Manifesto

Theatre Network Australia (TNA) believes that:

1. A society that embraces and supports creativity is more robust, more egalitarian, more respectful of the past, and more prepared for the future.


2. The arts are essential to our collective civic identity, and can simultaneously impact in social, economic and environmental arenas.


3. Artists – including writers, devisors, composers, designers, performers, dramaturgs – play a pivotal role in the performing arts industry.


4. A diverse theatre* sector provides a richness of skills, perspectives and identities that is vital. We believe theatre will benefit from increased participation at all levels by First Nations people, women, people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children and young people, and older people.


5. Small to medium theatre companies and independent practices are career destinations (not simply pathways) and are integral to invention and innovation in theatre in Australia.


6. Life-long learning is essential and exists both inside and outside educational institutions. We believe that participation in the arts is a dynamic form of learning.


7. There are multiple ways for a society to support a thriving arts sector. We believe different artistic, business, funding, financial, and governance models can be effective, and that flexibility is paramount.


8. Theatre professionals have a right to fair pay and conditions, including annual and sick leave, superannuation, family and maternity leave, long service leave, and paid professional development.


9. Theatre, like any creative enterprise, needs to be supported to take risks, and needs to be allowed to fail. Research and development are essential.


10. Ongoing conversations and dialogue: open to all, overlapping, critical, challenging, morphing over time, iterative, exploratory, and always respectful.


*TNA uses a broad church definition of theatre as seen in our current members.