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TNA E-News – September 2022


24 Oct – New South Wales Performing Arts Forum (NSW)
After two years of online only, TNA is thrilled to partner with Theatre Network NSW, Performance Space and Carriageworks to host an in-person sector gathering for our NSW colleagues. Join during Liveworks for an afternoon of soul and brain-feeding discussion. 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Monday 24 October. Registrations open soon.

Rita Pryce Australian Representative for TYA Directors Exchange 2023
TNA is excited to share that our ASSITEJ Committee has selected Rita Pryce to attend the TYA Directors Exchange 2023 in Germany as the Australian representative. Rita Pryce is a Kulkalgal and Kawrareg woman, born and raised in Zenadth Kes, Torres Strait Islands, and is the Artistic Director/CEO of the Pryce Centre for Culture and Arts. Around 25 directors from all over the world will travel to Marburg for the exchange, which encourages all participants to bring their ideas and experience.


3–26 Sept – Sydney Fringe Festival Free In-Person Workshops (NSW)
3 Sept: Indie Yarns – First Nations Q&A with some of Sydney’s leading independent First Nations artists. 5 Sept: Producer’s Seminar for emerging and mid-career producers focused on touring as part of APAX 2022. 5–26 Sept: Creative Plus Business presents free Professional Development Workshops for artists. Workshop #1: I Hate Networking!, Workshop #2: Social Media for Creatives, Workshop #3: Funding Fundamentals, Workshop #4: Diversify Your Creative Income.

5 Sept – Campbelltown Arts Centre’s Movement, Movement (NSW)
Inviting all NSW dance artists to a one-day discussion for the dance sector on Tuesday 20 September 2022. Artists Martin del Amo, Jeremy Lowrencev, Shyamla, Charemaine Seet, Feras Shaheen, Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Miranda Wheen, Sue Jo Wright and Vicki Van Hout will share, provoke and facilitate conversations. Auslan interpretation provided. RSVP by 5 Sept.

5–9 Sept – Institute of Community Directors Not-for-Profit Finance Week Free Webinars
Free webinars: Moving the dial on Climate, Sustainability and Governance, Helping your not-for-profit stand out from the crowd, and Questions your Not-for-Profit should be asking about finances. Find out about the full week and register.

6 Sept – Australia Council Fellowships
$80,000 to support outstanding, established artists’ and arts workers’ activity and professional development for up to two years. Nine Fellowships on offer in the areas of: Arts and Disability; Community Arts and Cultural Development; Dance; Emerging and Experimental Arts; First Nations; Literature; Music; Theatre; Visual Arts.

6 Sept – CINARS 2022 Biennale
Australia Council is supporting an Australian delegation to attend CINARS this November – an important international showcases and networking event in Montreal for performing arts professions. Delegates will be supported with $4,000 each, towards travel costs. 

9 Sept – Resident Companies Darwin Entertainment Centre (NT)
Darwin Entertainment Centre is accepting applications for local performing arts companies to be resident for a two-year period from Jan 2023.

9 Sept ­– Which Way? Poetry Workshops (WA, SA and NT)
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is hosting free online workshops, focusing on poetry performance for First Nations poets in WA, SA and NT, facilitated by award-winning First Nations poet and writer, Charmaine Papertalk Green. There will be a public performance via Zoom or at Yirra Yaakin Family Picnic on Oct 30.

11 Sept – Watch This Space Artistic Proposals and Travelling Artist Residencies (NT)
Successful proposals receive fully subsidised hire fees, up to $1,000 for a gallery exhibition fee(projects that aren’t formal exhibitions are welcome, using either the gallery space or off-site locations for events and activities) and additional case-by-case financial support. The Travelling Artist Residency reserves one studio for artists living interstate, overseas or outside the NT’s Central Desert region.

11 Sept – Canberra Youth Theatre’s Emerging Playwright Commission
Provides $16,500 for an emerging playwright to develop a full-length script suitable to be performed by actors aged between 7–25. Two finalists will receive $1,500 each to support their writing practice.

12 Sept–9 Oct – APAM presents Curated Conversations for arts and disability festival Alter State
Curated Conversations is a weekly exchange held over four weeks, exploring the work of Alter State’s foundation artists Joshua Pether, Carly Findlay and Rodney Bell, with APAM’s Creative and Access Consultant, Dan Graham. Conversations are online and free to attend.

13 Sept – Stella Young Award Nominations 2022
$3,000 for a young disabled artist aged 16–30 to be recognised for their impact on disability activism and culture through their artistic practice.

16 Sept – Harold Mitchell Foundation Grants
Up to $10,000 for projects that build community connection, resilience, and/or respond to the needs and hardships faced by the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

16 Sept – Mooseheads for Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Provides financial support to Australian comedians putting on new shows in the Comedy Festival. They will pay the registration fee, the first $3,000 of venue rental, up to $2,500 creative support, and up to $2,000 towards your accommodation costs for those who live outside Melbourne.

