Natalie Jenkins Joins the Board of Performing Lines 

Robi Stanton, Chair of Performing Lines, has announced the appointment of Natalie Jenkins to the company’s Board.   

Natalie is a Perth based arts leader with over 30 years of national experience in the cultural and creative industries.  

I have long been a huge fan of Performing Lines and the work it does nationally in the independent performing arts sector – a sector that is absolutely vital for the country’s cultural identity and for the development of new ideas that shape our nation.  Seeing Performing Lines grow and offer increasing services and production of new and diverse work aligns strongly with my values and the work I have undertaken across my career.  It’s an honour to be asked to be part of this journey at Board level ,” says Natalie. 

Over the course of her illustrious career she has helmed a number of highly successful arts organisations, including Co-CEO & Executive Director of Western Australia’s Black Swan State Theatre Company. She has also previously served as General Manager & Co-CEO of Perth Theatre Company (2000-2005), ThinIce Productions (alongside Matthew Lutton), and as General Manager of Launceston’s Theatre North. She has most recently been in the commercial creative industries as CEO of strategic branding agency Block Branding and for eight years, ran her own of strategic consultancy for the cultural and corporate sectors.  Natalie has recently been appointed CEO of the national charity Short Back and Sidewalks and is also currently lecturing in the Arts Management degree at WAAPA.  

In addition to her roles as CEO and General Manager, Natalie has extensive experience in the board and governance space including Chair of the Blue Room Theatre, President of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (now PAC Australia), Deputy Chair of the Australian Script Centre and Chair of Stages WA. She is currently chair of the digital arts publication Seesaw Magazine, and Deputy Chair of Regional Arts Australia, amongst other board positions. She has also served on a number of government advisory committees including Playing Australia and Festivals Australia Committee, and the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, to name a few.   

Since opening our WA office in 2008, Performing Lines has been an integral part of the WA cultural landscape. From 2019 – 2022, Performing Lines greatly benefited from the input and guidance of Board Member David Doyle and his deep experience and knowledge of the WA sector. In 2023, it is exciting to have Natalie Jenkins join our national board ensuring that Performing Lines will continue to be at the forefront of not only WA’s but Australia’s artistic and cultural landscape,” said Robi Stanton, Chair of the Performing Lines board.  

As a graduate and later sessional academic of the Arts Management degree at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) over a number of years, Natalie has demonstrated a profound and vocational commitment to resourcing and upskilling emerging leaders in the sector, and investing in the health of our creative industries. 

We feel incredibly lucky to have Natalie complement our stellar national Board. Her leadership, skillset and breadth of experience is an exciting addition to our governance team not to mention her deep knowledge of the WA sector. This will undoubtedly reveal new opportunities and boost our impact in WA,” says Executive Producer, Marion Potts  

Click here to read Natalie’s full bio and for more info on the Performing Lines national board.  


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