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Theatre Network NSW

November/December 2015

TNN News & Events

The News
Flat out with Australia Council funding deadlines, 2016 season launches, end-of-year productions, or the general mayhem of the build-up to Christmas? Never fear, TNN is here to give you a quick round-up!
If you didn’t hear the midnight announcement in relation to the Federal arts funding changes, Arts Minister Fifield has announced that $8M/year will be returned to the Australia Council for the Arts while the NPEA becomes ‘Catalyst’ (funding is now open However, Catalyst still excludes individuals or for operational funding leaving many in our sector wondering what will become of them in 2016. You can read the reports at various locations including:

Sector Conversations
Senate Inquiry
For those of you we didn’t catch up with over the Sydney Senate hearings, or National Roundtable meetings, TNN would like to congratulate our artists and organisations for a sterling effort! Those presenting and supporting made our sector shine and we look forward to reading the Hansard transcripts as soon as they are released. The Senate Hearing Inquiry report is scheduled for release on December 3rd.

TNV Forum
TNN attended and provided a quick NSW sector update at the Theatre Network Victoria forum at the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne on Tuesday 18th November. With talks and discussion including the future of funding models with Cathy Hunter and Julian Meyrick and the ways independent producers, small to medium companies and the majors work together it was great to see that both NSW and Victorian theatre makers are staying feisty and thinking outside the square when it comes to our future. You can get the Platform Paper at and listen to Radio National’s interview with Cathy Hunter here
NSW Theatre Producers Meeting
NSW Theatre Producers had an informal meeting at Sydney Theatre Company on Tuesday 11th November where it was agreed that despite sector exhaustion there was still much we were eager to develop together – continuing the advocacy and promoting the valuable stories that emerged through the recent senate hearings and National roundtable meeting, sharing resources, and supporting one another in the coming year. A joint letter to government is being drafted in relation to the meeting attendees’ concerns for our peers who are facing significant loss or closure in 2016 due to the Federal funding changes.
Resource Sharing
To get the ball rolling on resource sharing TNN has just opened up Theatre Network NSW Share, Swap n Sell Facebook group where you can barter, sell, swap or seek with your peers. Why not spend some of your time over summer going through your store rooms or offices to see what you can put up? Some other key resources that TNN has been asked to investigate are: affordable storage and rehearsal space solutions. Any feedback on these initiatives are warmly welcomed.
Industry Events
Sydney Opera House Culture Club
An upcoming new art talk series Culture Club at Sydney Opera House begins on 23 November. For more information check out:
SAMAG's Member's Creative Leadership Event
Date: Monday 30 November 2015
Time: 6pm
Where: Baker & McKenzie Law Firm
Level 27, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney
Admission: Free, SAMAG Members.
Creative Leadership: 
Michael Lynch in conversation with
Simon Whetton
Membership includes access to SAMAG's 2016 program of events.
Critical Stages Indi Theatre Makers Picnic
Date: Saturday 28th November
Time: 2- 3:30pm
Where: Meet at the foyer of Seymour Centre (Picnic across the road in Victoria Park)
Critical Stages invites the Sydney indi theatre community to pull up a rug and join us for an afternoon of brainstorming, networking and curated (and creative) conversations
The picnic is a chance for aspiring producers, new companies and emerging artists to sit down with some of Sydney’s key industry professionals, programmers and theatre makers for a robust and accessible forum.
Critical Stages will provide a shady spot in the park, triangle sandwiches and ice cold refreshments.
Guest speakers: Polly Rowe (STC), Dino Dimitriadis (Apocalypse Theatre) & (Red Line Productions).
RSVP to book a spot (and so they know how much ice to buy):
Live Stream International Day of People with Disability
Date: Thursday 3 December
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
How to watch:
The Australia Council invites you to celebrates International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) by joining its live streamed event on 3 December.
Curated by Liz Martin, this celebration will feature the work of Restless Dance Theatre, Gayle Kennedy, Gaele Sobott, Arne Hanna and Sofya Gollan. Find out more about the event and artists on our website:
IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.
ATYP Resident Playwright 2016 Applications Open!
ATYP is proudly a writer’s theatre company. Each year we invest in the development of playwrights at all stages of their careers, in person and online around Australia. At ATYP we challenge writers to tell stories that capture the interests and imagination of modern Australian young people.  We are really proud to offer Australia’s only professional residency for a young adult playwright. We are calling for applications from writers aged between 18 and 26 who would like to become a central part of the ATYP team in 2016. For more info go to: Applications close 8am, Monday 7 December 2015
First ISPA Conference in Australia for 15 years
The International Society for the Performing Arts is having its first congress in Australia in 15 years. The Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress, May 30-June 4, 2016, is anticipated to have over 400 delegates from 40 plus countries. The official website for the Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress will be launched in February 2016. Until then, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Producer, Tam Nguyen via
APAM Early Birds Act Now
A reminder that early bird registration for The Australian Performing Arts Market 2016 closes on 4th December. Registration and more information at:
APAM is being held from Monday 22 February - Friday 26 February 2016 in Brisbane, QLD.
Jobs (or Everybody Wants to Work)
Performing Lines Administrator
Performing Lines is looking for a fabulous person to take on the role of Administrator with Performing Lines, with a start date in early February 2016. It’s a great role in a great team! Contact Karilyn Brown, CEO, Performing Lines or apply directly:
Co-Investment Manager, Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is seeking a Co-Investment Manager. Reporting directly to the CEO, this role will develop and implement the Australia Council's co-investment strategy, enabling the effective delivery of projects and programs, and increasing the financial resources available to the arts. See more at:
Inspire and Inform
Welcome to the National Theatre of Parramatta.
In the current arts funding climate it is with joy and elation that the new National Theatre of Parramatta was officially launched on Thursday 19th November. Based at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, the company is expected to create jobs and career pathways for creatives in Sydney’s West. It will also aim to tell stories reflecting the diversity of the region. The new theatre company has secured four years of funding from Arts NSW, Crown Resorts Foundation, Packer Family Foundation and Parramatta City Council. Read more:
Looking for NSW Theatres and Spaces?
The hard work is done for you by Niall Tangney with a listing of companies, their websites, and spaces available for hire at
Australia Theatre not alone in Facing our Future
“In the crisis currently facing the arts there is an opportunity to redefine what our theatres are for. I want a publicly owned system that places the audience in a different relationship with theatre-going beyond customer. I want a theatre network that offers inspiring, provoking live entertainment to all members of society regardless of their financial situation. I want our theatres to offer small places of sanctuary to our communities that are being beaten back by the forces of both national austerity and global economics. I want our theatres to be seen as belonging to all the parts of society, passionately held as resources of the common weal not to be buggered about with by politicians. Like our schools, like our GPs, like our television channels, like our National Parks.” Alan Lane in Lyn Gardner’s UK article. For more go to:

If you have information to share that relates to the theatre sector in NSW please send it to Jane Kreis, Director at and we’ll pop it into the January e-news and online.

On behalf of all of us at TNN, I would like to wish you a peaceful and benevolent November and December. Look forward to catching up around the sector,
Jane Kreis

Theatre Network NSW

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