Marion joined the Performing Lines team in October 2017 as Executive Producer from her previous role as Director, Theatre at the Australia Council for the Arts. There she was responsible for the Council’s support and engagement with the development of theatre, including independent practice. Since 2015, Marion’s art-form expertise and national overview has informed grant programs, strategic initiatives and policy outcomes at the Council.
Marion has held prominent roles at Malthouse Theatre (Artistic Director/CEO), Sydney Theatre Company (Resident Director) and Bell Shakespeare (Associate Artistic Director). For STC and Bell, national touring was a significant focus at this time, with both companies pioneering new networks and engagement strategies.
During her tenure with Malthouse Theatre, Marion and her team worked assiduously towards a number of goals, resulting in the following achievements:
Marion has also worked as a practicing director with over 50 production credits. She has maintained a strong connection with the small-to-medium sector both as a freelance artist and Board member: she was a founding directorate member of Hothouse Theatre (Albury-Wodonga) and Chair of World Interplay (Townsville), as well as a Board member of Griffin Theatre, Windmill Theatre, Playworks and Curator of the National Playwrights Conference – all companies representing diverse scales of operation, governance needs, producing complexities and audience expectations.
Megan is an arts manager and performing arts producer with more than a decade of experience in the sector. She was Executive Producer for Spare Parts Puppet Theatre from 2012 to 2017 where she worked to develop new artist training and audience engagement initiatives and reinvigorated the company’s touring programs.
Most recently she was Associate Producer for Perth Festival under Wendy Martin’s Directorship (2017 & 2018 Festivals) and Producer for Proximity Festival; Australia’s first one-on-one intimate performance Festival.
Megan has also held marketing positions with Darwin Festival, Artrage / Fringe World, and Country Arts WA.
Alice Hatton is an arts manager and producer based in Warrang/Sydney with diverse experience across the independent, small-to-medium, and commercial sectors of the Australian performing arts industry.
Alice was a valued member of the Sydney Opera House’s programming team from 2014 – 2018, working across multiple artforms within the Children and Families, Contemporary Performance and First Nations programs. Most recently she was Company Manager at PYT Fairfield, and throughout 2018 – 2019 she toured nationally with Newtheatrical’s Jersey Boys and Opera Australia and GWB Entertainment’s West Side Story as Deputy Company Manager.
Starting her career in Boorloo/Perth, Alice studied Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts while also establishing herself as a stage manager and independent producer at The Blue Room Theatre, Perth’s home of independent theatre and performance. Since journeying east in 2012 she has held positions at Australian Theatre for Young People, Performance Space, and Great Big Events, and was the Secretary of The Jazzgroove Association’s Executive Committee from 2013 – 2015.
Thom Smyth (he/him) is a producer and marketer with a keen interest in socially-engaged and queer experimental performance.
Thom is a Producer with national creative producing company Performing Lines, moving into the role from a previous position as company Marketing Manager (2014-2020).
He has held positions with Performance Space, Force Majeure, Proximity Festival – Australia’s only one-on-one performance platform; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Blue Room Theatre. He has a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism / Politics) from Edith Cowan University, completing his studies with a secondment at The Jakarta Post in Indonesia.
Emma Corrick is Associate Producer at Performing Lines. She previously managed the touring program at Arts on Tour, and before stepping into the not-for-profit sector was part of the marketing team at a major film distributor where she made red carpet premieres and publicity talent tours run like clockwork. Yep, there’s a reason she’s so unflappable.
Now on her way towards a Masters in Arts Management, Emma’s a proud Sand-Groper who originally studied classical music and trained as a music teacher in Perth. She also ran the youth program at a folk festival, and loves that warm fuzzy feeling you get when people create something together. Her ancestry includes a travelling troupe of musicians and entertainers (The Marvellous Corricks – seriously, Google them), so you could say performing arts touring is in her blood.
Natasha is no stranger to Performing Lines having worked on a project with Karilyn Brown in 2016/17. She was Associate Producer at Arts House and also has an independent producing practice, working across different live performance platforms. Natasha comes to us from Arts Centre Melbourne where she has been Associate Producer, Programming since 2018.
Annette is a Melbourne-based arts manager and producer committed to supporting innovative and challenging artistic practices. From 2013 – 2018 she was Executive Producer of contemporary dance company Lucy Guerin Inc. Throughout her career, Annette has undertaken communications or producing roles for companies including Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Mardi Gras, Arena Theatre Company, Next Wave Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival and National Theatre London.
