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TNA E-News – September 2021

Check out the TNA September E-News below, with national and Victorian arts news, industry goss, and current positions vacant. Make sure you sign up to receive the E-News in your inbox by using the form at the bottom of the page.


VIPI Producers Mentorship Program Round 3 Cohort
TNA is pleased to announce the third cohort of fabulous participants in the VIPI Producers Mentorship Program: Jenny Gay, Monique Grbec, Ching Ching Ho, Ripley Kavara, Luke Morris, Charice Rust, Melody Shotade, and Aisha Trambas. The third round of Unlocking Capacity will open in November this year, more info soon!

Support Act Covid-19 Crisis Relief Grants – $2000 and $2700
Support Act now offers COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants to live performing arts workers, including theatre, dance, circus and comedy. The program has been well received so far, with more than 1,000 applications received since the launch on 23 August. The grant is not competitive – if you are eligible, you will receive a grant. TNA is on the steering committee advising on criteria, application process and assessment.


7 Sept – Country Arts SA 2021 Regional Artist Retreat (SA)
Heavily subsidised 3-day residency for regional South Australian performing arts practitioners to test ideas and consider new collaborations. Deposit of $400, of which $335 is fully refundable.

7 Sept–10 Sept – Australian Performing Arts Exchange 2021
APAC’s PAX conference for performing arts professionals is fully online. Tiered pricing for independents who are PAC members begins at $144.

9 Sept – Call for independent artists to participate in a paid survey
The Australia Council is looking for independent artists to participate in a survey about accessing government COVID-19 assistance. To thank you for your time, they are offering a $50 gift card. Register your interest (not all will be surveyed) by 4pm AEST on 9 Sept.

10 Sept – ISPA’s Pitch New Works Applications
A platform to showcase new work with the International Society of Performing Arts, with remote pitches accepted and broadcast to an online congress. Past participants have secured additional project support, representation, touring opportunities, and international exposure. There is a non-refundable 50 USD submission fee.

10 Sept – Dance Makers Collective: Home Bodies
Paid project for dance makers in lockdown to create short bursts of dance to enliven their neighbourhood. $500 payment. EOIs close 10 Sept.

13 Sept – Arts and Culture COVID-19 Interruption Support (NT)
To support artists/arts workers in NT recover income or fees (e.g.venue hire, materials), lost from cancelled work due to lockdown restrictions introduced on 16 Aug.

Covid-19 Development Grants (NSW)
Support for development/creation of new works, employment of artists, and other activities. Up to $5,000 for individuals and groups, up to $10,000 for organisations. Applicants who have received NSW’s Performing Arts package are not eligible.

13 Sept – Critical Stages Touring ‘Come To Where I Am’ Playwriting Commissions
Successful story pitches receive $1500 writer’s fee, dramaturgical support from Paines Plough, and technical/editing services to write and perform a short play about the places that shaped them. Submissions close 13 Sept.

13 Sept – HOTA ArtKeeper (QLD)
Home of the Arts is offering 3 fixed-term contracts for artists to work, as artists, onsite 3 days a week from Oct 21–Feb 22. Artists will have access to a range of resources, making and working spaces to work on a creative project, with support from Wesley Enoch AM as Artist Provocateur.

13 Sept – Ability to Create 2022 EOIs (TAS)
City of Hobart are looking for 3 arts practitioners with skills in either: sound design, digital content, sculptural installation/set/theatre design to participate in a sensory exhibition. Practitioners receive $5,800 each; of this $1,300 will be allocated for materials/prep.
15–17 Sept – Arts Access: Meeting Place 2021 (QLD)

Disability-led two-day online forum on arts, culture and accessibility. In-person networking/workshop event available in Meanjin (Brisbane). $75 member price for the forum, $150 for non-members.

