Thursday 30 May

Sessions 9.30-5.30pm

Coffee from 8.30am

Morning Session from 9.30am

FORUM ADDRESS: TONY GRYBOWSKI, THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

Hear from the newly appointed CEO, Tony Grybowski.

KEYNOTE: KELLY COPPER AND PAVOL LISKA OF NATURE THEATRE OF OKLAHOMA

Pavol and Kelly discuss the work of their company and the creation of OK Radio.

Morning Tea

PANEL: VISION AND REINVENTION

Chair: Stephen Armstrong; Speakers: Geordie Brookman, Leticia Caceres, Kate Cherry, Wesley Enoch, Peter Evans, Mike Finch, Brenna Hobson, Matt Lutton, Polly Rowe

Lunch 1.00 – 2.00pm

Afternoon Session from 2.00pm

Running concurrently:

ARTISTIC TOURS TO THE INSTITUTIONS

THE ARTIST VS THE ARCHIVE

Curated by Nat Randall and hosted by a series of curators at institutions including the National Film and Sound Archives, CSIRO, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery Australia, National Portrait Gallery and National Library Australia. These off-site artistic trips open the doors to private collections for intimate and personal tours. THE ARTIST VS THE ARCHIVE

WORKING SESSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS including:

WENDY BLACKLOCK SHARES HER PERSONAL HISTORY OF COMMISSIONING, TOURING AND PRESENTING ABORIGINAL THEATRE OVER 30 YEARS.

Wendy has had an instrumental role in the development, national and international touring of Aboriginal theatre. Wendy shares a lifetime of stories over the last 30 years including producing The Cakeman in 1982 and touring to the USA, commissioning early Jack Davis work, touring Deborah Mailman in Seven Stages of Grieving nationally and internationally, and the more recent work of the Chooky Dancers in Wrong Skin.
Speaker: Wendy Blacklock

DEBUNKING SOME MYTHS AROUND THE MAJORS

The eight major theatre companies have large staff bases, sizeable programs and myriad ways of creating work and engaging with artists. From the outside it can be difficult to see how to get in or even to decide working with a major is right for you. This session is designed for people who would like to have a conversation about how the majors work some of their General Managers and Executive Directors.
Hosts: Rob Brookman, Sue Donnelly, Brenna Hobson, Jo Porter

Kyle: WHAT IS ABORIGINAL THEATRE? Isaac: WHATEVER WE SAY IT IS.

A conversation around learning and unlearning. What do we need to forget to learn and where are our stories heading?
Moderators: Kyle Morrison and Isaac Drandic

WHO’S IT WITH? KNOWING AND OWING IN AN ‘ATTENTION ECONOMY’

Participatory performance, action art, socially engaged practice, civic manifestation, interventions, activations, situations, live art, time based, beyond borders, place based performance…all have at their core ‘who’s it with?’ Setting the tone for collaboration and the gathering of perspectives, this conversation extends current discourse around ‘Capital’ and explores a new set of relations between knowing and owing. What do we know about connection, attention and legacy – and how do we know it?
Moderator: Jude Anderson

CULTURAL LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITIES

Group Incognito have been commissioned by the Australia Council to scope and develop a leadership model/program to address the area of Cultural Leadership in Communities. What is already existing? Are there gaps in skills that help people to use theatre to build stronger communities? What skills do the community need? How can a leadership program be delivered?
Hosts: Group Incognito – Pauline Peel and Lockie McDonald

THE TECHNOLOGY FACTOR

How does technology enrich the experience of an audience in a way that challenges, provokes and excites them to engage with live performance in a new or different way. If the technology didn’t exist or, god forbid, failed would our experience be the lesser for it?
Moderator: Patrick Nolan and Zoe Pepper

PROGRAM PRESENTERS HAVE A CONVERSATION.

This working session is open to organisations currently funded through the Australia Council Theatre Board’s Program Presenters program, which assists the development and presentation of programs of new contemporary theatre work.
Host: Emma Webb

Last session

POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE

From 5.00pm

BAR OPEN AT CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE

EVENING ARTISTIC PROGRAM

8.00pm, Playhouse CTC: version 1.0’s THE MAJOR MINOR PARTY

(90mins no interval). A Res Tickets $53 ($10 off) with promotion code ATF/APACA: book here.

8.00pm, The Q, Queanbeyan: Shortis and Simpson’s PRIME TIME

(2h10m incl interval). Tickets for $22 ($17 off): ring box office to book on 6285 6290. More info here.

7.30pm, CSIRO Discovery Centre: BoHo Interactive’s WORD PLAY

(75mins no interval). Tickets $15 ($5 off): book here and enter the promotion code ATF. More info here.

7.30pm, The Street: MAX CULLEN’S HOW TO BE (OR NOT TO BE) LOWER

(70mins no interval). Tickets for $30 ($5 off): ring box office to book on 6247 1223. More info here.

From 9pm

LATE NIGHT MEETING POINTS: WIG & PEN AND SHORTY’S

It’s a five minute walk from CTC to the Wig and Pen on Alinga Street, a ten minute walk from CTC to Shorty’s in Garema Place, and a five minute walk between the two.