Presenter Training Program (PTP)


The Presenter has become one of the most important cogs in the performing arts continuum, bringing together touring artists, producers, audiences and communities. Arts presenters negotiate best outcomes for a diverse range of stakeholders, are accountable to their employer (usually local government) and need to ensure accessibility, equity and high quality outcomes.

PAC Australia’s Presenter Training Program will unpack the unique challenges faced by arts presenters, while developing skills to enhance success and add value to audiences, stakeholders and community. The content of the PTP is aimed at Presenters new to the role or those seeking a greater understanding of how to develop this role. (There are future modules for more established presenters under development).

Our course content will be delivered by PAC Australia members, providing an intimate understanding of the role in a contemporary Australian performing arts context.

This limited opportunity is only available for 15 attendees to ensure the learning and exchange will effectively build personal skills capacities and help to build a peer network.

The Presenter Training Program will be delivered in two parts:

1. Four online sessions starting Monday 12 July, 2021

2. A full day face-to-face intensive on Monday 6 September, 2021 (in conjunction with APAX 2021)


When applying for the Presenting Training Program you will be asked to confirm that you can be available for all sessions, including in person at the full day intensive.


Presenter Training Program Modules

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Presenting 101: The fundamentals of presenting

  • 4 online sessions delivered on Zoom
  • Course dates Monday 12 July, Monday 26 July, Monday 9 August, Monday 23 August
  • Course time 1:00pm EST, 12:30pm CST and 11:00am WST
  • Sessions will discuss building a program, working with producers, contracts and negotiations, and marketing and developing audiences.



Presenters: Opportunities and challenges

  • Monday 6 September 2021, NIDA Sydney
  • Full day intensive (face-to-face)
  • From the fundamentals introduced in the online sessions, a full day exploring how the Presenter can apply these concepts through group based activities and professional discussion, review and evaluation.



Sessions will include:

Taking a lead

  • Managing up and assist your direct report to understand the value of presenting
  • How accountability and responsibility work for you
  • Budgets and finance
  • Looking to the future – a pathway for growth


Programming, marketing and audience development

  • What does your community want?
  • Developing trust and building your audience.
  • Building a balanced program for your community (part 2).
  • Getting the most from your marketing budget.


Creativity and collaboration

  • Being a pro-active presenter.
  • First Nations programming and protocols
  • Thinking creatively and working collaboratively.
  • Developing and working with a program rationale


The Deal

  • Contracts and negotiation skill-building
  • Achieving great results whilst building relationships
  • Live negotiation session



Peer Network

Following the completion of Stage 1 and 2, an optional Peer Network Forum will be available for participants to stay connected and share insights and real examples of how they have applied learnings from the PTP for their respective venues and communities.

To be developed over 12 months it is hoped this stage will also feed directly into future PTP sessions.

The PTP will also assist connections to mentors drawn from PAC Australia’s professional network.




Session Presenters


We are drawing on the leaders within the PAC Australia membership and our sector colleagues to deliver sessions, drawing on respected presenters, producers and tour coordinators. At the time of publications, confirmed presenters include:

– Anne Marie Heath – Executive Director, The Art House Wyong

– Tammy Ryan – Head of Programming, Frankston Arts Centre

– Ros Abercrombie – Executive Director, Regional Arts Australia

– Simon Hinton – Artistic Director / CEO, Merrigong Theatre Company & Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

– Robert Love, Love Stages / Riverside Theatres Parramatta

– Stephen Henderson, Bendigo Venues & Events

– Andrew Threlfall – Director, CDP Theatre Producers

– Aaron Beach – Deputy Executive Director, Belvoir

– Ali-Murphy Oates – Managing Director, Moogahlin Performing Arts

– Tracy Margieson – Arts Wellbeing Collective, Arts Centre Melbourne

– Ryan Taaffe – Executive Director, CircuitWest

– Rachael Maza – Artistic Director, Ilbijerri Theatre Company

– Francesca Valmorbida – Strategic Economic and Cultural Development

– Stephen Foster, Cairns Regional Council

– Greg Randall, Randall Arts Management

– Emma Corrick – Associate Producer, Performing Lines

– Peter Ross – Manager, Entertainment Venues, Tamworth Regional Council


PTP Costs and Application


Participation in the PTP is $495+GST. Due to the expected demand for the progarm, and to ensure the PTP reaches it’s intended audience, participation is via a simple application process. It is essential that participants confirm that they will be available for each online and in person session.


Applications to join the PTP closed on Friday, 18th June 7pm AEST. 

We expect to announce dates for 2022 by the end of this year. 

If you have any questions about participation in the program, please contact PAC Australia’s Executive Director katherine[@]

Our thanks to PAC Australia member Greg Hordacre, who has been instrumental in the development of program content for the PTP.