CONVERGE: National Symposium on Theatre & Young People

Wed 16 October 2019, 9.00am – 6.30pm
Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne (VIC)

TNA’s national symposium builds on a University of Melbourne research project, Creative Convergence, involving a partnership with Melbourne Theatre Company, Arena Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, HotHouse Theatre, Regional Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria.

Framed by research findings from across the sector, this national gathering will focus on the intersection between practice, technology and engaging young people.

Full program and speakers announced in September.


Interstate/Regional Indies  FREE*
Independents                     $55
Small to Medium                $143
Large / Uni / Gov                $275

Ticket price includes full catering.

*A number of complimentary tickets are reserved for interstate and regionally based independents. Places are for unwaged, professional practitioners primarily making work by, with and for young people.

TNA is not able to provide travel bursaries for Converge, but will happily write letters of support for those applying for funding assistance. If cost is a barrier, please contact TNA so we can work with you to ensure your voice is part of the conversation.

Converge will be Auslan interpreted. All spaces are wheelchair accessible. Gender-neutral, accessible bathrooms on site. Babes in arms welcome. Please outline any other requirements during registration or contact Bethany.


9:00am – 9.30am: REGISTRATION & TEA/COFFEE

9:30am – 11:20am: SESSION ONE
Welcomes and mini keynotes

Morning Tea

11:40am – 1:05pm: SESSION TWO
Sector updates, project firecrackers, breakout discussions and workshop I


2:00pm – 3:20pm: SESSION THREE

Project firecrackers, breakout discussions, deep dive, circuit mapping presentation, workshop II

3:20pm – 4:10pm: SESSION FOUR
Panel discussions, deep dive, site and company visit, workshop III

Afternoon Tea

4:30pm – 5:30pm: SESSION FIVE
Responses and Debrief

Networking Drinks at Convent


‘The End of Eddy’ – Melbourne Festival Delegate Discount
7.30pm, Wed 16 or Thur 17 Oct
Malthouse Theatre

Unicorn Theatre and Untitled Projects (UK)
Discount link provided upon registration.

Artist Learning Session with Jessica Wilson
‘International touring for self-producing artists’
2.00pm – 5.30pm, Thur 17 Oct
Signal, Flinders Walk, Melbourne
This hands-on artist learning session looks at current international touring opportunities and explores how to adapt work for different markets in ways that enrich rather than diminish the original product. Presented by ArtPlay Signal.
Free workshop, places are limited. Book here.