Australian Theatre Forum 2017 - Adelaide, 3-5 October, 2017

TNA is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Greer Holmes will take up the position of ATF Producer.

Jennifer Greer Holmes is a creative producer, communications consultant, and event documenter who works across the arts and social justice sectors.She works to share ideas, spread messages and information, and to build, entertain and challenge communities through live art, performance, festivals, events, social media and campaigns.

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Announcing  Co-Curators Alexis West and Steve Mayhew will curate the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum

Theatre Network Australia announces that the Co-Curators for the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum, (to be held in the 2017 OzAsia Festival, Adelaide 3-5 October, 2017), are the dynamic duo of Alexis West and Steve Mayhew.  Alexis and Steve will be talking to you over the coming year as they start thinking and planning. Contact TNA to get their contact details, or add your thoughts at the link below.

Alexis West has worked as a dancer, choreographer, performer, writer, theatre-maker and filmmaker over the past 20 years. As a Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka and Kanak woman, Alexis is passionate about First Nation people’s voices as well as the stories of people with disability and people from diverse backgrounds. She has worked as an artistic director, writer, and facilitator for organisations including the Karrikarrinya Theatre Collective, SA Writers Centre, Spirit Festival, Our Mob, Art Gallery SA, and Adelaide Fringe. Alexis has devised and directed new works for No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability since 2008, and worked as AD, co-writer and performer for State Theatre Company SA.

Steve Mayhew began working as a freelance theatre director in the early 1990s and has had lead managerial roles at Riverland Youth Theatre, Junction Theatre and Brink Productions.  He has been Creative Producer for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Special Events Program Coordinator for the 2006 Adelaide Fringe.  In 2008 he guest curated the Hong Kong Fringe Club’s Australia On Stage program following his Asialink residency.  Steve’s extensive work in regional South Australia includes his role as Creative Producer at Country Arts SA since 2007  - commissioning many new works for touring and festivals across the country. Steve was the Artistic Director of ‘Kumuwuki (Big Wave)’ 2012 National Regional Arts Conference and Festival.  Steve has been involved in the development of new theatre based works as a director, writer, designer, composer, dramaturge and creative producer and has always tended to gravitate towards the edges where multiple art forms, communities and audiences meet, challenging norms and perspectives.


Sector Input

We are also now seeking input from the sector. If you have ideas for content, structure or personnel for the ATF, please go ahead and add your thoughts here. We will be collecting these as a resource for our planning.


Theatre Network Australia announces that Adelaide will host the Australian Theatre Forum as a centrepiece of South Australia’s 2017 OzAsia Festival.

The fifth biennial Australian Theatre Forum, which brings together professional performing artists, presenters, producers, commentators and policy-makers from around the country, will be held from 3-5 October, 2017, at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Produced by Theatre Network Australia (TNA), the event will bring together more than 400 performing arts leaders to generate discussion around contemporary practice, policy, sustainability and presentation.

The ATF is a highly regarded event that provokes and inspires the sector and stimulates new ideas. With key partners now on board – Australia Council for the Arts, Arts South Australia, and the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival, Theatre Network Australia is recruiting a curator and a producer to bring the forum to fruition.

Theatre Network Australia will work closely with OzAsia Festival to ensure there are exciting shared programming ideas, guest speakers and artists.



Previous ATFs were held in Melbourne (2009), Brisbane (2011), Canberra (2013) and Sydney (2015). The forum is a three-day event, with a variety of national and international keynotes, breakout sessions, panels, adventure series, and networking events.

Under Theatre Network Australia (TNA) the forum has grown into a highly regarded and vital gathering of the national performing arts sector. It is attended by small to medium sector representatives, major companies, academics, government representatives from state and federal agencies, commentators and critics, presenters and festivals, and independent artists and producers. As in previous years, Theatre Network Australia will run a targeted Expression of Interest process for subsidised places for independent artists, and will seek delegate travel support from each state and territory arts funding agency.

Simon Abrahams, Chair of Theatre Network Australia says: “It’s wonderful to be bringing this highly regarded event to South Australia for the first time. We look forward to working closely with the sector in Adelaide to ensure it is an inspiring event that leaves a legacy for the South Australian sector.”

Nicole Beyer, director of Theatre Network Australia and executive producer of the ATF says: “For the fifth ATF, we have the opportunity of building on the work done by the sector during and since the previous forums, to ensure that these three days are focussed, strategic and galvanising. We will ensure there are discussions on all the crucial topics for the performing arts sector today.

“ATF 2017 will include a focus on cultural diversity and cross-cultural collaboration; an agenda for rebuilding and revaluing the youth theatre sector; sessions tailored for the issues of the larger companies; and an extension of the work that the sector undertook at ATF2015 in honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture.”