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TNN's events this month go look at what it is to be a theatre practitioner wherever you are in NSW: Dubbo or Sydney or elsewhere.
TNN goes beyond the limits – please join us!
RSL Theatrette, Dubbo 
2pm, Saturday, 29th October
By train, plane or automobile? How are you getting to Theatre Network NSW’s regional theatre forum at ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016? Some are packing up their caravans, others we’ve spoken to are taking the country motel option or staying at Western Plains Zoo.
Last month we shared some of the ideas of our guest speakers at Beyond The Limits
Now the focus is on who else will be in the room - it's looking like an interesting mix of attendees from regional, metro, and international theatre. We hope you're one of them. But if you’re not able to be there in person never fear, we’ll be able to share the ideas and actions from it with you in our November e-news. This is an important industry conversation regardless of where you live and work.
Breaking News: Artsfront has scheduled a gathering in Dubbo just prior to Artlands Dubbo 2016 for Artlands delegates and local artists to discuss and prepare for the Arts Front 2030 gathering. 
Date: Thursday, 27th October
Time: 10.00am (the venue has been booked until 2pm) 
At: Macquarie Conservatorium, Dubbo 
[Cnr Darling & Bultje Sts, Dubbo NSW] 
If you're in Dubbo and are interested in make sure you are there. For more information contact Artsfront on or 
Independent Theatre Speed Networking Event
Pilgrim Theatre, Sydney 
6.30pm, Monday 7th November 
AIM Dramatic Arts in conjunction with Theatre Network NSW invites you to join us for a speed networking event for independent theatre makers at 6.30pm on Monday 7th November at the Pilgrim Theatre, 262 Pitt Street, Sydney.  Like speed dating for theatre practitioners, this two-hour event will cross-match like-minded creatives and producers to develop new connections and share opportunities. Structured activities in the first hour will ensure you meet as many people as possible to share stories and swap details, while the second hour will be an open mix and mingle accompanied by light refreshments.
To register email
Free for TNN Associates and AIM members. Otherwise $25 entry. 
‘Network Perks’ announced
Further down in this month’s e-news you’ll find details on your ‘Network Perks’ – special offers for TNN Associates. In September TNN has been working on a range of programs and projects which we hope will benefit you. 
Projects and Programs
TNN also been working with our sector and Associates to auspice or partner on funding and projects, establish meetings with local, state, and federal government representatives, investigate insurance products and healthcare for our NSW theatre industry, connect with national advocacy and opportunities, and consider how theatre and the arts is valued in our community. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with TNN at any time. 
E-News and Online Resources
Between now and November TNN will be streamlining the e-news so that it conveys all the information you need with further details and resources listed in posts on our website for you to access as you need. While Theatre Network NSW’s industry role means it doesn’t promote theatre shows, it does promote industry opportunities, news and advocacy. If you have something to include or discuss please send it to


Aurora Grants
Supports a wide range of issues in GLBT communities in New South Wales, particularly those that struggle to gain the support of government or other community fundraising. Your organisation does not need to be a GLBT community organisation, but the work Aurora is seeking for funding must be focused on providing a benefit to GLBT communities in NSW. Small grants of up to $5,000 can be applied for in a small grants round. Larger grants are made only by the initiation of the Aurora Trust or Board. Applications Close 21 October. DGR Status required. Go to:
Australia Council for the Arts funding closing October 4
Playing Australia 

Regional Performing Arts Touring Program to support performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Final days closing 4 October for projects starting after 1 January 2017. Go to:
Individuals/Groups Arts Development Grant- $5,000 - $25,000 
Australia Council for the Arts development grants fund a range of activities that benefit the careers of individual artists or groups. Examples of the activity this grant supports include professional skills development, showcase opportunities, forum/workshop attendance, residencies, mentorships, arts market attendance and exploration. For more
Festivals Australia Closing October 14, 2016 
Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Activities can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition. The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration. Projects must be a single discrete activity, not a range of unrelated activities across a festival program. For more information, go to
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation
Closes 20 October 2016. The Foundation offers funding for a broad range of community needs and aims to fund projects that are focused on improving the lives of disadvantaged local people. The Foundation will consider projects, initiatives and programs focused on health (including mental health, disability and community health initiatives), the arts and culture, the environment, youth development and community support initiatives. We provide grants to not-for-profit organisations that apply for funding and meet set eligibility criteria related to returning benefits to the broader community. For more information go to
Australian Children’s Television Fund
The ACTF provides funding and support to independent producers and writers of quality children's programs. Assessment criteria, include: The originality and quality of the story; The experience of the team behind it; Its potential to engage with young audiences.
Although overall quality is our primary consideration in assessing a project, we also seek to encourage: Diverse stories, voices and faces; An Australian voice and point of view; Innovative use of new and emerging media platforms; Bringing new and emerging producers to the industry, while harnessing the skills of experienced producers; Works that address gaps in content/genre/age groups. 
Funding applications are considered each quarter. See

