Development and Communications Manager





Branch Nebula is seeking an experienced Development and Communications Manager to work alongside its two long-standing Artistic Directors and the Executive Producer to secure resources for the company and to raise awareness of its work.

The Development and Communications Manager will be accountable to the Co-Artistic Directors. No staff report to the position. All responsibilities below will be in close collaboration with the Co-Artistic Directors.

This is a three-day per week position based in the company’s office in Marrickville NSW. The salary is $43,680 pa (pro rata $72,000 pa).



  • Research fundraising opportunities for the company.
  • Prepare, write and submit funding applications to state and federal government arts funding agencies.
  • Seek extra income streams through foundations, philanthropic, non-arts government sources and local government.
  • Prepare and submit funding acquittals.
  • Monitor keys dates for funding applications and acquittals.


  • Manage the long-term branding of the company.
  • Oversee marketing and communications of all productions and activity develop and maintain the company’s marketing streams, including:

– writing copy for the website, newsletter and media releases
– working with designers to produce marketing collateral
– developing multi-channel marketing campaigns
– developing and maintaining all company social media channels, including advertising and paid promotions


  • Experience in preparing applications to government arts funding agencies
  • Experience in raising funds from non-government and non-arts sources
  • Experience in marketing
  • Knowledge of the performing arts sector in Australia and internationally
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience with all major social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Demonstrated ability to work within small and tight budgets


Please submit a covering letter of no more than two pages addressing the selection criteria above, accompanied by a current CV and two recent referees.

Application deadline

Please send your application to by Friday 14 December 2018. For questions or more information please contact Mirabelle on 0425343392.

About Branch Nebula

Branch Nebula (BN) is one of Australia’s most adventurous performance companies working at the nexus between performance, dance, sport and street-styles.

Based in Sydney’s Marrickville area, BN’s work is a passionate engagement with street culture that specifically reaches youth and CALD people who don’t usually connect with the arts. BN champions the belief that refined art-making is everywhere and focuses on local engagement, participation and skills exchange.

BN interrogates performance, both inside the traditional theatre and outside in the realm of public space, through two interweaving lines of enquiry:

  • THE THEATRE EXPERIENCE: challenging the constructs of the traditional theatre space, and provoking audiences to question their expected engagement and interaction with ‘theatre’. Works stimulate a shift in perception, encouraging audiences’ individual/personal response, and challenge expectations about who engages with theatre, who is on stage, and who it is OK to look at.
  • THE URBAN EXPERIENCE: bringing art to the people on-site. BN further contests public space and engages with street-style artists as highly evolved architects of the urban environment. Deepening the enquiry into the cultural energies springing from urban pressure zones, BN develops processes and fluid guerrilla style performances for touring skate parks and disused urban spaces.

These two strands inform one another, no matter what site or theatre space is being excavated.


1. ENFLAME – Development and Presentation

Partners: PYT Fairfield co-production

Presenter: Casula Powerhouse, Theatre Network NSW

Description: A BN and PYT Fairfield coproduction tested at the MCA in 2018. Enflame is an unannounced intervention for events, festivals, foyers, conferences and openings. It deals with perceptions of cultural identity and the exclusion of young people from a refugee background. Faced with young performers challenging the way in which they are exoticised by the artworld, the audience is asked to consider the experience of being labelled and categorized.



Touring 2019-20

Partner: Performance Space (commissioned and presenting premiere)

Description: HPPT premiered at Performance Space’s 2018 Liveworks Festival. A compact and low-tech touring work that is flexible and affordable for presenters interested in BN but yet to find the right match for their venue and/or resources. HPPT has excellent potential to extend the company’s touring reach nationally and internationally.

Performer Lee Wilson is placed in a series of mind-bending predicaments at the mercy of everyday, disposable materials pushed to breaking point. HPPT faces fear, self-preservation and risk management to create enthralling new possibilities for physical performance.



QLD Regional Tour – pending application with Playing Queensland.

Description: In discussion with regional presenters to build a tour for a new circuit of Qld committed to participation and engagement.

Snake Sessions is a tour-able process based on improvisation and workshops with local skate park users to create a site specific performance in collaboration with local participants, over a weeklong residency in a skate park. This signature work embodies BN’s unique engagement practice, has wide appeal from marginalised young people to contemporary arts audiences & programmers, and generates substantial income.



Presentation: outdoor version ART & ABOUT 2019 – Pending 2nd stage application

2 weeks to create outdoor format plus performance week.

Creative Development: in-theatre production – pending Australia Council project application

Partners: Casula Powerhouse is a confirmed commissioning partner, and will host the in-theatre production’s development. Aiming to secure further commissioning partners from the APACA pitch. In discussion with interested presenters and major contemporary festivals.

Description: DEMO is a new high energy work tightly choreographed within a compact set-up of portable ramps placed either “on stage” or dropped into a city site. Drawing on the experience of shape-shifting Concrete and Bone Sessions to Snake Sessions for touring, BN is conceiving the same piece in two formats at once. This optimises creative resources, time and personnel and fast-tracks the capacity to offer options to potential presenters.



a) Artistic Associates
A professional development program for performers Kathryn Puie and Cloé Fournier. It combines creative and business mentorship and producing services to lay the foundation for their viable careers as independents. BN will share expertise and resources including advice, feedback, networking, auspicing grants and project management as well as increased responsibility within the company.

b) The Shake Up – Tantrum Youth Arts collaboration – pending 2nd stage application
This is a new two-year partnership with a regional youth theatre company seeking access to Branch Nebula’s expertise, creative processes and experience in large-scale projects. In the year of the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Newcastle earthquake Branch Nebula and Tantrum Youth Arts will curate an ambitious live art event at The Station.

c) Workshops, consultancies and other
Co-artistic directors Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters are highly regarded and in demand by organisations and artists for a range of roles each year including: mentor, guest lecturer, dramaturg, speaker, teacher, designer and provocateur.

d) Market development
BN will again attend a range of markets throughout 2019 both nationally & internationally working to secure further work opportunities. The 2019 program is planned to strengthen the company’s market share. With a wide range of partners the program spans diverse contexts, from skateparks to major venues, from regional centres to major cities.