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A shared future

'As I write this, many are still grappling with the year that was 2016, what it means for them and the industry they work in.'

TNN's values and commitments for 2017 prioritise NSW theatre sector and our Associate members. 2016 A Year in Review is available online here. TNN would like to take the opportunity to welcome new Associates who have joined us this month.

Too little too late? Responses to Catalyst news

Too little, too late? As the arts sector picks up its skirts and moves to reposition itself after constant funding and political upheaval, this welcome announcement is by no means the end of the matter. “Evelyn Richardson, chief executive of Live Performance Australia, also welcomed the decision but maintained concerns about ongoing underfunding of the arts. … Read More

One of TNN's focuses for 2017 is to 'become part of the research into new models of sustainability'. TNN does this by researching, testing and analysing our own sector and other sectors like small business or the not-for-profit areas. One particular area of interest to TNN and its stakeholders is how to improve the outlook of our sector when it is so beholden to government funding. This is not a new concept but it is one that still requires significant consideration and joint action. 

In order to assist TNN's work, and others, in this area TNN is calling for submissions on ways individuals and organisations are trying sustain their practice outside of, or with far less reliance on, standard funding models. 

Simply email with any information you wish to share and we'll be sure to follow up.  

Antonia Seymour, David Sidebottom, Kate Fyffe, Shaun Parker, Stephen Champion at NSW Presenter and Producer Networking Drinks, STC's The Theatre Bar.

NSW Presenters and Producers Networking Event a hit!

Question? What do you get when you mix 3 NSW performing arts agencies and 50 presenters and producers from around NSW at The Theatre Bar at the end of the Wharf?
Answer … avoiding all the smartypants comments of course…? The start of something. In fact the start of something wanted, appreciated, and full of energy.  

Leveraging the first NSW & ACT Performing Arts Centre Association meeting for 2017, the Association in partnership with Arts On Tour NSW and Theatre Network NSW invited producers with ready-to-tour shows to partake of a great opportunity to network with NSW & ACT presenters for a couple of hours. All the invitations were taken up and there was a great mix of producers and presenters getting to know one another and their respective shows or venues a little better thanks to our venue hosts at STC’s The Theatre Bar. …

This foray into what all three agencies believe will be the start of many networking events for NSW producers and presenters was put together quickly as a way to take up the opportunity of a cluster of presenters and programmers being together. It was provided as a way to forge and maintain the connections and personal relationships that we know are critical to our industry.

There's will be more updates and events as we progress but already, apart from potential tours and performance opportunities, there is talk about:

  • small, rapid-response grants for producers to get to a community/venue when an opportunity arises and leverage those personal connections that are critical to touring;
  • venue presenters to be able to do the same;
  • skill sharing and development; and
  • plenty more opportunities to get together!

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NSW Performing Arts Wellbeing Forum 

Planning is underway with meetings between the working group to develop a forum for NSW performing arts sector to address mental health and wellbeing support across our industry.

There'll be plenty more news on this in the coming month and our next e-news. In the meantime check in with what is going on through our website


Spare a thought for our colleagues at NORPA who have a massive clean up on their hands after the floods in Lismore. Our thoughts are with them and surrounding community. @norpa.lismore  #riseabove



It’s official … CREATE NSW

Create NSW is officially here … as of Monday, 3 April the former NSW government Arts NSW website is now rebranded as Create NSW Arts. Screen & Culture. CREATE NSW | WHAT WE DO Create NSW is the NSW Government’s arts and culture policy and development body. We provide support to artists and key arts and cultural … Read More

Return of funds to Australia Council

It’s happened… For those of you who missed the news here is the media release and relevant links to the Australia Council for the Arts’ own announcement. To all of us in the sector who lobbied, advocated, danced, wrote, donated, spoke to their audiences, and stood with the arts #istandwiththearts this is a moment to … Read More

And for those of you interested in applying ...

