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Working Without Limits

'There is space and time to develop' - regional perspectives

Situating regional theatre in Australia
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Beyond The Limits – a sneak peek …
Ready for a road trip that explores what it is to create work in regional Australia?

TNN is talking with our Beyond The Limits presenters about their own practices and the role they and we might play in developing regional theatre and also how regional theatre can transform the national performing arts industry. Entry is free for ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016 delegates and TNN 2016-17 Associate Members.  For more info go to:
NORPA’s Julian Louis on:
Should a distinction be made between performance made in regional areas and performance made in metro/urban areas?

Working in regional communities brings with it a different set of circumstances, expectations and demands which are no less taxing than those faced by metro theatre companies and there are opportunities for resourcing and exchange that is being overlooked nationally. Regional theatre companies are developing ‘places’ as well as theatre but how are we gearing up our regional cultural centres for future lifestyles, future growth and changes in community?
OTYP’s Sarah Parsons on:
Why do you work in regional performance?

I wouldn't work anywhere else! Growing up regionally gave me such an appreciation for the landscape, people, opportunities and sunsets out here, that I think I've been heading towards regional art my entire career. Sometimes that was subconscious, and I did spend some time earning my stripes in the city, but regional is where I belong. I work here because of the unique storytelling voice only found outside the cities, the people I work with are generous, spirited, funny and kind, the lifestyle is relaxing and filled with nature, and I am proud of being able to facilitate opportunities for young artists living regionally.
Opera Queensland’s Lindy Hume on:
Should a distinction be made between performance made in regional areas and performance made in metro/urban areas?
Some artists/companies like the “regional” distinction, some don’t. It all comes down to what the artist/creative team is trying to achieve with their work and how they’re trying to connect with their audiences. Exciting work is exciting work, wherever it’s made. I’m drawn to work that speaks with a bold, distinctive and authentic voice resonant of the place it comes from, whether that's Manhattan or Taranaki or Wuppertal or Bega. My concern is that while regional is the new black right now, there still seems to be very little recognition that artists making, or capable of making, exciting work of comparable standard (say “international festival” standard) might (and indeed do) live and work in regional Australia.
Eastern Riverina Arts’ Scott Howie on
Why do you work in regional performance?

There is space and time to develop, there is enough of an audience, its where I live and where I am committed to living, there is opportunity to collaborate, there are resources and infrastructure.
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TNN up, down and all around in August
TNN is just back from a big week on the road incorporating Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne:
In Wollongong TNN spoke with over 100 emerging artists from UOW’s School of the Arts, English and Media and caught up with some of their amazing lecturers and leaders Sarah Miller, Janys Hayes, Chris Ryan, and Linda Luke. Hot topics were how to maximize the support networks and opportunities that exist across industry and academia.
Then straight down to Australian Performing Art Centre’s Conference (APACA) ‘The New Normal’ in Melbourne where there was plenty of provocation and opportunity to discuss on partnerships, resourcing our sector, and how we ‘narrate our industry’s story’. Capped off with a Theatre Network NSW (TNN) and Theatre Network Australia (TNA) board meeting to hone our advocacy and programming.
Sydney conversations this week considered the future messaging for the #istandwiththearts campaign, and upcoming events with Critical Stages, AIM’s Pilgrim Theatre & National Theatre of Parramatta. Look out for these in October’s e-news and on our website and social media.
Join - TNN Association in Action!
As you may be aware TNN has now launched its 2016/17 Associate Membership package. You are receiving this e-news as part of the transition to that package but future e-news will only be going directly to our Associate Members. But never fear! It’s so easy to ensure you are one of those.
TNN’s members are at the heart of all its activities. By taking annual Associate Membership of TNN, you can join with your peers to enjoy NSW theatre industry networks, services and events.
For just $25 per annum, TNN Associate Membership will give you access to:
  • network events and activities;
  • monthly e-news;
  • research and advocacy;
  • auspicing;
  • funding support and general industry advice;
  • industry networks and associated national engagement through Theatre Network Australia.
So join your peers and colleagues on the directory and enjoy the benefits of Getting Associated at
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Blacktown Arts Centre
2017 Creative Residency Program
Are you an artist looking for a great space to create new work in? Do you have a creative project ready for the next development phase? The 2017 Creative Residency Program offers space and funded residencies in the following categories:
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Residency $5000
  • Pat Parker Memorial Residency $5000
  • Performing Arts Residency $5000
  • Performing Arts Space Residency
  • Visual Arts Studio Residency
  • Without Borders (Accessible Arts) Residency $5000.
Applications open | Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Applications close | Wednesday, 9 September 2016
Arts NSW Artlands Bursaries
is offering up to 10 NSW artists and arts cultural workers the opportunity to attend ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016. The purpose of the bursary program is to provide assistance to NSW artists and arts and cultural workers to attend the ARTLANDS conference in Dubbo (27-30 October 2016). Each bursary allocation will cover full registration for the four day conference event.
Bursaries are open to all NSW artists and art and cultural workers however priority is given to people who live in regional NSW and Western Sydney and to young people, Aboriginal people, people with disability and from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.
Funding is available to support successful recipients with a fully paid registration to ARTLANDS to the value of $895. Before you apply, please contact Arts NSW staff to discuss your application.
Applications open: 5 September 2016
Applications close: 26 September 2016 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)
For more info go to:
Community Presenter Touring Grant is OPEN
We are really excited to announce the launch of the Community Presenter Touring Grant, a new funding initiative from Arts on Tour designed to broaden access to professional productions to audiences throughout NSW.