Professional Development

Call Out for Expressions of Interest for STC and Performance 4a Acting Workshop
Performance 4a & Sydney Theatre Company invite Expressions of Interest from members of the Asian Australian performance community wishing to participate in a free week long Acting Workshop facilitated by director Paige Rattray.  Previous acting experience is NOT required.  This workshop is particularly interested to include actors of Thai background but all community members are welcome to apply.  The workshop will focus on scene work using Active Analysis. The skills explored will be acting techniques, connecting physical and psychological action with text, improvising scenes and building character.
 Successful applicants will be invited to attend the workshop taking place at Sydney Theatre Company on 
Dates: Monday 28th November – Friday 2nd December 2016
Workshop Hours: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: Sydney Theatre Company, The Wharf, Pier 4 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Submissions close 5pm Friday 14th October.
Participation in the workshop is unpaid but a stipend towards travel and meal expenses will be offered.  To submit an EOI please click on the following link (with headshot where indicated): If you are unable to access this link please call STC reception on 02 9250 1700 to arrange a hard copy of the form.
The New Plot Submissions now open for writers 
The New Plot is bringing new Australian stories to the stage by developing the talent that makes them possible which launched on 26th September. All the details about this exciting new initiative presented by 107 Projects and Actors Centre Australia can be found at or you can email for more information. The New Plot also kicked off our Key Player giving circle - a collective of supporters combining their impact to empower The New Plot. 
NEW Build Your Own Arts Business Course - Free Course
Sydney TAFE, Ultimo Campus with trainer Monica Davidson.
This free program has been devised in collaboration with the Arts, Communications, Finance Industries and Property Services (ACFIPS) NSW Industry Training Advisory Body, as a result of requests for business training for arts professionals.
Creative practitioners are often expected to be freelance, but where to start? This comprehensive 8-day workshop covers the basics of freelancing and running a small arts business, and follows a traditional business plan with a creative twist. 
For more information contact: 
Sharon Bennet-Hill, Head Teacher
Faculty of Foundation & Business. 
Phone: (02) 9217 4897 | Mobile: 0449 792088 
OR Hana Esber at ACFIPS – 02 97871376
Eurythmy Classes in Redfern
As you may or may not know, Kimberley Hammerton has been holding weekly eurythmy classes in Redfern. This is an invitation for you (or an idea for someone you might know) to join the eurythmy classes that are still happening every Thursday 5:15-6:15pm at the Redfern Community Centre until November 17th this year. Everyone is welcome to do a drop in class or lead up to a performance. Please pass this email on to friends or visit for more information.
Solid Ground/Blacktown Arts Centre
Marketing Internship (Paid)

Do you have a passion for arts and culture? Love creating online video or writing for the web? Solid Ground is taking applications from young Indigenous Australians (18 – 25 years) wanting a dynamic and hands on experience in social or digital media.__The Social and Digital Media Marketing Intern will play an active role in developing Blacktown Art Centre’s online community, and maintaining our presence on various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and websites.
This is a paid internship opportunity. The duration is 12 days, and the work schedule is flexible. For example, the intern can work:
1 day per week for 12 weeks, or
2 days per week for 6 weeks, or
3 days per week for 4 weeks.
The internship must be completed by Friday, 16 December 2016. Applications
Sydney Festival Arts Industry Applications close soon!
We're thrilled to announce our Arts Industry Program is back. The program is designed to provide greater access and networking opportunities for practicing artists and arts workers at Sydney Festival. Successful applicants will be able to:
Purchase up to six (6) $36 Arts Card tickets available to most Sydney Festival events and one (1) additional concession priced ticket for a guest to the same event.
Access exclusive artist and industry events.
Membership is free and lasts for the duration of the 2017 Festival (7–29 January).  To apply for the Sydney Festival Arts Industry Program, click here. Applications close on Sunday 9 October so don't miss out! There are a limited number of memberships available. Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 18 October.  Our 2017 Festival program launches on Wednesday 26 October and successful applicants can purchase their Arts Card tickets from Monday 31 October. 

