SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY | Join the team as our General Manager


Exciting opportunity with a unique performing arts company

Performing Lines is Australia’s pre-eminent company for developing, producing and touring new and transformative Australian performing arts.

Working across all forms of performance practice, we embrace experimentation, innovation and complexity, and pioneer new models for producing and presenting work.  We lay the groundwork to support the longer-term sustainability of artists and their work. 

For more than 30 years, Performing Lines has produced hundreds of outstanding productions, and created connections to audiences through presentations and tours to a multitude of locations around Australia and internationally.  Based in Sydney, we also support and manage a team of talented senior producers in Hobart (Tasmania Performs) and Perth (Performing Lines WA).

As General Manager, you will:

  • drive best practice in the governance, business, financial and operational management of the company to support the delivery of all activities which form part of the Performing Lines programme
  • provide the leadership necessary to sustain the vibrancy and innovation of the company’s activities while delivering on the strategic and business plans
  • contribute to the maintenance of a mutually respectful, professionally focused and harmonious team environment within the Company

If you believe you’re the right fit for a role integral to taking Performing Lines into the future, please send your application by email to [email protected]  by 5:00pm on Monday 4 December 2017.   

Your application should address the knowledge and experience required for this role, and include a two-page summary resume.

A position description is available on request from [email protected].

For more information about Performing Lines, please contact Karilyn Brown, Interim General Manager, at [email protected] or 02 9319 0066.



This month we've got our occasional office guest Gemma Pepper of Side Pony Productions making good use of our hot desks. 

See below for all the details on reserving a free spot.

We've also got all the good stuff from Chunky Move, Brisbane Powerhouse, Performance Space and more!

Want to list something you've got going? Flick Thom an email at [email protected]


PERFORMING LINES | Hot desks for artists
Working on a creative project or grant application and need an office space? Got a meeting coming up that you need a space for? Performing Lines has FREE office and meeting spaces available for artists and producers – this week we have Zoe and Adriane from Side Pony Productions, Producer Gemma Pepper and writer & performer Katie Beckett in the house. There’s internet access, an office full of friendly faces (including Norman the Spoodle), and advice and feedback on your project or application if you need it. To reserve a spot, email Thom at [email protected]

Image by Heidrun Lohr

Image by Heidrun Lohr

PERFORMANCE SPACE | Volunteer for Liveworks Festival!
Performance Space is on the hunt for volunteers for their Liveworks across two weeks from the 19th to the 29th of October. As a volunteer you’ll get a chance to head behind the scenes and help make Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival happen, and score a free ticket for every 4hr shift! Register now – click here>>

CHUNKY MOVE | Next Move Expressions of Interest
In 2018, Chunky Move will commission an artist to create a new full-length work for the Next Move program. Australian dance makers with at least 5 years of professional practice are invited to submit an expression of interest by Fri 13 October. More info>>

CRITICAL PATH | Bill Shannon: Translations Workshop
An intensive workshop facilitated by world-renowned multidisciplinary artist Bill Shannon for artists with physical disability.  Bill invites participants to explore their individual movement patterns as the basis for a personal artistic language. EOIs close Fri 13 October. More info>>

PERFORMANCE SPACE | Male performers required for The Second Woman
The Second Woman is seeking male-identifying participants aged 18+ for speaking roles (scripts provided). No acting experience necessary. 10 minute slots in a 24 hour performance on 20 & 21 October, please expect irregular show times. This is a paid position. Applications close Wed 18 October. More info>>

CITY OF JOONDALUP | Arts and Culture Grants
Apply for up to $10,000 for an arts project in the City of Joondalup, Western Australia. Applications close Fri 20 October. More info>>

FESTIVALS AUSTRALIA FUNDING | Boosting community participation and audience engagement
Do you have a project that involves community engagement you would like to run at a regional event (festival, one-off celebration, etc.)? Supporting community participation and access to the arts, Festivals Australia funding aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector. The program is open to regional artists, arts workers, and organisations. Applications close Friday 20 October 2017 for projects commencing after 1 February 2018. More info>>

Image by Brett Boardman

Image by Brett Boardman

FORCE MAJEURE | Dancers required for new Commonwealth Games show
Our friends at Force Majeure are creating a new show Flock, a large scale site-specific piece to be performed across 500 metres of beach in the Gold Coast. They need 80 trained dancers with a background in contemporary dance, theatre, ballet or street dancing. You must be 16+ years, have at least three years experience, capable of remembering sequences of detailed choreography and be available all rehearsals (9 – 11 APR 2018) and performance dates (12 – 15 APR 2018), as well as two other weekend rehearsals in February and March 2018. REGISTER NOW through the Commonwealth Games volunteer callout>>

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE | Callout for LGBTIQ+ works for MELT Festival
MELT is an invitation to celebrate LGBTIQ+ culture through a dynamic, fun and highly engaging program of curated events featuring local, national and international artists and performances. Submissions close Mon 30 October. More info>>

NEWCASTLE FRINGE | 2018 applications are now open
The Fringe is a new international performing arts festival located in Newcastle, NSW. The 2018 festival will run from 21 - 25 March 2018. The fringe offers six performance venues and fees are calculated on a 70/30 split with the venue. Applications close Mon 30 October. More info>>

