Expressions of Interest for Independent Artists & Producers wishing to attend is now closed; assessment has taken place and successful applicants have been notified.

Committed to prioritising independent artists and small to medium companies, TNA exclusively reserves a number of delegate places for Independent Artists and Producers to share a seat at the table at every Australian Theatre Forum (ATF). 

In mid 2017 we sought Expressions of Interest from Independent Artists and Producers to attend ATF 2017 at the heavily subsidised rate of $121 (GST incl). 130 independent artists and producers were successful. 

EOIs were assessed by peer panels from each state and territory – with a focus on ensuring representation of Aboriginal &/ Torres Strait Islander practitioners, those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities, regional Australians and professionals across spectrums of age, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Curators Alexis West and Steve Mayhew are looking forward to having independent artists facilitate, lead and contribute to the conversations we are gathering for the forum.  We are interested in artists who have experience in and are willing to talk about leadership, gender, class, spirituality, emerging pathways, women, decolonisation, organisational structures, funding structures, economic values, cultural values, speculative futures with in the nations theatre sector.


Theatre Network Australia is working with all of the state and territory funding agencies to ensure that there is some travel support for marginalised independents.  We have confirmed that Arts Queensland, Creative Victoria and Arts Tasmania will provide funding support through TNA and we are confident that Create NSW will provide funding support. We have spoken to DCA WA, Arts NT,  and Arts ACT to find out about existing grant programs and given that information to independents. And of course Arts South Australia is one of our major funding partners for the whole forum. 



Dan Koop, Melbourne Fringe
Jamie Lewis, Theatre Network Australia
Erica McCalman, Next Wave
Kate Sulan, Rawcus Theatre

Australian Capital Territory
Caroline Stacey, The Street Theatre
Karla Conway, Canberra Theatre Centre

New South Wales
Fraser Corfield, Australian Theatre for Young People
Joanne Kee, National Theatre of Parramatta
Jeff Khan, Performance Space
Jane Kreis, Theatre Network NSW
Ali Murphy-Oates, Moogahlin Performing Arts Inc

Annette Downs, Tasmania Performs
Sam Routledge, Terrapin Puppet Theatre

Louise Bezzina, Bleach* Festival
Merindah Donnelly, BlakDance
Jo Thomas, Metro Arts
Deb Wilks, Cluster Arts

Northern Territory
Britt Guy, Creative Accomplice
Sean Pardy, Browns Mart

Western Australia
Guy Boyce, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Peter Kift, Yirra Yaakin
Fiona De Garis, Performing Lines WA

South Australia
Jon Halpin, Carclew Youth Arts

Michelle Ryan, Restless Dance Company
Emma Webb, Vitalstatistix
Alirio Zavarce, No Strings Attached