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TNV E-News March 2015


In addition to sourcing loads of relevant industry updates for you all, our TNV Enews is continuing to look at specific ideas and outcomes from the 2015 Australian Theatre Forum: Making It held in Sydney in January.

Writing Room series now available to watch online
We are pleased to let you know that the ATF Writing Room series, hosted by the indefatigable Director of Playwriting Australia, Tim Roseman, is now available to watch online, thanks to our colleagues at Watch the sessions in full here.

  • 1 Writing Place: The choices writers make about locations within a play and surrounding a play, with John McCallum, Jane Bodie, Tommy Murphy & Kylie Coolwell.
  • 2 Writing Space: Physical places and environment in which work might exist, and the physical space that you work in as a playwright, with Ninna Tersman, Angela Betzien, and John Romeril.
  • 3 Writing Time: The time in which you write, how you manage your time as a writer, the treatment of time within a work with Leah Purcell, Chi Vu, Peter Matheson & Donna Abela.

The conversations continue – ATF debriefs held in Melbourne and BrisbaneAs is a key goal of ATF, delegates have been inspired to run their own sessions for their local sectors, to debrief and to share outcomes with those who didn’t attend.

  • In Brisbane, a brave group of delegates facilitated an evening session during the cyclone! Read the write-up here.
  • In Melbourne, Arts House ran a supper club session devoted to ATF, with a Provocation by David Williams, (ATF Curator) and a Deliberation by Emma Valente, (Artistic Director THE RABBLE).
  • A little birdy tells TNV that there will be a series of Independent Forums coming up this year in various capital cities – watch this space.

Other ATF documentation online now

  • The three morning keynotes by Rachael Maza, Richard Frankland and Rhoda Roberts are available as videos. View here.
  • Goenawan Mohamad’s Art & Democracy keynote and Frie Leysen’s closing keynote are both available as podcasts. Listen here.
  • Artist talks with Danny Braverman, Katharine Brisbane and Adrienne Truscott are also available to download as podcasts. Listen here.


Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) – 2016 Program Applications Now Open APAM 2016 will be held in Brisbane from 22 – 26 February. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet face-to-face with key presenters, agents and buyers, and mingle with international and national peers – all in the one place at the same time. APAM program applications are now open and will close 1 July 2015. The APAM team will be hitting the road in March and April to answer all your questions about APAM 2016. More info here.

16 Mar – Country Arts SA Skills Development Grants – Up to $3kApplications will soon close for individuals, groups and organisations wishing to apply for Skills Development funding from Country Arts SA. Open to any artform, grants can be used to undertake projects for skills development through workshops, or provide opportunities for the development of project ideas and concepts. Read more here.

19-21 Mar – National Dance Forum – Full Program Announced Held in conjunction with Dance Massive, the 2015 National Dance Forum invites Australian dancers, makers, researchers, writers, directors, producers, advocates and educators to participate in the most significant platform for dialogue across the Australian contemporary dance sector. Keynote speakers and full program is now available. View the program | Register now

16-25 March – Support for the Arts: Funding Masterclasses with expert John Kieffer (UK) Creative Partnerships Australia are presenting a series of full-day masterclasses led by UK arts management and funding expert John Kieffer in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide this month. Essential for philanthropy and development executives, leaders and managers across the arts and private sector, established artists and cultural policy professionals. Cost $200, limited places. Masterclass schedule and info here.

5-6 Oct – National Experimental Arts Forum (NEAF) 2015 – Perth, WABuilding on the success of the 2013 forum at Carriageworks in Sydney, the 2015 National Experimental Arts Forum will consist of plenary and breakout sessions, showcases of Australian experimental artists and producers artwork, and networking opportunities. The focus for the forum will be experimental delivery methods and embrace a non-conference model, and be accompanied by a wide range of satellite programming. Read more here.


7 Mar – Responders needed for Black Hole Theatre feedback sessions – FREE Black Hole Theatre are looking for responders to attend a free feedback session offering an inspiring, dynamic and non-judgmental approach to developing work. Saturday 7 March from 11am at Napier Street Theatre, South Melbourne. Contact Black Hole Theatre with any questions, RSVP not essential.Find out more here.

