Rachael Whitworth to leave Performing Lines WA

Performing Lines would like to warmly congratulate Rachael Whitworth who will be leaving Performing Lines WA after 10 years to take up the position of Head of Programming at Perth Festival. 

Rachael joined Performing Lines WA in 2011 as a Producer taking on the role of Senior Producer in 2018, following Fiona de Garis’ departure. 

Under Rachael’s incredible leadership Performing Lines WA has continued to support mid-career Western Australian independent artists, while carving new pathways for the development of emerging diverse artists.  

Across her 10 years with the organisation, she produced many new Western Australian works including Shiver (Danielle Micich) which toured regionally and developed a significant community engagement strategy that set new benchmarks for WA touring; worked extensively with Sensorium Theatre creating a delivery model of theatre for children with disabilities and touring their work to Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Singapore and New York 

Following on from Fiona, she implemented a sector-leading cultural diversity strategy to expand our cohort of artists and diversify audiences and has been focused on mentoring and developing Australia’s next generation of leaders.  During the pandemic, she led her team to curate and deliver the Kolyang Artist Lab and Creative Hub, supporting over 150 WA artists, contributing to the resilience and capacity of the independent sector. 

Rachael’s fierceness, ambition, sense of warmth, humour and care will be greatly missed but her contribution to Performing Lines and to the WA sector will be felt for many years to come.

said General Manager Megan Roberts 

Rachael said “As you can imagine, it is both very exciting but also very sad.  I have been at Performing Lines WA for 10 years and my belief in what this organisation does, and how we do it has never faltered.  I love my job and feel so lucky and privileged to have had it.”  

“I will always be a fierce advocate for artists and hope to continue to forge new pathways for artists to develop brilliant work that changes how we think about the world.” 

Rachael will commence her new role in August. More news on the Senior Producer role will be released in due course.  

Read Perth Festival’s announcement

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