Australian Theatre Forum update: things are hotting up! Brisbane theatre workers from across the sector met last week to discuss the upcoming Australian Theatre Forum at Brisbane Powerhouse, September 14–16. Urgent issues raised for the ATF agenda include the need to engage audiences as participants/curators/partners; building connectivity locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; developing critical discourse among peers and much more.
Expressions of Interest from QLD and Victorian independents close TOMORROW, Wednesday 6 July.
One week left to complete TNV’s 2011 Small to Medium Remuneration Survey! Already more than 50 small to medium arts organisations have completed the short TNV remuneration survey, the findings from which aid benchmarking and encourage improved remuneration across the sector. Before the survey closing date of Monday 11 July, we’re aiming to double the number of surveys completed so far. The survey is designed for those receiving a regular salary from a small to medium, non-profit arts organisation in Australia – with a turnover of $2million or less per year. There are TEN questions only. Take the survey here: (Link removed).
Australian Theatre for Young Audiences International Showcase scoping study: participants invited Insite Arts is undertaking a scoping study of a festival or event called the Australian Theatre for Young Audiences International Showcase (which incorporates the Australian International Tour Syndicates Program). It’s inviting artists, companies and related organisations who make theatre that could be programmed for young audiences in various contexts (international arts festivals, arts centres, street theatre festivals) to participate in a facilitated discussion about the project. Brisbane Powerhouse (Qld) – 7 July; CarriageWorks (NSW) – 8 July; and Arts House Meat Market (Vic) – 18 July. Meeting times in Tasmania and WA TBC. (
Great theatre to feature during Naidoc Week: 3–10 July Sydney’s PACT Centre for Emerging Artists presents Bully Beef Stew, and at QPAC, Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Belong will both run during Naidoc Week, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We All Play a Part campaign highlighting value of our sector We All Play a Part is a campaign highlighting the importance of a strong performing arts sector for Australia in the 21st Century. The campaign site explains that most Australian states are “not receiving anything substantial to support the increasingly innovative performing arts companies around the country”. While Victoria is a notable exception, with Premier and Arts Minister Ted Baillieu having boosted the annual budget and invested significantly into performing arts infrastructure, other states such as Tasmania have received no increase in arts funding for the new financial year.
Anywhere Festival announces 2012 dates: 10–19 May “Thursday 10th to Saturday 19th of May 2012 are the dates to put into your diary in big black marker,” says Anywhere Theatre Festival. The 2012 Festival will provide “more opportunities for local, interstate and international performers and companies to get involved”.
Applications open for New Visions/New Voices 2012 The Theatre Board of the Australia Council and the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are offering an opportunity for Australian artists (a writer/director team and an independent dramaturg) to participate in New Visions/New Voices, an intensive week-long script development workshop, culminating in a weekend festival of showings for industry professionals. Deadline is 1 August 2011.
JUTE Director Development program: EOI close 8 July Jute Theatre is on the hunt for eight emerging theatre directors to participate in the inaugural JUTE Director Development program. The free program is designed to provide development opportunities for regional theatre makers to increase the cultural vibrancy of far north Queensland.
Community halls on stage during November Home is Where the Hall is, a new statewide arts program by Regional Arts Victoria, invites communities across the state to come together and stage events aimed at celebrating the role of community halls in local life. Expressions of interest close 1 September.
Marketing your Fringe show: workshop, Saturday 16 July, 9am – 4pm Learn what works and what doesn’t when it comes to marketing your show (both traditional and digital), develop marketing plans, learn which social marketing platforms to use and other tips. Auspicious Arts Incubator (228 Bank St, South Melbourne), $110.
2011 Fairfax Festival: 25–28 October The Fairfax Festival was developed in memory of George Fairfax to expose young people from regional or remote Victoria and New South Wales to the creative process of theatre making. Now in its 15th year, this annual festival has become a significant event in the lives of its young participants as they create their own piece of theatre and engage in workshops over four days with some of Australia’s leading performing artists. Swan Hill Town Hall Performing Arts and Conference Centre.
Winners of the RE Ross Playwrights Awards announced Congratulations to the 2011 winners of the RE Ross Trust Playwrights Script Development Awards: Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Jane Miller, Peta Brady and Diane Stubbings. The Awards aim to foster Victoria’s theatre industry by helping Victorian writers develop their scripts. The prestigious awards provide writers with grants of between $3000 and $10,000 to enhance their scripts through workshops with a Victorian-based theatre company or group, director or dramaturg.
International Co-Production Manual This publication is aimed towards exploring and demystifying the process of international co-production, to explain different models and mechanisms of co-production and spell out the benefits and challenges. The publication can be downloaded here.
New AP at Malthouse Theatre Malthouse has announced that former Director of Ausdance Josh Wright will take up the role of the company’s Associate Producer from 1 August this year. Josh has worked as an arts manager at the Australia Council, Arts Council England and Cultural Leadership Programme (UK).