Australia Council: Information Session at Blacktown Arts Centre

Australia Council for the Arts Grants Information Session Tuesday, 18 April 2017 | 4 pm – 7 pm Western Sydney artists, groups and collectives are invited to attend a grants information session hosted by the Australia Council for the Arts at Blacktown Arts Centre. Scheduled over a month before the June application deadline, we encourage … Read More

Professional Arts Placements, China – Shanghai International Dance Centre | Australia Council

PROFESSIONAL ARTS PLACEMENTS – CHINA Calling all Australian arts managers! Would you like an opportunity to expand your skills and networks in Shanghai? The Australia Council is offering a new professional arts placement opportunity in partnership with Shanghai International Dance Center (SIDC). Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for arts managers, producers, and production managers to apply for … Read More


Professional Development (& other great opportunities)

Duologue Submissions Now Open | Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia is launching a new creative program for playwrights and their creative partners, and we want your submissions! Playwriting Australia aims to provide playwrights at all levels of their careers with time, space and creative guidance to explore and refine their work. Duologue is a new program, which will champion midcareer and established writers, … Read More

Darlinghurst Theatre 2018 Season Submissions are open

DARLINGHURST THEATRE COMPANY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR 2018 SEASON Darlinghurst Theatre Company is a professional theatre company that collaborates with professional theatre artists to resource and produce their production concepts. Darlinghurst work with established and emerging artists who have a track record of developing exceptional work. Each year Darlinghurst invite artists to put forward production concepts for … Read More

Bondi Pavilion Theatre – Waverley Council

Bondi Pavilion Theatre has been in touch with TNN and has some space available for 2017 and is also taking bookings for 2018.  If you’ve got a show ready for an audience get in touch to see what dates are still available this year or plan for next.   Waverley Council are also accepting applications … Read More

Fully subsidised Digital Marketing TAFE NSW course

March 31, 2017By adminIndustry TrainingNSW Arts NewsOpportunityProfessional Development No Comments

Announcing a new session for TAFE’s extremely popular, fully subsidised Statement of Attainment in Introduction to Digital Marketing Communications. We are now taking enrolments for the April 18th intake of this wonderful, fully subsidised course. Be quick…. places fill up very fast. You can apply online today at: Here are the details that you … Read More

Quick! It’s back! Arts Business subsidised TAFE Training

March 31, 2017By adminIndustry TrainingNSW Arts NewsOpportunityProfessional Development No Comments

Its back!!! And TNN has been asked to promote this to you so why wouldn’t we?  TAFE NSW is now taking enrolments for the April intake of its wonderful Statement of Attainment in Arts Business. The Statement of Attainment in Arts Business is a practical, hands on, introduction to business which has been specifically tailored … Read More

Use Hootsuite? Or need to? Free Online Social Conference

March 31, 2017By adminIndustry TrainingNetworked No Comments

Our free, full-day online social media conference. Coming Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Register now for the world’s largest free online social media conference ever—spanning over 16 hours of great live content—all available from any internet-connected device. Never attended a Connect via Hootsuite? See what to expect in their blog wrap up. Source: Social Conference


Awards and Newsy Bits…

Helpmann Awards 2017 Entries open now!

Entries for the 17th Annual Helpmann Awards are open today, for productions staged between 1 March 2016 – 28 April 2017. The Helpmanns are Australia’s premier live performance awards recognising artistic excellence through 43 awards across the following genres: Cabaret Comedy Contemporary Music Dance & Physical Theatre Musical Theatre Opera & Classical Music Presentation for … Read More


Movement round the station…PWA, WOW, Belvoir…

Movement round the station… Playwriting Australia announces a big, warm welcome to Michelle Kotevski as General Manager Michelle Kotevski comes to Playwriting Australia with a wealth of experiences across the arts. Recently the Program Manager at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, and previously  the Producer of The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe. Michelle has a passion … Read More

