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TNN Regional Theatre Forum

Beyond the Limits - regional theatre in the national landscape

Keynote speaker Julian Louis with panellists Lindy Hume, Lily Shearer, Stephen Champion, Sarah Parsons, and Scott Howie.
Beyond the Limits – regional theatre in the national landscape is Theatre Network NSW’s (TNN) regional theatre forum: A unique opportunity for both presenters and participants to come together to focus on the expectations and demands of contemporary performing arts practice. Julian Louis’ keynote combines his own insights into creating adventurous, devised theatre works with his desire to pursue stories and theatre making from a wider, bigger Australia. “Our theatre ecology needs to expand outside the metro focus. We need a bigger sky thinking in regards to the future of theatre making in Australia. Inspired by stories, artists, diverse communities and the natural world that exist right across the country. Regional Australia is not somewhere to merely tour ‘culture’ to, but a place to explore and create unique theatre from.”

Joining Julian are panellists Stephen Champion (Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre), Scott Howie (Easter Riverina Arts), Lindy Hume (Opera Queensland), Lily Shearer (Moogahlin Performing Arts); and Sarah Parsons (Outback Theatre for Young People) who will carefully explore where regional performance making, our venues, communities, and careers fit in the Australian and broader context. Jane Kreis, Director of Theatre Network NSW will facilitate the Q&A, case studies, and break-out sessions that emerge from this discussion and work with audience and presenters to draw out key themes, concerns and positive actions for us all to consider and develop long after we have returned to our own communities and work places.

This forum has been developed for those working in and across contemporary performance making, to connect and consider the complex circumstances that exist around performing arts practice in regional communities. For most regional performance makers, their work is not a stepping stone to ‘greater things’ in metropolitan Australia, it is the place where great things are happening. This forum will examine what we might do individually and collectively to increase career opportunities, resources, regional communities telling regional stories to national audiences, and diversity in theatre making and venues.

This event welcomes you to bring your own insights and experiences to the forum. We know that regional performing arts companies and makers have big roles to play in their diverse communities as well as the Australian performance landscape. How are we gearing up for future growth and changes in communities, how are we developing places rather than just ‘art’, and how can we develop the resources to do this? Over 3 hours this will be an insightful and rigorous discussion!

To register for Artlands Dubbo 2016 go to:

To register your EOI to attend Beyond the Limits – regional theatre in the national landscape please email Jane Kreis, Director, Theatre Network NSW on

When? 2-5pm on Saturday, 29th October
Where? Dubbo RSL Theatrette, Cnr Wingewarra and Brisbane Streets, Dubbo NSW.
This event will include afternoon tea and and will flow on into Festival Club!
Cost? Entry is free for Artlands conference registered guests and/or TNN Associate Members
Entry $25 for non-Artlands conference attendees and/or non-Associate Members of TNN

Beyond the Limits - regional theatre in the national landscape


Live footage of some of the curtain call 
#istandwiththearts Campaign Update

Firstly, a huge thank you to the army of volunteers, arts workers, audiences and communities who shared in the #istandwiththearts campaigns that rolled out across the country prior to election. The NSW theatre sector campaign ( was a huge success for many reasons and others have written eloquently on this subject already (read Lee Lewis' Remarkable Moment article in The Guardian:

Curtain Calls were made to over 80,000 theatre audiences across NSW. Over 20,000 electronic and hard copy signatures were collected and sent to the relevant members of parliament. This is a huge achievement and as Matthew Westwood commented in The Australian: 'The arts sector should not lose the momentum and cohesion it has built during the past year, and should argue for sound policy with more sophisticated tactics.' The theatre sector is indeed gathering collective momentum and further sector meetings are scheduled for mid-August to look at further engagement with government, arts sector, and community on the future of arts in our country.

But we're also taking a moment to celebrate with at a drinks event to thank those from across the arts and community who worked so tirelessly to:
  • speak directly with their audiences in that poignant and powerful moment of curtain call;
  • sort, tally and count either hard copy or digital #istandwiththearts postcards;
  • forward those cards and tallies onto the relevant MP offices;
  • draft media releases, promote the campaign, and feed information around the sector;
  • and much, much more.
Post-election does not see the end of the collaborative and confidence-building approach the NSW theatre sector and other arts groups across the nation are developing and TNN will keep you updated on what is going on and how to be involved so that we can make this discussion one driven, not just by artists or audiences, but by the entire community.

