From Washington: Rick Heath reports

APACA executive director Rick Heath reports on his experiences participating in the DeVos Institute’s fellowship program for arts managers.

Rick Heath (kneeling centre) on a site tour of the redevelopment of New Victory Theater 42nd St, NYC.

My time in Washington with the DeVos Institute’s fellowship program is about to come to a close. Imagine a four-week conference – on speed – and you start to build a picture.

Whilst you might expect to take away a few gems of wisdom at a conference, these gems come by the truckload on an hourly basis. This is testament to the leadership from Michael Kaiser and Brett Egan and a swathe of experts in marketing, development, strategic planning, and programming – inspiring to say the least.

Over the course of the last four weeks we’ve had site visits and heard case studies and presentations from organisations such as Park Avenue Armory, the New 42nd Street Studios, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Penumbra Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Orlando Ballet.

My Fellows are from Iceland, Finland, San Francisco, New York City, Toronto, Syria, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Manchester, Tennessee and Czech Republic to name but a few, and collectively provide exceptional insight, an international perspective and an unparalleled breadth of experience (not to mention excellent dining company).

On my own mission I’ve also had extraordinary meetings with Mario Garcia Durham, president of Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and Michael Orlove, director of artist communities and presenting at the National Endowment for the Arts. These meetings have provided an exceptional overview of the sector development and advocacy taking place in the USA (and another truckload of ideas and inspiration).

The learning is delivered around the framework of The Cycle, a practical approach to arts management. This framework was described by one of the Fellows as “elegant”. In every sense of the word this captures the essence of the program – stylish, sophisticated, classic and smart. It speaks to the essentials of running effective arts organisations, focusing on the stuff you need to know and leaving out the stuff you don’t.

I look forward to bringing this learning back to Australia and to APACA members and continuing to do so as the Fellowship continues in 2018 and ’19.


Rick Heath
Executive Director, APACA

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Bursaries for South Australians

Arts South Australia have generously provided funding to the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) to offer travel bursaries to the value of $1,040 each to South Australian artists, producers, performance-makers and presenters to assist them to attend the Performing Arts Exchange, part of the 2017 APACA conference Outside, In. The event will be held in Sydney 21-24 August.

You can submit a very simple EOI to apply to receive a bursary via this link.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be a South Australian arts organisation or an individual from South Australia that has a history of presenting quality, professional arts product
  • Be prepared to register for the Performing Arts Exchange

Applications must be received by 5.00pm (SA time) Friday, 28th July and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Wednesday, 2nd August.

Any questions relating to the application should be directed to

APACA gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts South Australia.

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Free resource for Queensland tours

Planning a Queensland tour?

Put your tour plans in context with arTour’s answer to Trip Advisor for performing arts touring and discover more about over 70 places that regularly host tours in Queensland.

Places is an excellent free resource to use at every stage of tour development. From building your itinerary (see what shows have previously toured, which presenters are in town and get an overview of population and government electorates); to creating connections prior to touring (with links to media, festivals and cultural organisations); and organising logistics (get tips on accommodation, location, airports and weather).

Discover Places today.

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Empire Theatre celebrates 20 year anniversary

Interior of the Empire Theatre.

After two decades providing high quality performance to the community, the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba is celebrating the milestone of their 20th year. General Manager  Kerry Saul says that since the official re-opening in 1997, the Empire Theatre had grown and has now become a precinct housing four functioning performance spaces including the famous main auditorium.

“We were thrilled to be able to celebrate our 20th year in an official way on June 25 with an Open Day, which saw more than 3000 people visit, experience performances and take a behind the scenes look through the precinct,” comments Saul. “One of the things that has changed in the past 20 years is the recognition across Australia of how beautiful the Empire Theatre is and what an architectural gem it is, with the backlit proscenium arch and art deco design.”

“Since 1911 the Empire Theatre has been a large part of the cultural heritage of the city, something lost to the community in 1971 when it closed. After a controversial refurbishment and reopening in 1997 the theatre, twenty years on, is once again a cherished icon of Toowoomba helping to make us such a great city to live in.”

As part of the celebration, the Empire Theatre’s Season 2017 was specially curated to include acclaimed national performing arts companies including Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Erth and Circa.

