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TNV Membership, now open for 2014!
We are pleased to officially open our financial membership for 2014. Since 2009, TNV has been providing a much needed service to the professional non-profit theatre sector, including advocacy and sector development, forums and workshops, research and information (including this e-news!). As we are now funded triennially, we can begin to plan longer term, and financial membership will help us achieve our longer term goals. For our members, you will be more confident that TNV will have a stronger case for advocacy when speaking on behalf of the sector, and there are also some concrete membership benefits such as member only events. The membership fee ranges from an introductory price of $16.50 for individuals, to $412.50 for large organisations and there are a variety of categories for different sized organisations, and for associate memberships too. You can choose to pay now or in 2014: (link removed). Please support our work in 2014!

2013 Victorian Touring Workshop wrap up.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful presenting partners, Regional Arts Victoria [RAV], Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres [VAPAC], our hosts Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre and all the tremendous artists, producers, presenters and theatre makers who attended the fantastic day. We’ve had some amazing feedback already but we will be sending out a quick survey to all of the attendees in the next day or so.

The 2013 TNV Salary Survey Report is now available  (link removed)

The Victorian Theatre Meeting 2013 REPORT is also now available (link removed)


Theatre Council Tasmania’s SECTOR PLANNING DAY – done and dusted. A few weeks back TCT held the 2013 Sector Planning Day at the Founder’s Room, Salamanca Arts Centre. TCT would like to thank everyone who came, saw and conquered. Special thanks to Simon Wellington, General Manager Griffin Theatre and Steering Committee member of Theatre Network NSW for speaking; and Honourable Mentions to Liz Bennett and Geoff Dobson for travelling from Launceston and Burnie respectively to be in the room. A wrap up of actions arising, feedback shared and information gleaned will be shared next week via their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Congratulations to Theatre Council Tasmania who recently announced their successful Australia Council Cultural Leadership Program Development grant for 2014!
This sensational opportunity will identify, mentor and develop four emerging producers from across the state, match them with Tasmanian cultural leaders to be their mentors and develop them through intensive skills development periods and practical, roll up your sleeves industry placements both here and interstate. Stay tuned to the TCT website for more details.

11th December – Theatre Network WA is hosting a sector gathering at the PICA Bar [Perth], from 5.30pm with guest Nicole Beyer from TNV in attendance. This gathering follows the PATA National Touring session, and the Australia Council Regional Programs session.

17th December – Theatre Network NSW is hosting an end of year party. [Sydney]
Feeling the need to catch up, take stock and start planning ahead? Feeling isolated and/or unloved? Feeling the need to meet new potential comrades and collaborators? Feeling the need to re-engage with creative colleagues from across the theatre sector? Feeling thirsty and in need of some good conversation? Feel like solving all the problems of the theatre world over a drink or two? Then come along to our end-of-year networking event.


The International Day of People with Disability was the perfect opportunity for Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski to release the Council’s Disability Action Plan for 2014-2016. Mr Grybowski also announced that $300,000 had been allocated to support the new Artists with Disability Program, to enable Australian artists with disability to create, develop, present, produce, exhibit and tour their work. A series of information sessions about the new Artists with Disability Program will be held during January and February. Guidelines for the program will be available from 10 December.


10th December – Early bird delegate registrations for the next Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) closes.
APAM 2014 will be held in Brisbane18 – 22 February and will feature a fresh new program of 37 production showcases and 15 work-in-development pitches by Australian and New Zealand artists and companies. Program highlights include a full-length showing of Shaun Parker & Company’s latest production ‘AM I’, an excerpt showing of ‘CORANDERRK’ by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and ‘Die Roten Punkte – Eurosmash!’

13th December – Young People and the Arts Australia – Board Recruitment – applications close.
The Board of YPAA are currently seeking expressions of interest from suitable, passionate and energetic candidates for a number of soon to be vacant positions on the Board. These include the role of Chair, International Representative and Treasurer. The Board are wishing to recruit interested individuals from within the youth arts sector to fulfil these voluntary leadership roles at a crucial time in the organisation’s history.