16 Sept – Griffin NSW Incubator Theatre Emerging Fellowship
Supporting emerging theatre practitioners with $2,000 and a 3-month residency at Griffin Theatre to undertake the creative developments of new work and professional mentorship with the company. At the end of the 3 months, a selected recipient will receive a $30,000 Fellowship to undertake a self-directed program.

16 Sept – NSW Musical Theatre Established Fellowship
Supporting an established composer and/or writer and/or creative group to develop a new work for musical theatre. $25,000 and industry mentorship from Hayes Theatre Co.

17 Sept – La Boite Opportunities: HWY & Stage-to-Screen (QLD)
Develop and showcase new work as part of HWY Live Program, in the Roundhouse Theatre, La Boite Studio or public space in Oct-Dec 2021 or Jan-Mar 2022. La Boite is also running a four-day intensive for playwrights/theatre-makers to develop an idea for screen. Participants receive $1,000, guidance, additional workshops with screen practitioners, and a chance to ‘pitch’ works to Screen Queensland representatives at its conclusion.

21 Sept – Australia Council Digital Business Model Innovation Lab
For six small to medium arts organisations to transform and digitally enable their core business model in partnership with Tata Consulting Services. Applications close 21 Sept.

21 Sept–14 Dec – Support Act’s Ethical Bystander Training – FREE
Training bystanders with the skills to call out and intervene when witness to derogatory comments, harassment or violent conduct. 4 training dates available from 21 Sept.

24 Sept – UTS Library Creative in Residence 2022 (NSW)
A 6-month residency including a stipend of $10,000 and a materials budget of $5,000 for a creative practitioner to develop and produce a new creative project that uses the UTS Library’s collection, community, services and spaces as its foundation.

30 Sept – Anne Kantor Fellowships
Fellows are employed for 12 months full-time at The Australia Institute or at a partner organisation to develop skills and experience in public policy and advocacy. The Anne Kantor Young Women Environmentalists Fellowship, supporting young women 18–27, opens 1 Oct.

11 Oct – Artsbridge Funding (TAS)
To support those based in TAS in their intrastate/interstate activities, or costs related to bringing artists to TAS for creative/professional development. Individuals can claim up to $3,000, a group can claim up to $10,000.

12 Oct – Australia Council’s First Nations Arts Awards (First Nations Only)
Red Ochre Award awards $50,000; the Dreaming Award awards $20,000; and the First Nations Emerging Career Development Award awards $10,000. All categories close 12 Oct.

12 Oct – Playing Australia Deadline Extended
The closing date for Australia Council’s Playing Australia (Touring Fund) has been extended to 12 Oct. The guidelines and application form will be available on site soon.

19 Oct – Critical Path Artist-led Research Residencies 2022 (NSW)
Funded residency for artists with a choreographic practice to undertake a research project of new ideas, process or practice development without a pre-determined product outcome.

26 Oct – Australia Council Awards 2022
Categories include Emerging and Experimental Arts; Theatre; Dance; Community Arts and Cultural Development. Awards are worth $25,000. Nominations close 26 Oct.

31 Dec – RISE Funding
After the latest round of funding, $20m has been distributed to recipients including Sculpture by the Sea, Cluster Arts, DRILL, and Melbourne Fringe. The Fund has $40 million remaining, until 31 December 2021 or until funds are allocated. Apply early to be assessed sooner.

Australia Council’s Digital Case Studies
Series of case studies profiling how leading practitioners are embracing digital platforms and mindsets to make innovative new work and build connections with audiences.

Diversity Arts Australia: Colour Cycle Podcast
Hosted by CEO Lena Nahlous in partnership with British Council Australia, Season 3 hopes to offer concrete strategies for change in the creative sector.

Learning from Others for Others – Online Visibility & Collection Project Callout
Samara Cunningham, recipient of Regional Arts Australia Fellowship 2021, invites artists to showcase their work and practice, with a focus on access, diversity and inclusion. Works will showcase in a free public webinar and online gallery. Unpaid but free to submit.

