• Working Group on Women as Leaders in the Arts

    Lucky Dumpling VIP Tent, Wed 4th Oct, 1:30pm, 1 Hour Facilitator: Rani Pramesti 1st Provocateur: Erica McCalman 2nd Provocateur: Annette Vieusseux

    How might we ensure that women of First Nations and diverse cultural backgrounds are represented in senior arts leadership roles? What barriers do we need to remove? How can we ensure that the arts, as a highly feminised industry, have women be paid fairly? How can we ensure that a diversity of leadership styles are encouraged and nurtured?

    Please note: This session is open only to women, including trans-women as well as non-binary people. We welcome discussions with male allies outside of this limited session time and space.

  • Sticky Topics

    Bistro 1, Wed 4th Oct, 11:30am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Mish Grigor

    In 1999 five writers put their minds together in Who’s Afraid Of The Working Class? - Twenty years later, do we still need to be asking the same questions? Are we afraid (again) of the working class? What is it to be ‘working class’ in Australia in 2017? Is there such a thing as a working class artist? And how do we represent class on our stages? Who are the new voices of political dissent today? As we increasingly ask about intersectionality, we’re asking who gets to speak and when - but how does class fit into the conversations of identity politics?

  • Cultural Safety as a Key for Great Art

    Queens Theatre 5, Thu 5th Oct, 11:30am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Sister Zai Zanda 1st Provocateur: Yvette Walker 2nd Provocateur: Sermsah Bin Saad (Suri)

    Stereotypes impoverish culture, diminish the quality of productions and drive away diverse audiences*. Listen in as PoC, CALD and First Nations Creators and Producers lead a solution-oriented discussion about ensuring artistic excellence and innovation as we diversify programming. *From TEDTalk: ‘The Danger Of The Single Story’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • New Technologies, New Platforms, New Audiences, Oldest Tradition: Story Telling

    Queens Theatre 4, Thu 5th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Davey Thompson 1st Provocateur: Colin Kinchela 2nd Provocateur: Diat Alferink

    As cultures, audiences, and technologies converge, theatre evolves. Yet storytelling remains at its core. How does multi-platform practice inform storytelling? What are new ways to share our experiences, identity, and passion for storytelling through new media to reach a diverse and more remote audience?

  • The Dark Inn - In Conversation

    Queens Theatre 1, Thu 5th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Annette Shun Wah 1st Provocateur: Kuro Tanino

    Internationally renowned Japanese theatre auteur Kurio Tanino and Executive Producer of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP), Annette Shun Wah discuss The Dark Inn, and how theatre experiences are made mythical through ritual and metaphors.

  • Shape Shifters

    Queens Theatre 3, Thu 5th Oct, 11:30am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Sue Giles 1st Provocateur: Naomi Edwards 2nd Provocateur: Luke Kerridge

    Examining the impact of including young people in theatre making with national and global examples: how does engagement with children and young people change practice, perspective, and opportunities for the entire arts sector? How do children and young people offer insight to new forms, and challenges to the status quo?

  • Making the Visual Verbal – Audio Description in Australia

    Bistro 1, Wed 4th Oct, 1:30pm, 2 Hours Facilitator: Will McRostie 1st Provocateur: Jody Holdback

    Audio description is an additional commentary that provides information on the visual elements of a performance, as it unfolds. It allows people who are Blind or vision-impaired to experience theatre, and provides patrons a full and equitable experience. Learn about the state of Audio Description in Australia, and learn how audio describers make the visual verbal in a workshop by leaders in the field Access2Arts and Description Victoria.

  • Art and Spirituality: Hand in Hand

    Queens Theatre 3, Thu 5th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Kamara Bell-Wykes 1st Provocateur: Rani Pramesti 2nd Provocateur: Kyle Morrison

    Do you have a sense that the work that you do in ‘the arts’ is spiritual in some shape or form? How is the ‘soul’ filled through our practice? How does our practice keep us ‘alive’? Have you had ‘spiritual experiences’ whilst working on your craft? What can we learn from our dreams? This is an opportunity to share and celebrate the spiritual aspects and experiences of our work.

  • The Spaces We Create To Create

    Bistro 1, Wed 4th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Mark Pritchard 1st Provocateur: Elena Carapetis 2nd Provocateur: Jeffrey Jay Fowler

    Literary Managers and Associate Directors inherit spaces within artistic organisations and institutions that are key to creating bridges for new voices: how are they being creative amidst organisational and government red tape? How are they creating and holding space for diverse storytellers, experiences, and audiences? What have been their approaches, challenges, and successes?

  • Ripples and Reflections from the Theatre Diversity Initiative (2012-2015)

    Lucky Dumpling VIP Tent, Wed 4th Oct, 11:30am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Joon Yee Kwok 1st Provocateur: Nasim Khosravi 2nd Provocateur: Todd MacDonald

    Reuniting some of the participants involved in the Theatre Diversity Initiative (2012-2015), which saw a Theatre Diversity Associate work between three collaborating organisations to increase engagement with CALD artists and their work, this conversation reflects on this important pilot project: what have we learned? What is the ongoing ripple effect across Queensland stages and beyond?

  • Cultural Values - International Perspectives

    FT Stage 1, Wed 4th Oct, 11:30am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Zohar Spatz 1st Provocateur: Madeleine Flynn 2nd Provocateur: Leisa Shelton

    Artists can be considered living examples of ‘informal ambassadors’ or early ‘cultural diplomats’ as we tour, collaborate and exchange across borders and cultures: what values are we taking or portraying overseas? How do we foster shared cultural understandings when touring or undertaking diverse collaborations?