Awards and Newsy Bits…

Last few days to get award nominations in: 
The Australia Council Awards acknowledge the contribution of the individual Australian artists have made to the arts and cultural life of the nation. The Australia Council is now calling for nominations for the 2017 awards._The closing date is Tuesday October 4. For information and nomination forms go to:

What’s On: theatre industry events around the state and further afield

Arts Front 2030 is a national, three-day gathering of artists, thinkers and change agents from across the country to help shape the future of culture and arts in Australia. It is an initiative of Feral Arts. 120 participants and invited guests will come together in Melbourne, 23-25 November, to work on: developing a shared vision for culture and arts in 2030; building a national network of collaborators; planning joint campaigns and projects. Arts Front 2030 is a free event. Some travel and accommodation bursaries are available to unsalaried attendees. Register to join Artsfront at and/or apply to be a participant at the gathering. You don’t need to attend Artfront to be a part, you can register and participate in a variety of ways. Arts Front 2030 is an initiative of Feral Arts. For more information: or 
PATA (Performing Arts Touring Association)
National Touring Forum in Sydney
Key producers, presenters, tour facilitators and policy makers from around Australia are meeting at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 24 October 2016 for what is shaping up to be a lively and timely discussion of the important issues around performing arts touring in Australia today. A report from the day will be shared with government arts portfolios across Australia as well as local, state and federal government cultural policy staff. Please get in touch with TNN or PATA for further information.
Frontyard’s monthly **open house** 
Thursday, October 6, 2016_4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Get involved. Frontyard is host to an array of futuring, waste mapping, advocacy and short-term mixed research residency projects. open house is a fortnightly open conversation with the community. A regular chance for you to sign up for skill sharing on any given project - giving or getting or both._For more information go to
Adelaide Fringe artist registrations close7th October!
Adelaide Fringe is Australia’s largest open-access arts festival. Anyone with a creative vision can register an event. The festival staff will support you through the planning, performance and post-show processes. The 2017 Festival will run from 17 Feb - 19 March. Registrations close on 7 October 2016. For more information go to

Resources and Ideas

A Better Way to Describe the Value of the Arts has been inspiring and invigorating how TNN advocates for the NSW theatre sector.  Thought we'd share!

TNN Network Perks

Network Perks provide TNN Associates with special offers on a range of products and services. They include discounts on hotels & accommodation, theatre tickets, and business services. Hope you find them useful! And if you have other ideas for Network Perks, please let us know. 

Sydney Hotel Stays with 57 Hotel
Need affordable accommodation in heart of Sydney’s creative district for you or your staff, board, colleagues, or partners? Or maybe just for yourself? 57 Hotel, Surrey Hills has partnered with Theatre Network NSW to give you two Associate offers:
Option 1 - Code TNN7 (This code will give you access to the following contracted rates on any day till 29th December 2016)
$157 - Studio Shoebox
$177 - Disco Double
$217 - Dancing Queen 
$247 - The King 
Option 2 - Code TNN6
This code will give you access to 20% OFF the Best Available Rate on any day till 29th December 2016.
To Book?
2. Select BOOK NOW
3. Enter your Check In and Check Out dates
4. At Promo code field enter either TNN7 or TNN6, then select Apply.
Theatre Tix
Hunter Valley Summer Theatre has just launched and to celebrate they are offering TNN Associates 10% off tickets to any of its summer shows. 
Go to follow the links to their Eventbrite booking site and use the code HVSTVA to get your $36 TNN Associate tickets (Usually$42-$48)
Graphic and Website Design with APM
APM Graphics is a proud sponsor of TNN and now offers all TNN Associates 10% off its design services. Get in touch with Simon at APM to find out how they create solutions for your business. You won't regret it! Tel: 61 410 171 013 or Email: W:
If you need assistance or further advice on any of the material in this e-news please don't hesitate to contact us. If you have information to share with your NSW colleagues please send it to Jane Kreis, Director at 
Look forward to catching up around the sector,
Jane Kreis

Theatre Network NSW
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