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Theatre Network NSW

October 2015

Senate Inquiry Meetings

If you submitted to the inquiry and have been invited to present to either of these hearings we invite you to one of two meetings on Tuesday, 3rd of November. These meetings have been developed by TNN, Feral Arts, Paul Abood, and ArtsPeak to help you prepare and meet with others who are presenting. Whether or not you can come to some or all of a meeting it will provide a wonderful opportunity for witnesses, and our sector more broadly, to speak confidently and accurately to the Senate Committee. You are welcome to either or both meetings which are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 3rd November

Meeting 1: Western Sydney 10am-1pm

Venue: ICE (Information + Cultural Exchange Inc)
8 Victoria Rd
Corner Villiers St (10 minutes walk from train station or Ferry)

Meeting 2: Central Sydney 5-8pm
MEAA Meeting Room,
Ground Floor, 245 Chalmers Street
Corner Redfern St (5 minutes walk from Redfern Station)

If you have any questions about these meetings, please don’t hesitate to contact Jane Kreis at or on 0409 814 067.

Sydney Public Hearings Information
The Sydney Public Hearings concerning the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts are confirmed for

  • Wednesday 4th November in Western Sydney (Location TBC); and
  • Thursday 5th November in Central Sydney (Location TBC).

The hearings are public and we encourage as many people as possible to come along and show their support.

Full programs for those days will be available at the Australian Parliament site as soon as they are confirmed but confirmation is often only the day before the hearings take place. There are also useful links there for those who are attending hearings. Go to:

For information visit TNN’s website ( or go to FreetheArts ( as are previous hearing reports and testimonies.

Summary of responses to Theatre Network NSW's September 2015 survey on the Impact of the Commonwealth Arts Budget Changes on NSW theatre practitioners.

Please note that the survey is still open until the end of the NSW public hearing period (November 6th 2015). Your input into this data pool is very important and takes less than a minute to do at

The nitty gritty so far:

  • 32% of respondents confirmed the changes had impacted their capacity to operate or produce but that they were very likely to overcome this impact if the changes were reversed in 2016.
  • 35% felt they were slightly or moderately likely to overcome the impact while 2.5% were not at all likely to overcome them.
  • 38% faced uncertainty or cancellation of partnerships/projects as a result of the changes.
  • All respondents were concerned about the changes with 73% ‘extremely concerned’ and 70% facing either ‘a great deal’ or ‘a lot’ of impact as a direct result of the changes.

‘It will take some time to rectify the damage done in 2015 as funding processes are repaired and money again flows into the small to medium arts sector’.

A new work commission and philanthropic partnership was unable to proceed due to changes at Australia Council from budget cut and subsequent funding changes’.

‘The changes have made future planning extremely uncertain. Our company had invested over the previous two years preparing for the Australia Council changes and the new funding model to come into effect from 2016. The scrapping of those changes, the maintenance of current funding levels for 12 months, the capped funding requests available and the significant increase in the likelihood of being defunded have made future planning for our company extremely difficult’. 

‘Our income from hiring venues and rehearsal spaces is affected as less people have funding for projects’.

‘Cancelled shows that we as a venue have booked. Less product available from small to medium. Pressure on our education program...’.

'The impact will be very strong on my kind of projects and community engagement. … To apply for funding with the National Program for Excellence in the Arts, I need to connect with an existing organization and see if they are willing to include my project into their program and actively drive the process of applying and producing.'

Here to stay…

TNN is pleased to announce it was successful in its Annual Service Organisation funding application to Arts NSW for 2016.

TNN now also offers auspice services - get in touch to find out how we can help you or your project. Auspice FAQs and related documents will go up on our website in the coming week.

Who’s Who in the Zoo? You!

We’ve had several requests this month for a listing of small to medium theatre makers in NSW as well as theatre venues across NSW. TNN is working to centralise this information as much as possible but networks cannot thrive in isolation so please help us compile this information by:

1. Sending you, your company’s and/or your venue’s information to TNN at in any format and we’ll add it to our database. n.b. Your private and/or personal information remains confidential under Australia privacy laws.

2. Joining as an Associate (free of charge) and upload you, your company’s and/or your venue’s information to your profile.

In these days of Google searches and Facebook connections, it may seem that your story is readily available and speaks for itself. But that is not the case. One of TNN’s central missions is to build and contextualise the importance of who makes up our sector, the value of what they do and the ways in which we work. This has never been more obvious than in the current cultural climate. Having your email address for our e-news doesn’t mean we know what you are doing and how best to support you. 

Where to Next?

The latest moves in NSW theatre industry…

May the Force be with you

After 4 years Force Majeure’s Executive Producer Bec Allen will step down from her role in 2016 to relocate overseas and take up full-time study. With Force Majeure’s 2016-18 program well advanced, the Board is now seeking a new Executive Producer.

Circus Runaway

Circa is delighted to announce that Penny Miles is joining our team as Executive Producer. Penny brings a wealth of experience to the role and has the energy and chutzpah we love at Circa. Although the role is based out of Brisbane, TNN believes Penny will be sharing her time between Queensland and NSW

Parramatta Opportunity

Program Coordinator Riverside Theatre (12month maternity leave role) that enables Riverside Theatre to build on and expand the delivery of high quality performing arts programming for young people, their educators and families in our region. Applications close 2 November: 

Services and Support for Theatre

Theatre Network Victoria is now the Host and Secretariat for Young People and the Arts Australia (YPAA) and ASSITEJ Australia (international network that unites thousands of individuals and organisations working in the field of theatre for children and young people. Exciting times!