8 Mar – Drama Victoria’s Women In Theatre Charity Brunch – Tickets $20 – $50 Drama Vic will host a Women In Theatre brunch this Sun 8 March, 10am – 12pm, Salon Room, Abbotsford Convent. Celebrate International Women’s Day in style. Strong coffee, stronger women, men invited! $40 Members / $50 Non-Members / $20 Pre-Service & Unwaged More info here.

21 March – Want to learn how to use Facebook to promote your work? Arts marketing company, Work the Crowd are running workshops to teach performers how to use Facebook in the most engaging and effective way. Learn how to rank in the newsfeed, create great content easily, find an audience, and use Facebook advertising. Melbourne CBD, Sat 21 March | 10am-1pm | $150 Read More Here.

27 Mar – City of Port Phillip 2015/16 Cultural Development Fund applications now open Funded activities must be based in and include include participants living or working in CoPP. Applications close 4pm Friday 27 March 2015. Download application forms and guidelines.

Melbourne Fringe Forums to run from March until August 2015 – FREE The Artist Development team at Melbourne Fringe have curated another series of free artist forums and talks to take place between now and August 2015. Topics include Fringe Info Sessions, Writing About Your Work, Touring and Building Your Networks. Find out more here.

20 Apr – 32nd Green Room Awards – Nominations, Ceremony and New Panel Members The Green Room Awards recently announced its 240 nominations for 57 awards across the performing arts industry. From the Industry callout earlier this year, there are already a dozen new panel judges, and there will be more turnover in the future. At the end of March, this year’s Technical Achievement and Lifetime Achievement Awards will be announced. The 32nd Awards will be held at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne on Mon 20 April, 7pm Tickets will be available from the end of March. Click here for the full list of nominations plus a link to the Panel Member Bios.

MTC Sharing the Light Initiative offers $5 tickets to eligible schools. TNV would like to congratulate the team at Melbourne Theatre Company on realising the first of four major Sharing the Light Initiatives. Supported by Crown Resorts Foundation, MTC will be offering $5 tickets to disadvantaged schools across the state, ensuring students have access to live theatre performance. Find out more about the Sharing the Light Initiative.


30 Mar – Call Out – Pitch new work at the Malmö/Copenhagen May 2015 ISPA Congress Apply for ISPA’s popular Pitch New Works program, to pitch on the 28 May in Malmö/Copenhagen. New multi-disciplinary and/or cross-cultural projects are particularly attractive to ISPA delegates, though all project types and applications will be considered. Read more here.

11 Mar – Edinburgh Fringe Festival discount registration and Program Deadlines Looking to present your work in the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival? Early bird registrations will close on 11 March 2015. If you’re not able to make this date, the final deadline for the printed program is 8 April 2015. Find out more about show registration dates.

23-26 Apr – IETM Spring Plenary in Italy – Discounted registration closes 10 April 2015 Register before 10 April to receive the earlybird discount and join an international community of performing arts professionals for the IETM Spring Plenary in the upper town of Bergamo, Italy from 23 – 26 April 2015. The theme this year is ‘Regeneration’. More info

Five Victorians selected for 2015 Asialink residencies Supported by Creative Victoria, the aim of Asialink’s Arts Residency Program is to create meaningful and enduring relationships between individuals and organisations in Australia and Asia. View the 2015 Asialink Arts Residents and Projects | Read more about the program here.

Arts Council of England (ACE) – Arts & Culture Advocacy Toolkit The ACE have released an online Advocacy Toolkit that looks at what we do and the collective value of arts and culture. This is useful as we seek to make a case for public funding of arts and culture. Check out the ACE Advocacy Toolkit video and quick guide.


  • Jayne Lovelock steps down as Creative Director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe Festival to join the team at National Gallery of Victoria.
  • John Sheedy will be stepping down as Artistic Director and co-CEO of Barking Gecko Theatre Company, after four years at the artistic helm.
  • Annette Vieusseux – Executive Producer of Lucy Guerin Inc – joins the board of Theatre Network Victoria.



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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Victoria.

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