Awards

TNA is proud to offer and support the following sector awards.

2019
Alex Desebrock - winner of the 2019 TNA SMASH Bursary for Independents

We are thrilled to announce that the 2019 SMASH bursary will be awarded to Alex Desebrock.

Alex is the director of her own Independent Company called Maybe ( ) Together, working primarily in the area of theatre for young audiences, and she is based in Perth, WA. As well as her company, she runs a semi-regular gathering for independent artists in the Perth region, called Flock, and has undertaken advocacy on behalf of her peers, for example a version of the UK artist Bryonny Kimmings, You Show Me Yours, sharing information about earnings and conditions in the independent performing arts. Alex has been a long-time, active member of TNA and regular participant at TNA gatherings.

This award acknowledges the many unpaid hours she spends, not only in her own artistic work, but in the pursuit of a fairer sector for independent artists, the most vulnerable part of the sector. We hope it might inspire her to keep up her work and continue to mentor the next generation of independent leaders such as herself.

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2018
Katie Sfetkidis – winner of the 2018 TNA SMASH Bursary for Independents

Awarded annually to one recipient per year from 2018 to 2022, the bursary is open to Australian-based Independent Artists or Producers to recognise existing and potential contribution to the sector. TNA acknowledges that these vital contributions are often a result of many unpaid hours engaging with the broader performing arts sector. 

Designed in honour of TNA founding board members Simon Abrahams (Chair) and Alice Nash (Deputy Chair), this bursary encourages and enables a break-through independent artist or producer to continue adding their voice to the Australian performing arts sector.

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2018
35th GRA for 2017 work

Contemporary & Experimental Performance – Community Collaboration
WINNER: Body of Work (Congress, Coming Back Out Ball, Fun Run) – All the Queens Men 

Direction – Independent Theatre
WINNER: Stephen Nicolazzo – The Happy Prince (Little Ones Theatre in association with La Mama)

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2017
34th GRA for 2016 work

Innovation in Experimental Performance – Contemporary and Experimental Performance
WINNER: Imagined Touch, Jodee Mundy Collaborations (Arts House)

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2019
Best Emerging Circus Performer
Supported by TNA CaPT Initiative
Georgia Deguara  YUCK Circus
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2019
Best Emerging Performance Ensemble
Oh No! Satan Stole My Pineal Gland
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2018
Best Emerging Circus Performer 

Supported by TNA CaPT Initiative
Harley Mann – Social Staples

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2018
Best Emerging Performance Ensemble

DOG SHOW

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2017
Best Emerging Circus Performer 

Supported by TNA CaPT Initiative
Annalise Moore & Andre Augustus – No Frills Cabaret

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2017
Best Emerging Performance Ensemble

The Very Good Looking Initiative – Let’s Get Practical! Live

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2018
Industry Standard Practice by an Ensemble

Finite by Split Second Theatre
Paddy Robinson, Sienna Bontempelli, Liam Dawson, Natalie Parker, Nicole Esposito and Nadia Sirninger-Rankin

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2017
Industry Standard Practice by an Ensemble

Like Dust by Rough Conduct Theatre
Kyle Wright, Jarrad Evison-Rose, Chelsea Crosby, Sarah Hartnell and Darcy McGaw

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2016
Industry Standard Practice by an Ensemble

50 years of food protection you can trust
Ciara Bailli, Mathew Charles, Aidan Niarros and Olivia Fisher

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2018
CaPT Sector Gathering as part of Sidesault at Circus Oz

Winner: Marina Gellman and Lisa Goldsworthy of Point and Flex Circus

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