Geelong After Dark 2019 Expressions of Interest
Geelong After Dark is on the hunt. Expressions of Interest are sought from artists and collectives to explore the 2019 theme, Heighten Your Senses. Held from 6pm Friday 3 May, Geelong After Dark is an annual artistic exploration of Central Geelong. Applications close 12 Oct. About the festival.

Foundry 658 reminder – closes Dec
Expressions of interest are open to participate in Foundry658, an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy, delivered by State Library Victoria and ACMI. Foundry658 will support creative people to transform ideas into sustainable businesses, including non-profit. Submissions close Dec 2018. More info.

Open Call – Artist in Residence – The Space, Melbourne
This 4 week artist residency will run from 5  Nov – 8 Dec 2018 at The Space Dance & Arts Centre in Prahran Melbourne. Performance outcomes in Melbourne on the 29 Nov at Theatre Works and Sydney on 1 Dec at Critical Path​. Open to 4 International artists and 5 local artists to explore Cultural Diversity and Cross Cultural Communication with non-linguistic medium. More info here.

Research Project: ‘Consent in the Creative Industries’
Monash University research student, Brodie Paparella, and supervisor Dr Ben Eltham, are currently seeking to connect with creative workers of any artistic discipline to discuss consent and sexual harassment as safety issues in creative workplaces. Participation is anonymous and not dependent on whether you have experienced a breach of professional consent. Those from a diverse range of industry occupations and cultural contexts, gender and sexuality identities, and experiences living with disability are strongly encouraged to email Brodie

15 & 16 Sep – Symposium on the Art of Embodiment at Abbotsford Convent
Thinking Bodies: Moving Minds is a Symposium on the Art of Embodiment at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne on 15 & 16 Sep. Program includes movement workshops, presentations and discussion, reflection and professional development. Anyone with an interest in dance and somatic movement arts, education and therapy is welcome. Register here.


7 Sep – Australia Council: Asian Producers’ Platform Camp 2018 – Indonesia
Expressions of Interest to attend the 5th iteration of the Asia Producers’ Platform (APP) gathering, taking place between Yogyakarta and Jakarta, Indonesia, close this Fri 7 Sep. Camp takes place from 31 Oct – 6 Nov 2018. More info here.

6 Sep – Applications for the 2019 Asialink Leaders Program are now open
The Asialink Leaders Program is Australia’s pre-eminent Asia leadership program, designed to build the skills, knowledge and networks to successfully position you and your organisation to meet the increasing demand for effective Asia engagement. Join one of the forthcoming information sessions in Melbourne (6 Sep) Sydney (10 Sep) Brisbane (20 Sep). More info here.

9 Sep – Apply for a writing residency in Switzerland
The Fondation Jan Michalski Residences offers residencies in “treehouses” in Montricher, Switzerland. Open to all types of writing for projects by individuals or pairs. In 2019, a percentage of the residences will be dedicated to writing that raises awareness of nature, sustainable living, and the impact of human actions on nature. 2019 applications close 9 Sep 2018. More info.

23 Sep – Open Call for artists and scholars to join TRAVERS
TRAVERS is a multidisciplinary project that facilitates a two-year journey covering a range of collaborative camps. The first stop takes place from 26 Nov to 1 Dec 2018 at Glyptoteket in Copenhagen. Set up camp in the finest collection of ancient art. TRAVERS is free to join until 23 September. More info here.

26 Sep – Call for Participants: Deep Space 2018 – Arts and Technology, Ireland
The SPACE Programme 2018, is now open for applications from creatives who are interested in exploring the intersection of arts and technology. Residency runs from 18 – 25 Nov 2018 at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. Submissions close 5pm, Wed 26 Sep, 2018. Read more here.

UGTE Int’l Performing Arts Conference – Proposals, Rego and Theatre Lab, Austria
Explore the ‘Bridge between Tradition and Contemporaneity’ in performing arts. Program includes practical workshops and seminars, performances, interactive lectures and more. The pre-conference Theatre Lab includes intensive practical training, lectures and discussions with director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko. Conference from 17 – 21 Dec 2018 in Austria, Lab from 13 Dec. Click on the links for more info: Proposals | Registrations | Theatre Lab

ArtUniverse Scholarships
Open to actors, dancers, directors, choreographers and students for participation in the International Physical Theater Workshop at Retzhof Castle in Austria. Lab Dates: January 3-9, 2019. More info.

Podcasts on Arts Equator brings together information, articles, events and ideas from Southeast Asia into one carefully curated site. Check out the podcast series here.


24/25 Sep – Artplay & Melbourne Fringe – Professional Development Opportunities – FREE
In partnership with Melbourne Fringe, ArtPlay has two free professional development opportunities for artists creating theatre with and for children. In Pushing the Limits (24th Sep) Sibylle Peters unpacks the process of creating experimental work for children using Live Art principles. In Make it Strong (25th Sep) Sue Giles challenges you to develop your original beautiful idea into a rigorous theatrical concept.

20 Sep – Call for productions: 2019 ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Kristiansand, Norway
ASSITEJ has an open call for productions and workshops for the Artistic Gathering in Kristiansand, Norway in 2019. Submission deadline is Thur 20 Sep, 2018.  Find out more.