TNN's role as a peak agency for NSW theatre meant it was well-placed to provide a central point for the theatre sector's campaign and is still receiving requests for updates which we will make directly to our website 

If you have any questions about this campaign or other TNN events and activities don't hesitate to get in touch.
* TNN's Share Swap n Sell Facebook Group

This site is starting to see a bit of action. It's a great way to get what you need, or share/sell what you have easily. It has everything from short-term accommodation, sets and spaces. 

Join in at 


NSW Regional Aboriginal Arts and Fellowships close tomorrow!

The NSW Government Fellowships for regional-based and Aboriginal artists close tomorrow (2nd August).

Three $50,000 Regional Arts Fellowships will offer regional artists and arts and cultural workers a great opportunity to broaden their talent and skills.

A further $30,000 fellowship will allow an Aboriginal arts practitioner based in metropolitan or regional NSW to undergo a self-directed program of professional development.

The Fellowships are open to professional artists, practitioners, creative partnerships or groups, and arts and cultural workers at any stage in their career from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, community arts, curatorial and the visual arts.

Applications close: 2 August 2016 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

New Amplifier fund

Screen NSW is running a new program they want to share with NSW creatives and playwrights! Amplifier is a new bespoke script development program for feature films. The program brings together world-class advisors with New South Wales creative teams for individually tailored script development. This year Amplifier is looking for film adaptions. For more go to:

Creative Partnerships Australia Plus 1 Funding 

Plus1 matched funding program supports small to medium arts organisations to attract new donors, build relationships and networks and boost their fundraising skills. 

Plus1 gives small to medium arts and cultural organisations dollar-for-dollar matched funding for fundraising campaigns.

2016/17 recipients will share in $1.2 million in matched funding (capped at $50,000 per project) and join the ranks of more than 160 arts organisations to benefit from our matched funding program since its launch in 2013.

Take a look at some of the success stories from 2015/16 and 2014/15 on this page, and read our FAQs and tips for applying for Plus1.

Applications close 26 August 2016 at 5pm EST


Australia Council for the Arts' Future Leaders Program Open

Program Overview: The Future Leaders Program is designed to assist in the development of emerging, high potential arts leaders from across all artforms and backgrounds. During a thought provoking six month journey, participants enhance their own understanding of leadership and engage in a powerful, shared learning experience.

Emerging leaders require foundational skills and knowledge to progress their careers. Learning from the experiences of established leaders across artforms provides vital insight and relevant learning. Following the Program, participants will have the option to undertake a secondment that extends their professional scope.

For more information visit:http://

Australia Council for the Arts’ Grant Round 3
The third grant round for 2016 closes 4th October and covers a diverse range of funding and art forms.  To review the guidelines and apply go to: 

NSW Grandparents Day funding

This year the grant funding available for NSW Grandparents Day events (will increase from a total of $20,000 to $100,000.

Grants will fund organisations to deliver events that encourage intergenerational learning and/or offer older people ongoing opportunities to participate in their local communities.

In 2016 there are two funding tiers:

  • $100 to $1,000 for small-scale local community events or activities targeted at community organisations and schools.
  • $1001 – $5,000 for large-scale regional events that are targeted at specific communities or targeted at local government and larger community organisations

All grant applications must be submitted online via SmartyGrants.

For more information, including the program objectives, selection criteria and terms and conditions, please read the Grant Guidelines.  Apply now


Opportunities: Memberships, Fellowships, Residencies

City of Sydney Live/Work Space

Waterloo Creative Live/Work Space – applications now open

As part of our Creative Live/Work Spaces Program, we have a self-contained apartment available within the Waterloo Library grounds. Rent is $250 per week on a 12 month tenancy commencing in November 2016.

This opportunity is suited to artists or creative workers open to collaborating with the library.

Expressions of Interest are open now and close midnight Thursday 25 August 2016.

An expert panel will assess applications based on artistic merit and approach to collaboration with the library.

Apply now

Info Session/2017 Creative Residency Program

Thursday, 4 August 2016 | 6pm - 7pm | Blacktown Arts Centre

Are you looking for a great space to create new work in?
Do you have a creative project ready for the next development phase?
Join the Blacktown Arts Centre team as they outline the exciting opportunities available through our 2017 Creative Residency Program.

