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Australian Theatre Forum Keynotes Announced – some categories nearly full. 
With keynote speakers announced, it’s time to book your spot, look over the ATF program and start planning your time wisely! We look forward to seeing you all in Adelaide from 3 – 5 October. Get in touch if you have any questions about the program, registration or transport.

Playbox Series by Read ST KILDA TALES By Raimondo Cortese
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 enjoy ST KILDA TALES By Raimondo Cortese.

TNA announces new Circus and Physical Theatre strategy
TNA has now finalised an agreement with Creative Victoria, fully endorsed by the former Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association (ACAPTA) membership, to take on some of the services that ACAPTA used to provide. We think this is an exciting new era for the sector. TNA acknowledges the great achievements of ACAPTA and the years of commitment and passion by staff and board, in particular Anni Davey, Kat Gill, and former Director Gail Kelly. Read about TNA’s new strategy here. 


12 Sep – Apply now for the Ian Potter Cultural Trust – Up to $10,000
Offering grants up to $10,000, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust assists emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. Round 3 applications will close on Tuesday 12 Sept, 2017 for travel/projects commencing after 15 Dec 2017. More info here.

15 Sep – Call for Papers – “Circus and Science” conference at Australian National University
‘Imagineers in Circus and Science: Scientific Knowledge and Creative Imagination’ will take place at the Humanities Research Centre at ANU from 3 – 5 April 2018. Individual, 20-minute papers addressing any aspect of science and the circus (and related phenomena) accepted until 15 Sept 2017. Read more here.

25 Sept- 1 Oct Mullum Circus Festival & Training Program
Enjoy four days of intensive circus training in a vast array of specialities from Australia’s best trainers and performers, at Mullumbimby, NSW. TNA will also be consulting with the CaPT sector here. More Info Here

3 Oct – Nominations now open for two Australia Council for the Arts award programs
The Australia Council is now calling for nominations for the 2018 Awards. The closing date is Oct 3 2017. The awards recognise artists from artforms including music, literature, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, dance, and community arts and cultural development. First Nations’ artists also have the opportunity to be nominated for the National Indigenous Arts Awards. Nominations close on 3 Oct. About the Awards.

4 Sep – Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund and Artist Registrations
Australian artists, groups or organisations thinking of presenting ambitious contemporary art in any category in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe are invited to submit a grant application to the Artist Fund, closing 4 Sept 5pm (ACST). Read about the fund here. Artist registrations for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe close on 4 Oct 2017. Register your event here.

2 Oct – Apply now for CPA’s MATCH Lab
Creative Partnerships Australis is accepting applications for MATCH Lab – a matched funding and professional development program for independent artists and artistic groups. Boost your fundraising skills, raise money for your next project and learn how to build a sustainable arts practice. Applications close 12pm AEST, Monday, 2 October 2017. Guidelines and eligibility.

30 Nov – Arts NSW announces new event: ‘ArtState’ – Save the date!
Increasingly, city and metropolitan art organisations are looking to regional arts as successful models for sustainability and innovation. Arts NSW is picking up on the momentum generated by these trending conversations from Artlands Dubbo in 2016. The inaugural event, presented in partnership with Arts Northern Rivers in Lismore from 30 Nov – 3 Dec 2017, is expected to gather 200 arts industry delegates. Read more here.

24 Sep – Australian Dance Awards $50/$40
Ausdance Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne present the 2017 Australian Dance Awards (ADA) to be held at The Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne from 7pm on Sunday 24 Sept. Recognise and honour dance artists, educators and administrators across 12 categories. Tickets and info.

25 Sep – National Dance Forum
The 2017 two-day forum will focus on strengthening the dance sector’s capacity within the digital domain. Led by Ausdance National and produced by Ausdance Victoria, the forum will be held on 25 & 26 September 2017 at the Victorian College of the Arts. Info and registration.

26 Sep – Fringe World Perth 2018: Present your work Downstairs at ‘The Maj’
Australian Cabaret Enterprises is looking for 50 minute cabaret, theatre and comedy shows to present in an intimate downstairs 140-seat cabaret venue at His Majesty’s Theatre and at King’s Lair – an 80-seat pop-up venue – in January 2018 as part of Fringe World Festival in Perth. Registrations close 26 Sept 2017. Selected works will be considered for regional WA tours and the 2018 Melbourne Cabaret Festival. More info here.