Free rehearsal spaces for students

City of Sydney offers free spaces to students so they can rehearse – check them out and find a space at

Grants Watch

Waning (Recently Closed)

Festivals Australia, Ministry for the Arts

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Round 28
Project Funding 2016 Arts NSW Regional Capital Funding

Regional Arts Fund NSW and Country Arts Support Program

Waxing (Open or Soon to be Open)

Australia Council's Playing Australia, Four Year Organsiation Funding, and International Residencies

Closes: 1 December

EOI’s for Ian Potter Cultural Trust Arts Funding

Close: 11 December, 2015 (Opens 9 November), for Round 1, 2016,

Grant Announcements

Congratulations to Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield, Urban Theatre Projects, Bankstown Arts Centre, Bankstown Youth Development Services, Blacktown Arts Centre , Campbelltown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd,  Newcastle’s Tantrum Theatre Cooperative and The Lock-Up multidisciplinary arts space, Arts Upper Hunter, and other successful applicants from Western Sydney and Hunter region. Watch for forthcoming media releases from Arts NSW on other successful NSW applicants.

Looking elsewhere

Ruckus seeking funding:

Griffin Foyer opening

As part of Griffin Theatre’s recent Capital Works Campaign supported by Arts NSW, a brand new foyer was unveiled at the theatre amid much ribbon-cutting, patrons and donors on Friday 16 October. Check it ,and Griffin’s latest production, out at

Awards & Fellowships

Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards

Closes November 1

STC’s Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Fellowship

NOW OPEN and closes 6th November

Australia Council Award Nominations 

Open now for Theatre, Emerging and all other categories and closes 12th November

Meetings, Networks, and Events

Liveworks 2015 presents the Wiradjuri Culture Forum with Vicki Van Hout & Jonathan Jones.
Jones & Van Hout will delve into a discussion of their shared Wiradjuri culture to create contemporary artworks. Joined by Wiradjuri lawyer and advocate, Robyn Quiggin, Jones and Van Hout will discuss the protocols and challenges of sharing cultural content. 
When: Saturday 24 Oct, 1:30pm
Where: Carriageworks
Cost: Free


Theatre Network Victoria’s Champions of Change, Victorian Theatre Forum
Investigating our interconnections and ways forward together with guest speaker Cathy Hunt and the launch of Hunt’s Platform Paper PAYING THE PIPER: There has to be a better way
When: 17th November 2015
Where: The Coopers Malthouse, Sturt St, Southbank, Victoria
Network Drinks 5pm – 7pm (cash bar) at Blondie Bar, Southbank – all welcome.
Registrations at

APAM Program announced
When: 22nd - 26th February 2016
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
To assist delegates in planning their experience at APAM 2016 the program can be viewed online by day, genre, Showcase or Pitch. View the full Official Program at
See you at TNN's booth at The Exchange at APAM!

SAVE THE DATE: Theatre Network NSW is pleased to confirm its partnership with Regional Arts NSW to host the Regional Theatre Forum as part of Artlands Dubbo 2016 (the national regional arts conference and festival) in Dubbo in October 2016. This facilitated half-day event will include case studies, examples, performances, networking and conversation.See you at TNN's booth at The Exchange!
When: Saturday 29th October 2016
Where: Dubbo RSL Theatrette, Dubbo
Stay tuned through TNN or

Inspire and Inform

Here are some of the ideas inspiring and informing TNN this month…hope they are of some help to you too…

Grant Hall’s clever and amusing call for a sensible approach to our society’s take on the arts:

‘On one hand, I would love to see the arts industry collectively stand up and altogether refuse to continue to engage with uneducated people or organisations who continue to seek to justify the activities of the arts industry in purely economic terms (as Australian conductor Richard Gill quotes his mother as saying in his biography ‘arguing with a fool shows there’s two’). Conversely, I see the value of the arts industry placing an even greater emphasis on undertaking further research just to make the ignorant critics shut up once and for all.’

A very popular article amongst our Facebook members has been this linked in blog by Judith Bowtell ( which addresses how many in the industry are feeling:

‘As CEO or director of a company you might feel at a loss, just when your team is looking to you for guidance.  If you have struggled with funding in the past (and who hasn’t) you might be feeling hopeless that it is all too much, and simply have not got the energy to go in again.

You will also be trying to juggle the ongoing demands of your organisation whilst trying to make some space for preparing and re-writing yet another business plan and application for a funding body, in an ever increasing competitive framework. If any of that sounds like you, I would love to offer you some support.  Based on my experience it is time for a bit of tough love, hard work and clear thinking.’ 

Wellbeing in Actors – a study by the School of Psychology, University of Adelaide shared here by TNV

‘Actors’ experiences corresponded with wellbeing indicators: they showed autonomy via strong commitment to their careers in the face of criticism, difficulties with environmental mastery due to powerlessness, many experiences of personal growth, positive relationships complicated by transience, a strong sense of purpose complicated by identity disturbance when not working, and difficulties with self-acceptance as shown by high self-criticism.’

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 next e-news and online.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Jane Kreis
Theatre Network NSW

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