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12th September – Registrations for the Victorian Theatre Meeting close.
If you haven’t already registered for the upcoming Victorian Theatre Meeting, you have just one week to do so. Places are filling fast so don’t leave it too late. We have some great speakers and panelists lined up for this year’s event which is set to be another thought provoking meeting. Bookings can be made through (link removed). We are also looking for 2 official tweeters, a scribe and a production assistant on the day, if you’re interested in applying for one of these roles, please head to our website (link removed) for further details.


23rd September – Deadline for responses to the 2013 National Remuneration Survey: Small to Medium Arts Orgs.
Theatre Network Victoria conducts a National Remuneration Survey every two years to assist in benchmarking and improving remuneration across the small to medium sector. We encourage you to complete the survey and contribute to this valuable resource so that we can report back with a rich and useful tool. Please feel free to pass this link onto colleagues. All responses will remain anonymous.


3rd December – SAVE THE DATE – Victorian Performing Arts Touring Workshop.
Presenters, Producers, Theatre Makers, Performing and Live Artists, Dancers, Directors, Writers, Choreographers, Marketing and PR folk, Technicians, Programmers, and everyone else who participates in the performing arts are invited to the 2013 Victorian Touring Workshop.


PP36: RE-VALUING THE ARTIST IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER by David Pledger is now available online.
If you missed hearing David speak last month, here is your chance to catch his conversation with facilitator, Dr Mark Williams.

TNA [Theatre Network Australia] STUFF

Theatre Network WA has started a Google group to keep the conversation going.
Adam Bennett from the WA Youth Theatre Company has initiated a discussion group to talk about the big opportunities and challenges facing the theatre sector in Western Australia. He suggests it’s time for a common voice that can lobby for the right support and the right infrastructure to make theatre of excellence in WA, and take it to audiences worldwide. If you’re a WA theatre maker and you want to get involved, please request to join the (link removed) to start a discussion and plan to meet.

Tasmanian Theatre Sector Planning Day 2013 – a date for your diary
Taking a break from ‘tradition’, this year’s Sector Planning Day hosted by TCT is to be held in Hobart, Salamanca Arts Centre’s Founder’s Room on Sunday 10 November 2013. The day will kick off 10am and a bus will be provided to bring participants from the north of the state to the south. In 2014 the Sector Planning Day will be held in the north. This is a great opportunity to come together with your peers, make new contacts, share inspiration, frustration, triumphs and challenges and contribute to your performing arts sector.


9th September – NIDA Creative Forum: Theatre and Politics. FREE
NIDA invite you to join them as they present political agitators and theatre directors alike to tell them what keeps the fire in their bellies. Chaired by David Fenton (Head of Performance Practices, NIDA), speakers include James Dalton, Nicholas Bone, Danny Ginges and Yana Taylor.

11th September – Kultour Gathering 2013 – Stage 2: Public Forum Right Here/Right Now! [QLD]
Kultour Gathering 2013 seeks to provide a testing ground for new ideas in a supportive and inclusive environment. Following on from the two days of the Stage 1: conceptual laboratory –19 participating artists and provocateurs will share their findings with other sectors of the industry and the broad community in a series of presentations and open discussion to a panel of enablers, presenters, advocates and peers – engaging in conversations around innovative, culturally diverse practice in Australia.

13th September – Applications close for Magnetic Places 2013- 2014 funding [NSW]
This Grants Program is a dynamic place making initiative led by Penrith City Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Program. Magnetic Places provides support to local community groups that have a social, environmental or cultural focus to develop activities, programs and events in their local communities within the Penrith Local Government Area (LGA).

27th September – Patch Theatre – Round 2 Associate Director Residency Program [SA]
Patch Theatre Company has opened applications for the second round of the Artistic Director Residency Program and is calling for applications from aspiring Artistic Directors who are interested in a residency at Patch with Artistic Director Dave Brown. This residency will take place in the first half of 2014.

30th September – Applications close for the 2014 Asialink Arts Residency Program [National]
The aim of Asialink’s Arts Residency Program is to create meaningful and enduring relationships between individuals and organisations in Australia and Asia. Asialink works in partnership with arts residency centres in the region to realise this goal. Asialink Arts Residencies are professional development opportunities, aimed at being mutually beneficial to both host and resident.