Annette is Chair of industry peak body Theatre Network Australia. In 2019, Annette will be part of the Australia Council Arts Leaders Program.
Annette is on leave from February to November 2021. In the interim questions regarding Performing Lines’ Melbourne based program should be directed to producer Natasha Phillips.
Breanne is an Associate Producer and Administration Officer at Performing Lines. She was previously an events manager and art curator with the independent festival ‘Strawberry Boogie’, alongside presenting her own performance art and theatre in Wollongong and Sydney. Breanne was the Chairman and lead curator for the Wollongong based arts festival ‘Nothing to See Here’ and has also worked as a Stage Manager in Belvoir’s downstairs theatre. She has a Bachelor of Performance from The University of Wollongong through which she developed her passion for inventive independent theatre and performance art.
Melissa has had an extensive career with over ten years as a freelance production and road manager in the Events Industry in the Philippines. She has worked with both local and international promoters and production companies in staging indoor and outdoor festivals, concerts, musical theatre, corporate launches and private functions.
She has recently migrated to Sydney and is the team’s new Administrator and Operations Coordinator.
Michael Louis Kennedy is a communications professional, playwright, poet and occasional journalist based in Sydney. He has previously worked for Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney Fringe, and Summerhall (Edinburgh Fringe). His work has been featured in Voiceworks, The Brag, Going Down Swinging, Transportation Press, Baby Teeth, The Sydney Morning Herald and more. As a playwright he has had readings and productions on the Sydney Fringe Festival, at the Old 505, Sydney Mardi Gras’s Playlist playreading festival, and Queer Theory in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2019 he was a member of ATYP’s Fresh Ink program for emerging theatre voices.
He is currently a co-director of the National Young Writers’ Festival.
Mark’s day job is a hybrid of technical production, design, direction and performance. He has worked with many leading Australian and international contemporary arts companies across performance, dance, music and visual arts practice and has toured work to 21 countries across 4 continents. At last estimate he thinks he’s clocked up over 250 opening nights for productions he has managed. He is fond of sparkling wine, tequila, and falling off bouldering walls.
Through his company kdmindustries, he explores performance-based collaborations with a focus upon social deconstruction, raw performance styles and the integration of media into contemporary performance. As an educator he has taught technical production, dramaturgy and contemporary performance for the University of Wollongong, WAAPA and Notre Dame amongst others.
He lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, with a mermaid and their bub.
In April 2020, Jeremy returned to Boorloo/Perth after four years at the Australia Council for the Arts as Director – Community, Emerging and Experimental Arts.
He worked closely with artists, organisations and communities in all corners of the country promoting artistic bravery, self-determination and brokering opportunities. In addition to his extensive portfolio, Jeremy championed Regional and Remote Australia under the Australia Council’s Cultural Engagement Framework and helped to develop and deliver key arts and disability initiatives.
As the General Manager of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Jeremy loved working within a contemporary arts organisation supporting the development, presentation and commissioning of work by leading interdisciplinary artists.
He is a board member of both the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and pvi collective.
He has previously held a range of senior positions in the corporate, not for profit and government sectors in Western Australia, including with DADAA, the AWESOME Festival and ArtsWA / Department of Culture and the Arts. He is a graduate of WAAPA, and worked as a freelance lighting designer, production manager and creative producer in the early stages of his career.
As a disabled man, Jeremy is a fierce advocate of celebrating difference and transforming attitudes which ‘other’ people in our community. He also promotes actions to ensure these values are central to our arts, cultural and creative industries.
Jeremy loves his ‘anti-bio’ – far more impressive than this dull, corporate overview – and he strongly encourages you to take time to read it here.
Starting out at Black Swan Theatre in Perth, Jen relocated to Japan in 2004 to work at Tokyo International Arts Festival. Then to London to work at Askonas Holt Ltd, producing international tours for performing arts organisations such as Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker and Bangarra Dance Theatre. Completed an MA Performance & Culture, Goldsmiths College. Travelled back to Perth in 2009 and worked as the Producer for Strut Dance. In 2011 from Sydney, Jen started working freelance specialising in producing, touring, project and artist management services. Received an Australia Council Independent Producers Grant in 2012/2013. Representing independent Australian choreographers including Narelle Benjamin and Rhiannon Newton, whilst completing contracts at FORM Dance Projects and fulfilling the role of Associate Producer at Shaun Parker & Company. Now back in Perth, Jen is the Producer at Performing Lines WA, working on projects and tours with West Australian artists including children’s participatory performance maker Alex Desebrock of Maybe ( ) Together and multi-disciplinary director Sally Richardson.