The program is known for supporting artistic development and emerging arts practices in all forms. Our curatorial team will be available at the information session to answer all your questions:

  • Aroha Groves Aboriginal Arts Development Officer
  • Paul Howard Curator Visual Arts
  • Maria Mitar Curator Performing Arts
  • Monir Rowshan Coordinator Cultural Planning and Community Engagement 

Applications open | Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Applications close | Wednesday, 9 September 2016
Announcement of 2017 residencies | October 2016

Page To Stage mentorship program

National Theatre of Parramatta is thrilled to announce the launch of our inaugural playwriting mentorship program, From Page to Stage.

Presented in association with Playwriting Australia, participants will receive guidance from the industry’s best facilitators and mentors. This free program provides a unique opportunity for playwrights with a demonstrated commitment to writing.

Artists can see their plays come to life over a fifteen month period. This program is aimed at nurturing and developing committed writers who live and/or work in Western Sydney to embed their work into the Australian theatre culture.
Applications close 28th August.
For more information and to apply please click on the below link. For enquiries please contact Company Coordinator Clare Spillman on 02 8839 3385 or

Playwriting Australia - new play development script submissions now open

Submissions are now open for our second round of script development opportunities for 2016. Plays will be selected for development through our National Script Workshops, Rapid Fire and Long Form.

To submit click here.

Applications close 26 August.

Spend time with one of the USA’s most extraordinary puppeteers.

Erth, with the support of Carriageworks, is thrilled to present a six-day masterclass in which Ricky Syers will share insights into his creative process; developing skills in both puppet making and manipulation whilst exploring principles of design and construction.

This masterclass is specifically tailored for professional puppeteers and puppet makers.

Location:       Carriageworks (Sydney, NSW)

Cost:              AU$600

Dates:            12-17 September

Information and bookings through Erth -

Australia Council International Residences

The Australia Council has announced six new international programs for 2016/17 that are now open to artists, producers and performing arts organisations nationally.

Opportunites on offer include attendance at showcases, art fairs, performing arts markets, events and festivals in New York, Yokohama, Shanghai, Seoul, Valencia and Madison, Wisconsin.

China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF) 2016
An integral part of the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, ChinaSPAF connects performing artists, organisations, and arts professionals from China and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as other parts of the world. We will lead a delegation of 10 Australians at ChinaSPAF from 11–16 October 2016.

Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) 2016
Working in conjunction with international art markets and art organisations globally, PAMS 2016 offers a diverse program of showcases, booth exhibitions, symposiums and networking programs. The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation at PAMS, including a booth presence, from 4–8 October 2016.

IETM Autumn Plenary 2016 Valencia, Spain
IETM is a network of over 500 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide. The Australia Council will lead a delegation of six Australians at the IETM Autumn Plenary, which includes attendance at a series of workshops and networking sessions, as well as an artistic program, from 3–5 November 2016. 

New York in January 2017
The Australia Council will support eight Australians to attend key performing arts events in New York in January 2017, including the APAP Conference, the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress, the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and Performance Space 122’s COIL Festival.

Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan 2017
Australian performing artists, producers, and arts organisations working in emerging and experimental practice are invited to attend TPAM from 11–19 February 2017. The Australia Council will lead a delegation of five Australians, who will participate in a program of showcases, industry meetings, and networking events.

International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase 2017, Wisconsin
The annual IPAY Showcase is the premiere performing arts event in North America, dedicated to promoting the best in international performing arts for young audiences. The Australia Council will lead a delegation of eight Australians at IPAY from 18–21 January 2017.

Please note that closing dates will vary. Refer to individual guidelines for further information.

For more information visit



2016 Helpmann Awards

Last Monday, 25 July at the Lyric Theatre Sydney, the arts industry came together to celebrate the best in Australian performing arts at the announcement of the 2016 Helpmann Awards.

The annual Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in our vibrant live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. Congratulations to all winners and nominees from across the country in categories covering many artforms, artists and industry workers. 

For more information on the awards go to

Regional Achievement Award Nominations 

Nominations for the 2016 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards close on 19th August!

The awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural NSW & the ACT.

We need your help to recognise our amazing regional contributors! Winners of each category will receive either $2,500 courtesy of Commonwealth Bank or an airtime package courtesy of PRIME7. To find out more about the awards please Click Here

At such a busy time, the Awards offer to follow up with Nominees on your behalf if you are able to provide the following: 

-          Your name contact number and email address

-          Category you wish to nominate the person/group/organisation into

-          The nominees first name, last name and organisation if applicable

-          Email address

-          Contact number


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

 SAMAG's Ÿ'Give, Get or Get Off! Are We UnderutilisingOur Arts Boards?'

