WA Producer of the Year!

Last night Performing Lines WA was named Producer of the Year at the inaugural Pinnacle Awards – Western Australia’s peer-voted industry awards recognising artists, organisations and venues across the state.

In announcing the award, Circuitwest’s Executive Director Ryan Taaffe said: “Performing Lines WA are known for their transformative work and their commitment to challenging and inspiring work.”

“They make arts happen. Someone needs to join the dots between artists, audiences, presenters and supporters,” Taafe said.

“This is how Performing Lines get so much important work in front of diverse people.”

The award acknowledges the impact of significant regional tours of Maybe (   ) Together’s immersive installation for children Small Voices Louder, Sensorium Theatre’s Whoosh! and Oddysea, and their work supporting the development of diverse WA artists through projects like illUMEnate’s Layla Majnun and Mararo Wangai’s Black Brass.

“We are so thrilled to be the inaugural winners of this award.  Our focus over the past ten years has been on supporting the amazing work by talented Western Australian artists,” Senior Producer Rachael Whitworth said.

“Alongside this, one of our key goals is to imagine a stronger sector. This has focused us to partner with presenters to make innovative work happen, reach new audiences and provide a new ways of thinking that embrace the world today.”

Performing Lines’ Executive Producer Marion Potts congratulated the team, and said: “We feel very honoured that our peers have recognised our commitment to working with them in WA to make our sector more integrated and vibrant.  In the end, this will drive creativity, opportunities and more exciting work!”

The award comes at a time of significant pressure on independent artists, small to medium companies and venues.

“The industry knows Performing Lines have always been about big ideas and important conversations. We expect their programming will continue to champion diversity, risk and exploration,” Taaffe said.

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