Showcase Victoria
Circus and Physical Theatre Initiative

Showcase Victoria Circus and Physical Theatre Initiative

Key Dates

Applications Open: Monday 17th June

Applications Close: Friday 28th June 3pm

About the Initiative

The Showcase Victoria circus and physical theatre (CaPT) Initiative will build capacity, skills, and experience in the touring and presentation of CaPT work across the Victorian market. Through directly subsidising presenter-venues to program Victorian CaPT works from Showcase Victoria across 2024 and 2025, this project will result in a substantially increased number of performances in venues across the state, growing new audiences and building confidence amongst producers and presenters.

VAPAC and RAV work closely on the programming and delivery of Showcase Victoria each year. Collectively, the organisations venue members reach across professional and community-led contexts, with geographic coverage across the entire state.  VAPAC and RAV will collaborate on the assessment of works for inclusion in Showcase Victoria 2024 and 2025, and on the delivery of funding opportunities as part of this initiative. Both organisations have strong relationships into industry and community and will leverage these to promote the initiative with an aim to maximise participation in the project and ensure a diversity of applicants.

Professional Development Program

Programming outcomes from Showcase Victoria will be supported by a series of professional development opportunities for the sector, focussed on strengthening CaPT specific practices to support the successful touring and presentation of these projects. This upskilling will have a lasting impact beyond the two years of this initiative, enabling the industry to build stronger and lasting collaborative relationships. 

All VAPAC and RAV member venues will have access to online workshops with expert presenters from across the industry, built around the following topics:

  • Understanding CaPT creative practice.
  • Marketing CaPT work and building new audiences.
  • Technical considerations in the presentation of CaPT work.
  • Collaborating with artists and producers to create successful outcomes.

CaPT artists will also receive additional professional development sessions covering:

  • Pitching your work to venues and understanding what they need.
  • Developing strong marketing and promotional materials.
  • Budgeting, contracting, and scheduling.
  • Applying for additional touring funding.
Details and dates for this professional development program will be available in the coming weeks. 


Funding through the Showcase Victoria CaPT Initiative is open to:

  • Presenter venues based in Victoria with an established practice of presenting a program of professional performing arts work.
  • Partnerships between Victorian-based presenter venues and appropriately aligned Victorian organisations such as festivals, community circus groups, etc.

Applicants applying in 2024 must be intending to program a CaPT project from the 2024 Showcase Victoria program, and the work must be presented in 2025. Only CaPT projects by Victorian based companies and artists will be eligible for subsidy (acknowledging Victorian led projects may include some interstate artists).

An additional funding round will be run in 2025 for presentations in 2026.

Available Funding

The minimum grant amount is $2,500 (excluding GST) and the maximum grant amount is $10,000 (excluding GST). The amount requested must be proportionate to the scale and cost of the work chosen.  Proposals will be considered favourably if the applicant can demonstrate strong financial viability to deliver the project.

Applicants who can contribute cash contributions up to 50% towards the total cost of presenting their project will be considered favourably. Other levels of contribution including in-kind support will be considered.

How to Apply

An electronic application form will be made available on the Showcase Victoria website from Monday June 17th, 2024.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider the eligibility and assessment criteria with their organisation before submitting their applications. All details of key dates will be published on the Showcase Victoria website including key dates below:

  • Webinar information session for interested presenter-venues can be found below or HERE.
  • Applications open on Monday 17th June for a 2-week period.
  • Applications close 3pm Friday 28th June (late applications will not be accepted).
  • Applicants will be advised via email of the outcome of their application 2 weeks from the closing date on or around Friday 12th July. 

Program Guidelines

Application questions and assessment criteria will be made available to download on Monday 17th June. All details regarding the program guidelines should be referenced below.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Following changes to the circus and physical theatre landscape in Victoria in recent years, Creative Australia and Creative Victoria are jointly managing strategic investments for the period 2022-2024 to support the Victorian circus and physical theatre sector.

Presenter venues will contribute by participating in CaPT led sector professional development opportunities. Each presenter venue will also be asked to contribute additional resources and funds which are proportionate to the scale and cost of the work chosen.

There are a range of CaPT projects available in 2024 and only projects by Victorian artists/and or companies are eligible to be selected.  A link to these works can be found here.

Yes. VAPAC hosted a webinar information session for all venue presenters on Tuesday 7th May at 12.30pm. Please check out the presentation below, or HERE.

All CaPT artists and/ or companies will be able to participate in the series of professional development sessions on offer. Dates and information will be published once finalised.

In 2024, Showcase Victoria will be presented over two days on May 21st and 22nd at Darebin Arts Centre. We encourage all artists and their companies to be there in person. RAV and VAPAC staff will be available along with presenters, producers, and artists for you to network with. If your attendance at the event is not possible, VAPAC will live stream the event for Victorian CaPT artists at no cost.

Yes. EOI’s will open in January 2025 and an information session held for any artist(s) and /or companies who are interested in presenting their work under the Circus and Physical Theatre (CaPT) category. All information will be made available via our website.

For further information, please contact:
Melenie Stevenson – Industry Development Manager

Showcase Victoria Circus and Physical Theatre (CaPT) Initiative Webinar

Melenie Stevenson, VAPACs Industry Development Manager presents a 10-minute overview of the Showcase Victoria Circus and Physical Theatre (CaPT) Initiative, including what this program is, what work is involved, when and how to apply, key dates and what CaPT aims to achieve.

Showcase Victoria is Proudly presented by the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC) with support from Creative Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.