The Producers Mentorship Program

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Theatre Network Australia has announced the second cohort of the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI)’s Producers Mentorship Program: Kuichiang “Kush” Tut Kuiy, Eliki (Alec) Reade, Takashi Takiguchi, Eva Sifis, Steve Mayhew, Tegan Nash, Lana Nguyen and Ade Djajamihardja.

Please find more information, here.

EOIs for Round 2 of the Producers Mentorship Program have now closed.

There will be a 3rd and final round in early 2021.


For under-represented applicants into the VIPI program who have lived experiences as First Peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and/or People of Colour, Deaf and/or Disabled people and/or people based regionally:

Please contact the VIPI Program Producer, Rani Pramesti on

to discuss additional support that you can receive in preparing your application.


An Info Session about Round 2 of the Producers Mentorship Program was held on Wednesday 17 June 2020.

Please find the video from the Info Session, here.

Please find the powerpoint presentation for the info session, here.

Please find the transcript from the info session, here.


Throughout May 2020 TNA staff consulted with more than 30 Victorian-based independent producers to inform the design of Round 2 of the VIPI Producers Mentorship Program. The consultation was led by VIPI Program Producer, Rani Pramesti.

This consultation was done in light of how COVID-19 has reshaped the arts sector- locally, nationally and globally. The hypothesis was that the Producers Mentorship Program model needed to shift in response to how independent producing practice has been affected by COVID-19.

We consulted with all four target groups: First Peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse peoples or people of colour, people living with disability and people based regionally; alongside independent producers who do not identify from these four target groups, but who have extensive independent producing experience.

The model for Round 2 was designed in response to the feedback received from these independent producers.


15 June – Round 2 EOIs for Producers Mentorship Program opens

17 June – Info Session on Zoom from 1-2:30pm AEST

15 July – Round 2 EOIs for Producers Mentorship Program closes

17 August – Participants for Round 2 of Producers Mentorship Program notified


 The intention with the new model detailed below is to:

  • Continue to achieve the VIPI aims and objectives to support independent producers, and through them, independent artists and companies in the performing arts, based in Victoria.
  • Build a strong community of independent producers who are supported as they remodel their independent producing practices, in response to COVID-19.



The Producers Mentorship Program suits people who already have some producing experience in the performing arts and want to be part of a group learning environment to explore new models of independent producing.

It is ideal if you have already worked with at least one independent artist / performing arts collective / independent company as a producer. Therefore, you have some producing experience that you are able to draw on to contribute to the group learning AND you are open to learning from other independent producers.

If you are not sure if you have had producing experience, please refer to the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), where we give examples of the broad range of skills and experiences that may count as ‘producing’.

First Peoples Applicants: Applications are encouraged from First Peoples who are living and working in Victoria. At least one producer position for the Producers Mentorship Program (across Rounds 2 and 3) is reserved for an applicant who is from a Traditional Owner group of Victoria. First Peoples mentees are able to receive additional support from First Peoples mentors.


Participants will commit to a 12-month program from August 2020 – August 2021. Up to 8 individual independent producers will be selected. There will be bespoke relationships in pairs or small groups, along with monthly group sessions with all participants.

The monthly professional development topics / skills will be co-designed with the selected participants. These group sessions form the core learning units, bespoke to the most urgent needs, skills and conversations that the participants have identified. The sessions will be taught / facilitated / led by the participants in turn, as well as (when required), sourced from outside of the group of participants.

In addition to these monthly group sessions, participants work on their own projects in bespoke pairs / smaller groups, autonomously.

Some of the group sessions will be tailored to people of specific lived experiences, as needed.

For example, some sessions may only involve people living with disability, others may only involve those who have self-identified as people of colour.

We will be mindful of diverse learning styles as well as neuro diversity in terms of people’s ability to participate in group learning sessions.


Participants will be employees of TNA, employed to work 2 days a week (0.4EFT), and will each receive a total of $21,840 gross per annum. This is based on a full time equivalent salary of $54,600 gross per annum. Payments will be made fortnightly in arrears.

On-costs (superannuation and work cover, which TNA will administer on your behalf) will be paid on top of this.

The minimum time commitment to the program is 8 days per month, for a 12-month period, inclusive of the monthly group sessions.


In response to industry feedback about the support role that producers play generally, and in recognition that producers will play a vital role in rebuilding/reshaping the sector in the wake of the pandemic, the program will also offer funding for participants to access mental health support, at a rate of $100 per person, per month, for a 12-month period.

Participants will also receive a monthly subsidy towards internet connection and data allowance, set at $40 per person, per month, for a 12-month period.

On a needs basis, participants will be able to access VIPI funds to support access and specialized skills / mentorships. Access may include, e.g. Auslan interpreting, purchase of essential equipment, transport costs, childcare. Specialized skills / mentorships may include, e.g. First Peoples mentoring support, support by Disabled mentors and so on.


EOIs for Round 2 have now closed. 

You apply as an individual and you can indicate if you would prefer to be paired with a specific independent producer, who will also submit their own separate application.

Through the assessment / selection process, the potential for additional one-on-one / small group relationships are identified.

The application process will involve 2 steps:

  • An online submission.
  • For shortlisted applicants, an interview on Zoom or face-to-face (if health guidelines allow for it) or another platform that is accessible for the applicant.


Please go to the Frequently Asked Questions and / or you are welcomed to contact the VIPI Program Producer.

Contact Rani Pramesti on or call 03 9947 1015