3 Oct – Australia Council: ‘Arts Projects for Individual and Groups’ Grant Round 3 closes 
The Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date. Closing date is Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018. Read more here.


7 Sep – The (NEW!) Creators Fund – $20,000 to $50,000 grants available
Open to individual creative practitioners and collectives across all disciplines, at all career stages, the program supports a sustained period of intensive development, research and/or experimentation in order to create original new works. Applications will be accepted for requests between $20,000 and $50,000 for a funded period between 3 months and 6 months. Applications close Thursday, 7 Sept 2017 at 5pm. About the Fund.

10 Sep – Submit an EOI for White Night 2018
Artist EOIs are now being accepted for White Night Melbourne, 7pm Saturday 17 Feb – 7am Sunday 18 Feb 2018. Pitched works and installations need to break conventions, be innovative and original and should consider the 2018 theme: ‘What If?’ EOIs close midnight Sunday 10 Sept. More info here.

3 Oct – ArtPlay Artist Workshop: Making a place for dance with children – FREE
Weave Movement Theatre is a dance/movement performance company comprising people with and without disabilities. Artists Janice Florence and Jennifer Tran​ will deliver a free hands-on workshop designed to showcase the company’s techniques for creating inclusive and integrated dance spaces for children. 5.30pm – 7.30pm, 3 Oct 2017 at ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, behind Fed Square. More info here.

21 Oct – Professional Theatre Makers’ Masterclass at Melbourne Festival $40
As part of the Melbourne Festival, theatre maker Halory Goerger – co-director of Germinal – will present a two-day masterclass for professional artists on Sat 21 and Sun 22 October from 10am – 12.30pm at Creative Spaces Guild, Southbank. $40 per participant. To be considered for a Melbourne Festival funded place, check the box during the application process. More info here.

8 Sep – FCAC’s Generate 2017: Ethics and Self Determination workshop. From $175 up
Presented as part of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Professional and Industry Development program, this session focuses on authorship, ownership, and developing programs with communities in ways that ensure sustainable and respectful, self-determined relationships and experiences. Join Tania Cañas (RISE Refugees) on Friday 8 Sept, 9:30am – 1:30pm at FCAC. More info here.

21 Sep – Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency – Apply Now
Two artists will receive an honorarium of $2,500, access to Convent staff for support and mentoring, a marketing and communications package and access to a studio space for a 6 month period. Works created through the studio residency will be presented at the Convent. Available residencies are 22 Dec 2017 – 22 June 2018 and 25 June 2018 – 21 Dec 2018. Apps close 5pm Thursday 21 Sept. Read more here.

1 Oct – EOIs for the Playking Travel Grant
Playking Foundation, in association with Arts Centre Melbourne, offers travel grants to assist Australian artists establish creative connections and pursue performing arts collaborations in Asia. Two new EOI rounds have been announced: Closing date 1 October, 2017 and closing date 23 March, 2018. About the grants.

Save the Dates: 2017 Victorian Touring Workshop and Showcase Victoria 2018
The 2017 Victorian Touring Workshop will be held on Thursday 16 November at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre. Presented by VAPAC, TNA and Regional Arts Victoria, the workshop provides practical advice all about touring and networking opportunities. Showcase Victoria 2018 has been announced for 17 & 18 April 2018 at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre. Program applications open 1 Nov and will close on 4 Dec 2017. Keep an eye on the links above for more info.


5 Sep – Applications close for IETM’s Caravan Tbilisi & Yerevan 2017
IETM is calling for applicants to join the caravan through Georgia and Armenia from 2 – 8 October 2017. Journey includes networking and artistic programs within the Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre and HIGH FEST International. Participation fees: IETM members free; Non-members €100 excluding meals, accommodation, transport and tickets. Apply by 5 Sept 2017. More info here.

3 Oct – Australia Council Residency: The BR Whiting Studio in Rome, Italy
The BR Whiting Studio residency is a 6 month opportunity for artists to direct their own program of activity and expand their practice and networks in Rome. Open to literature applicants (includes arts writers, playwrights and librettists), applications close 3 October. More info here.


