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The Australian Theatre Forum 2013 – Canberra Theatre Centre, 29-31 May, 2013
ATF 2013 was an inspiring and challenging three days. A number of important issues were raised and discussed including the creation of a best practice model Resolution for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre-making in Australia. Over 200 delegates responded to the survey. A Summary of Responses is now available on the ATF website. And for those of you unable to join us in Canberra, we have now completed the suite of audio and video recordings in the Media Room.


2nd August – David Pledger’s Platform Paper No. 36 : Re-valuing artists in the new world order [Melbourne Launch].
SAVE THE DATE: TNV is very excited to be hosting the Launch of Currency House Platform Papers 36; RE-VALUING THE ARTIST IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER by David Pledger. Pledger brings powerful evidence to show how applying an industrial model to cultural production has seriously damaged Australia’s creative heart and proposes a way to restore their true value. The arts, he says, are the assets of our time.

TNA [Theatre Network Australia] STUFF

Theatre Network NSW: Reflecting on the Australian Theatre Forum Theatre Network NSW recently presented a forum reflecting on the 2013 Australian Theatre Forum. Hosted by Sarah Rodigari, the panellists included Clare Britton, Julieanne Campbell, Sopa Enari and Sonny Dallas Law.


The Australia Council Bill 2013 – The new governing legislation for the Australia Council was recently approved by the Senate after passing through the House of Representatives last month. [You may have missed it due to other focus pulling news on the day]

1st July – Superannuation increased
A reminder that the government is gradually increasing the Superannuation Guarantee rate to 12% (from 9%). The rate will be increased gradually with the first increment of 0.25 percentage points coming into action this month. As of the 1st of July 2013, you need to budget 9.25% super after 1 July 2013. And remember: you now have to pay super for contractors as well.

8th July – Deadline for proposals for Performance Space Quickfire Residency Program [NSW]
Five, one-week intensive residencies are being offered to enable interdisciplinary artists at all stages of their careers to develop new performance work. The residency will be supported by an artist stipend, technical support and curatorial and production feedback.

REMINDER: 22nd July – Applications for APAM 2014 program applications close [NATIONAL]
Contemporary performing artists and companies from across Australia and New Zealand are invited to apply to present their work at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) 2014. APAM 2014 will take place in Brisbane, Queensland from 18 to 22 February 2014, and will be presented by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse.


29th July – Tangent series: Babyteeth [SA]
The State Library of South Australia and State Theatre Company of South Australia present Tangent, a series of discussions exploring the links between State Theatre Company’s productions and literature. Listen to a lecture on the State Theatre Company of SA’s current production of Babyteeth.


REMINDER: 1St August – Arts Tasmania’s Individual Grant rounds close [TAS]
The Individual Artists program invests in emerging and professional artists by assisting them to take their work to the next level. The program gives promising and talented artists working in any artform, the opportunity to undertake projects that will enable them to further their careers and enrich their artistic practice.


30th November – Applications close for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2014-2015 [QLD]
The Queensland Government and Queensland Theatre Company are calling for entries for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2014-15. The Queensland Premier’s Drama Award is an award that develops, over a period of two years, a theatrical performance reflective of Queensland, culminating in a professional production.

Expressions of Interest are being sought by InterCulture casting and management.
InterCulture is a new agency currently inviting expressions of interest from non-Anglo Actors, Dancers, Singers, Cultural Groups, Dance Groups, Circus Performers, Non-Western Special Skills Performers (Fight directors, Martial Arts Experts) Designers, Directors, Choreographers, and Allied performers who wish representation and management.

Introduction of Cyberpaddock Presenter Fees.
After nearly 20 years of developing and offering a unique online system for performing arts touring, Regional Arts Australia has announced it will be introducing a small annual service fee for Presenters to support the sustainability of this unfunded resource provided by the Blue Heeler Network. Producers have been paying Cyberpaddock fees for the last four years. Cyberpaddock, the online networking tool for the performing arts touring industry is one of many opportunities for Presenters to select work including APAM; Long Paddock; various State Showcases such as Showcase Victoria, Showroom [hosted by Arts On Tour, NSW]; and Festivals.


REMINDER: 7th July – NEON – OPEN UP – Unlimited, uncensored questions in 60 fun-filled, chaotic minutes. 1.30pm
Have you got a question about the theatre but have no one to ask? It can be about anything, presenting, creating, attending, you name it, NEON want your questions! Submit your theatre related question at the venue or via (email removed). Then come to this session and hear an experienced and diverse panel [Julia Blake, Patrick Brammall, Lally Katz, Ralph Myers, Josephine Ridge, Daniel Schlusser and Brett Sheehy] get through as many of the questions that can be answered in 60 minutes – no question will be skipped! Southbank Theatre, The Sumner.

17th July –2014 Artists in Schools Information Sessions – Darebin
Artists in Schools provides opportunities for professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. The program provides funding of $10,000. Arts Victoria’s Education Partnership staff are holding a series of free Artists in Schools information sessions for artists and teachers interested in the program. Sessions are also available in Horsham, Benalla, Healesville and online.

18th July – Publicity 101 [Michelle Buxton, Buxton Walker Publicity] Workshop.
Need to generate some hype? How about some do it yourself publicity basics. This seminar is aimed primarily at Music Feast participants but will be of interest to musicians and all other artists

22nd July – Arts Access Victoria presents Beyond Tolerance: Disability, Advocacy and the Arts
Are you ready to move beyond tolerance? Join comedian and all-round talk wrangler Stella Young and an illustrious panel of provocateurs, advocates, artists and innovators including CEO of Arts Access Australia, Emma Bennison; CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, Tony Grybowski; Director of Arts Victoria, Penny Hutchinson; Katharine Annear, Adelaide based artist and activist; Ross Onley-Zerkel, Co-ordinator of Deaf Arts Network; and Jade Lillie, Director of Footscray Community Arts Centre.