20th December – Submissions for QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL close.
In 2014, cabaret in Queensland is expanding statewide. They’re looking for high-quality shows by talented Australian artists to feature at this new event. Pitch your show! They will be creating a highly curated and energetic event that will showcase many of Queensland’s greatest venues, including Brisbane Powerhouse, QPAC, the Arts Centre Gold Coast, Ipswich Civic Centre and various venues in Cairns and Mackay.

24th December – Submissions for 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival close. [7-18 May 2014]
Unlike previous years, the 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival will be fully curated. Performances can be anywhere but a theatre and any style – circus, cabaret, drama, comedy, music, and performance art. If there’s a name for it and it involves performance anywhere but a theatre, it can be part of 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival.

24th January – Closing date for Performing Lines Proposals.
Do you have a dance or theatre work that is ready to tour? Road Work invites expressions of interest from producers/artists for small to medium scale theatre and dance productions for regional touring in 2015. They are looking for exceptional work that is challenging and that will offer regional audiences something different.

10 February – Closing Date for Australia Council: Theatre section revised grants
The Theatre section has revised its categories to transition to a more unified approach to cross-Council categories in 2015 and beyond. The 2014 revised grants are New Work (Creative Development, Production and Young Artists initiative), Cultural Leadership Skills and Cultural Leadership Program.


24 February – Closing Date Australia Council: Early Career Residencies Program
This program provides an opportunity for artists, curators, writers, editors and producers in all Australia Council supported art forms to develop and implement creative projects and developments in partnership with a host organisation, with a grant of up to of up to $30,000 (orgs and individuals).

The 2014 Regional Arts Australia Summit – Arts and Edges [16-19 Oct 2014 Kalgoorlie WA] has been launched.
The Summit will share the experience of desert life through stimulating content, networking, artistic programs and inspiring talks. An exciting four-day program with boutique elements will showcase the unique cultures of Western Australia’s Goldfields-Esperance region to the national and international visitors.


12th December – Footscray Writers’ Salon: New Play Reading In 2012, Playwriting Australia partnered with the Footscray Community Arts Centre to run playwriting workshops with local communities and aspiring theatre makers. Emerging playwrights Tania Canas, Grace Pundyk, Dominic Golding and Simon Miles were matched with established playwrights Van Badham, Tom Holloway, Damien Millar and Melissa Reeves and the resulting showcase is directed by Chris Mead, Literary Director of Melbourne Theatre Company and former Playwriting Australia’s Artistic Director. Please join them at the Footscray Arts Centre.

17th January 2014 – Applications for Seedpod residencies close. Now in its 7th year, Punctum’s competitive Seedpod residencies offer opportunities to early career and confirmed artists to investigate, develop and present contemporary live arts in Central Victoria. Seedpod provides artists, producers, and audiences with access to regionally based arts professionals, resources and presentation spaces. 6 annual residencies for artists in live arts, performance and multi arts are available.

22nd January – Nominations for the 2014 Victorian Young Achiever Awards close. A new award has been announced this year to reward the spirit of creativity exhibited by Victoria’s talented young artists. The Coffee Club Arts Award celebrates their brilliant artistic achievements and recognises the incredible imagination, initiative and flair required to produce such inspirational work.

REMINDER: 22nd January – Applications for the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival close. 2015 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the Castlemaine State Festival, and its 20th Festival. To celebrate this milestone the 2015 Festival is planning an adventurous program that draws on the event’s past strengths, whilst exploring radically new artistic works and audience experiences. The emerging theme driving the artistic programming for 2015 is “Before & Beyond”.