The Grant supports the presentation of professional, NSW-based productions in community-run venues, in regional towns that do not have professional performing arts infrastructure. Funds for this Grant have been made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is a three-year initiative.
Community presenters can submit a proposal for funding to:
extend a regional tour to one or more community-run venues in regional NSW;
support a new tour to two or more community-run venues in regional NSW.
Grant funds can be used to support up to 50% of the performance/delivery fee of a touring production. Applicants can apply for:
between $500 and $2,500 per venue;
up to $7,500 for a consortium of three or more venues.
The first round is NOW OPEN and closes on 27 September 2016 for projects between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2018.
Visit the Arts on Tour website for more information, grant guidelines, FAQs and a link to the application form. 

You can also email us at Arts on Tour or call us on 02 9699 7133 for advice and to find out if this grant is for you.
2016 Western Sydney Arts Fellowship
The Western Sydney Arts Fellowship is offered by the State Government to enable an artist or arts/cultural worker from Western Sydney to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.
The Fellowship is open to professional artists, creative partnerships or groups, and arts/cultural workers at any stage in their career from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts and culture, literature, music, theatre, screen, community arts, curatorial and the visual arts.
For more information go to
Applications open: 8 August 2016      
Applications close: 19 September 2016 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Professional Development funding – Artist Support
Artist support funding provides professional development opportunities for NSW based professional artists and arts/cultural workers to support skills development, take up outstanding opportunities of significance for their practice, develop markets or engage with new technologies.
Funding for projects that are solely focused on the creation, development and presentation of work should be submitted to Arts and Cultural Projects or another appropriate Arts and Cultural Development Program category.
For more information go to:
Applications open: 2 August 2016
Applications close: 12 September 2016 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Arts NSW Project funding – Performing Arts Touring
Performing Arts Touring funding supports projects that provide access to the performing arts for audiences living in regional NSW.
Funding is available for tours that include at least two regional NSW destinations.
For more information go to:
Applications open: 8 August 2016
Applications close: 19 September 2016 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)
2017 Seniors Festival grants
Applications for the 2017 Seniors Festival grants program close on Monday 12 September 2016 at 11.59pm.
The grants program funds events and activities across the state during NSW Seniors Festival that help seniors live active and socially connected lives. NSW Seniors Festival will run from Friday 3 March to Sunday 12 March 2017.
Each year, two funding categories are offered to ensure the program is both accessible and relevant to future applicants.
Tier 1 - up to $1,000 for small-scale community events
Tier 2 - $1001 – $5,000 for large-scale activities.
Tier 2 grants must be matched by at least 50% of your organisation's own resources. This matched amount can include sponsorship, cash or in-kind contributions such as venue hire, catering and administration costs, and money spent by your own organisation. 
For more info:

Professional Development

Kristine Landon-Smith Masterclasses with 
Performance 4a
Performance 4a invites your expression of interest to take part in a free intracultural masterclass with acclaimed director Kristine Landon-Smith.
Expression of Interest should include your contact details and:
A 200 word biography, plus
A 200 word response to the questions:
  • Why do you want to participate in this masterclass with Kristine Landon-Smith?
  • How do you see it benefitting your artistic practice?
Email to
Get in quick! Submissions close Friday 9th September at 5pm
Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 16th September
Masterclass will be held: 2pm-6pm, Saturday 24 September at NIDA, 215 Anzac Parade Kensington