23rd July – ACAPTA presents Derek Scott’s acclaimed Physical Theatre Workshop; Rhythms of the Stage.
Derek Scott is an internationally acclaimed actor, clown, director, producer and teacher, who has performed around the world, including Broadway and London’s West End and is currently playing the Yellow Clown in Slava’s Snowshow.

26th July – Registrations close for Melbourne Fringe’s Digital Creatures and Fringe Furniture.
The debut DIGITAL CREATURES program will present the finest and most imaginative new work from the worlds of digital video, animation and art, while the FRINGE FURNITURE exhibition will once again reveal innovation and creative thinking in furniture, environmental and living design.


27th & 28th July – Animate the Body – An object/puppetry workshop
Black Hole, in association with UNIMA, Australia, are presenting a workshop for puppeteers, object theatre makers, physical performers, choreographers, directors and those wanting to learn! Guided by acclaimed movement teacher and theatre maker Rinske Ginsberg, explore how to tell a story using objects/puppets.

REMINDER: 27th July – PD Day at Writers Victoria for playwrights and screenwriters. 10am – 5pm. [$85-$125]
Writers Victoria presents Theatre and the Screen, a day of professional development sessions at the Wheeler Centre exploring the journey of the script and screenplay, covering scriptwriting, pitching and beyond. Join host Ben Michael in discussion with high-profile playwrights and screenwriters, including Michael Brindley, Peta Murray, Chris Anastassiades, Ross Mueller, Lally Katz, Jan Sardi, Raimondo Cortese, Natasha Pincus, Amanda Brotchie, John Harding, Jane Montgomery Griffiths and Adam Zwar. All sessions will combine panel discussion with opportunity for audience Q&A. This event is supported by the Australian Writers’ Guild.

29th July – Call for Proposals close for Abbotsford Convent’s Spiritous Program.
Spiritous is a unique arts funding program established to support, enhance and deliver artistic activity across the Abbotsford Convent’s site, encouraging projects to consider the Convent’s location and history. The Abbotsford Convent supports 5 projects a year and welcomes proposals from all creative streams to activate the site’s conventional and unconventional spaces for exchange between creative practitioners and audiences.


29th July – Applications close for Signal Expression of Interest Program
Signal’s Expression of Interest Program provides an opportunity for artists and organisations to propose new projects to undertake at Signal as part of the ongoing creative arts program for young people.

8th August – Unlock Your Social Media Super-powers [Rose Wintergreen, Social Media Coach] workshop
Learn how to create exciting new opportunities for your music/art career using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to tell your story. You’ll leave this practical workshop with tips, tricks, and your own action plan.

2nd September – Newsboys Foundation Leadership Awards.
This year the Newsboys Foundation celebrates its 120th anniversary. To mark this milestone they are delighted to announce the Newsboys Foundation Leadership Awards. The Newsboys Foundation Leadership Awards recognise people who work or volunteer in community organisations and have inspired young Victorians to do great things. There are two awards available for nomination; Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award (age 14 – 18) $5,000 and Newsboys Foundation Community Leadership Award (age 18 +) $10,000.


7th July – Applications for the Indigenous creative leadership programme close.
Applications are now open for the British Council’s Indigenous Australian creative leadership programme – ACCELERATE 2013. In association with the Australia Council for the Arts and supported by Arts Victoria, ACCELERATE offers an intensive, fully funded programme that includes leadership development, mentoring and industry placements in Australia and the UK.

28th July – Applications close for the British Council Australia’ Realise Your Dream program.
Realise your Dreams is Australia’s most recognised and long running professional development platform in the creative industries. It nurtures and supports highly talented emerging practitioners in the first ten years of their practice, working across almost any discipline in the creative

31st July – Applications close for Transmediale 2014 (Berlin).
Transmediale is a Berlin-based festival and year-round project that draws out new connections between art, culture and technology. The activities of transmediale aim at fostering a critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies.

12th August – Applications for the 2014 fulbright playwriting scholarship close.
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission (AAFC) in partnership with Inscription, the Copyright Agency and the Australian Council Literature Board has established a new Fulbright Professional Playwriting Scholarship. The scholarship will provide the recipient with the opportunity to spend 3 to 4 months in the US developing a new play, sharpening their craft and forging beneficial professional relationships.

15th August – Yale drama series competition closes.
The Yale Drama Series competition is seeking submissions of new plays for its 2014 award. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000 as well as publication by the Yale University Press and a reading at Lincoln Center in New York.


  • Neal Harveyhas been appointed Program Manager (Arts and Humanities) for The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund.
  • Ella Caldwellhas been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Red Stitch.
  • Simon Abrahamsdeparts the Arts Centre Melbourne as Program Manager, Artistic Development to take on the role of Head of Programming (maternity leave cover) at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.
  • The Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for the Arts announced the inaugural members of the new Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. – Mr Rupert Myer AM; Ms Robyn Archer AO; Mr Tony Grybowski; Mr Waleed Aly; Ms Lee-Ann Buckskin; Mr Adrian Collette AM; Mr Khoa Do; Professor Matthew Hindson AM; Ms Mary-Ellen King; Ms Sophie Mitchell; Ms Samantha Mostyn;andMr Tim Orton.


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