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'How Are You'? Checking in on facts and feelings in our industry

TNN Director, Jane Kreis 'checking in' on Annette Shun Wah (centre), Fiona Winning (left) and Kristine Landon Smith (right) at TNN's 2015 'Building Audience Diversity' event. 

Industry Mental Health
& ADSA 2016

At the recent Australian Drama Studies Association (ADSA) TNN was stunned by Entertain Assist's recent Research Report: Mental Health in Australian Entertainment Industry. Please share these findings with your friends, family and colleagues and watch out for further updates in our e-news and services. This is going to take whole of industry change but if you or anyone you know is going through a hard time please let them know about this service at

Research Report: Mental Health in Australian Entertainment Industry Phase Two findings "present a concerning picture about the health and well-being for those working in the Australian Entertainment Industry. 
  • Suicide attempts for Australian Entertainment Industry workers are more than double that of the general population.
  • ​The levels of moderate to severe anxiety symptoms are 10 times higher than in the general population.
  • ​The levels of depression symptoms are five times higher than in the general population." 
Theatre Network NSW presented on sector health and resilience at #ADSA 2016 with Mark Seton and Adrian Fisher on Wednesday, 22nd June at USQ's Arts Theatre.

Adrian Fisher presented on the Entertain Assist research, Mark Seton on research on the impact of an actor's career on personal relationships and TNN presented on the importance of networks in times of crisis. Fuelled by some eye-opening facts and participant's own industry experiences, the panel agreed that this is an area that requires much greater scrutiny and support if our industry is to be truly resilient.

If you are interested in joining the working group on this issue, please get in touch via


Book now for Artlands and get to TNN's Regional Theatre Forum

This October the national regional arts conference and festival returns after 14 years to NSW and TNN has partnered with host Regional Arts NSW (RANSW) to hold a regional theatre forum.

The forum will be held in Dubbo, NSW as part of Artlands 2016 and features NORPA's Artistic Director, Julian Louis as Keynote speaker. 

Based in Lismore, NSW, Julian is the Artistic Director of NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts), which is a leading theatre company shaping contemporary performance from regional Australia. NORPA creates site – specific, devised and original theatre that connects to the region and community through its process, and by staging works outside the conventional theatre models. NORPA presents an annual Season, made up of original productions, national and international touring works and community cultural events. For NORPA, Julian conceived and directed Railway Wonderland (2012/2015), performed on Lismore’s disused railway train station, which is NORPA’s biggest selling production in 22 years. He has also conceived and directed Engine, and The Bloody Bride for NORPA. As the Artistic Director of NORPA he commissioned My Radio Heart (a co-production with Urban Theatre Projects), Open House and The Home Project which was one of eight works that represented Australia at The Prague Quadrennial Festival of Space and Design. Most recently Julian was collaborator and core creator of Cockfight, a dance theatre work with THE FARM.

Panellists joining Julian on stage to kickstart this highly anticipated conversation include: 
  • Stephen Champion
Stephen Champion has been the Manager of the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) since 2003 and has worked professionally in the performing arts for thirty six years.  In 2008 BMEC won the inaugural APACA Drover Award for Best Presenter. As a performer Stephen was a core member of Circus Oz in its first six years, devised his own works and performed with many groups and individuals including Meryl Tankard, the Nimrod Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company.  Stephen was an Associate Director with Drugie Studio Wrocławskie, Poland (1986) and Associate Director and then Artistic Director of Jigsaw Theatre Company in Canberra (1988 – 1994). Prior to moving to Bathurst Stephen was Domain Manager for the Sydney Festival for seven years, a Production Manager for the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival and Venue Manager of the Domain Live Site for the Olympic Coordination Authority.  Stephen is currently a Director of the Board of Regional Arts NSW and Theatre Network NSW.
  • Scott Howie
Scott has been contributing to the cultural landscape of the Riverina over 18 years as an artist, arts educator and arts administrator.  Currently the Executive Officer of Eastern Riverina Arts, Howie also maintains an artistic practice in durational performance, installation and theatre. Previously he has been a lecturer in theatre design at CSU, the creative producer and manager at Griffith Regional Theatre, and the artistic director of Riverina Young People’s Theatre and his own company Jibshot. 
  • Sarah Parsons
Sarah is Artistic Director with Outback Theatre for Young People (OTYP) and has been involved with theatre for young people for over 15 years. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Theatre and Media), an Honours degree (specialising in Theatre for Young People), and a Bachelor of Teaching (Drama) from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. Sarah began her professional career by writing, designing, directing, performing in and touring Theatre in Education shows to most of Central West NSW with Stuck in the Mud Productions, a Bathurst-based, touring children’s theatre company she co-established in 2005. She has also worked with youth theatre streams of Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Theatre Company, Jigsaw Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). Sarah is fiercely passionate about theatre and arts for young people in rural and remote Australia, and during her career has worked across most of New South Wales. 
  • Lily Shearer

Murawarri woman, actor and director Lily Shearer was recently awarded an Australia Council Award for outstanding achievement in the arts. A graduate of Western Sydney University, Lily has been instrumental in the development of and creative support for Indigenous community arts and forging links between Indigenous and non-indigenous companies such as Performance Space, Urban Theatre Projects, Pact Youth Theatre, Carriageworks, Shopfront Theatre for Young People, Legs on the Wall and Powerhouse Youth Theatre. A founding member of Moogahlin Performing Arts her work is based on her desire to share stories and culture from the oldest continuing living culture on this planet and in particular to harness the stories from regional NSW. 