31st January – Applications for the Carnival of Flowers One-Act Play Writing Competition close. Aspiring playwrights are invited to submit unpublished scripts to the second annual Carnival of Flowers One-Act Play Writing Competition organised by Toowoomba Repertory Theatre. The Competition offers cash prizes of $2000, $1000 & $500 for the best three plays and the opportunity to see the work performed at the 2014 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

REMINDER: January 2014 – Submissions to perform in 2014 Melbourne Cabaret Festival close. Over the past four years, the Melbourne Cabaret Festival has grown to become an iconic Melbourne event much loved by audiences and performers. Earlier this year the Festival attracted 15,200 people, which was up 89% on last year and 375% on the inaugural Festival in 2010. Join them in 2014, from 19 to 29 June 2014.

3rd February – Kingston Arts’ New Blood 2014: Creative Development Program closes. New Blood aims to provide professional development for independent performing artists and support in the creation of high quality new Australian work. In addition to access to a rehearsal space, support may also be given in the form of: access to some technical and administrative facilities, open play readings, workshops, rehearsals, performances and mentoring opportunities.

Feb 2014 – Arts Access Victoria announces the “Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Advocacy Scholarship” in recognition of former AAV Chair, the late Lesley Hall. The inaugural scholarship will be announced in 2014, for a young advocate under 35 with a vision for a project to increase engagement in the arts by people with a disability.

28th March – Bayside City Council 2014/15 Artist in Residence Program closes. The Artist in Residence program is based at Billilla Historic Mansion at 26 Halifax Street, Brighton, a beautiful heritage property incorporating a stately public garden and the magnificent historic house. These residencies are available and are offered to successful applicants for 12 months from July to June annually. Applications are periodically invited from visual artists, writers, composers and multimedia artists.

March 2014 – Save the date for the Festival of Live Art [FOLA], a new partnered initiative between Arts House, Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre. Running from 14 – 30 March, the aptly named Festival of Live Art (FOLA) will feature over 35 events across four locations – North Melbourne, Footscray, St. Kilda and the CBD. The full program will be launched on Monday 3 February.

ArtsReady – A new vocational training initiative ArtsReady is looking for partners to help create exciting traineeship opportunities for young people in arts and creative organisations. Servicing entry level roles, ArtsReady can meet with potential hosts, discuss your needs and help scope out roles suitable for an ArtsReady trainee. Organisations choose the final incumbent for 12-24 month traineeships.

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2014 Congratulations to all of the Shortlisted Nominees in the Prize for Drama category; Savages, Patricia Cornelius, The Secret River , Andrew Bovell and Medea, Anne-Louise Sarks and Kate Mulvany.


13th December – Applications for PACT Zollverein Artist Residency close [August to December 2014 – Germany] PACT Zollverein has been supporting residencies for the development of artistic projects and productions since 2002. The Residency Programme is open to professional artists from home and abroad who work in the areas of dance, performance, media arts or sound art. The recipients are offered a work space and local accommodation, and according to individual need, they can take advantage of various kinds of production support, such as dramaturgy, technical assistance, project management as well as press and publicity.

20th December – Australia Council: Korea-Australia Connection Initiative application for EOIs close. The Australia Council for the Arts is calling for Expressions of Interest for the Korea-Australia Connection Initiative. The initiative is a partnership between the Australia Council and Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) to support performing arts professionals to research and develop new collaborative projects.


  • Barry Humphrieshas been announced as the new Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2015
  • Luke Cowling, leaves his position as Artistic Director and CEO of Critical Stages in December 2013.
  • Megan Connoris the new Development Manager of The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
  • Chris Brookshas been appointed the new CEO of Fed Square Pty Ltd
  • Sara Strachanjoins Country Arts SA as their new Regional Cultural Development Officer
  • Ten Days have appointed their new Artistic Director, David Malacari.
  • Olivia Allendeparts Riverland Youth Theatre.
  • Michelle Zemancheff takes up the position of Coordinator, Arts and Culture at the Nillumbik Shire Council.
  • Christie Anthoneyhas been announced as the new Executive Officer of Festivals Adelaide, following the retirement of current Executive Officer, Tory McBride.
  • Caitlin Dullardwill replace Pippa Bainbridge as La Mama’s Company Manager/Executive Producer from Jan 2014.
  • Arts Centre Melbourne chief executive Judith Isherwoodhas stood down after four years in the job.

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