23 Sept – Pitch New Works at New York’s 2023 ISPA Congress
Pitch New Works is accepting applications from creators to share new performing arts projects at the ISPA’s international delegation of performing arts leaders at the New York ISPA Congress, January 10–12, 2023. Past participants have secured additional project support, representation, touring opportunities, and international exposure.

25 Sept – Detour Fellowship EOIs
Five leading dance companies (Dance Makers Collective, Dancenorth, GUTS, Tasdance and Tracks) will host an Australian dance artist through an interconnected residency program. The Fellowship offers 15 weeks of pay at $1,300 per week + 11% superannuation, 10 weeks of living away from home allowance at $390 per week, flights and accommodation, studio space, administrative, local and technical support.

27 Sept – City of Sydney Grants (NSW)
Festivals and events sponsorship provides up to $50,000 for local festivals and events that engage communities. Innovation and ideas grants provides $10,000 to $50,000 for projects that foster innovation and test new ideas. Open all year is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collaboration fundQuick response grants and Venue hire support grants and sponsorship.

27 Sept – Immerse Lab with Kath Papas (ACT)
Artist workshop hosted by Australian Dance Party & QL2 Dance on market development and mobility, thinking through how and where you might find connections for your work beyond your own community. In-person, $25.

28 Sept – Growing Gender Equity Through Governance – Free Webinar
Hosted by the Community of Directors to help women across AU take on leadership roles within their communities. Participants will receive ongoing professional and peer support and will be encouraged and equipped to reach for leadership positions, including a role as a Chair.

30 Sept – National Regional Arts Fellowship Program 
Applications now open for artists and arts workers across regional and remote Australia. $20,000 for Creative and Professional Development, $10,000 for First Timer Creative or Professional Development.

1 Oct – Arts on Tour – Touring Lab Goulburn (NSW)
Free two-hour lab for independent artists, producers and companies who are new to touring or want to learn more about performing arts touring in regional Australia. Location: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre.

10–12 Oct – La Boite General Auditions 
For casting consideration across La Boite’s Mainstage and development programs. Open to all artists, however Brisbane-based is preferred. In-person auditions will be held, but interstate artists can submit self-tapes.

21 Oct – The Gloria Payten and Gloria Dawn Fellowships
For professional actors and directors in theatre to travel overseas to broaden their knowledgethrough either formal courses of study or by self-devised programs of observation and secondment. The estimated cost of the proposal must be included in your application.

People of Cabaret – Cabaret , Variety and Nightlife Entertainment Research Survey
To understand the current climate of the industry, to help push for change and increase industry standards. People who are First Nations, Bla(c)k and/or People of Colour are paid $100 for their time.

Access and Inclusion in the Arts – A provocation by Jeremy Smith
TNA recently held a sector roundtable gathering in Perth, alongside Performing Lines WA’s Kolyang Creative Hub. Under the theme of ‘How to be a Good Ancestor’, a series of provocations were raised by speakers including our Executive Director Nicole Beyer and Performing Lines WA Senior Producer Jeremy Smith. Read Jeremy’s provocation on the Performing Lines website.


13 Sept – Melbourne Fringe Radical Access Artist Circles
Online session for Deaf and Disabled artists in Melbourne Fringe to come together and discuss barriers and successes about the festival’s processes. Carly Findlay, Melbourne Fringe’s Access Advisor will be facilitating.

15 Sept – Bank of Melbourne x Collingwood Yards Residency 
Year-long residency in Collingwood Yards for an artist or small collective, with $10,000 financial support and opportunities for mentoring, professional development, and collaboration.

21 Sept – The Pavilion Oct–March 2023 EOI
Short-term residency opportunity at The Pavilion – located in the Fitzroy Gardens next to the Tudor Village and Fairies Tree. Open to all artists and creatives looking for a space to present or exhibit work. The space may also be used in combination as a development or workspace.

14 Oct – Arts House Artist Opportunities 2023
The Warehouse Residency is a disability-led 3-month residency, providing $25,000 for creative fees and $4,000 access for experimental projects presented at North Melbourne Town Hall. Makeshift Publics supports artists with $18,000 for participation in a year-long program to explore ideas of place in a changed city. CultureLAB provides $10,000 for independent artists and small-medium companies to develop a project with a focus on performance. There are information sessions on 21–22 Sept.

26 Sept – Victoria’s Pride Regional Activation Program
To ensure statewide representation of Victoria’s Pride, up to $15,000 in support is available to orgs and LGBTQIA+ individuals to directly encourage and facilitate involvement in activities in the lead-up to or on the day in a regional context.

Changes to Description Victoria as they reassess operation model
Audio description and other related services will not be offered through Description Victoria from August 2022 to April 2023. They will also not be quoting on or confirming any service provision beyond April 2023 during this time. Audio description equipment will still be hired out so services across Melbourne can still be delivered by and for clients.

ASSITEJ STUFF Youth Arts & Young Audiences

4 Sept – Casting Call Pierrot (QLD)
A man in love with the moon, Pierrot is a lamentation on naivete, moonlight and the eternal clown, led by theatre maker Martelle Simon-Green. Actors and performers are invited to audition to be a part of the creative development, with performances at Backbone Festival Oct 2022.

