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.

Presenter Development Program


What is this program

The Presenter Development Program is designed to propel forward the careers of individuals committed to the presenting profession by addressing key issues in the contemporary presenting context. Through the participation of presenters across the country, the program also aims to raise standards and drive the evolution of presenters as critical organisations in the performing arts ecosystem. Participants will actively contribute to each session, alongside learning from a range of sector and non-sector professionals.

Who is it for

Established Presenters that wish to further develop their skills, solidify a leadership position in the presenting profession and build a network of national peer support. This program also provides the next step in professional development for those that have completed the Presenter Training Program.


A minimum of two years’ experience leading a presenting organisation, or completion of the Presenter Training Program, is a requirement for inclusion in the Presenter Development Program.

A note – if you have staff applying to the Presenter Training Program, please ensure your organisation can support the course fees for all applicants should all be successful.

Time Commitment

This program runs for 7 months commencing with an in-person intensive at ISPA, Perth and includes an in-person intensive at APAX, Melbourne. Five monthly 2.5-hour online sessions outside of these events will be held during business hours. Online options will be provided for the in-person events, if necessary, but in-person attendance is highly recommended.

Additionally, participants in this program will be expected to supply a short report at the end of the course outlining their learnings and how they will implement them within their organisation.

Applicants should review the program to determine whether the Presenter Development Program is a good fit, and to confirm availability to attend all online sessions and at least one in-person session, prior to completing the application.

Course Dates

Monday, 29 April 2024 Session 1 – In Person (ISPA) Full day – Perth
Monday 27 May 2024 Session 2 (online) 11am – 1:30pm AEST
Monday 24 June 2024 Session 3 (online) 11am – 1:30pm AEST
Monday 22 July 2024 Session 4 (online) 11am – 1:30pm AEST
Monday, 19 August 2024 Session 5 – In Person (APAX) Full Day – Melbourne
Monday 16 September 2024 Session 6 (online) 11am – 1:30pm AEST
Monday 14 October 2024 Session 7 (online) 11am – 1:30pm AEDT
Monday 11 November 2024 Session 8 (online) 11am – 1:00pm AEDT


$1,800 + GST, for members.

$2, 500 + GST for non-members.

These course fees cover the in-person intensive but do not cover the registration costs to attend ISPA or APAX.

Applications from member organisations/individuals are prioritised.

If you are currently not a member, PAC Australia membership runs from January – December annually, so you will receive the most member benefits by signing up now, including the reduced course fee if you are successful in applying for the course, see application dates below.

Fees are to be paid before course commencement.

Key Dates

Applications open: Applications for this course have now closed.

The Presenter Development Program is delivered in collaboration with peer experts from across the performing arts ecology and beyond, who share their knowledge and expertise across the sessions. For 2024, these include:

  • Sophia Hall, Brownsmart Theatre
  • Caroline Bowditch
  • Shayne Price, Creative Whitehorse, Whitehorse City Council
  • Dr Anne Kershaw, Deakin University
  • Eva Grace Mullaley
  • Bec Cole, Footscray Community Arts
  • Dr Shona Erskine, Dr Shona Erskine MAPS
  • Joel McGuiness, Geelong Arts Centre
  • Tim Long Hawkridge, Entertainment Services
  • Simon Abrahams, Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • Simon Hinton, Merrigong Theatre Company
  • Kevin du Preez, Monkey Baa Theatre Company
  • Tracy Margison, Purple Stage: Narrative Shift Consulting
  • Criena Gherke, Queensland Theatre
  • Rachel Healy, Rachel Healy & Associates
  • Dr Kate Power, The University of Queensland

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