30th September – Applications close for Blacktown Arts Centre – 2014 Performing Arts Residencies [NSW]
Blacktown Arts Centre invites artists to submit expressions of interest for its Performing Arts Residency Program within Western Sydney. The program supports a wide range of performance practices and encourages intercultural and interdisciplinary collaborations and research. In the past this residency has supported theatre makers, writers, performers, choreographers, musicians and multi-media artists.

1st October – Applications close for the 2014 Country Arts Support Program. [NSW]
The program aims to support local arts events and projects taking place in the New England North West by providing small grants up to $3,000 for workshops, artist-in-residence programs, public art and design projects, performances and other local arts initiatives. In 2014, preference will be given to projects that focus on youth and emerging arts development.


4th October – Applications for Asialink Leaders Program close. [National] The Asialink Leaders Program brings together outstanding professionals from the corporate, government and community sectors to produce a regional network of leaders with skills to operate effectively in the Asian century. The program explores diverse models of leadership for Asian and Western contexts, and investigating contemporary Asian political, economic, cultural and regulatory environments. Key workshops include: Understanding current Asia trends and issues and Leading and managing globally.

30th November – Applications close for the Queensland Premiers Drama Award 2014-15. [QLD]
Queensland Theatre Company is calling for entries for the Queensland Premiers Drama Award. Entries can be a rough draft, or just an idea, and material can be submitted in a variety of formats including sketches and videos. Applications are open to all Australian permanent residents/citizens. Three shortlisted finalists get the opportunity to develop their script or production idea with industry professionals in 2014. The winning entry will be staged as a professional production with Queensland Theatre Company in 2015.



Register now: Learn basic performance orientated Auslan at St Martins. [$120 – 6 x 2hr sessions]
If you’ve been engaging with people who are deaf or have hearing loss and feeling a little inadequate by your general lack of Auslan skills or want to expand your artistic networks and connect better with the deaf community, then you should join St Martins staff for their 6 x 2hr sessions on a Friday afternoon starting 20th September.

Call for Participants for the September series of KINGDOM Workshops, BALLETLAB
Phillip Adams and visual artist Andrew Hazewinkel, together in partnership with the Victorian AIDS Council and Gay Men’s Health Centre, are calling for participants for their free workshops. They are seeking people from all ages and backgrounds whose lives have been in some way affected by HIV / AIDS. The KINGDOM workshops are the first stage in the development of a new work for presentation next year.

11th September – Applications for the 2014 Speakeasy Program have been extended.
The Speakeasy Performance Presentation Program provides opportunities for professional development and presentation at the Northcote Town Hall. The program includes mentoring opportunities, financial support, developmental and studio rehearsal space.

13th September – EOI’s due for Wedhus Gembel – Melbourne Workshop with Indonesian and Australian artists.
Snuff Puppets are offering limited places to take part in a two day performance making workshop that will involve working with six Indonesian performance artists and Snuff Puppets. The workshop will draw on global cultural connections and universal themes of life, death, society and nature.

Reminder: 15th September – Call for Submissions: Spectres of Evaluation – 6 & 7 February 2014, Melbourne.
This international Spectres of Evaluation conference examines creative and critical approaches to evaluation and value in relation to community-engaged arts practice. Taking its cue from an artwork by Thomas Hirschhorn, the conference looks to reconfigure the relationship between artists, art experts and what Hirschhorn terms the “non-exclusive audience.” The committee is now inviting abstracts for presentations, workshops and panel presentations connecting themes around ‘art’, ‘community’ and ‘value’.


19th September –Art Matters: disability – creativity – community. [9am-1.00pm]
Arts Access Victoria in partnership with the Monash Gallery of Art are hosting a half day forum focussing on the importance of arts and cultural development in the lives of people with a disability. This forum will provide an opportunity to hear from a range of speakers who have been involved in ground breaking disability arts and cultural development programs in Melbourne. The forum will also include workshop discussions and an opportunity to view Nebula, Arts Access Victoria’s portable art studio.

19th September – ArtPlay Learning Exchange Program. [4.00pm to 6.00pm] FREE
ArtPlay encourages professional learning and the sharing of knowledge and ideas through their monthly ArtPlay Learning Exchange sessions. The program is open to artists, parents, educators, arts professionals and anyone working with children in the arts. This month’s Forum includes presentations by guest panel members Sue Giles (Polyglot), Alex Desebrock (Maybe_Together) and Gorkem Acaroglu (City of Melbourne) and mediated audience discussion.

