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Theatre Network NSW

March 2016

TNN News & Events

APAM, Riverside Theatres and beyond...

TNN Director, Jane Kreis and Independent Producer, Michael Sieders keeping it real at the TNN APAM Booth in Brisbane.

APAM 2016, Brisbane

TNN made the most of its first APAM opportunity. In the mornings we stuck by our booth where we were able to connect with members and send them chasing other members who might have just passed by or APAM delegates who came to our stall looking for product. It was great to have TNN members' material on show in addition to our events and programs. Thanks to Intimate Spectacle, NORPA, UTP, ArtsReady, Branch Nebula, Ensemble Offspring, Michael Sieders Productions, Performance 4A, Sketch Evolution, and Cat Jones for providing us with their 'stuff'. The TNN booth was in a really dynamic position (just outside the speed dating and major function rooms) and made for some great connections and conversations over the 3 days. In the afternoons TNN made the most of the variety of venues and meeting opportunities to establish some wonderful partnerships for 2016-17.  

TNN also spoke with some of you about what you're doing, how we can help, and what TNN needs to include in its TNN's 2016 membership package which will be launched at ...

TNN's first AGM Thursday 19th May

Official AGM notifications will be made 14-21 days  prior to the date.

Love, Tequila & Inclusive arts practice at Riverside Theatres

Thanks to Caroline Bowditch and the lovely cast and crew at Outlandish Arts for their experience, ideas and generosity at TNN's Industry Talks event last Saturday, 5th March. For those of you that couldn't get there in person, we'll be publishing an article on the event with lots of ideas and inspiration.
TNN is preparing for its Regional Theatre Forum at Artlands Dubbo in October 2016. This will provide a critical discourse and industry-led conversation on the creation of contemporary theatre within the regional theatre context. More information on Artlands Dubbo 2016 and how to get there are further below. In the meantime you can read a recent SMH article that raises a few of our theatre makers concerns.

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG), the peak body representing 28 Australian performing arts companies, is looking for a part-time Communications and Policy Executive. This is a vital position within the organisation’s secretariat. Interested candidates are invited to email or call Bethwyn Serow on 02 9253 5351 for further information. Closes 21 March.
Senior Program Officer, Arts Development & Investment (Performing Arts) Arts NSW
Contact: (02) 9995 0596 -
This role provides senior level client service, manage stakeholder relationships, provides specialist advice and information and oversees the delivery of the Arts & Cultural Development Program (ACDP). Full Time Position. Closes 28th March. For more information visit Artshub jobs
Sydney Theatre Company
Education Projects Officer Postion
Applications close of business 5pm on Thursday 17th March 2016. For a complete job pack please visit STC Careers
Erth Visual and Physical Theatre
Puppet Makers & Props Construction
Erth employs a number of puppet makers, props builders and artists from a diverse range of backgrounds to undertake the design, construction and maintenance of their menagerie of puppets, (including our herd of dinosaurs). Erth are currently seeking to expand the skills base of our team in response to upcoming contracts and Erth have a range of casual and/or short-term contracts roles available. Please contact Erth for further details or with any queries (02) 8571 9133 or These casual positions close on Monday 21 March. 
Production Manager
The Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) are seeking a highly motivated, organised and experienced Production Manager to join their team. ATYP specialises in integrating professional theatre practice with supportive youth theatre process. ATYP love working with all levels of the arts industry, from the most celebrated national companies to the smallest youth theatres. ATYP work supports young people from their first theatre experience to their first professional production.Email your application to before 5:00pm, Sunday 20 March. Please call 02 9270 2400 for any enquiries regarding the position which is advertised at Artshub Jobs.

Clubgrants NSW
The Clubgrants NSW Arts and Cultural Infrastructure funding round is now open. Expressions of Interest close at 5pm, Friday 18 March 2016 You can apply for funding between $100,000 and $300,000 in this funding round. Your project must be located in NSW, must commence on or after 30 September 2016 and be completed by 30 September 2018. Particular emphasis will be placed on projects that benefit disadvantaged and regional and remote communities. To register your EOI go to Clubgrants NSW

Arts NSW Funding
These funding opportunities are available through, or in partnership with, Arts NSW:
  • NSW Rex Cramphorn Theatre Fellowship - closing 29 March 2016
  • NSW Writer’s Fellowship (Early career) - The $30,000 fellowship is open to professional writers of any age who are in the early stages of their careers and will enable the recipient to undertake activities including research, mentorships, internships, courses and creating new works. closing 14 March 2016
  • NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund - The 2016 NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund offers up to $5,000 for individual professional artists and up to $15,000 for organisations. Closing 14 March 2016
Fairfield City Council
Fairfield City Council’s Social Change through Creativity Grant Program encourages and supports creative-based projects that include and address an issue of importance in the community.
The awarded projects must meet all of the grant selection criteria and at least one grant priority area. One-off grants of up to $5,000 are available to not-for-profit groups or organisations.
The grant opens 4 January 2016 and closes 31 March 2016 at 5pm. Council recommends that you attend the grants information session and workshops to ensure your application meets guidelines. For more information call Gary Paramanathan, Community Project Officer - Cultural Development on 9725 0222. Places are limited. please email to RSVP for the workshops. 
Memberships, Fellowships, Residencies, Call-Outs
PWA Lab Open
The PWA Lab supports non-traditional forms of theatre, multi-authored text and non-writer-led work.  It is a week-long workshop opportunity encouraging artists to examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice. We are inviting proposals from artists with a desire to workshop a new idea, a new partnership or a new form.  Read our submission guidelines here.
Closing date: Thursday 24th March 2016

