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The Australian Theatre Forum 2013 – Canberra Theatre Centre, 29-31 May, 2013 Only 3 weeks to go. We’ve had an amazing response from the industry and there are less than 20 places left in each category, so don’t leave booking until the last minute and risk missing out. As promised, we have held our nerve and delayed releasing the program until the last minute – literally – to incorporate as much of the sector’s ideas as possible (and to keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation.) The moment of unveiling is days away… Also just a reminder that if you’re an APACA full member, you can access a 15% discount to a 1 day or 3 day ATF pass

TNV was pretty excited to announce the new Theatre Network Australia website recently. The Australia wide network has been established to facilitate and strengthen the connections between our states and territories to build a stronger national theatre sector. State Networks are in various stages of development with some, like the Theatre Council of Tasmania running since August 2011 with a paid part time Project Manager. Other networks such asTheatre Network Darwin and Theatre Network South Australia are just starting out thanks to the voluntary dedication and passion of local theatre practitioners. Each month, we look forward to highlighting news from one of our fellow theatre networks. TNV is proud to be leading Theatre Network Australia and look forward to a stronger, more engaged national arts community.


18th June – NEON CONNECT as part of MTC’s NEON Festival of Independent Theatre.
The NEON Festival of Independent Theatre [16th May to 21st July ] begins this month with some exciting new productions by some of Melbourne’s best Indie companies including the DANIEL SCHLUSSER ENSEMBLE, FRAUGHT OUTFIT, Benedict Hardie and Anne-Louise Sarks, THE RABBLE and Ash Flanders and Declan Greene. As part of this festival, TNV are proudly co-hosting a free networking event for independent theatre makers and producers to connect, express interest in collaborating, voice ideas and address shared concerns. If you wish to attend please visit . Use the hashtag #mtcNEON on Twitter and Instagram to get all the updates from around the festival.

TNA [Theatre Network Australia] STUFF

Darwin Theatre Network met briefly with the sector on Tuesday 12th March and outlined the action so far on the sector strategy. This meeting was preceded by the APAM roadshow. Arts NT are also supporting a number of Territory artists to attend the Australian Theatre Forum in Canberra later this month.


9th May – The Senate enquiry report on the Australia Council Bill is due.
Theatre Network Victoria joined other performing arts peak bodies to submit “A Joint Statement in Support of the Australia Council Bill 2013” [#22]

10th May – Applications close for bursaries to attend the Arts and Disability Meeting Place [TAS].
Arts Access Australia has funds available to assist delegates with disability to attend the Arts and Disability Meeting Place event being held in Tasmania on the 19th June. The purpose of this bursary is to provide successful applicants with a contribution of up to $500 towards travel and accommodation costs associated with attending the event. Applications due 10th May 2013.

13th May – Nominations close for the 2013 Creative Partnerships Australia Awards [NATIONAL].
These Awards honour and celebrate the best in relationships between the creative industries, business and donors as well as innovation and success in arts programs across accessibility, arts & health, environmental sustainability, philanthropy and volunteering.

17th May – Call for Entries for the 46th Annual AWGIE Awards close [NATIONAL].
Entries are now open for the 46th Annual AWGIE Awards! Closing 5pm Friday 3 May for Monte Miller categories, Friday 17 May for all other categories. Grab the entry form and guidelines from the AWG website.

19th May – Winner of the NSW Premier’s Award – Nick Enright Prize to be announced [NATIONAL].
Chookas to all of the nominees, Lally Katz, Joanna Murray-Smith, Melissa Reeves, Reg Cribb and Rick Viede.

Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the Theatre Council of Tasmania Council are pleased to present a Visual Theatre Design Masterclass led by Sydney designer Clare Britton. Clare is an experienced designer of visual theatre and founding member of My Darling Patricia. She has undertaken training with Phillipe Genty and has been designing for puppetry, dance, text based theatre and installation for 11 years. Application close soon on Friday the 10th of May.

3rd June – TANGENT – The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare [SA].
A series of discussions exploring the links between State Theatre Company’s productions and literature, for lovers of words and theatre. Presented by State Library of South Australia and State Theatre Company of South Australia, This is the third event in the series.

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.