Nautanki Theatre

The Depot Theatre's 2017 Season
Want to stage a production as part of The Depot Theatre's 2017 Season? We'd love to hear from you - download the submission info PDF document from our website - deadline for applications is 5pm Fri 30 Sept.
Call for Performance and Interculturalism Proposals: Academics, Artists, Curators
The Bloomsbury Companion to Performance and Interculturalism
co-edited by Daphne Lei (University of California, Irvine)
and Charlotte McIvor (National University of Ireland, Galway)
This companion will have a strong emphasis on methodological approaches to the study of interculturalism vis-à-vis performance. For more information go to:
ACES Subsidised Training in RSA, First Aid, White Card
ACES Training is a private registered training organisation which has accessed NSW Training Services funds to offer free training courses. They are offering places to your arts industry members who would benefit from the short courses they deliver. ENROLMENT DATES END 15th SEPTEMBER 2016
This is a great opportunity to gain First Aid, Responsible Service of Alcohol and the White Card (e.g. production teams installing and supervising outdoor events).
If anyone is interested in enrolling and require more information please contact Z Diesel, Training Services Manager direct on +61 402 969 508 P +61 2 9699 7711.
NSW Industry Training Advisory Body advises that in October and November, TAFE NSW will be offering:
  • An updated and improved Build your Own Arts Business course featuring two added modules covering Finances, and Law and Copyright, with trainer Monica Davidson.
  • A final WHS course covering risk management of events for live performance.
Keep an eye out for these and if you would like to be added to TNN’s ‘newsflash’ alerts on professional development opportunities that fall outside of our monthly e-news, please email

Awards and Newsy Bits…

NSW Health and the Arts Framework
Improving the health of the community through integrating the arts into the design and delivery of health services and public health messaging. On 5 July 2016 the NSW Minister for Health released the NSW Health and the Arts Framework.
Congratulations Bronwyn Edinger and APACA Award Winners and Nominees
Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) awards
Big night! Truly moving to be honoured by my industry peers’ says Bronwyn Edinger who was awarded the 2016 APACA Drover’s Award for Touring Legend in Melbourne on Thursday 1st September. Congratulations to Bronwyn from all of us at TNN. Long may touring legends be legendary!

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

ATF2017 announced for Adelaide!
Just announced: The 5th will be hosted by Adelaide, as part of South Australia’s 2017 OzAsia Festival. The ATF2017 will be held from 3-5 October, 2017, at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Theatre Network Australia is planning and recruiting a curator and a producer to bring the forum to fruition. Your input is warmly welcomed: If you have ideas for content, structure or personnel for the ATF, please go ahead and add your thoughts here. TNA will be collecting these as a resource for the curator for when she/he starts.The curator recruitment will be via Expression of Interest to be advertised in the coming days. We are particularly keen to receive Expressions of Interest from applicants from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background. More soon!
To make sure you get the ATF updates directly you can sign up to the Theatre Network Australia E-news.
ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016 Conference and Festival
It’s not just a conference – it’s a festival as well. So whether you are coming just so you can attend TNN’s Beyond The Limits, or because you’re hanging to connect with your peers, or because the conference program is packed with speakers and ideas to inspire, don’t forget to check out the Festival Program. Rarely are so many NSW theatre makers highlighted in one program so be sure to support them. It will be tough to decide what to attend. Be assured though that the ticketed performances will book out so make sure you take the time to review the program and don't miss out.
Go to:
Arts Activated: Pathways to Practice Conference
20 - 21 September 2016 at Carriageworks
For more
The premiere biennial arts and disability conference in Australia, ‘Arts Activated’ showcases the accomplishments of people with disability, as leaders, arts practitioners, audience and advocates, alongside best practice initiatives from the arts and cultural industries. As the leading conference in Australia dedicated to arts and disability, the event offers a unique opportunity for professionals to come together, share ideas and create stronger partnerships whilst being inspired by a diverse range of nationally and internationally recognised experts in the fields. Across a two-day event, the conference provides the perfect opportunity to explore, debate, and connect to future pathways for people with disability relating to accessible arts practice.
Hysteria: The Shake Up
Part of This is Not Art (TiNA) the Crack Theatre Festival is running over the October long weekend from Thursday 29 September – Sunday 2 October, 2016 in Newcastle alongside Critical Animals and the National Young Writers Festival.
Gracie Partridge is curating the ‘Hysteria: The Shake Up’ space at Crack Theatre Festival's dedicated women's day. See link: 
EOIs from artists, curators, performers, speakers, any sort of passionate creatives who want to present or perform should be made to
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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