Arts Party NSW
Would you (or anyone you know) like a FREE 2-Year Membership to The Arts Party NSW?Arts Party NSW need your help to get registered in NSW and in return for your help, they're giving away memberships. Please register via this link and send the filled-out form back to PO Box 114, KINGSFORD NSW 2032. If you're a member already, you don't miss out because by filling out this form and sending it back, you get a FREE 2-year extension to your current membership.
This is Not Art (TiNA) Artist Call Out
The annual This is Not Art (TiNA) Artist Call Out is now open. Artists are invited to apply directly to co-presenters National Young Writers’ Festival, Critical Animals and Crack Theatre Festival. Now in its 19th year, This is Not Art continues to celebrate Newcastle as a first-rate creative city. As one of Australia’s leading contemporary and emerging arts festivals, TINA provides a national platform for experimental and emerging arts practices. The festival supports artists to take risks, experiment, and extend the boundaries of their art forms and practices. Artist Information Sessions will be held across the country during March in Perth, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Newcastle. This will be an opportunity for artists to ask questions and find out what's involved. Please visit for more info. Artist applications close on 31 March at midnight.
Arts Activated 2016
Accessible Arts is now calling for proposals for papers, presentations or workshops to present at the 2016 Arts Activated conference, ‘Pathways to Practice’, 20 and 21 September at Carriageworks, Sydney Australia. We strongly encourage proposals from artists and practitioners from rural and remote areas, representing sexual diversity and the LGBTQIA community, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and young and emerging groups and demographics. Proposals must address the 2016 conference theme ‘Pathways to Practice’ which 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’; presenters may choose which stream and topic their presentation best fits into. Submit here

Awards and Newsy Bits…
Australia Council Award Winners from NSW
HUGE congratulations to Lily Shearer, Creative Producer of Moogahlin Performing Arts and much more, on receiving this year’s Ros Bower Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development)! Rounds of applause also to Yaron Lifschitz, who has snuck over the border but not escaped entirely, on receiving the 2016 Australia Council Theatre Award. Last but not least from NSW, bravo to David Malouf on receiving a highly-deserved Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. You can read here about these and other Australia Council Award winners. The awards ceremony took place in Sydney last night (Thursday 10th March) and we hop you all had a blast.

LPA Sue Nattrass Award 2016...
Live Performance Australia recently announced Michael Lynch CBE AM as its 2016 Sue Nattrass Award winner. The Sue Nattrass Award recognizes exceptional service to the live performance industry and Lynch will receive the award at the 16th annual Helpmann Awards on July 25.
Fancy an award yourself?
NSW Government invites nominations for the 2016 NSW Creative Achievement Awards. The Awards are a NSW Government initiative to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements that help raise the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. The prestigious NSW Creative Laureate recognises a candidate that has shown significant leadership and has made a significant contribution to increasing the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. The Award celebrates the very best of the State's creative talent. The NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award recognises a candidate considered emerging in their sector that has shown leadership in originality and innovation, and contributed to raising the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. This Award offers support for future development with a cash prize of $15,000. Terms & Conditions and the nomination form are here. Nominations close Sunday 10 April 2016. Winners will be announced on 6 June 2016, during Vivid Sydney. Entries are open to individuals, teams and organisations.
What’s On: theatre industry events around the state and further afield
SOH’s Culture Club
Sydney Opera House invites you to its Culture Club arts talk series: Sydney Opera House presents Culture Club, a series of conversations with artists and thinkers about the ideas that shape our arts and cultural landscape.Following the provocative first series of Culture Club, join SOH for their next season where they re-imagine Shakespeare, break down (and up) contemporary art, analyse dance discourse and discover Beethoven's blueprint. Tickets on sale from 15 March 2016 | Tickets $15, multipacks available.
The NSW Writers’ Centre’s Playwriting Festival 2016
Champing at the bit to get your writing on stage, but running low on collaborators? Dramatic Speed Dating is just one of the sessions on offer at The NSW Writers’ Centre’s Playwriting Festival, offering the opportunity for attending playwrights to meet with likeminded directors, designers and producers. The 2016 festival is curated by writer for stage, page, screen and sound Hilary Bell (Wolf Lullaby, The Splinter), who has put together a program designed for playwrights looking to broaden their horizons – whether that be through skilling-up, diversifying their craft, or networking.
When: Saturday 19 March, 10am-6:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, Balmain Rd, Rozelle
How Much? Members – $60, Conc. Members – $50, Non-Members – $90
View the full program here. Book tickets here.

ADSA 2016 Conference
The next Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference will be ‘Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect’ at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba from Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 June. TNN will be presenting on the importance of theatre industry networks with a focus on the resilience required of last year's funding changes. 
Depending upon whether you are thinking of the Borg from Star Trek or the Vogon from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the old saying goes ‘Resistance is futile/useless’. Sometimes it is best to adapt, revise, regroup, move, bend, or change rather than resist. To remain relevant, vital and strong resilience is important. Resilience enables us to hang in there, to recover quickly, to rebuild and thrive. 

Connecting Up
Do you need to get connected? Lost in the labyrinth of IT and social media? Why not get yourself to Melbourne for this year’s Connecting Up conference. Early Bird tickets finish on 18th March. For more information on the conference or on how Connecting Up can provide info and low-cost all-things-IT for not-for-profits visit online
National Play Festival
Save the dates and stay tuned…The 2016 National Play Festival will be held at The Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne this year from 27th – 30th July.
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

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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