Keeping Creative: Impact of the Covid-19 Emergency on the Arts and Cultural Sector
A working document by the University of South Australia which charts the Covid-19 response by the Australian Federal and State governments and its impact on arts. Placed in a broader context with the responses of NZ, UK, Canada, Germany, France and the EU.


6 Sept – SEVENTH Gallery Exhibition EOIs
Successful artists receive a free exhibition space and a nominal fee of $200. Proposals for public programs including screenings, talks, workshops and performances are encouraged.

14 Sept – Moonee Valley Arts & Events Biannual Grants
Grants of $5,000 or $10,000, depending on scale, to support the delivery of community-focused arts projects and events in the Moonee Valley municipality.

15 Sept – Moreland’s Flourish Arts Recovery Program
Offering local artists up to $5,000 grants and arts organisations up to $10,000 grants to survive the impacts of Covid-19.

17 Sept – Committee Member EOIs
The Substation is seeking new committee members to join their Committee of Management, to offer industry knowledge in a range of fields. Applicants interested in The Substation and contemporary art are encouraged.

Inviting artists to work ‘hyperlocally’ with Performing Lines, and presenting partners Abbotsford Convent, Dancehouse, Darebin Arts, and The Substation. Work can be new, re-imagined, physical, and/or virtual. Successful artists will be given time, space and resources.

3 Oct – Making Space Creative Residency
Residency for artists with a connection to Moreland to develop or test a project at a partner venue such as the Brunswick Town Hall, BRUDI, Coburg Library, Blak Dot Gallery. Residents receive use of space for 1-5 months and a stipend of $1,000.

Covid-19 Rental Relief Grant
Victorians who have lost 20 percent or more of their income since May 2021, and who have negotiated a rental reduction with their landlord/real estate agent, will be eligible for a government rent contribution of up to $1,500. Tenants will need to be paying more than 30 percent of their income on rent, with an annual income limit of $62,860 for singles and $94,300 for couples. Payment will go directly to the landlord, on behalf of the tenant.


26 Sept – Darebin Arts Speakeasy: LET’S TAKEOVER
Offering artists aged 15–25 a budget and skills to develop as artists, producers and programmers, working on a multi-artform, participatory festival, Let’s Take Over, at Northcote Town Hall 26 Feb 2022. Successful participants are paid $2,800 to be part of the program.

2–3 Oct – Pivot: Arts Admin for Sustainable Careers Program (WA)
In-person and online workshops, panel discussions, forums and networking at The State Library of WA and The Art Gallery of WA for young and emerging artists and arts workers wanting to make their careers sustainable and commercially viable.

6-8 Oct – FOCUS Québec – Parcours Danse Satellite (Canada)
3-day virtual event held by La Maison Théâtre and Parcours Danse Satellite for theatre and dance professionals. Tickets cost $30 CAD.

IPAY CultureCrew Festival Registrations
The International Performing Arts for Youth’s Virtual Festival Registrations are now open. The Festival line-up includes Australia’s own Polyglot Theatre’s ‘Voice Lab’. Festival dates: 11 Oct–22 Oct. Tickets cost $75 USD or $50 USD with a Community Subscriber discount.


Circus Oz – Seeking EOIs for New Artistic Leadership
After being put on notice in 2017, and the impacts of Covid-19, Circus Oz has invested time to reimagine its future. This includes a process of reimagining its Artistic Leadership, with Expressions of Interest for the role, via video, now open. Download the overview and process.

NICA’s 2020 Graduates
Congratulations to NICA’s 2020 graduating year, who have finally completed their studies after countless interruptions and setbacks. We know the journey has been beyond difficult and demanded extreme perseverance, but know that you are entering a community that is ready and waiting to support you in the next step as an artist. Three cheers for the Graduates!