Welcome to …. Circus Network Australia

March 31, 2017By adminNational NewsNetworkedOpportunity No Comments

TNN would like to warmly welcome Circus Network Australia who launched just this month and already have over 500 registered on its network. Why don’t you have a look to and get the word out there. Here’s the lowdown from Circus Network itself: This Network is a place to discuss, debate, support and share ideas relating to ALL parts of the Australian Circus community. It … Read More

2017 NSW Creative Achievement Awards nominations » NSW Government

March 31, 2017By adminAwardsNSW Arts NewsOpportunityValuing the Arts No Comments

  Nominations are open for the 2017 NSW Creative Achievement Awards. The awards celebrate and reward outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses that help raise the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. Highlighting established and emerging talent within our creative industries, the awards recognise the importance of our world-class creative industries and talent. There are … Read More


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

 ‘Transforming The World’ through ITI 35th Congress

The Executive Council of International Theatre Institute (ITI) is proud to announce that the 35th ITI World Congress will be held in Segovia, Spain. From Friday to Sunday, 14 to 16 July 2017, is the Congress Prologue, which consists of the Student Festival of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts. Workshops … Read More

Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) 2017 applications are open

The Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) is APACA’s flagship networking and development event. It’s a face-to-face market which brings together producers and presenters from across the country to create and maximise touring opportunities and build relationships. PAX is the essential marketplace for programmers, presenters and producers. Whether it’s to buy work, find creative or presenting partners … Read More

Australian Theatre Forum

The Australian Theatre Forum (ATF) is a biennial gathering of over 400 representatives from the Australian theatre sector. Bringing together practitioners, producers and cultural provocateurs from across the country, the ATF provides a platform for an exchange of ideas.

3-5 October 2017
Adelaide Festival Centre
Co-curated by Alexis West and Steve Mayhew
Produced by Theatre Network Australia (TNA)

Registrations will open soon.


After Lyn Gardner: Want Great Arts Coverage? Pay For It. | Clyde Fitch Report

While many in our industry are working to get theatre (Beyond The Limits: words, meaning & actions) reviewers and writers to their shows regardless of where they might be, part of the problem is that arts coverage needs better support itself. Some great coverage here by Lyn Gardner as re-reported in the Clyde Fitch Report… The … Read More

Rumble Theatre’s Living Room

Engaging Emerging Artists with Open Discourse and Cheap Beer | HowlRound Canada is not the first and we dare say it won’t be the last. Indeed TNN knows of many theatre companies presenting and networking in share houses and homes around Australia but Elizabeth Willow writes eloquently about the experience and gives us some inspiration … Read More

Theatre as Family

March 31, 2017By adminAdvocacyDiversityInspirationInternationalSupportValuing the ArtsWellbeing No Comments

We know that the value of theatre is important for children but what about theatre’s own children? Our own children? For those parents working in theatre struggling with some of the downsides of our industry’s culture around parenting, this is a timely reflection on a definite plus! “You absolutely don’t have to have kids to … Read More

 Resource Round-Up (R&D)


World Theatre Map – are you on it?

Are you on the World Theatre Map yet? Yes we know you are 😉 but are you on this map? TNN has joined this beta platform as have some other NSW theatre venues and makers. Let’s get more of NSW on that map and let people know how much theatre is out there! Source: World … Read More

Paying The Rent – thoughts for our future

As government funding turns and twists TNN asks ‘What is the future of arts in our nation’? This comes with a whole set of other questions which are not new to our sector but are increasingly being asked in the NSW theatre sector as we wrestle with a sense of control over our industry and … Read More

AMPAG on Cultural Diplomacy 

Whether its STEAM or Cultural Diplomacy, the arts sector is having its say on Government policy in Australia and overseas. Here’s the latest from AMPAG on Cultural Diplomacy… The Australian Government is developing a foreign policy white paper — the first since 2003. AMPAG is advocating that setting cultural diplomacy as a key pillar of … Read More

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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