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Day in the West, 6 December: APRA Music rights info + meet the neighbours talks & drinks
TNV members are invited to come along to Footscray Community Arts Centre to join colleagues from theatre and arts organisations, and learn the latest developments in music rights (from 2.30-4.30pm) then (from 4.30-6.30pm) hear brief talks from theatre and performance makers in the west, while we wander through the different spaces of FCAC with some drinks and nibblies. Lyn Wallis, Director Theatre, Australia Council will be in attendance to chat to TNV members. RSVP by 5.30pm TODAY to join the fun!

TNV 2011 Small to Medium Arts Organisation Remuneration Report – Out Now!
The results are in! Thank you to all the wonderful theatre companies and arts organisations who took the time to talk to us about their remuneration and other conditions. We’ve analysed the results of more than 90 of your responses, and while things are looking a little better than at the time of our last survey two years ago, arts workers are still earning a lot less than their brothers and sisters in other non-profit sectors.


TheatreSpace Preliminary Report online TheatreSpace Project, Accessing the Cultural Conversation: Preliminary Report is now available to read online. This is excellent research that looks at what young people think about theatre, how often they go and how they like to be involved.

Opportunity for Independent Artists at Malthouse Theatre: EOI close 9 December Malthouse Theatre has announced Helium, a season of new works by independent artists in its Tower Theatre next year.

Adelaide Fringe “Honey Pot” program – Registrations Close 9 DecemberAre you a presenter, producer or programmer seeking the hottest contemporary arts imaginings? Experience 100s of premiere performances and new artworks with the support of Adelaide Fringe’s Honey Pot program.

Have you been involved in art that deals with climate change/environmental issues? If so, the Malthouse Theatre’s Michele Bauer would like to hear from you. She’s conducting research for ClimArte, looking into creating a database of art projects (across all forms, and nationally) that have dealt with climate change and environmental issues, from 1996 through 2013. Information required is: project title, location, date, presenter and artist, and a web link, if applicable.

Theatre leading way in Arts Hubs Award nominations: voting closes 9 December – VOTE NOW! TNV is thrilled to see the names of so many fabulous theatre companies in the list of nominees for achievement in the arts. The shortlist includes Polyglot, MKA, Strut & Fret, Blue Room Theatre, Yirra Yaakin, Tashmadada, St Martins Youth Arts, Kage, Back to Back and more.

Theatre Sector meetings around the country – Theatre Network Australia update Two theatre sector meetings were held last month – ACT Theatre Network hosted a meeting on 30 November, and the Arts Industry Council SA ran a ‘complaints only’ networking drinks for the sector on 22 November. Two more are planned for December: Theatre Council Tasmania has a meeting planned for 4 December, and the WA theatre sector has a meeting planned for 12 December.

Boot Camp coaching program for indie producers – deadline 15 DecemberBootcamp is a three-month business coaching program for emerging independent producers of dance and theatre, an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts with Independent Producers Australia (IPA).

APAM early bird discount ends 12 December, next week! 2012 APAM is scheduled for 26th Feb to 1st March, in Adelaide. Early bird registration closes next week.

National Touring Workshop at APAM 2012 in Adelaide 27th Feb. $28 includes lunch
TNV is joining with APACA and PATA, in association with APAM, to host a National Touring Workshop and Luncheon on Monday 27 February, at APAM.

National Play Festival in Melbourne: 21–25 February The 2012 Festival will be held in Melbourne this year, at Malthouse Theatre. It’s Australia’s leading showcase for exploring exciting, innovative and bold new directions in writing for theatre.

Live Performance Australia announces Greener Live Performances A new project to develop sustainability case studies, online resources, training and assessment tools for the live performance industry. The project is initially focused on a group of Queensland members, with the project learnings regularly communicated to the broader industry through a dedicated section of the LPA website (Link removed).


They’re Building A Beach In Brunswick – finishes Sunday A temporary week-long public artwork that finishes this weekend (4 December), the Brunswick Beach is a localised image of a global problem. It consists of a seven-by-ten metre stretch of sand, a beach umbrella, a beach hut, deckchairs and various events.


RAV’s annual regional touring information session – Wednesday December 7, FREE Regional Arts Victoria invites all Producers, Performers, Venue Managers and other interested parties to learn answers to all the questions you might have about how to tour, like what kinds of shows are venue managers searching for? How do I market my show to the industry and broader audience? Wednesday 7 December, 4–6pm (drinks afterwards). Where: Auspicious Arts Incubator, 228 Bank St, South Melbourne.

Making Culture Count – Calling for papers until 9 December Sponsored by VicHealth, the Making Culture Count: Rethinking Measures of Cultural Vitality, Wellbeing and Citizenship Conference will be held at the University of Melbourne in May 2012.

New Blood applications close 27 February 2012 New Blood supports independent performing artists in the creation of new Australian works. Applications are accepted across art forms.

Guest editorial | Robert Reid Independent theatre companies in Australia profiled This month – 2011 Independent theatre wrap up At the end of 2011, by way of a wrap up, Melbourne independent theatre has seen the tenth anniversary of Red Stitch; the MTC production of two young playwrights best known for their independent theatre work; the announcement of 4 Larks as the new Malthouse company in residence; and the awesomely chaotic first season of the MKA new writing theatre. All this has been set against Marion Potts’ first full season at the Malthouse and the last season of Simon Phillips at the MTC. At the same time, companies like Mutation, Attic Erratic and Grit, and writers such as Peta Brady and Katy Warner, have continued to impress. These are artists to actively seek out in the new year.


Double pass to see a Butterfly Club December show Thanks to the fabulous folk at the Butterfly Club, we have a double pass to give away to a TNV member for a show of their choice of: Telia Neville, Lachlan MacLeod or Three JJJacks. To win, be the first person to email with the name of the “Three Jacks” played in Three JJJacks, by 12pm Tuesday 6 December.



New Staff at Arena Annette Vieusseux moved from Media Manager at Malthouse Theatre to take up the role of Program Producer at Arena Theatre Company. Emily Hollosy also joined Arena as the new Program and Communications Coordinator.

AMPAG head moves to QTC Susan Donnelly will finish her position as executive director of AMPAG in mid-February 2012 to take on the role of executive director of Queensland Theatre Company, working with Artistic Director Wesley Enoch.

New head for NIDA Jeff Janisheski will take up the role of Head of Acting at NIDA from 2012.

Barking Gecko GM steps down After three and a half years as General Manager of Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Katherine McLean is stepping down from the position as of February 2012.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! – TNV SUMMER CLOSURE The TNV office will be closed from Friday 23 December to Thursday 19 January, reopening on Friday 20 January. We thank all our gorgeous members for another terrific year and we look forward to more conversations and fun times next year. Stay safe over the holidays and remember to go and see some theatre!


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