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TNV New Members – 85 and growing… We are pleased at the sector’s amazing response to the introduction of TNV financial membership, with 85 members already signed up in January. All members are listed on the TNV website, and company members have their website link included. From A is for Atlas to Yirra Yaakin; from Back to Back to Melbourne Playback, from MTC to RAV, from Hothouse to Malthouse, and from Theatre Works to Steamworks, we welcome you all and look forward to many more signing up soon! The membership fee ranges from an introductory price of $16.50 for individuals, to $412.50 for large organisations and there are categories for different sized organisations and for associate memberships too. Please support our work in 2014!


Theatre Council of Tasmania recently announced the inaugural Tasmanian Theatre Awards in two launch events in Launceston and Hobart. Tasmania has a vibrant performing arts scene, from the most lavish commercial productions to the smallest independent season. The Tasmanian Theatre Awards will celebrate excellence in the Tasmanian Performing Arts.



10th February – Applications for Theatre Council of Tasmania’s Producing Cultural Leaders program [TAS]
The TCT, supported by the Australia Council, is offering a significant professional development opportunity for 4 talented Tasmanian based theatre producers and/or performing artists seeking to boost their capacity to become proactive theatre producers through targeted mentoring and professional development throughout

10th February – Applications close for Playlab’s 2014 Lab Rats – Development Readings [QLD]
This program is open to Queensland playwrights in their first five years of professional practice. Participants will receive detailed dramaturgical support from some of Queensland’s most experienced Dramaturgs, plus a public reading presented by professional actors at Queensland Theatre Company or La Boite.

24th February – Australia Council – Early Career Residencies close [NATIONAL]
The Early Career Residencies program provides an opportunity for artists, curators, writers, editors, and producers in all Australia Council supported art forms to develop and implement creative projects and developments, in partnership with a host

24th February – Australia Council – Artistic Leadership Grants close [NATIONAL]
The Artistic Leadership Grants Program invites proposals from artistic leaders (including emerging leaders) to undertake highly impactful professional development in artistic leadership that leads to a significant advancement of capabilities, knowledge and global

24th February – Australia Council – Executive Leadership Grants close [NATIONAL]
The Executive Leadership Grants Program invites proposals from established senior arts leaders and managers for periods of professional development that would lead to new models of organisational capacity and leadership structures in the arts.

28th February – Applications close for the 2014 Northern Territory Literary Awards [NT]
The Northern Territory Literary Awards are open to a range of writing styles including short stories, poetry, academic essays, and performance writing. Of particular interest is The Browns Mart Theatre Award which recognises an unproduced play, or other performance script, offering a $1000 cash prize and consideration for a rehearsed reading with Browns Mart Theatre, as well as an AWG membership, Final Draft 8 scriptwriting software & NT Writers’ Centre membership.

3rd March – Applications for Australia Council’s new Artists with Disability Program close [NATIONAL]
The new Artists with Disability Program will enable artists with disability to create, development, present, produce, exhibit and tour their work. Individuals and groups who identify as having disability can apply for grants of up to $10,000 for development and up to $20,000 for arts Information sessions are currently being held around Australia in Adelaide [11th Feb], Sydney [14th Feb], Canberra [19th Feb], Darwin [21st Feb] and Penrith [21st Feb]. More details can be found

7th March – Brisbane Festival – Independent Artists – Expressions of Interest close [QLD]
Expressions of Interest are now being sought from independent artists interested in having their work considered for programming in Brisbane Festival 2014. They are seeking small to medium size works with weekly presenting fees between $1,000 and $8,000. Expressions of Interest may include either existing work or a clear outline for new work to be premiered at Brisbane Festival.

10th March – Applications close for Australia Council’s Creative Partnerships with Asia program [NATIONAL]
The Australia Council is offering grants of up to $40,000 to support at least ten creative partnerships between artists working in Australia and artists working in Asia. Applications will be accepted from all artforms supported by the Australia Council, including emerging and experimental arts, community arts and cultural development and any hybrid of these artforms.

7th April – Applications close for Fairfield City Council’s Social Change through Creativity Grant Program [NSW]
The Program aims to encourage and support creative based projects that include and address an issue of importance in the community. The awarded projects must meet all of the grant selection criteria and at least one grant priority area. One off grants of up to $4000 are available to not for profit groups or organisations. Information session Monday 10 February 2014.


14th February – Workshop: The Art of Critique: Theatre with Alison Croggon, $180.
Theatre is an art that incorporates many others – writing, visual design, music, performance and critical interpretation – and only exists in the moment of watching it. That’s why it’s so fascinating to write about. This course will investigate the many aspects of critiquing performance, including writing about the wordless art, analysing collaborative work and criticism as a

21st February – Showcase Victoria submissions close.
Showcase Victoria is an annual event bringing Producers and Presenters together to build relationships and foster discussion about touring performing arts throughout Victoria. The event, presented by VAPAC and RAV, gathers together presenters to discuss and sample the latest works in a wide variety of performing arts genres with a view to buying into future tours. This year, Showcase Victoria 2014 will be held from 21-22 May, 2014 at the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Lawler Studio.

21st February – EOI’s due for Back to Back Theatre Summer School – Free Emerging Artist places.
Back to Back Theatre is offering 6 free positions to emerging artists who would like to be involved. Valued at $230. Interested designers, directors, writers and performers are invited to forward a one-paragraph expression of interest, stating why they would like to attend Back to Back Theatre’s 2014 Summer School. Please forward expressions of interest toTamara by 5pm Friday 21 February 2014. Places will be confirmed by Wednesday 5 March 2014.