UpRiver Creative Development Residency taking applications – Applications open all year round.
The UpRiver Creative development residencies support artists with in-kind access to accommodation and rehearsal space during the creative development stages of new performance works. A partnership with Australian Landscape Trust (ALT) provides Riverland Youth Theatre (RYT) with access to a range of accommodation options at Calperum Station on the River. In receipt, artists are asked to share their skills with young people and the community in a gift-back workshop or work in progress showing.


Congratulations to all of the winners [and nominees] of the 2012Greenroom Awards held last night! For details check out the following link!

8th May – Arts Industry Council [Victoria] Network Meeting. [AICV Members FREE / $5 Non-members*]
A network meeting has been called to discuss recent activity in public policy affecting the arts. This includes: Feedback on the inaugural submission process to Arts Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program; and A discussion on the Victorian Government’s announcement that it intends to develop a Victorian Cultural and Arts Strategy, as a part of the Securing Victoria’s Economy policy. 3pm to 5pm – Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens. RSVPs [essential] to Georgia Cribb: * $5 includes 1 years membership

24th May –General Melbourne Fringe Festival Artist registration close.
The Melbourne Fringe Festival is an open-access, multi-artform event with a broad scope for programming and presentation spanning performance, comedy, music, visual art, cabaret, circus, dance and more.


24th May – Applications close for Melbourne Fringe and Arts Centre Melbourne new Producer Mentorship Program.
The program, open to emerging and established producers , will support four producers participating in the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

31st May – Arts House are seeking EOI’s from Australian artists to develop or present work between Jan – June 2014.
Each year Arts House offers financial and in-kind venue and marketing support for either presentations or developments (CultureLAB), at any of the Arts House venues – North Melbourne Town Hall, Warehouse and Meat Market. EOI. Briefing and venue tour: Tuesday 23 May, 6pm. Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall.

14th June – SAVE THE DATE! Victorian Arts Law Consortium Workshop. $25 per session / $100 per day
Stay tuned for more details regarding VALC’s upcoming workshop including sessions on Business Governance – including the new Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission and how it affects arts organisations applying for “charitable” status and ATO tax concessions; Contracting over the internet – what to watch out for with particular focus on e-publishing contracts for writers and e-distribution deals for musicians; Crowdfunding – what is it, what are the risks and how can it work for you; Artists’ rights to be paid to work – employment issues & Fair Work standards – how to stand up to the “If you really loved the arts, you’d do this for free” approach and Prizes & Competitions – what to watch for in the fine print – don’t give up your soul!

July – The Arts & Entertainment Management (AEM) Program of Deakin University is delighted to announce the 2013 George Fairfax Fellow, John McGrath–Artistic Director, National Theatre Of Wales [NTW].
John is internationally renowned as an innovator in the areas of large-scale participative performance, site-specific theatre, and community engagement. The Deakin University Arts Participation Incubator, in conjunction with the AEM program, will present two events around John’s visit to Melbourne in early July: a workshop on site specific performance making, and the Kenneth Myer Public Lecture.


19th May – EXTENDED – Closing date for IFACCA’s Call for Papers has been extended. [INTERNATIONAL].
The International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) and the National Council for Culture and the Arts, Chile (CNCA) are pleased to invite arts professionals, academics, producers, administrators, creators and arts workers to submit proposals for presentation at the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture.


FACCA & CNCA are delighted to announce the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture Brochure is now available.
The brochure includes welcome messages from the Minister President of the National Council for Culture and the Arts, Luciano Cruz-Coke Carvallo; and Chief Executive Arts Council England and Chair of IFACCA, Alan Davey. The Programme Director, Magdalena Moreno outlines the theme and aims of the World Summit. The World Summit will be held on 13-16 January 2014, with the theme Creative Times: new models for cultural development.


30th June – Applications close for the Lightship First Act Prize [UK] Are you an aspiring playwright? Do you have a full length play in you? Write the first act and a synopsis and enter Lightship Publishing’s latest competition, First Act, for a chance to win the dream prize of every aspiring dramatist. Receive expert mentoring and have your play performed in London!


  • Arena Theatre Company announces its new Executive Producer, Lee Casey.
  • Artback NT welcome Lia Pa’apa’aas their new Indigenous Traditional Dance Program Manager.
  • Isaac Drandichas joined Ilbijerri Theatre Company as their new Associate Director.
  • Rinske Ginsbergsteps down as Chair of Melbourne Fringe after four successful years at the helm.(Jobs Removed)

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