Queensland Touring Showcase 2016 will focus on the programming needs of managed venues looking for suitable shows for their 2017 and 2018 programs. Managed venues have an entrepreneurial budget and are usually funded by the local council.

These venues generally are on the Queensland east coast and include centres such as Tanks in Cairns, Pilbeam Theatre in Rockhampton and the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba. View the full list of managed venues.

A number of these centres have large proscenium arch theatres with 1000+ seats, others are slightly smaller with 500-800 seats. There is only a handful with smaller studio spaces between 120 - 300 seats.

This broad range of styles and sizes mean presenters from managed venues are looking for an eclectic mix of shows for different spaces and variety of audience types. It's worth taking the time to look through some of the program guides from these venues to become better acquainted with their programming style. Visit their websites or check out issuu.com where many venues publish their programs online.

Many presenters are also under ever-increasing financial pressure. Often they're looking for productions that add value to their communities by having strong appeal for existing audiences, or the capacity to develop new audiences through strategic community engagement.

These programming priorities are slightly different for many community presenters, so Roadcase has been developed to provide a platform for these groups. Find out more about Roadcase.

Producers attending Showcase will need to come prepared to negotiate dates, fees and engagement opportunities directly with presenters. These discussions will lay the early groundwork necessary to confirm tours more efficiently in the weeks and months after Showcase.

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Submit your production

Production submissions have now closed.

Producers and artists are invited to submit their production for consideration to be a part of the Showcase 2016 program. All productions submitted will be considered for both Showcase and Roadcase. You may like to indicate your preference for your work to be considered for one or both events. Producers at Showcase will be invited to pitch or perform live where as at Roadcase Producers will be streamed in live via a digital platform.

Submissions open Monday 12 October 2015
Submissions close Monday 9 November 2015

What happens next

If you have expressed interest in pitching or performing, your production will be submitted to an independent panel made up of Queensland presenters. You will be notified by mid January if your production is successful.


All Producers attending the Queensland Touring Showcase will be required to register for the event.

Showcase registrations have now closed.

arTour is here to help

We understand navigating these things can be tricky and we are very keen to help! View these tips on uploading your show and if you are not sure or have any questions, contact arTour.

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