4–18 Sept – Actor Call Out THE SHED @ Brown’s Mart (NT)
To celebrate Corrugated Iron Youth Arts’ 50th anniversary, Brown’s Mart is holding a weekend of celebrations, including performances and monologues. They’re looking for people 12–18, who enjoy writing and/or performing monologues.

12 Sept – Riot Stage Audition (VIC)
The Riot Stage Fawkner Ensemble meets every Monday night to train in performance skills, improvise, experiment, devise, and work towards an end of year showing for invited guests. The company is holding auditions to find creative and passionate performers aged 14–22 to join.

20 Sept – Vic Health’s Jump Start Funding
Up to $50,000 is available for local and youth-led projects that provide more opportunities for Victoria’s children and young people through sport, food, art and active play.

21–23 Sept – Backbone Young Creators Camp (QLD)
For young creatives 7–12 years to explore various pathways for creative expression, group work and play. All workshops will be run by industry professionals. Costs $350.

29–30 Sept – Flying Fruit Circus Auditions for 2023 Enrolment (Albury)
To become a full-time student at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus you must be aged 8 or over, have your guardians’ permission and participate in our audition process. In-person auditions on 29 Sept, call-back workshops by invitation on 30 Sept. Applicants who are unable to come in-person to audition must send their video audition by 30 Sept.

30 Sept – ASSITEJ Pakistan 4th Next Generation Theatre Residency Program 2023
The Residency Program brings emerging artists to exchange, learn and present. 15 artists from Pakistan and 15 international young theatre makers will work for 11 days to learn from each other and co-create short performances.

30 Sept – Future2 Make the Difference! Grants
One-year grant up to $10,000 awarded to grassroots programs and projects that support young Australians aged between 12–25 years old who are experiencing social, financial or physical hardship. Programs could address needs through education, engagement, employment, wellbeing or independent living.


Festival Volunteers at the Lunar Circus
Applications are open to volunteer at the Lunar Circus International training project in Karnidale, WA 2023. Dates: 1–15 Jan is the full 2-week experience or 13/14 Jan is Festival only.

26–2 Oct ­– National Training Program and Circus Festival
Taking place in Mullumbimby, Byron Shire NSW. The National Training Program: 26–29 Sept. Festival weekend: 20 Sept–2 Oct. The 2022 National Youth Circus Symposium for young and emerging circus artists will also take place within the Festival. Tickets $165–$680.


Congratulations again to the recipients of the 2022 Australia Council Awards. Australia Council has released a series of short videos about the recipients, offering insights into their motivations, inspirations, and aspirations.

Andy Carrums has stepped down as Executive Producer at Shaun Parker & Company.

Arena Theatre Company has announced the appointment of Debra Allanson as the company’s new Executive Director and Co-CEO.

Artists Leigh LuleTarryn Love and MaggZ have joined Next Wave as Producers in Residence, embarking on a year-long journey designing and curating projects with/for/by young people.

Dr Pilar Kasat has been appointed CEO of Regional Arts WA.

Euan Murdoch has stepped down as CEO at Melbourne Recital Centre. The recruitment process for Melbourne Recital Centre’s new CEO is now underway (see Jobs below).

ACMI has appointed Gavin Somers to the newly created role of Director of First Nations, Equity and Social Policy.

CEO of Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery, Karen Quinlan AM, has been appointed as the new CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne. Quinlan will commence her role on 3 October.

Veronica Pardo has been appointed the new Board Chair of Western Edge.     

Patrick Lang has been appointed the Program and Communications Coordinator at Vital Statistix.

State Opera South Australia (SOSA) has announced the appointment of Mark Taylor as the company’s new Executive Director.

The first ever Tasmanian Aboriginal owned and operated screen production company, kutikina, has launched. Congratulations to Nathan Maynard and Adam Thompson.

Rosemary Myers will take up the newly created role of Artistic Director of Windmill Pictures as the company begins the recruitment process for a new Artistic Director of Windmill Theatre Company.

Jen Edwards has been appointed the new Senior Producer at Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.


Head of Programming, Darwin Festival (NT). Apply by 6 Sept.
NDIS Intake Coordinator, Arts Access Victoria (VIC). Apply by 12 Sept.
CEO, Melbourne Recital Centre (VIC). Apply by 16 Sept.
Venue Support Officers (front of house, casual), Greater Dandenong (VIC). Apply by 16 Sept.  
Theatre Technicians (casual), Drum Theatre (VIC). Apply by 16 Sept. 
Leader of Learning – Performing Arts, Carey Baptist Grammar School (VIC). Apply by 16 Sept.
Venue Operations Leader, Greater Dandenong (VIC). Apply by 18 Sept.  
Creative Producer, Dark Mofo – Night Mass (TAS). Apply by 20 Sept.
Artistic Director, Windmill Theatre Company (SA). Apply by 7 Oct.

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