Date: Monday 8 August 2016

Time: 6pm

Where: Theatrette, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo

Admission: Free: SAMAG Members RSVP here

SAMAG Non-member tickets $20.00 and students $10.00 via Eventbrite


  • Anne Maria Nicholson (Moderator), Former senior journalist, ABC TV News and Current Affairs, specialising in all aspects of the arts.
  • Sophie McCarthy, Former Board Member Griffin Theatre Company, Executive Director McCarthy Mentoring, a Sydney-based consulting firm
  • Andrew Symes, PACT Chairman and corporate lawyer
  • Kath Melbourne, Executive Producer, Legs on the Wall
  • Phil Butler, Not For Profit Sector Leader for the Australian Institute of Company
  • Lee Lewis, Artistic Director, Griffin Theatre Company

With government support for the arts under pressure, many arts boards are being asked to make significant cash contributions to the funding of their organisations, as well as providing their traditional governance role. At the same time, there is a growing debate in the arts, about having board members who are well-connected and can give, versus experienced arts professionals who can contribute more directly to ensuring the artistic program will deliver an organisation’s strategy. There have been calls from artistic directors to purge their ‘pale, stale and male’ board members. “Wealthy white men overwhelmingly dominate, followed at some distance by wealthy white women” (Ralph Myers, former Belvoir artistic director).  Ticket Purchase  SAMAG Member RSVP Join SAMAG

Arts and Refugees Forum                 

August 19 – 20, 2016 │Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Registrations are now open at
More information on the free event is available on the CPAC website at

Held over two days in August, the Arts and Refugees Forum aims to connect people working in the intersection between arts and refugees, and provide a platform for greater networking and development opportunities.
Open to artists, performers, art therapists, educators, researchers, art workers and creative producers, the Arts and Refugees Forum also welcomes humanitarian and community development workers to share their experiences and discuss various aspects of artistic practice by, with and about refugees. Click here for the full program.
The forum, which has been developed by Settlement Services International (SSI) in partnership with CPAC and with the support of CuriousWorks, is a special event presented in conjunction with two exhibitions opening on July 29 at CPAC.

Annual APACA Conference + Performing Arts Exchange

August 29 - Sept 1, 2016 in Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 
APACA, the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association, is proud to present the 2016 Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] and 'The New Normal' - this years performing arts conference, over 4 days at both the Malthouse Theatre & Arts Centre Melbourne venues in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In 2015 almost 500 of Australia's leaders in the performing arts converged in Sydney over the four days for PAX and the conference. These events set a new benchmark for intensive professional development and arts markets in our industry. In 2016 the Performing Arts Exchange will provide opportunitites to genuinely connect with artists, arts managers, programmers and other industry professionals who hold our sector together. Importantly, this is also the primary opportunity this year to pitch and seek out the shows and projects that will reach audiences across Australia over the next year and beyond. The conference provides international thought leadership in a local context. Our 2016 line up is extraordinary - please see the program for details. For more information go to:

Arts Activated 2016

20 - 21 September 2016, Carriageworks

Arts Activated 2016 will present the best in arts and disability presentations and innovation from around the world. The experience is about best practice.

The 2016 list of Speakers and Registration is all available online at the Arts Activated website.

Join Arts Activated at Carriageworks in Sydney for an energising two days of creative ideas, examples and networking.

Tracks: Western Sydney: A pop-up program of events for young writers 
9am-5pm Saturday August 6 at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), 8 Victoria Rd Parramatta (Corner Villiers St) Parramatta NSW ($15)
Express Media, in partnership with WestWords, is delighted to present Tracks: Western Sydney, a one-day program to facilitate, develop, inform, and showcase young writers and publishers in the Western-Sydney region. If you’re aged 14 to 25 and have a love of reading and writing, this is an exciting day-long event just for you. Across the day, you’ll take part in masterclasses, panel events, and showcases to expand your writing horizons and meet other young writers just like you. 

