Announcing our 2024 Kolyang Program of Industry Development Initiatives

Performing Lines WA is excited to announce the next chapter of our ground-breaking Kolyang Program. In 2024, the model shifts to a year-round series of offers including bespoke initiatives for artists, arts workers, industry, pathways and new work development, all informed by conversations and learnings during its inaugural 3-year cycle from 2020-22.

To herald this new era, we kick off partnerships and alliances with independent producers and arts organisations; working together to deliver focused opportunities we believe will offer fertile ground for seeding new collaborations and projects, and progress work currently in development.

Supported by the WA Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries‘ Arts Organisation Investment Program (AOIP), this year’s activities will focus on experimenting with and trialling new ideas and innovative delivery methods! We will gather feedback and commit to refining the program structure and offers in coming years to respond and remain agile.

We will roll out a series of announcements about Kolyang initiatives and opportunities, but for now we’re thrilled to provide a taste of what the first half of 2024 holds!

Our offers and initiatives going forwards are structured under three streams:

  • Industry Partnerships and Pathways
  • Paying it Forward and Supported Opportunities
  • Focus on Practice and New Work Development

Key dates and initiatives

Workshop #1 – Journey of a Playwright & Devised Storytelling 

Led by Jay Emmanuel (performer, writer and Artistic Director of Encounter) and Karthika Naïr (poet, playwright and artistic advisor), this workshop is perfect for emerging and curious writers eager to dive into the world of stage storytelling.

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2024
Time: 5.30-7pm
Location: Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street in Northbridge
Price: Tickets are Pay-What-You-Feel, starting from just $10.
Limited Spots Available!


Workshop #2 – Ethics of Stories and Representation 

Presented by Mararo Wangai (playwright and actor) and Jay Emmanuel (performer, writer and Artistic Director of Encounter), we will begin with a talk and presentation on the ethics of storytelling and representation of diverse cultures on the stage, followed by breakout group activities to engage participants and spark creative ideas.

Date: Wednesday 24 April 2024
Time: 5.30-7pm
Location: Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street in Northbridge
Price: Tickets are Pay-What-You-Feel, starting from just $10.
Limited Spots Available!


Performance Maker Hot Desk Fellowship

Performing Lines will support one Performance Maker Hot Desk Fellowship at the Centre for Stories in March and June. This is an existing program for a writer to work on a draft script a day a week over 10 weeks. Successful applicants will receive a dedicated desk at Centre for Stories, alongside a $2000 stipend. You’ll also have the opportunity to be profiled on the Centre for Stories and Performing Lines’ websites and social media, attend exclusive events and workshops, network with fellow writers, and receive guidance from the Centre for Stories staff.

Applications close Sunday 31 March 2024.

$5k Booster Grant

We’re offering three (3) $5,000 Booster Grants, exclusively for Kolyang alumni artists and/or groups (2020-2022), to boost seed projects and collaborations born of that period.

From a one-week development with collaborating artists to a pre-arranged artist residency, we’re eager to see how this opportunity progresses your ideas. Keep it simple when applying and complete the provided ‘Kolyang 2024 Booster Grant Application Form‘ with a brief project description, idea origins, a basic timeline, budget outline, and team credits.

Application Deadline: Sunday 10 March, 10pm.
Notifications: Thursday 14 March.


Perth 2024 ISPA Congress and Anthony Field Bursaries

We have seven (7) ISPA bursaries up for grabs for the Perth 2024 ISPA Congress and Anthony Field Academy, hosted by PAC Australia from April 29 to May 3.

Held twice a year, the ISPA Congress brings global leaders together to discover groundbreaking ideas, strengthen connections, and foster exchange. Delegates include presenters, festivals, producing companies, artist managers, consultants, government, and cultural leaders. The Perth 2024 ISPA Congress, themed “Breakthrough,” will spotlight Australian performance works on the international stage.

As part of our 2024 Kolyang Program, Performing Lines is providing registration bursaries for Kolyang and Producer Forum alumni to join this renowned market and professional development program:

  • 5 x Registrations in the ISPA Anthony Field Academy on Mon 29 April (full day) and Tues 30 April (half day) – Valued at $184 AUD each.
  •  2 x Registrations in the full Perth ISPA Congress, including the Anthony Field Academy and all performance ticketing from Mon 29 April to Fri 3 May – Valued at $1,074 AUD each.

EOI due: Sunday 17 March, 10pm.
Notifications: Wednesday 20 March.


Under Fluoros (17-22 June)

Under Fluoros is an exciting new concept by independent creative producer Libby Klysz, to be piloted and supported by Performing Lines in 2024 as part of Kolyang.

Under Fluoros is a unique 1st week of rehearsal process for script-to-performance exploration, where creatives gather—director, designers, performers—for expansive dreaming in a theatre with limitless potential. The week concludes with a table read and design ideas shared, engaging the audience’s maximum imagination.

Requirements for Text Selection:

  • Final or late draft of script.
  • Minimum of 4 performer roles.
  • New work or not presented on the mainstage.
  • Preference for WA-based writers and artists.

If you have a script or love the sound of this idea and keen to talk more, please contact Libby Klysz or Jen Leys;

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