20th September – Registrations close for Green Steps @ Work.
An award-winning program aimed at people who have a role in moving their organisation to more sustainable practices, the program provides the tools and skills to enable participants to Audit their organisation through tools and carbon mapping exercises; Understand the drivers for sustainability in their workplace; Engage staff and senior leaders to support a more sustainable workplace and; Gain a clear understanding on the practical application of sustainability in the workplace.


26th September – Call for EOI’s to present your work at the Mechanics Institute Brunswick in 2014.
Metanoia Theatre will be programming the Mechanics Institute theatre in Brunswick from 2014, and is now calling for Expressions of Interest from artists to present work in and around the venue next year. The Mechanics Institute is a fully equipped, NBN connected, accessible, 103 seat theatre on Sydney Road, with a smaller performance / rehearsal studio attached.


30th September – Applications close for Kew Court House new artist development initiative, House Proud.
The initiative aims to nurture the presentation of high quality, boundary pushing, new or developing performance works. House Proud offers selected independent companies and artists the opportunity to present a short season at Kew Court House. A range of in-kind services and support, including box office revenue, is offered as a part of the program.


1st October – Applications close for 2014 White Night.
White Night Melbourne is inviting applications to apply to contribute to 2014 White Night. Whatever your idea might be to get involved, they’d love to hear about it.

15th October – Call for Master Class Participants: Re-presenting Community-based Arts: the challenge for curators, critics, and researchers. [February 3 and 4, 2014] Free to successful applicants.
Convened by Dr Marnie Badham and Dr Danielle Wyatt, the Centre for Cultural Partnerships is seeking applications from PhD and early career researchers to participate. This two-day seminar and workshop will explore the challenges of ‘re-presenting community based arts’ and includes lectures from international experts; a discussion on pre-assigned readings; a walking tour of artworks; participant generated discussion; and artistic and/or academic publication output.

17th October – First round applications close Solo Residency 2014. [Victoria University]
Artists practicing in theatre, dance, design, sound, installation, writing, music, storytelling, cabaret, performance art, voice, improvisation and interdisciplinary art are invited to apply for this one-year higher education specialisation designed to replicate an artist-in-residence scenario that allows each artist to combine: on and off-campus physical practices; a major immersion project in local and/or international locations; collaborations & exchanges with other artists and residency staff; art-in-daily-life imaginative and notation practices and creation of artistic works. It is particularly suited to the mid-career artist with an existing practice.

19th & 20th October – BLACK HOLE THEATRE in association with UNIMA AUSTRALIA presents Speaking The Person.
Go beyond vocal stereotypes and learn to express the nuances of a character through its sound in this intensive weekend workshop led by renowned voice teacher Rowena Balos (USA). Designed for puppeteers, performers, and actors, this intensive two-day workshop will introduce participants to vocal techniques that explore the voice as an instrument integral to character development. [$220/person]



30th September – 2014 Asialink Arts Residency Program Application close.The aim of Asialink’s Arts Residency Program is to create meaningful and enduring relationships between individuals and organisations in Australia and Asia. Asialink Arts Residencies are professional development opportunities, aimed at being mutually beneficial to both host and resident. This two-way knowledge and skills transfer is emphasized by way of our Reciprocal Residency and Residency Laboratory programs.



  • Karilyn Brownsteps down as PATA Chair and IFACCA General Manager to take on the role of CEO of Performing Lines.
  • Adi Dinerhas left Polyglot Theatre to take up the role of General Manager of White Night Melbourne.
  • Glyn Robertshas been appointed the new program manager at La Boite Theatre Company.
  • Amelia Bartakleaves Balletlab to take up the role of Program Manager at Artsready.
  • Flying Fruit Fly Circus appoints Jodie Farrugiaas the new Artistic Director.
  • The Substation has recently appointed Jo Daniellto the position of Education & Public Programs Coordinator.
  • Sara Austinleaves Ranters Theatre to join Knox City Council as their new Coordinator of Cultural Planning and Development.
  • FollowingJane Scott’s recent departure, Lindy Allen has been appointed acting Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia for six months whilst a recruitment process takes place.


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