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Anna Kelsey-Sugg, our Communications Manager, has now left TNV to travel overseas. We thank her so much for her style, her wit, her excellent communications skills, and her lovely calm presence in the office. We now welcome to the team Angela Pamic, who takes up the expanded role of Program Manager. Angela will be in the office Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.



Changes in the Touring scene – Playing Australia moves to Australia Council
At the recent APACA conference, Minister Crean announced that Playing Australia and other programs currently administered through the Office of the Arts will be moving to the Australia Council. Ben Eltham wrote about it . The industry, including our colleagues at Performing Arts Touring Alliance, are largely pleased with the announcement. Karilyn Brown, PATA’s Chair, said the move “will certainly build stronger synergies with the Australia Council’s various initiatives related to national touring, audience development and community engagement”

APACA review, new name & role – consultation until 21 Sept – YOUR VOICE NEEDED
The Australian Performing Arts Centres Association is proposing a new name and an expanded role. The Australian Performing Arts Network (APAN) would acknowledge and embrace the blurring of roles between presenters, producers and audiences. TNV has been working with APACA towards this aim: including co-running the National Touring Workshop this year at APAM with PATA, and programming the 2013 APACA and ATF conferences back to back in Canberra next year. TNV Director Nicole Beyer has recently been co-opted to the APACA Committee to continue this work.

TNV will stay involved in working out how a change could best suit the theatre-making sector. We are aware that a new organisation would need to explicitly support the fledgling state and territory theatre networks around the country, and we are still investigating other options for Theatre Network Australia – from a stand alone model to a self governing, federated network – and we will do more research in 2013 on membership, different models, and how we could work with APACA and other existing peak bodies. Consultation closes 21 September, and we urge you to have a say – this will affect us all and it would be great for APACA to hear from more theatre-makers.

ArtsSupport and ABAF to merge by July 1, 2013
In the 2012–13 Budget, the Australian Government allocated $3.2 million over two years to support the continuation of AbaF and its amalgamation with the Australia Council’s Artsupport program to create a new entity from 1 July 2013.

THE GLORIAS – Theatre Travel Fellowship 2012, $7500 – Closes 17 September
The Foundations provide Fellowships for professional actors and directors in theatre, film, and television to travel overseas to broaden their professional knowledge through either formal courses of study or by self-devised programs of observation and secondment.

2013 Emerging Leaders Development Program – applications due 2 Nov
The Australia Council previously identified a gap in leadership training aimed at supporting arts leaders through specialised training, mentoring and coaching. A total of 46 participants have already taken part in the program in 2011 and 2012. They are now looking for another 20 leaders to start the program in April 2013.

Australia Council – ArtStart grants close 20th September

Malthouse’s Helium 2013 Tower Theatre program – EOIs close 27th September. 
An opportunity for Australian independent artists to present new work from June-October 2013. The Tower Theatre is a space for experimentation and daring. For such a small space, it has produced some big ideas and the artists who work in it are valued for the size of their ambition. Helium is Malthouse Theatre’s acknowledgement of this ambition – and of the valuable resource that such a space can be.

FREE new Arts Law publication: Answers for Artists: a Guide to Basic Legal Issues
Answers for Artists is a resource designed for artists from Cultural and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds which covers basic legal issues that affect their arts practice.

Enterprise Connect offer free access to Business Advisers – including specific advice for creative industries

Tasmanian Theatre Company future in doubt
THE future of Tasmania’s state theatre company is in doubt after the flagship company failed to secure government funding for the second consecutive year. Head here to read the rest of the story in The Australian.



Greening Our Performance – Sustainable Production, Friday, 7 September FREE
This is the fourth workshop in the 2012 series – sustainable production. How do we incorporate sustainability into production? Is it possible to assess our carbon footprint and what is Green Design? Facilitated by Angharad Wynne-Jones (Tipping Point Australia and Artshouse), it will involve a number of practical presentations and panel discussions by some of the industry’s leading sustainable theatre practitioners. 7 Sep, 1-5pm; ANZ Pavillion, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Arts Victoria Organisations Program Review – update, any day now…
The launch of the new process is still scheduled for September – once they have had Ministerial sign off (we have heard this is imminent). Arts Victoria staff assure TNV that the new process draws heavily on the consultation, and they are still planning for the new process to begin in April 2013, with applications due mid 2013 (which is slightly later than what the website says)

Arts Victoria Advisory Panel Register – Call for Expressions of Interest – Due 17 Sept.
Arts Victoria is inviting EOIs from individuals wishing to nominate for the Panel Register, a database of individuals with a range of skills and experience that they draw upon when putting together an Arts Advisory Panel. Indigenous people, people with a disability, young people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those from regional areas are encouraged to nominate.

EOI to present or develop work at Arts House – closes 12 October, 2012
Artists are invited to submit an expression of interest for either presentations or developments in any of the Arts House venues – North Melbourne Town Hall, Warehouse and Meat Market, for season two 2013 (July to November).

A is for Atlas Youth Mentoring Program
Do you want to find out what it’s like to create exciting interdisciplinary work alongside a team of artistic professionals? This program offers young people from diverse cultural backgrounds the opportunity to develop skills and pathways in the creative industries by working with experienced artists on projects in production

2012 Not-For-Profit Summit, Geelong, Thursday 18 October 9am-4pm FREE
This annual Summit run by DPCD offers the opportunity for the community sector (including arts orgs) to come together for a day of ideas, workshops and networking. Keynote Speaker is Debra Allcock-Tyler, CEO Directory of Social Change (DSC) UK. Other sessions include governance, HR, industrial reforms, social media

Grace Marion Wilson Playwrights’ Fellowship – Applications close 1 October. 
Writers Victoria is introducing this Fellowship to assist emerging Victorian playwrights, overseen by internationally acclaimed Melbourne playwright, Raimondo Cortese. The six successful Fellows will have their script professionally appraised and will each be offered ten hours of mentoring with Raimondo or another experienced industry professional. The aim is to take an early draft of a full-length stage script to a polished, pre-production script. With support provided by the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, the Fellowships are open to emerging playwrights living and working in Victoria.



  • After 26 years, Linda Mickelborough will be leaving her position as General Manager of Circus Oz at the end of the year.
  • Barking Gecko welcome its new General Manager, Nathan Giles.
  • Also new in Perth is Michael Daly, Executive Producer for Deck Chair Theatre.
  • Melbourne Fringe welcomes new CEO Jayne Lovelock.
  • Melbourne Fringe’s former CEO Esther Anatolitis has joined Regional Arts Victoria as the new CEO.
  • Minerva Draeger has announced she will leave her position as Director of Ausdance Victoria in November.
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre welcomes their new CEO and Director Jade Lillie.
  • Monkey Baa Theatre Company announced its new General Manager Penny Watts
  • West Australian Ballet has a new Artistic Director Aurelien Scannella.
  • Melbourne Festival’s Executive Director, Tim Jacobs is stepping down after this year’s Festival and will be handing over the reins to Katie McLeish.

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