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TNV E-News April 2011

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Next Wentworth Talk to be held 11 April 2011, STC, FREE
Wentworth Talks are bi-monthly presentations and panel discussions presented by Sydney Theatre Company in partnership with the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Peter Cosier, Fiona McKenzie and John Williams will discuss Carbon in the climate solution: why science isn’t the answer.

Greg Randall takes up head position at PATA
Former program manager at the Victorian Arts Centre, Greg Randall, is the new executive director at the Performing Arts Touring Alliance. Greg was formerly director of Glen Street Theatre and regional arts manager at the SA Country Arts Trust, and is founder of Arts on Tour.


Anywhere Theatre Festival launches – for the first time!
Brisbane-based Anywhere Theatre Festival has a vision of “exciting, engaging, passionate theatre outside of traditional theatre”. The Festival will have over 150 performances and 200 performers all around Brisbane, making it one of the biggest theatre festivals in Brisbane. Anywhere Theatre Festival runs runs 5 – 14 May 2011.


Alternative theatre festival Crack kicks off September 2011
National theatre festival Crack, running 29 September – 3 October and based in Newcastle, has extended the closing date for artist applications exclusively for TNV members to midnight Sunday 3 April. Send your application to with the subject line “TNV e-news member/Crack Theatre Festival artist application”. Applications submitted after midnight Sunday 3 April are unfortunately unable to be considered.

Initiative to support independent producers – Australia Council
The Australia Council has launched this initiative aimed at strengthening and developing the business models of independent producers across Australia. Independent producers can apply for up to $60,000 to support activities such as touring, professional development and business needs. Applications close 18 April 2011.

ADSA conference Registrations Now Open – Early Bird Offer Ends 30 April
The 2011 Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) conference (28 June –1 July 2011) has the theme “Transcultural, Transnational, Transformation”, at Monash University.

Emerging Indigenous Producer Mentorships: tenders sought – Australia Council
Applications are sought from performing arts organisations to host and mentor an emerging Indigenous performing arts producer full time over 18 months.

 $75,000 per mentorship is available to each host organisation to support the mentorship.

 Proposal deadline 2pm (EST) Monday 18 April.

IFACCA World Summit 3–6 October – Registrations now Open
The “Creative Intersections” Summit of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies will bring together government and cultural leaders from over 80 countries to explore how artists can give voice to diverse communities and concerns through collaborations with experts in health and wellbeing, the environment, education, business, new technologies, cultural identity and more.

HotHouse Theatre Masterclass with Marcus Graham, 9–10 April Hothouse Theatre is bringing stage and screen actor Marcus Graham to the Butter Factory Theatre, Wodonga, to conduct a workshop intensive exploring actor rehearsal techniques.


Arts sector meeting: Arts Vic funding at risk. 4-6pm, Tuesday 5 April. FREE
Concerns have been raised over the threat to several key Arts Victoria programs including Touring Victoria, Annual Operations and Community Partnerships, previously funded through the Community Support Fund. The new Coalition government is yet to confirm that this funding will continue beyond this year. This meeting is being facilitated by the Arts Industry Council Victoria and hosted by Theatre Network Victoria. 4–5pm (followed by drinks and networking 5–6pm). The Incubator Performance Space, Theatre Network Victoria, upstairs, 228 Bank St, South Melbourne.


Professional pathways for new works – workshop in Castlemaine, Thursday 5 May, 11am to 3pm, lunch included.
 Presented by VAPAC and TNV. Speakers: David Lloyd, Manager, The Capital Theatre, Bendigo; and Robyn Till, Team Leader, Cultural Development, Macedon Ranges. This workshop is the final in a series of workshops aimed at independent performing arts practitioners. It includes: an intro to VAPAC, TNV, touring and partnerships; an intro to funding opportunities and pathways for touring, including Showcase and RAV.


Congratulations Green Room Award winners!
TNV congratulates all winners of the 2011 Green Rooms Awards. Special congratulations to Arena Theatre Company and the Malthouse Theatre, who took out three awards for Moth. Congratulations also to MTC,The Hayloft Project, Four Larks, Bluebottle, Grit Theatre, Dirty Pretty Theatre, La Mama, one step at a time like this, Yana Alana and tha Paranas, Tamara Saulwick, Fragment 31, Matt Priest and Clare Britton, Next Wave, Fleur Elise Noble, and Paul Dwyer.


Stage and Screen events at the Victorian Writers’ Centre – from $10 each
The Victorian Writers’ Centre is running Year of the Play, a year-long course, with Raimondo Cortese, beginning 2 April, as well as a series of “Stage and Screen” seminars throughout April, which look at the craft of writing for TV, film and theatre, and adaptation from page to stage/screen.

2012 Next Wave Festival call-out “The space between us wants to sing”
Submissions are now open for artists, curators, producers, collectives, directors and writers with proposals that respond in interesting, unexpected and complex ways to the 2012 festival theme, “The space between us wants to sing”.
Young and emerging artists from across Australia are encouraged to apply. Deadline 5pm Friday 15 April 2011.

Theatre Works Selected Works 2012 – Call for Independent Work
Independent theatre companies and ensembles are invited to submit their proposals for consideration in the 2012 Theatre Works Selected Works program.
Applications for 2012 are now open.
Round one closing date 29 April; round two closing date 16 September.

Liminal Theatre – Land Surfing Project, Introductory Sessions Led by Robert Draffin, co-Artistic Director of Liminal, begins in late April/May. Over eight classes, participants will experience one of the foundation training practices for Liminal Theatre.

MTC – Old Computers for Sale to the Arts Industry MTC has lots of old computers for sale at super low prices. They come with conditions (e.g. no software, no warranty, cash only, etc). Some Examples: 2005: HP Compaq dc7600 Small Form Factor – Pentium 3.2GHz, 512Mb, 80Gb Hdd; plus HP 7540 17″ CRT Monitor 6 units @ $35. 2004: HP Compaq dc7100 Small Form Factor – Pentium 3GHz, 512Mb, 80Gb Hdd; plus HP 7500 or Compaq 17″ CRT Monitor 25 units @ $20. 2008: Samsung 943B 19″ LCD Monitor 3 units @ $50. 2007: HP L1906 19″ LCD Monitor 3 @ $40 (link removed).


Call-out for new, undiscovered playwriting – In Company Theatre, LondonIn Company Theatre has launched Off Cut 2011 and is accepting short play submissions from new and undiscovered playwrights. Writers may submit plays of no more than 15 minutes in length. No restrictions on style, topic or genre. Closing date for submissions is 1 June, after which, 28 plays will be selected and performed. The audience votes on the plays and the winner will have a full play produced by In Company at The Riverside Studios, London.


The TNV Committee is please to announce that Anna Kelsey-Sugg, Communications Manager, has joined Director Nicole Beyer in TNV’s new office at 228 Bank St, South Melbourne. Anna comes to us with a wide range of experience in writing and publishing, most recently as a Web Journalist with the Australian Education Union. Anna works part-time with us and part-time at the Victorian Writers’ Centre – a nice synergy

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