  • Theatre in the Public Space

    Lucky Dumpling VIP Tent, Wed 4th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Louise Bezzina 1st Provocateur: Clair Korobacz 2nd Provocateur: Lee Wilson

    Australia is full of open and unusual spaces and places to make theatre and events in. Site and Community specificity are some immediate considerations we initially use to inform our practice when we make and place works outside of the black box: how are these works “portable?” How do we manipulate these spaces to tell our stories and provide experiences?

  • Participate or Perish

    Queens Theatre 5, Thu 5th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Bron Batten 1st Provocateur: Ian Pidd 2nd Provocateur: Malcolm Whittaker

    Participatory performance and theatre not only challenges our audiences but the artists who make it, and can even be seen as a sort rehearsal for real life. The flexible form can also contain artist and audience developments strategies. From an intimate spectacle to large community engagements, how do we grapple with ethics and methodologies whilst creating mass and personal narratives?

  • The End and Scary Beauty - In Conversation

    Queens Theatre 1, Thu 5th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Joseph Mitchell 1st Provocateur: Keiichiro Shibuya

    Japanese composer Keiichiro Shibuya and OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell discuss virtual pop opera, The End, and Scary Beauty. The negation of “live” performance and the acceptance of digital realms on stage, how the work examines our humanity, and where opera and the theatre form can be pushed to evolve in the 21st century.

  • Measuring and Advocating our Worth

    Foyer Sunken Lounge, Wed 4th Oct, 1:30pm, 2 Hours Facilitator: Jane Kreis 1st Provocateur: Amy Maiden

    In 2017 ATYP worked with arts based research company Patternmakers to measure the impact of our programs on participants’ social and emotional health and wellbeing. This session focuses on using the research to advocate for theatre’s value and the sector as a whole, and how to start a new conversation with government, donors and funding bodies, to move the education sector from STEM to STEAM. Together we will explore ways we might combine research and promote the value of that research more effectively.

  • The Queer Space on the Australian Stage

    FT Stage 2, Wed 4th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Richard Watts 1st Provocateur: Emma Valente 2nd Provocateur: Dan Clarke

    We are in the middle of an explosion in Australian queer theatre, storytelling and art making. What’s our history or lineage in these stories? What are its aesthetics in 2017? Is there such a thing as a queer form of theatre? From sissy’s to transgender representation what voices are we portraying on stage and how we are doing it?

  • Sacrificing Your Career on the Altar of Activism?

    Queens Theatre 2, Thu 5th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Alethea Beetson 1st Provocateur: Edwin Kemp Attrill 2nd Provocateur: Sara Strachan

    Saying something with your art is necessary but it can also be a treacherous path for your career: who is doing it? Why are we doing it? What are the models we are doing it with? This conversation is a precursor to discussions at the National Youth Arts Summit and Masterclass on Friday and Saturday, 6 and 7 September.

  • Structures and Transition

    FT Stage 1, Wed 4th Oct, 1:30pm, 2 Hours Facilitator: Karilyn Brown & Tricia Walton

    Imagine the sector starting all over again, and planning for the here and now, and well into 2050: what funding and organisational structures do we want to support us? What structures can best support education, making, presentation, and touring? What structures enable our theatre making to contribute to pertinent cultural conversations?

  • Diversifying Audiences

    Queens Theatre 2, Thu 5th Oct, 11:30am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Assoc Prof. Hilary Glow 1st Provocateur: Assoc Prof. Katya Johnson 2nd Provocateur: Dr Anne Kershaw

    A Deakin University research team conducted an impact evaluation of Asia TOPA: the triennial of Asian performing arts, held in Melbourne earlier this year, with a focus on attracting non-attendees - of diversifying audiences, and have since developed a new audience development model. This discussion and workshop outlines the research model and discusses the profound challenges facing arts organisations seeking to attract new and diverse audiences. Participants will reflect on their own organisations and practices in order to determine whether they avoid, reluctantly adapt, or embrace the changes needed to successfully diversify arts audiences.

  • Always Was Always Will Be - Walking Together

    FT Stage 2, Wed 4th Oct, 11:30am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Eva Grace Mullaley 1st Provocateur: Ali Murphy Oates

    The National Blackfulla Performing Arts Alliance would like to invite everyone to discuss the current ecology of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performing Arts Sector within the mainstream: what are we aspiring to achieve together? What opportunities are out there and what is needed? How can we continue collective and collaborative excellence across the nation?

  • The Artist's Space

    Foyer Sunken Lounge, Wed 4th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Michelle Ryan 1st Provocateur: Dan Graham 2nd Provocateur: Julian Jaensch

    An interrogation of different approaches to making performance that it is informed by our abilities and circumstances. What is the experience in the rehearsal room, the person on stage and the audience? Artists that use disability to inform their work discuss various methodologies that can inform everyone’s art.

  • Always Was Always Will Be - First Nations Peoples Only

    Bistro 2, Wed 4th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Eva Grace Mullaley 1st Provocateur: Ali Murphy Oates

    The National Blackfulla Performing Arts Alliance would like to invite First Nations Peoples to discuss the current ecology of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performing Arts Sector: where do we stand and what do we aspire to? Who are we telling our stories to? What opportunities are out there? What is needed within our industry to add to or assist our excellence? This is a closed session for First Nations Peoples only.

  • The Inner Limitless Space of the Artist

    FT Stage 1, Wed 4th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Yasmin Gurreeboo 1st Provocateur: Rosalba Clemente

    The limitations that divide and constrain us - race, gender, class, and experience - are real. But the other reality is the inner limitless space of the artist - where the only vital tool is rigorous honesty with the self, measured against one’s own standards of success and failure. That is the hard won space of artistic truth.