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.
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.
Melissa is an arts manager and producer with nearly 15 years’ experience in the performing arts. She managed Musica Viva’s regional touring and export programs from 2010-2018 where she introduced a curated model that increased the programs’ artistic vibrancy, diversity and audience engagement. She advocated for investment in new touring works leading to creative developments by Andree Greenwell, Genevieve Lacey and James Crabb.
More recently she has worked as a freelance producer for The Spooky Men’s Chorale, and at UTS where she managed the performances of ensemble-in-residence, APQ, including IMMERSE, a complex multi-disciplinary project presented in the 2019 Sydney Festival.
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.
Tahni is an independent producer based in Albury-Wodonga. In 2017 she founded her company Froudist, working with theatre makers to realise their artistic visions, with a focus on contemporary practice and participatory work. Over the last eighteen months she has collaborated with Outback Theatre for Young People, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, THE RABBLE, Alyson Evans, Cubbyhouse Co, Daniel Schlusser Ensemble and Adena Jacob’s Fraught Outfit.
Before this, Tahni was the General Manager and joint CEO of HotHouse Theatre, and the Associate Producer for Belvoir.
Tahni sits on La Trobe University’s Regional Arts Board for Albury-Wodonga and is Chair of Murray Arts, the regional arts development organization for the Murray and North East Victoria.
Liesel is a Brisbane based independent producer with a passion for site-specific dance work. She produces her own choreographic work which has a strong focus on using artistic process as a means for intercultural and artistic exchange. Most significantly this includes The Stance which has been presented at Sziget Festival (Hungary 2017), Ansan Street Arts Festival (South Korea 2017) and multiple cities around Australia winning the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.
Liesel is currently producing a Queensland / Hong Kong Independent dance exchange in partnership with West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (Hong Kong) and City Contemporary Dance Festival (Hong Kong). She’s also joined the producing team for Supercell; Festival of Contemporary Dance 2019 to deliver a triple bill featuring Hong Kong artists , is co-producing independent dance artist Michael Smith’s new dance-theatre work Cowboy and is continuing to assist with facilitation and production of local arts events and development platforms in Brisbane and broader Queensland.
Dean was born and raised on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country and is of Worimi descent. He is a trans-disciplinary artist with a background in contemporary dance performance and choreography. He has worked with some of Australia’s leading companies like Lucy Guerin Inc., Legs on the Wall, Tasdance, Opera Australia and QL2 Dance, where he is also a current board member.
As a visual artist Dean has exhibited extensively across Australia and beyond. His work is held in numerous significant private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of South Australia and the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum.
Thom Smyth is national Marketing Manager at Performing Lines. He previously worked as Director of Perth-based arts marketing company Little Shout (an entrepreneurial arm of Performing Lines WA), was Marketing Manager for Proximity Festival – Australia’s only one-on-one performance platform – and Marketing and Communications Manager for The Blue Room Theatre and Barefaced Stories. He has worked as a publicist for numerous productions and events including for PICA, Chunky Move, Fringe World and more.
He has a Bachelor of Communications (journalism/politics) from Edith Cowan University, completing his studies with a secondment at The Jakarta Post in Indonesia. He ditched aspirations of Canberra press gallery glory to work with ambitious and inspiring artists. He hasn’t regretted that choice.
Rachael is Senior Producer at Performing Lines WA. Trained at Victorian College of the Arts, Rachael began her professional career in 1992 as a classical dancer with West Australian Ballet before working as a contemporary dancer, teacher and choreographer with Buzz Dance Theatre and many independent choreographers. She then diversified her practice, performing and creating work with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for nearly a decade whilst completing a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Entertainment Management at Deakin University in 2000.
In 2007, Rachael was Associate Producer for the 20th UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival before joining Performing Lines in 2011. Highlights include: producing and touring dance work, Shiver, to 7 regional WA communities with an audience engagement strategy connecting over 700 artists and community members; 3-month tour of The Magic Hour to 23 venues across Australia; producing major new dance theatre work, Overexposed; working closely with Sensorium Theatre creating sensory theatre for young people with disabilities and presenting benchmark seasons at Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne and Lincoln Center New York.
She was an International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA) Fellow with the Australia Council Legacy program, attending 4 consecutive congresses in New York 2014-2017.
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.
Zainab Syed loves Excel sheets and budgets despite having a degree in Political Science from the US and a previous life as an internationally touring poet and performer. Naturally, when she stumbled upon Performing Lines WA, it was a match made in heaven. She hasn’t looked back.
Despite having called many countries home, her heart belongs to her motherland; Pakistan. Having said that, she’s not complaining about being grounded in one place for a change. She loves chats of all kinds, preferably with some home cooked goodies, so holler anytime.
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.
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.
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