22nd February – Back to Back Summer School Bookings close.
Spend the weekend [22nd & 23rd March] with Back to Back Theatre for a series of workshops in theatre making, dance and theatre design with highly experienced artists in an intensive and supportive weekend workshop. Guest artists hosting the workshops include Tamara Searle, Ingrid Voodrendt, Jesse & Dean of CAKE Industries, Felicity Steel – Stage Combat, Phillip Adams, Ahmarnya Price, Lyndel Quick, Emma Valente, Alice Cummins, Tanja Beer and James

28th February – Applications for Arena Theatre Company Inside 130 residency program close.
As part of Arena’s commitment to developing work for young audiences and supporting Melbourne’s theatre ecology, Inside 130 residency program provides assistance to emerging and independent artists making new work for audiences aged 5 to 25 years. Inside 130 offers free venue and equipment hire, mentoring from Arena’s artistic and managerial staff, and marketing and communications support at our

7th March – Applications for Lee Breuer Masterclass close. [21st to 27th July, 2014]
Tashmadada and Monash University Academy of Performing Arts invite theatre practitioners – Performers, Directors, Writers, Designers and Puppeteers – the rare opportunity to participate in a Masterclass with Lee Breuer (founder and co-artistic director of the seminal experimental New York theatre company Mabou Mines) and Maude Mitchell (associate artist and Obie award-winning actress). The Masterclass will include direct mentorship on a creative project of your choice and an opportunity for Intimate discussions with Lee and Maude allowing for first-hand insight into their working

19th March – Applications for Arts Victoria – VicArts Grants close.
The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. It provides one-off support for discrete projects that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria’s arts sector.

21st March – Applications for Moreland City Council’s Celebrating Place Grants close.
The Celebrating Place Grants program provides financial support to locally based not-for-profit groups, organisations and individuals to initiate, plan and deliver festivals and events which enrich the social life of Moreland’s community and promote active community participation. Council is offering Information Sessions on Wednesday 5 February 6 – 8 pm and Tuesday 11 March 6 – 8 pm.

21st March – Applications for 2014 R E Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Awards close.
With total annual prize money of $30,000, these prestigious awards provide support to Victorian-based writers to develop their play scripts. One winning entry may be invited to PlayWriting Australia’s National Play Festival 2015 or National Script Workshop

28th March – Applications for Victorian Multicultural Commission Grants close.
Multicultural Festival and Events Grants are designed to encourage the participation of the whole Victorian community in celebrating and valuing diversity. The grants are for events and festivals held between 1 July 2014 and 31December 2014 that promote and celebrate Victoria’s cultural

28th March – Applications for City of Port Phillip – Cultural Development Grant close
The Cultural Development Fund aims to assist and encourage local artists and related organisations to develop and realise creative projects. An Public information night will be held on Thursday 27th February [6.30pm to 7.30pm] at the Port Melbourne Town Hall, First Floor, Council Chamber/Committee Room. 333 Bay Street Port Melbourne (above the Library)

1st July – Play Submissions for Melbourne Writers’ Theatre 2014 Season due. In 2014 Melbourne Writers’ Theatre will partner with Hoy Polloy, a veteran Melbourne Independent Theatre Company to produce a season of 4 or 5 one-act plays at the La Mama Courthouse. The selected plays will run for a 3 week season. Plays from 20 minutes to 50 minutes in length on any topic and in any style will be considered.

Manilla Street Productions is launching a Something New series to provide musical theatre artists with free use of their studio space to test and perform their work. The series will run on Friday nights and they are keen to hear from musical theatre writers and actors with something new to offer


14th March – Applications close for the Edward Albee Scholarship. [USA] Inscription and partners have announced the return of the celebrated Edward Albee Scholarship in 2014. This is an opportunity to spend a month residency in New York writing a new play, with introductions to a range of US-based playwrights, literary managers, agents and artistic directors. Accommodation, flights and a stipend will be provided to the recipient who will be required to present a full draft of their new play two months after

1st January 2015 – Applications for The Seven Dictators Play-writing Competition Close.
The “The Forgotten Writers Foundation” from Egypt and “Democracy Chronicles” from New York are honoured to collaborate together to release “The Seven Dictators Play-writing Competition” Write a three-act play ranging from 20 to 35 pages using seven dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in. The winning plays will be published in a book under the name of the competition title.


  • Sarah Austin, former CEO/Artistic Director of St Martin’s Youth Theatre has been appointed Research Officer leading AAV’s Beyond Access research project in 2014.
  • Katherine Mclean (formerly GM of Barking Gecko Theatre) becomes new CEO of Curious Works in NSW.
  • Brendan O’Connell moves from Associate Producer in Residence to a newly created role, Associate Producer, Indigenous, Children, Families and Education.
  • Malcolm Sanders has been appointed the new Regional Arts Victoria – Creative Arts Facilitator [Ballarat Shire], replacing Verity Higgins who recently stepped down after almost eight years in that role.
  • Chris Bendall takes on the role of CEO at Critical Stages in Sydney.
  • Lucy Guerin Inc farewelled Assistant Producer Laura Levitus and welcomed new Company Manager, Claire Bradley.
  • Benjamin Schwartz is the new Director of Artistic Planning for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Sydney Fringe welcomes their new Festival Director, Kerri Glasscock.
  • Robina Burton has been appointed the new Executive Producer at BalletLab.
  • Malthouse Theatre announces their new Associate Artists, Lally Katz(Writing) and David Chisholm (Composition). Mark Pritchard will also join the artistic team as our resident Dramaturg.
  • Malthouse Theatre have also announced Clare Watson as their 2014 Female Director in Residence.


Compiled by Angela Pamic for Theatre Network Victoria.

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