Melanie Julien-Martial is a theatre producer and occasional film producer/production coordinator. She completed a Master’s of Screen Studies (Producing/Directing) and received the Channel 9 Excellence in Producing Award. For theatre, she has produced Two Canaries (Alexa Taylor), Cephalopod (Squid Vicious) and The Jellyman (Rhiannon Petersen), as well as many creative developments. She also assistant directed Quokka Apocalypse (public service announcement). She has worked as Associate Producer for the 2020 and 2021 Diversity Lab for Performing Lines WA; the Associate Producer and Program Coordinator at The Blue Room Theatre; and is the new Associate Producer at Performing Lines WA. Melanie is passionate about the sustainability of independent artist’s careers, inclusivity and diversity within performance spaces, and meaningful community engagement.
French by birth and Australian by choice, Cecile honed her skills working on small and large projects across multiple artforms within the areas of culture, arts, marketing and design. Roles include working as Communication Officer for France’s most renowned architectural agency, Christian de Portzamparc, and as an Artistic and Cultural Manager for CCAS EDF-GDF, France’s
largest touring presenter network. In 2009, natural curiosity led Cecile to Australia where she worked as the Events and Marketing Officer for the Town of Port Hedland. For four years she worked with a dedicated team to program and present high-quality events in regional communities, giving her access to a variety of community hubs, including the Matt Dann Cultural Centre.
In 2017, she joined PLWA after a stint as the Arts & Culture Project Coordinator and Communications & Design Coordinator at Community Arts Network (CANWA). Cecile brings over 15 years of experience to PLWA as she continues to work within the Arts sector, engaging with diverse audiences and communities across WA and beyond. Cecile has a double Masters degree in Fine Arts and Cultural Mediation & Communication.
Annalee is a relative newcomer to the arts world, finding her way into the industry through graphic design and comedy. In 2017 she began freelancing as a designer, picking up work in the Perth comedy scene, and discovered a love for hanging out in sometimes dingy, gritty open mic rooms. From there she began working front of house at gigs to be around more comedy, and eventually stepped into roles room managing alongside some of Perth’s most well-known acts.
The natural progression of this was to become an independent producer of live stand up, and in 2019 after completing MILKE’s Producer’s Bootcamp short course, Annalee survived her first FRINGEWORLD season with promising results. 2020 saw another show produced by Annalee win a FRINGEWORLD weekly award (A Cult For You), and in 2021, that same show achieved a sold out season.
Since 2018 until recently, Annalee worked for The Gelo Company, a WA based events and entertainment company, taking on the role of Executive Assistant and later, Marketing Coordinator.
In 2021, she stared work with pvi collective in the position of Marketing, Audience Development, and Communications coordinator where she enjoys being part of team and seeing what madcap artists get up to with their brand of artistic activism.
Annalee continues to work as a freelance graphic designer and independent producer in Perth.
Annette has worked as a university lecturer, performer, ABC TV presenter and for 7 years she was the Artistic Director of international touring company Terrapin.
Annette is a Churchill Fellow, a Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She’s served on numerous Boards and national committees including; the Tasmanian State Development Board, Australian National Playwrights Centre, Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, Playing Australia Committee and the Australia Council’s Theatre Board
Annette joined Performing Lines in 2006 to establish Tasmania Performs. She delights in taking artists beyond what they thought possible through mentorships, producing and touring work.
Simon is a multiskilled events professional with over 19 years’ experience in the industry. Having spent over 15 years working across corporate events, festival, concerts and theatre he brings a hands-on approach to roles as Production Manager, Stage Manager and Technical Operator for various Theatre Companies throughout Australia.
Simon has delivered two Ten Days on the Island festivals as Technical Manager in 2017 and Head of Production in 2019.
Sally Rees is a multi-form artist who has also worked in academia and arts administration across the last 20 years.
She is a registered peer with the Australia Council for the arts, specialising in hybrid art-forms and has sat on the board of management for a number of Hobart-based Artist Run Initiatives.
In 2019 Rees was announced as one of the three Australian artists to be selected for Suspended Moment:The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship, which culminated in a solo work exhibited at MONA in 2021.
She is passionate about supporting other artists of all forms in the development and presentation of their work.
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