The Ninth Wave by The Farm and Co3 Contemporary Dance. Photo by Jess Wyld.

Festival of Outback Opera

Festival of Outback Opera by Opera Queensland. Photo by Glenn Hunt.

Auto Cannibal

Auto Cannibal by Australasian Dance Collective and Beijing Dance LDTX,
Choreographed by Stephanie Lake. Photo by Jade Ellis.


Zoom by Patch Theatre. Photo by Matt Byrne.

Trash Talk

Trash Talk by The Strangeways Ensemble. Courtesy of Merrigong Theatre Company.

So long suckers 2

So Long Suckers by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Photo by Simon Pynt.

Curious Legends

Curious Legends

Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo by Ensemble Theatre. Photo by Prudence Upton.


Whoosh by Sensorium Theatre. Photo by Peter Foster.

River Linked Live Virtual Concert

River Linked Live Virtual Concert. Photo by Abram Rasmussen Photography.

HOTA Home of the Arts

HOTA Home of the Arts. Courtesy of venue.

The Butch is Back

The Butch is Back by Reuben Kaye. Photo by Rebekah Ryan.

Third Thursday Exchange


Next Meetings:


Following a short break to deliver the Australian Performing Arts Exchange, the Third Thursday Exchange program will resume in October, with calendar details emailed direct to members.

PAC Australia’s Third Thursday Exchange is a monthly online meeting for members to explore hot industry topics. Designed to keep members informed and connected on the latest trends, research and policy developments, each month the lunch-time discussions are lead by members or invited guests.

Members are invited to propose a topic for discussion or speaker at

Catch up on previous Third Thursday Exchange content with the videos below.

July 2023

Culture for Climate Study, by the Creative Arts Research Institute, Griffith University.

A preliminary study into how Australian performing arts organisations are responding to the global environmental crisis, across programming, practice and policy. In particular it reinforces the need for policy frameworks so that Australia can keep up with commitments from our international counterparts across presenting organisations and theatre companies. PAC Australia members organisations who have participated in this study include include Bell Shakespeare, Dancenorth, Polyglot and Terrapin. (Download report here.)

June 2023

Social Impact measurement framework with Milk Crate Theatre.

Jodie Wainwright and Jessica Pantano from Milk Crate Theatre discuss the social impact measurement framework that they have developed, and report on how they’ve used this in their Arts and Job Readiness project. You’re welcome to download and use their Arts and Job Readiness and 2022 Annual Impact reports, and reach out to Jodie or Jess to explore opportunities to share and develop this work in your own space (via their website).

May 2023

The Art of Wellbeing program at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Alison Pinder and Mark Labrow from Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, discuss the impact and evaluation of their Art of Wellbeing Program with Katherine Connor. They have kindly provided their Evaluation Summary for members, and you can view either the full Third Thursday Exchange session or their presentation recordings below.

April 2023

Touring, presenting and finding audiences for First Nations work.

Merindah Donnelly and Kate Eltham from BlakDance discuss their recent experiences on the road with the work Silence, providing guidance and tips for working in this space.

March 2023

The Artist / Presenter relationship.

Discussion about the Artist / Presenter relationship, showcasing different programs and examples from around Australia. Led by Bradley Rush – Redlands Performing Arts Centre with Anne-Marie Heath – The Art House, Fiona de Garis – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre and Leland Kean – Merrigong Theatre Company.

February 2023


Featuring ArtsPay and A New Approach.

Marc Goldenfein from ArtsPay discusses their merchant facility, specifically created to raise funds for the arts, and Kate Fielding, CEO of A New Approach shares her insights on the new national cultural policy Revive, as well as ANA’s three-year, national study of ‘middle’ Australia, with learnings and opportunities for members.

You can view a copy of ArtsPay’s presentation, including their contact details, here.

January 2023

The Ethics of Arts Partnerships.

Regardless of your level of engagement with sponsorship or philanthropy, questions about the ethics of arts partnerships are filtering through all parts of the performing arts sector and will require all organisations to take a position. In this session, PAC Australia member Monica Kane and colleague Liesbeth Goedhart will share a framework specifically designed for arts organisations to assist in forming their position – or establishing your ‘red line’ that won’t be crossed when it comes to any kind of partnership.

Authors Monica Kane and Lisbeth Goedhart have kindly shared their PDF A Guide to Ethical Partnships for members download and use, and this Googledrive contains their Public Draft Ethics & Governance guide, research and links to online resources and media.

November 2022

New Models: Membership Programs and Brisbane Powerhouse – new vision and programming strategy.

This exchange explores Membership Programs with Lucinda Bertram and Pauline Bagnall from Frankston Arts Centre and Amanda Shepherd from Theatre North, as well as hearing from Brad Spolding – Brisbane Powerhouse about their new vision and programming strategy. The exchange was held on Thursday, 17th November 2022.

July 2022

PAC Australia’s policy priorities + National Touring Charter

An update on PAC Australia’s policy priorities, and member consultation for the new National Touring Charter. This meeting was held on Thursday, 21st July 2022.

June 2022

Sustainable careers for artists and arts managers

New approaches to supporting sustainable careers for artists and arts managers, with Dr Kate Power, University of Queensland’s School of Business and Mik Auckland from HOTA. This meeting was held on Thursday, 16th June 2022.

April 2022

Deakin University’s Audience Diversification project

An update and briefing for members on Deakin University’s Audience Diversification project, with Anne Kershaw and Abbie Trott (Deakin University) and Shayne Price (Whitehorse City Council and PAC Australia board member). This meeting was held on Thursday, 21st April 2022.

March 2022

APAX 2022 + Commissioning + Local Giants

A new model for APAX 2022; the commissioning process and Local Giants update with Marion Potts and the Performing Lines team. This meeting was held on Thursday, 17th March 2022.

February 2022

Federal Election priorities + Benchmarking

PAC Australia’s Federal Election priorities and a benchmarking study. This meeting was held on Thursday, 17th February 2022.

January 2022

New terrains of working with COVID-19

A discussion between members about the latest emerging issues of operating with COVID, and particulary the Omicron wave – how organisations are coping with newer terrains of staff and supply chain issues due to confirmed COVID, shifting policies and potential postponements, and the intersection of presenters and producers with the updated COVID Safe Touring Guidelines.

Leading the conversation: Peter Ross (Entertainment Venues Tamworth), Guiliana Bonel (Brisbane Powerhouse), Andrew Threlfall (CDP Theatre Producers) and Kerri Glasscock (Sydney Fringe and Venue 505). This meeting was held on Thursday, 20th January 2022.

December 2021

Playing Australia and Digital Presenting Pilot (Australian Digital Concert Hall)

Members are joined by Hannah Torrance and Andy Donovan from the Australia Council to review the changes to Playing Australia guidelines, and Chris Howlett and Adele Schoenhardt from the Australian Digital Concert Hall to discuss what’s next for presenters who wish to take part in the Digital Presenting Pilot program. This meeting was held on Thursday, 16th December 2022.

November 2021

National Presenter Update

This session is an opportunity for all members to hear from states who are currently operating or re-opening with COVID in the community – how re-opening is tracking, what was unexpected, what you will need to consider that public health orders don’t articulate, etc.

Last year, we were all navigating the unknown terrain of re-opening and re-establishing COVID-safe operations – this year, members in COVID-free states have the opportunity to learn from those who are already doing it, and states with COVID in the community can hear from others facing the same experiences. This meeting was held on Thursday, 18th November 2022.