Facilitated by Theatre Network NSW's Jane Kreis, this event will allow all participants to explore and discuss areas of concern and opportunity relating to creating contemporary theatre in regional Australia. 
  • When? 2-5pm on Saturday, 29th October
  • Where? RSLThis three hour event will allow for break-out sessions to explore some of these areas in more detail and for us to work together as a sector to devise and action ways forward.
  • Entry is free for Artlands conference registered guests and $25 for non-Artlands attendees.
This event will include afternoon tea and and will flow on into Festival Club!

For Artlands Registration go to and keep an eye out for more updates on TNN's regional theatre forum there. 

Jobs and Training

NIDA Lighting Supervisor

NIDA is seeking a Lighting Supervisor to join the operations Department. This position ensures the efficient operation of NIDA's theatre lighting staff and resources to support the dual needs of NIDA as the elite Australian educational institute for the dramatic arts and of NIDA's venues as a commercial performing arts centre.

The position requires a highly organised technician with leadership and supervisory skills, a demonstrated knowledge of theatre lighting equipment and a commitment to using their knowledge and skills to support NIDA's teaching and learning environment.

Please apply for this position via the NIDA website:


Free Risk Management in Production Training at TAFE

Theatre Network NSW has been advised of the following opportunity for free training in essential production skills:
Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE is offering free course for Production and Event Managers who need to complete risk assessments before bumping in a show/performance/event into a venue. Although funded, there is a VERY short turnaround time with the course scheduled for 11 and 18 July and located at the St Leonards TAFE campus.

Who should attend? Contractors responsible for Risk management documentation for Events/ Conferences
Outcomes: Comprehensive understanding of WHS compliance specifically addressing Risk Management, Consultation and Procedural Development for contract workers, providing services to venue management.  As one of the assessment tasks, participants will develop and complete a Risk Assessment Plan to be reviewed by industry colleagues.
Where? Cameraygal Building, Level 4, Room J4.19/20,Learning & Innovation Campus,
St Leonards, TAFE NSW - Northern Sydney Institute
When? 2 full days, Monday 11 and 18 July, 9.30am – 3.30pm
To register? Contact Renata Middlebrook, (02) 9942 3631

Terese Casu moves to Mardi Gras 

Performance Space today announces that Executive Director Terese Casu will depart the organisation this July. Having commenced her role at Performance Space in early 2015, Casu has been appointed as CEO of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Performance Space Chair Jonathan Casson says, “It is with regret that we say farewell to Terese, but with warm admiration that we congratulate her on her appointment as CEO of Mardi Gras. Alongside Artistic Director Jeff Khan, Terese has steered Performance Space through one of the most difficult periods in the organisation’s history, ensuring the company has come through recent State and Federal funding upheavals with a streamlined new organisational plan and an energised and bold new vision for the future.”

Artistic Director and CEO Jeff Khan says, “I am sad to see my treasured copilot depart Performance Space this year and I am very proud of what we’ve achieved together in the face of considerable odds over the past 18 months. Terese has brought an incredible level of expertise and strategy to Performance Space that has benefitted our organisation – and our community – in countless ways. I have no doubt that she will remain a close friend of Performance Space into the future and I congratulate her on her fabulous new position.

The Performance Space Board are currently finalising a strategy to recruit Terese’s successor. In the immediate term, the Board are delighted to announce the appointment of Vanessa Lloyd as Performance Space’s interim General Manager, working alongside Jeff Khan to focus on the delivery of our 2016 Liveworks Festival and ensuring that Performance Space’s operations are maintained at the highest standards of best practice.

TNN would like to wish Terese all the best and looks forward to working with Vanessa in her interim role.



City of Sydney Accommodation Grants Program

Accommodation grants program

Now open - Tenancy 1, 247 Oxford Street, Paddington
Applications are now open to secure a short term lease (maximum 15 months) for Tenancy 1, 247 Oxford Street, Paddington.

Where is the property?
The property is located within the Paddington Town Hall complex which also includes a large public hall, a library, the Chauvel cinema and Eastside Radio.

Who can apply?
This multi-faceted space is being made available for short term use by a cultural or creative organisation or project, or an organisation or project that has a cultural or creative focus. The space was most recently occupied by Metro Screen and retains purpose built features amenable to screen production, including a green screen studio. Given the existing infrastructure preference will be given to projects which have a film, video, writing for cinema production, festivals and/or events focus, or projects that work with these groups.

How can I view the space?
Applicants must attend an open house prior to submitting an application.  Applicants must pre-register for 1 of the 2 open houses taking place on Tuesday 5 July (morning) and Thursday 14 July (afternoon).

When do applications close?
Applications close promptly at 5pm on Monday 25 July 2016.

How do I apply?
Please view the accommodation grants page to find all relevant information, supporting documents and information on how to apply.