Charitable Organisation?
From August, the ACNC will be visiting over 20 regional and metropolitan locations in Australia to talk to charities. The Ask ACNC sessions will cover our work, issues affecting the sector and basic financial training. The sessions are interactive and free to attend. 
Book now to attend a session in NSW near you

New South Wales sessions
Gosford Wednesday 07 September  
Newcastle Thursday 08 September  
Armidale Friday 09 September  
Sydney - CBD Monday 19 September  
Wollongong Tuesday 20 September  
Sydney  –  Parramatta Wednesday 21 September  

You can find out more details and view all the sessions at

Conversations in Fundraising - Creative Partnerships


Creative Partnerships Australia has gathered some of the best and brightest arts professionals for Conversations in Fundraising, our state-based panel events on fundraising and philanthropy.

Learn from your peers as our CEO Fiona Menzies leads informal discussions with arts organisations who have successfully grown their philanthropy or fundraising programs.


Each of our panellists will bring different approaches and solutions as they discuss their wins, tactics and lessons they've learned along the way. There's plenty of time to ask questions and a networking session too.

Who should attend: These events are for development managers, fundraisers, executive directors and CEOs of small to medium arts organisations. Board members are encouraged to attend.

They'll be held in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane from 5.30-7.30pm. Attendance is FREE but places are limited.   FIND OUT MORE AND RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW


Other Sector News

National Touring Selector’s future secured by Country Arts SA 

A faster, simpler and more effective tool for connecting artists with Australian communities and beyond 

The online networking tool for the performing arts touring industry, the National Touring Selector, is now owned and operated by Country Arts SA. 

The site connects over 2100 creators and presenters of performing arts from the Australian and New Zealand performing arts industry, including over 450 producing companies and 250 professional and community-run presenting organisations. It helps generate tours and performing arts seasons, with a particular emphasis on regional and remote venues and producers of tour ready shows. 

After co-managing the NTS with Regional Arts Australia (RAA) for the past 12 months, Country Arts SA recently acquired the platform. 

“Country Arts SA has been an outstanding custodian of the National Touring Selector and it has made great strides in developing the mechanism into a more efficient and more effective tool for the performing arts touring sector across Australia,” said John Oster, RAA’s Executive Director

“RAA remains committed to supporting a vibrant, agile and adaptive touring sector. Development of the National Touring Selector over the past year has helped underpin transformative developments across the sector. In transferring ownership of the National Touring Selector to Country Arts SA, the Regional Arts Australia Board has moved to maximise the continued benefit of the mechanism for the sector. “ 

Over the past 12 months new markets have come on board including pilot projects for APAM, Adelaide Fringe Honeypot and Adelaide’s new ShowBroker in addition to existing markets that include PANNZ Arts Market (New Zealand), WA Showcase and Country Arts WA’s Shows on the Go, Online rounds and ’Buy Now’ round. 

Acquiring the platform has enabled Country Arts SA to secure investment funding from Arts South Australia to further develop modules tailored towards the efficient delivery of the new Adelaide based national marketplace – ShowBroker. These modules will also be available to, and provide significantly increased functionality for, existing markets and users of the system. 

The National Touring Selector can be found at

AMPAG's Collaboration Case study #3 
The third in the AMPAG series of collaborations takes a close look Queensland Theatre Company and Grin and Tonic’s production of the acclaimed and powerful celebration of Indigenous survival, The 7 Stages of Grieving. To download the case study go to: http://
AMPAG's collaboration series in partnership with Theatre Network Australia, Theatre Network NSW, and Australia's collaborative arts sector.

'When The Goal Posts Move' Platform Paper by Ben Eltham

Ben Eltham's Platform Paper 'When The Goal Posts Move' on Patronage, power and resistance in Australian cultural policy 2013–2016 will be launched on Monday 8th of August (for more information go to Theatre Network Australia's event and follow the registration links But if you can't make it to the launch you can always purchase your copy by going to Currency House 

Michael Gow's Keynote at Playwriting Australia's National Play Festival 

Michael Gow delivered a poignant Keynote Address for the opening of the National Play Festival 2016 in Melbourne, on Wednesday 27 July at the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne. You can read it here

Or Watch the Lifestream ... Michael Gow’s Keynote Address at the 2016 National Play Festival was live streamed by Australian Plays. You can watch it here:


Resource Round-Up

Theatre Sydney

Niall Tangey's been working on this site since 2010 and it has a variety of free resources not found anywhere else! This include venue and event directories for Sydney and now regional theatre directories are there too...

But it also has solid and up-to-date theatre and arts sector library archive and places to list your auditions, networking groups based on interests and much more.

Add it to your bookmarks and happy trawling!

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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