What We Do
TNA works to strengthen the professional, non-profit performing arts sector by leading, connecting, and sharing knowledge. The foundation of our work includes advocacy and sector development across the independent and small to medium sectors, and strenghtening connections with other parts of the sector, including major performing arts organisations, presenters and festivals.
We run industry forums, including the biennial Australian Theatre Forum for over 400 performing arts professionals; we run workshops on current issues for the sector; we run advocacy campaigns in partnership with other service organisations and the sector; we undertake and promote research and benchmarking; we provide advice to industry, the education sector and government; and we provide information and resources through our popular e-news and the online resource library.
Most recently, we have been at the front and centre of advocacy for the small to medium sector throughout the Australia Council budget cuts and the eventual axing of Catalyst, motivating the sector to ensure that artists’ voices were heard during the Arts Budget Senate Inquiry, in the media and by decision makers. We have also been actively involved in Victoria’s Creative State policy development and rollout.
TNA’S PRINCIPAL GOALS
STRONGER ARTISTS & COMPANIES: Theatre Network Australia strengthens, supports and connects independent performing artists and producers, small to medium organisations and larger performing arts organisations.
STRONGER ARTS SECTOR: Theatre Network Australia achieves progressive change in the arts industry and impels evidence-based, values driven cultural policy.
STRONGER ORGANISATION: Theatre Network Australia is recognised for its effective leadership in the performing arts and galvanises an extensive, broad and diverse membership in Victoria and across Australia.