  • The Australia Council has announced the appointment of Dr Georgie McClean as Executive Director for Development and Strategic Partnerships.
  • Barking Gecko Theatre has appointed Willie Rowe as Interim CEO. Willie was most recently CEO at Screenwest. The arts sector has publicly expressed its concern over the dismissal of previous CEO Helen Hristofski.
  • Adrian Burnett has finished up as Head of Dance at the Australia Council, to take up the role of Senior Producer and Curator for the New Annual Festival, Newcastle.
  • Jane Haley has stepped down as CEO at Ten Days on the Island.
  • Dr Melentie Pandilovski has been appointed the new Executive Director at Experimenta.
  • Arena Theatre Company has appointed Gemma Robertson as Producer. In her most recent role, Gemma was General Manager of the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres.
  • Kickstart Arts has announced the departure of CEO Jami Bladel.
  • ArtsACT has appointed Morgan Campbell to the role of Acting Executive Branch Manager.
  • Fiona Allan has been appointed Chief Executive at Opera Australia replacing Rory Jeffes at the end of 2021. Fiona leaves her role as Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust in the UK.
  • Ryan Garreffa has stepped down as Production Manager at Griffin Theatre.
  • Harriet Roberts has stepped down as Program Manager at the Blue Room Theatre.
  • Contemporary Asian Australian Performance has announced Priyanka Martin as their new Creative Producer.
  • Tracy Margieson is stepping down as Head of Program of Arts Wellbeing Collective at Arts Centre Melbourne to take up a new role as Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant with national health promotion foundation, SuperFriend.
  • Next Wave has announced their suite of Creative Producers: Naomi Velaphi, Haneen Martin, Lujayn Hourani, Stacy Jewell, and Andrew Goddard as Production Coordinator.
  • Tish Brennan-Steers has joined Description Victoria as Service Coordinator, and Will McRostie is continuing in the role of Lead Describer.
  • Nathan Hale has been appointed Technical Director at Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
  • Chris Dunstan will be stepping down as Artistic Director/CEO at Tantrum Youth Arts in September.
  • Leith McPherson joins Sydney Theatre Company as their tenured Voice and Text Coach.
  • Lucy Guerin Inc has announced Lilian Steiner as their 2021-22 Resident Director
  • Georgia Stanley has been appointed General Manager at Slingsby, where she was previously the Associate Producer.


Multiple roles, RISING (VIC). Apply now.
Multiple roles, Mona Foma (TAS). Apply now.
Philanthropy and Development Manager, Sydney Writers’ Festival (NSW). Apply by 7 Sept.
Chair, Contemporary Arts Precincts (VIC). Apply by 7 Sept.
Marketing Coordinator (Maternity Leave Cover), BREC (WA). Apply by 7 Sept.
Co-ordinator Performing Arts & Events, Horsham Rural City Council (VIC). Apply by 7 Sept.
Multiple First Nations roles, Merrigong Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 8 Sept.
Arts Development Manager, Accessible Arts (NSW). Apply by 8 Sept.
Festival & Events Coordinator, ACMI (VIC). Apply by 8 Sept.
Exhibitions Coordinator, NETS Victoria (VIC). Apply by 9 Sept.
Clown Doctors (Contract), The Humour Foundation (NSW). Apply by 10 Sept.
Multiple roles for Tutors in Production (Set & Props, Costume, Technical), VCA (VIC). Apply by 12 Sept.
Treasurer (Volunteer), Green Room Awards (VIC). Apply by 15 Sept.
Production Manager (Programs and Events), University of Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 15 Sept.
General Manager, Firstdraft (NSW). Apply by 17 Sept.
Marketing Officer, Opera Australia (NSW). Apply by 17 Sept.
Business Manager, Diversity Arts Australia (NSW or remote). Apply by 20 Sept.
Executive Assistant, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply by 20 Sept.
Programming Assistant, Sydney Writers’ Festival (NSW). Apply by 21 Sept.
Technical & Venue Services Coordinator, Lighthouse Theatre (VIC). Apply by 24 Sept.
Artistic Director, Biennale of Sydney. EOI by 27 Sept.


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Compiled by Wen-Juenn Lee for Theatre Network Australia.
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