Australian Theatre Forum 2013

14 Jun 2013

Canberra Theatre Centre, May 29-31


This month we were amongst the influx of artists and arts organisations descending on Canberra for a range of events to coincide with our Capital's 100th anniversary. Chief among these was the  2013 Australian Theatre Forum - a biennial think-tank of sorts - where theatre-makers from across the country came together for urgent conversations, compelling ideas and inspiration.

Away from the environment of a market-focused meeting, how can we diffuse an artificial hierarchy to engage in conversations that thread diverse practices, ideas and provocations to re-inspire ourselves, and one another?
- Alicia Talbot, Curator

For those unable to be there, we are pleased to serve as your fly on the wall, having filmed a selection of the sessions across three days. 

So, from the comfort of your armchair or office, join some of our industry's leading voices as they tackle the issues of their craft and cast an eye to the future.

(If your eyesight isn't what it used to be, you might want to hover your mouse over a video when playing and click the  icon to view fullscreen.)



How does the creative process manifest itself in the offices and rehearsal rooms of Australia's major theatre companies? What does it mean to take on the role of Artistic Director and what are the unique challenges inherent in developing a vision and establishing an aesthetic? Facilitator, Stephen Armstrong, hosts a conversation with key creatives from Australia's major theatre companies.



During a panel discussion with key artists from Australia's major theatre companies, facilitator Stephen Armstrong invited questions from the floor.

What followed was a robust conversation about 'the role of the artistic director', 'the plight of the Australian playwright' and the challenges of presenting new work to Australian audiences. 



For more than 30 years, Wendy Blacklock has played an instrumental role in the commissioning, producing and touring of Aboriginal theatre, across Australia and around the globe.

At the 2013 Australian Theatre Forum, she sat down to share her stories from a long, colourful and highly respected career. 



At the 2013 Australian Theatre Forum in Canberra,
theatre-makers from around the country shared their
hopes and aspirations in these 'postcards from the future'.

  Andrea James
Candy Bowers Mary Anne Butler Sopa Enari
Jim Everett / Isaac Drandic Nakkiah Lui Eva Mullaley
Jodee Mundy Jason Tamiru Alexis West


If you'd like to dig deeper, be sure to visit the ATF2013 website, where you will find details on the full program and, in the coming weeks, audio recordings of some additional keynotes and presentations.

To view videos from the 2011 Australian Theatre Forum, held at Brisbane's Powerhouse, jump over to our ATF YouTube playlist.

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