Connecting Places Presenters at Showcase Victoria 2021 - image by Alex Sibbison.

Skills Development

Throughout the year, our Connecting Places program offers free workshops, as well as other resources and targeted programs like mentorships. These are responsive to the interests of community presenters, and include topics such as marketing, volunteer management and strategic planning, among others. Our range of professional development resources aim to be responsive to the needs and interests of community presenters, adapting year to year in response to feedback from the presenters we work with.

For more information about current opportunities and resources, read on!

Regional Arts Victoria’s Connecting Places Program offers free professional development opportunities and resources tailored to community presenters throughout Victoria. Connecting Places also has a touring program, where community presenters can book high quality and affordable entertainment to present in their local venues. These two streams of the program work hand-in-hand to strengthen community led programming by enhancing the skills of regional presenters, increasing access to quality performing arts experiences for regional audiences, and supporting artists to tour throughout regional Victoria.

Generally, community presenters are volunteer-run organisations that regularly present theatre, music and other live arts in their local venues. Other not-for-profit arts and community organisations may also be considered as community presenters if they present shows as part of their activities, such as neighbourhood houses, small regional festivals and some local councils that program shows into local halls. Many community presenters are also Organisation Members of Regional Arts Victoria, accessing discounted insurance and other benefits that support their activities.

If you’re interested in accessing our Community Presenter skill development resources or you are thinking about booking a show from our Touring Program, you’ll need to complete a quick, free, two step registration process.

  1. Discuss your registration with Nikki:

    Nikki Ralston
    Connecting Places Coordinator
    [email protected]
  2. Complete the following online forms.

To access Skill Development opportunities please complete this form:

If you would also like to book a touring show, please also complete this additional Venue Specification form:  

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Knowledge Exchange

Community presenters: volunteer arts committees that present performing arts experiences in their communities, are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for our brand-new Community Presenter Knowledge Exchange program!

Protected: Resources

Resources for community presenters in response to emerging issues. Register for the password to access.


Supporting up to five mentees to access up to 12 months of guidance from a mentor.


Targeted skills development workshops in-person or online. Book for upcoming workshops.

Find out more

Community presenters can book free one-on-one consultations with the Connecting Places Coordinator at any time to request advice in response to their ambitions and activities. If you’re new to presenting, or new to Connecting Places, this is a great place to start!

Email Nikki Ralston, Connecting Places Coordinator, at [email protected] to make a time to chat.

To ensure that Connecting Places remains relevant to community presenters in regional Victoria we conduct an annual survey, usually in the first half of the year.

We also provide opportunities to community presenters and their representatives, such as sitting on artistic or funding assessment panels, public speaking at in-person or online events, mentoring other halls, and connecting with other organisations and individuals that may be able to support you to achieve your goals.

To have your say and/or nominate yourself for other opportunities, sign up to our Community Presenter ENews to complete the survey when each year when it’s released.

Our Connecting Places team are available over the phone and via email to answer any questions you may have about community presenting or the Connecting Places Program, no strings attached. Reach out and we’ll do our best to help you! 

Nikki Ralston
Connecting Places Coordinator

[email protected]