Originally built in 1911, the Empire Theatre was largely destroyed by fire and rebuilt in art deco style in 1933 before the eventual closure of the building in 1971 and reopening in 1997.

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Shaun Parker & Company holds one-night only Sydney fundraiser

Attention APACA delegates! Purchase discount tickets to Shaun Parker & Company’s BLUE LOVE.

An infusion of intense physical theatre, comedy and dance, BLUE LOVE returns to the Sydney stage this August for a special one off fundraiser performance. Artistic director and acclaimed dancer and choreographer Shaun Parker will take to the stage to perform the role of Glenn Flune, alongside Lucia Mastrantone as Rhonda Flune.

From a fantastic place where TV soap meets art-house film, Glenn and Rhonda draw on popular works of art across theatre, music and film, parodying the lip-service given to love and its incarnations. BLUE LOVE is quirky, character-based theatre complete with a fat dose of funny!

All attendees are invited for a pre-show drink and featured excerpt from Shaun Parker & Company’s award-winning dance education program prior to the performance of BLUE LOVE.

APACA delegates are entitled to purchase discounted tickets to this full production of Blue Love, which will be pitched at PAX. Should you wish to supplement your ticket with an additional donation, visit Shaun Parker & Company’s Give Now Campaign.

Blue Love is touring the East Coast this Winter and Spring. Find the full list of tour dates on the Shaun Parker & Company website.

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NARPACA changes name to Stage Queensland


NARPACA is thrilled to announce its new name…

Stage Queensland

The decision to change names was made in December 2016 when the organisation’s management committee developed Stage Queensland 2020, a four year plan for the future informed by member and industry consultation. As a result, a motion was passed to change the organisation’s name from NARPACA to Stage Queensland.

It was a big decision and Stage Queensland is confident that moving forward with its new name and priorities as per the strategic plan will provide increased opportunities and benefits to its members and will grow the strength and relevancy of the organisation.

Please contact Suzan Williams, Executive Officer on 0413 929 417 or email with any feedback or questions or to obtain a copy of Stage Queensland 2020.





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Job opportunity: Executive Producer (Performing Lines)

Performing Lines is seeking a visionary arts leader for the new position of Executive Producer. Applications are now open and close on Monday 17 July 2017.

For more information on this exciting position, please go to:


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Adelaide Fringe Festival: Venue & artist registrations

Photo: Alejandro Alvarez

Photo: Alejandro Alvarez

If you’re an artist, company or venue interested in Adelaide Fringe, it’s time to start thinking about registering.

Adelaide Fringe is the largest open access arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest Fringe in the world.

Venue registrations are now open. You can register interesting in becoming an Adelaide Fringe venue and opt into the Venue Finder to attract artist bookings. Previous Fringe venues, still need to log into the Artist & Venue Registration (AVR) site to activate your space(s).

More info

Applications for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund grants are now open!

Adelaide Fringe Festival takes its responsibility to foster exciting, new Australian talent very seriously. So if you’re an Australian artist, group or organisation thinking of presenting ambitious contemporary art in any category in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe, send in your application.

 Follow this link to apply

Artists may apply for up to a maximum of $10,000 per project. Applications close 4 September 2017, 5pm (ACST)

16 August 2017: Event Registrations Open
A month after Adelaide Fringe has venues ready to go, artist registrations open. More info

All registrations close 4 October 2017.

For more information call the Hotline +61 8 100 2022 or email artists or venues. Overseas? Email  to book in a time to Skype:


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Job opportunity: Attractions and Events Coordinator, Rural City of Wangaratta (VIC)

The Rural City of Wangaratta is looking for an Attractions and Events Coordinator.

See the Rural City of Wangaratta website for more information.

Applications close at 4pm on Tuesday 11 July 2017.


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Job opportunity: Venue Operations Manager, Capital Venues & Events (Bendigo, VIC)

Capital Venues and Events currently have a vacancy for a full-time permanent Venue Operations Manager.

This is an exciting leadership opportunity with a dedicated team within a dynamic performing arts environment.

For further information, see the City of Greater Bendigo website.

Closing date for applications is Monday 10 July.

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