Celebrating (and revitalising?) Lowdown Magazine
Helen Hristofski (Barking Gecko) was recently avoiding doing budgets, and found boxes of old Lowdown magazines. She loved seeing Noel Jordan flexing his biceps, Graeme Gavin’s mullet, Wesley Enoch in high-top sneakers… and shoulder pads and fringe perms on the ladies! But she also loved the rich articles and is proposing a pilot Lowdown 2.0. Articles, papers, research and evaluation would be sought from the sector, along with ‘where are they now’ updates. Helen, along with Sue Giles and Fraser Corfield, will be discussing this with the sector at the ATF and the Youth Arts Summit. In the meantime, Tony Mack’s digital archive is a beautiful thing!

Register for the 2017 National Youth Arts Summit Carclew, Adelaide, Friday 6 October.
Located in and around the iconic Carclew House and immediately following the Australian Theatre Forum, the 2017 National Youth Arts Summit will bring together artists, arts workers and young creatives who are engaged in art making with, and for, children and young people, in all art forms, across the country. Registrations and Info Here.

MASTERCLASS: The artistry of the youth arts facilitator. Sat 7 October, 10am-2pm.
Carclew also invites delegates to stay an extra day to participate in this rare and exciting professional development opportunity for artists working within the youth arts arena. Registrations and Info Here.


  • Veronica Pardo to step down as Executive Director of Arts Access Victoria at the end of 2017 in order to transition leadership to an Executive Director with a disability.
  • Marion Potts to finish as Australia Council’s Director, Theatre in order to take the reins as Executive Producer of Performing Lines.
  • Sue Donnelly leaves Queensland Theatre to take up the role as Executive Director (Co-CEO) of Belvoir.
  • Lauren O’Dwyer steps down as Creative Industries Adviser to Martin Foley, to take up the role of Senior Adviser at Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • Clare Mckenzie finishes as Executive Producer of KAGE and continues with Ausdance VIC.
  • APACA enters a new era, under a new name: Performing Arts Connections – PAC Australia.With the new name comes a new strategic focus that responds to the evolving arts industry.
  • Lucy Hamilton finishes at Regional Arts Victoria to take on the role of General Manager/CEO of Express Media, while Ella Buchovaz finishes up at RAV for a new exciting role TBA.
  • Windmill Theatre Co has launched Windmill Pictures – a new arm of the company dedicated to developing screen projects from its live theatre repertoire.
  • Kate Hancock leaves Theatre Works to join the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) as Manager.
  • Liz Lewis to finish as Business and Administration Coordinator of PAC Australia (formerly APACA).
  • The 2017 Drover Award winners are: Touring Legend – Rachael Maza; The Drover Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre; The Drover Award for Tour of the Year – Monkey Baa’s The Peasant Prince with tour management by Arts on Tour.
  • Felix Preval appointed Artistic Director of Darwin Festival.


Office Manager, IFACCA (NSW). Apps close 6 Sep.
Client Relations & Events Officer, Cairns Regional Council (QLD). Apps close 10 Sep.
Digital Marketing Manager, Strut & Fret Production House (VIC). Apps close 11 Sep.
Education Manager, Monkey Baa Theatre Company (NSW). Apps close 11 Sep.
Graduate Course Coordinator, NIDA (NSW). Apps close 11 Sep.
Policy and Research Officer, Creative Industries Federation (UK). Apps close 11 Sep.
Business and Administration Coordinator, PAC Australia (WA). Apps close 11 Sep.
Philanthropy Coordinator, Sydney Fest, close 11 Sept.
Events Officer, City of Joondalup (WA). Apps close 12 Sep.
Creative Producer – Youth, Carclew in partnership with Country Arts SA (SA). Apps close 15 Sep.
Executive Producer, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (VIC). Apps close 15 Sep.
Major Gifts Manager, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apps close 15 Sep.
Associate Producer, Force Majeure, NSW. Apps close 18 Sep.
Front of House Manager, Matlhouse Theatre (VIC). Apps close 18 Sep.
Executive Director, Arts Access Victoria (VIC). Apps close 29 Sep.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons (in Macedonia) for Theatre Network Australia.
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