ASSITEJ Beijing Gathering – Report from Aussie delegates
The recent gathering in China included a delegation of 14 Australians showcasing work and workshops which were received with enormous interest. Read reflections from Sara Strachan and Jim Lawson here.

2019 Directors in TYA – International Exchange at Theater STRAHL Berlin, Germany
ASSITEJ Centres all over the world have been invited to nominate TYA Directors to participate in an International Exchange from 2 – 9 June 2019 at Theater STRAH in Berlin. Known globally as the International Directors’ Seminar, this program is offered to 25 directors from all over the world. Submit your CV and rationale to TNA by Wed 19 Sep for assessment by a selection panel consisting of peers and past recipients. Apply here.


17 Sep – Flying Trapeze Coaching Course – Byron Bay
This course is hosted by Circus Arts Byron Bay and consists of two stages. Stage 1 runs from 17 – 20 Sep and is for those taking first steps towards coaching flying trapeze. Stage 2 runs from 21 – 23 Sep and is for those signing off as a coach. Places are limited. Read more here.

15 Oct – TNA’s CaPT Sector Gathering & Grant Writing Workshop
Join TNA and the Sidesault artists at the Circus and Physical Theatre sector gathering. Catch up on national updates, discuss sector issues and network with your peers. 3.30 – 5.30pm, Mon 15 Oct at The Melba Spiegeltent, Circus Oz, Collingwood VIC. Free event, book here. | TNA and Auspicious Arts Projects will also host a Grant Writing Workshop before the sector gathering: 1pm – 3pm, Mon 15 Oct in the Circus Oz Studio space. Tickets are $10 and contribute to an artist bursary.

25 Nov – 4th Australian Circus Festival dates announced for 2019
The 2019 Australian Circus Festival will be held from 25 Nov – 1 Dec 2019 under the Hudson’s Circus big top in Brisbane, QLD. Entries are now open. Locals & Internationals can apply for the Community Circus, Pre-Professional competition division and “Cirqueability” (Sensory friendly show for artists with disabilities) here.

Mullum Circus Festival set for 2020
After much consideration, Spaghetti Circus has announced it will present the Mullum Circus Festival (MCF) in September 2020. With an extra year of planning, they will produce this well-loved, vital event in a more sustainable and vibrant way. Training Program will run from 28 Sep – 1 Oct 2020, with the Festival Weekend scheduled for 2 – 4 October 2020. More info and sign up here.

19 Jan – Karnidale – Circus Festival and Training Program in WA
Lunar presents Karnidale on 19 & 20 Jan 2019. The International training project and Lunar Circus Summer School will also be held from 7 – 11 Jan, and 13 – 17 Jan 2019. Join the Lunar mailing list to find out about Early Bird tickets on sale this September. More info here.


  • Arts leader Catherine Jones commences as Director of APAM.
  • Luke Kerridge announced as Artistic Director of Barking Gecko Theatre.
  • Anouk van Dijk steps down from her role as Artistic Director of Chunky Move.
  • Richard Watts appointed as Chair of La Mama Theatre.
  • Roslyn Helper appointed as Artistic Director of Next Wave.
  • Steph Urruty announced as Program Manager  and Tanya Dickson as Creative Producer– Children, Families, Young People (ArtPlay SIGNAL) for Arts Melbourne, City of Melbourne.
  • Natalie Weir steps down after ten years as Artistic Director of Expressions Dance Company.
  • Tim Orton to succeed Maureen Wheeler as Chair of the Melbourne International Arts Festival Board at the end of the 2018 festival.
  • Tom Pritchard appointed as Studio Producer of Lucy Guerin Inc.
  • Eight mid-career artists announced as the 2018 Sidney Myer Creative FellowsSarah Blasko, Merindah Donnelly, Nicola Gunn, Jonathan Jones, Anna Krien, James Mangohig, S.J Norman, and Nick Power. 
  • CAAP Directors announced with STC, QT and MTC artists selected for the CAAP Directors Initiative, a program supported by the three biggest theatre companies in Australia to propel Asian Australian directors on to the main stage.
  • Fiona Ford and Dr Teresa De Fazio join the Multicultural Arts Victoria board.


Various roles, Sydney Story Factory (NSW). Apps close ASAP.
Aboriginal Producer, Carriageworks (NSW). Apps close 7 Sep.
Independent Producer for UK oral performance maker, Pamela Neil (Aus). More info.
Philanthropy Coordinator, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apps close 7 Sep.
Various roles, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apps close 7 Sep.
Communications Manager, Artback NT (NT). Apps close 10 Sep.
Open Teaching Tutors, NIDA (NSW & SA). Apps close from 10 Sep.
Technical Manager, Melbourne International Arts Festival (VIC). Apps close 11 Sep.
Artistic Director, Expressions Dance Company (QLD). Apps close 14 Sep.
Artist Operations Coordinator, MONA FOMA (TAS). Apps close 24 Sep.
Artistic Director, Rambert (UK). Apps close 24 Sep.
Artistic Director, Marian St Theatre for Young People (NSW). Apps close 30 Sep.
Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning), WAAPA (WA). Apps close 30 Sep.
Male Dancers, Rambert/Lloyd Newson (International). Sydney Auditions 21 Oct.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.

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