2017 BBM/PACT Travelling Scholarship EOIs open

The BBM/PACT Travelling Scholarship offers one early career artist $8000 to travel to Britain to work with a leading industry professional of your choice. Applicants must be aged 23 years or younger and live in NSW or the ACT. Travelling Scholarship winners have had the chance to intern, take specialised courses, and train with the likes of Reckless Sleepers, Blast Theory, Lone Twin and Forced Entertainment.


Research and more…

Cultural venues and infrastructure mapping survey

Have you or your organisation ever been involved in any performances or cultural activities in the City of Sydney LGA? If so, City of Sydney would like your help in mapping cultural venues and infrastructure in the City of Sydney. This survey will take about 5 minutes to complete and you can access it via the following link:

This survey is being conducted by Western Sydney University as part of research that maps cultural venues and infrastructures in the City of Sydney Local Government Area (LGA). Its findings will lead to the creation of a series of digital interactive maps showing different forms and locations of cultural venues in the City of Sydney. This will become a very valuable information source for the arts/creative communities and businesses seeking to search or use these venues. Visualising the distribution of these cultural venues on digital maps will also help identify support and investment needs for cultural venues and infrastructure.

Please note that your participation is entirely voluntary and you may withdraw at any time without giving any reason and without any negative consequences. Individual survey responses concerning you/your organisation will not be shared with others unless you give your explicit permission.

The research has been approved by the Western Sydney University Ethics Committee (No. 11651). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Teresa Swist, Postdoctoral Research Fellow on 9685-9772 or at


Does your theatre company or work focus on refugee or asylum seekers? 

Elin Nicholson, a postdoctoral researcher at the VCA, Melbourne University, is looking for theatre companies and practitioners working on/with/for refugee and asylum seeking communities in Australia for her current research project. Please contact at: 


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

In Conversation with Khaled Sabsabi & Minky Rawat

Wednesday 6 July 2016 | 7pm - 8:30pm | Blacktown Arts Centre
What is the relationship between history, hip-hop and contemporary art practice? Join renowned artists Khaled Sabsabi and Minky Rawat in conversation with co-curators of It's Our Thing: More History on Australian Hip-Hop Kon Gouriotis and Paul Howard.
This lively discussion will offer insight into the personal journeys that have shaped the practice of Sabsabi and Rawat, their role in the emergence of hip-hop culture in Blacktown and the influence of iconic 20th century artists – Beuys, Picasso and Warhol – on their work. The evening will include an analogue and digital sound-mixing demonstration by Khaled Sabsabi.

Admission is free. Bookings essential. BOOK NOW!


National Play Festival

The 2016 National Play Festival will be held at The Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne this year from 27–30 July.

Four days of magic and wonder with many of Australia’s most thrilling playwrights. This year’s program is rich in imagination, overflowing with individuality and loaded with insight.

Join the discovery of great contemporary plays by acclaimed writers including Melissa Reeves, Melodie Reynolds-Diarra, Steve Rodgers, Olivia Satchell, Emily Sheehan, Chris Summers and many more. This year’s Keynote Address will be delivered by Michael Gow, who will share gems from the forefront of Australian theatre.

A celebration of Australia’s most ambitious new playwriting awaits you. 


APACA 2016

APACA’s 30th annual performing arts conference is 29th August to 1st September 2016 in Melbourne. The conference brings together members, colleagues, policy makers, international, national and local key speakers to provoke, explore, and debate how we support and build our sector and our professional and creative practices.

What is the new normal? Is change the new constant? After a year of upheaval and uncertainty in the arts industry the 2016 APACA conference will explore ways in which we can be agile, resilient and responsive both in our work environment and in the broader cultural landscape.

Arts Activated 2016

Arts Activated 2016 ‘Pathways to Practice’ is 20-21 September at Carriageworks and will explore the varied paths that artists with disability take in developing their practice during their career and how organisations are fostering pathways for artists and audiences with disability.

The conference will be split into two streams ‘Artist Pathways’ and ‘Organisational Pathways’ allowing a more tailored approach to the learning needs of individual artists and independent arts organisations to those of major organisations, funding bodies and venues.

Register here


Early Bird Registrations extended for Artlands 2016

Conference? Festival? Or both? With the conference festival now up for you to browse through (including TNN's Regional Theatre Forum on Saturday 29th October) why not consider the festival program as well? The Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre will change over from conference venue by day to performance venue by night with fLing Company’s (Bega) new performance work, We Will Come to the Rescue. It is going to be wild, with heroes and villains, and a world in disarray. Lingua Franca dance and physical theatre (Bathurst) creates visually compelling original performance and their new work Unsustainable Behaviour, promises to captivate audiences in Dubbo. Other highlights include an exciting opening ceremony with ARTLANDS Cultural Program Director Greg Pritchard putting together an artistic team of some of the best and most audacious artists in Regional Australia, including inaugural ArtsNSW Regional Fellow from Narrandera, Vic McEwan, Australia Council Experimental Arts Fellow, Dave Jones from Natimuk, and the Northern River’s Joey Ruigrok.

For Early bird registrations go 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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