ANYWHERE FESTIVAL | Callout for work for programming in 2018
Applications are open to emerging and established artists who want to present theatre, music, poetry, dance, opera, ballet, immersive works, installations and comedy anywhere but a theatre in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Applications close Tues 31 October. More info>>

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in WA with a connection to communities in the Goldfields, Halls Creek or Kalgoorlie are invited to apply for support to spend time on country and strengthen their cultural knowledge, language and skills. Applications close Thurs 2 November. More info>>

GEELONG CITY COUNCIL | Geelong After Dark artist callout for performance & installation work
Geelong City Council are seeking EOIs from interested artists to create provocative interventions and installations for their free public event to be held in May 2018. Applications close Mon 6 November. More info>>

Image by Skye Hamilton

Image by Skye Hamilton

TERRAPIN PUPPET THEATRE | Contemporary Puppetry Residency
We <3 Terrapin, and this is a great paid opportunity for artists working across artforms to develop a new contemporary puppetry work. The residency is open to all independent, professional Australian artists, companies and ensembles who are developing a project that relates to puppetry. Terrapin will provide artist fees (up to $6k), accommodation, studio space, access to Terrapin’s technical resources for a two week period plus travel expenses. Applications close Fri 17 November. More info>>

PLAYWRITING AUSTRALIA| Max Afford Playwrights’ Award
Playwrights aged 18 to 40 are invited to submit their script for the Max Afford Playwright Award to receive a $15,000 cash prize and $15,000 towards development for the chosen play. This award has been established in the honour of the late Australian playwright and novelist Malcolm ‘Max’ and is administered by Playwriting Australia. Submissions close Sun 19 November. More info>>

2018 TRANSCULTURAL EXCHANGE | Apply for your scholarship now
Hosted by Université Laval, the 2018 TransCultural Exchange’s conference on 'Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons' will run from February 22nd – 24th, 2018 in Québec City, Canada.  Application letters for scholarships places must be received by Mon 30 OctoberMore info>>


PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL | Ground Transport Coordinator. Applications close Thurs 12 October. More info>>
KIDS THRIVE | General Manager. Applications close Thur 12 October. More info>>
CIRCUS OZ | Producer – Melba Spiegeltent. Applications close Thur 12 October. More info>>
WAAPA | Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning – Performing Arts). Applications close Sun 15 October. More info>>
MONASH UNI | Producer. Applications close Sun 15 October. More info>>
SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE | Creative Producer. Applications close Mon 16 October. More info>>
MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE | Casual Technician. Applications close Mon 16 October. More info>>
FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE | Creative Producer. Applications close Fri 20 October. More info>>
COUNTRY ARTS SA | Producer. Applications close Fri 20 October. More info>>
FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE | Marketing and Engagement Coordinator. Applications close Fri 20 October. More info>>


COUNTRY ARTS SA | Manager - National Touring Selector. Applications close Fri 20 October. More info>>
QUEENSLAND THEATRE | Ticketing Manager. Applications close Sat 21 October. More info>>
MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE | Contemporary Program Manager. Applications close Mon 23 October. More info>>
STATE OPERA SA | Artistic Director. Applications close Fri 27 October. More info>>
STATE OPERA SA | Executive Director. Applications close Fri 27 October. More info>>
BARANGAROO | Events Producer. Applications close Fri 27 October. More info>>
ARENA THEATRE | Executive Producer/CO-CEO. Applications close Mon 30 OctoberMore info>>
SHAUN PARKER CO | Executive Producer. Applications close Wed 1 November. Email [email protected] for more info
ARTSHUB | Digital Marketing Coordinator. More info>>


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Your monthly round-up of opportunities is here! Don't miss some amazing jobs with our friends at ILBIJERRI, Force Majeure, Performance Space and many more!

Our cover boy this month is Thom, our Marketing Manager. Got something you'd like to list here? Here's your guy - email him at [email protected]. We take submissions from all states and territories.


EOIs are now open for emerging arts leaders to take part in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program. Participants will need to commit to a six-month course, which includes two intensives three-day residentials, workshops, an online course and access to optional mentoring and secondments. EOIs close on Tues 12 September and participants will be notified in early October. More info>> 

The Arts Leaders Program brings together leaders from across Australia and eligible Asia Pacific countries, artforms and career levels to inspire and enhance arts leadership. EOIs close Tues 12 SeptemberMore info>> 

NAT RANDALL's THE SECOND WOMAN | Image by Zan Wimberley

NAT RANDALL's THE SECOND WOMAN | Image by Zan Wimberley

PERFORMANCE SPACE | The Second Woman by Nat Randall - CALLOUT
The LiveWorks Festival team are on the hunt for female-identifying crew and male-identifying participants to be a part of Nat Randall's incredible 24 hour performance work The Second Woman. Applications for female-identifying crew close Thurs 14 September. Male-identifying participants should register by Fri 29 September. More info>>

Artists, producers and programmers in music and dance are invited to apply for the Indonesia Performing Arts Tour. The tour will establish linkages with like-minded contemporary artists, producers and potential partners. The tour, running 7-12 November, includes performances, showcases and discussions in Jakarta and Bandung. EOIs close Fri 15 SeptemberMore info>> 

CRITICAL STAGES | Residency available
The residency provides free working space, support and mentoring, plus use of all office, kitchen and meeting facilities. Located in Walsh Bay, spaces are available for a year from October 2017. EOIs close Fri 22 SeptemberMore info>> 

ARTS ON TOUR | Community Presenter Touring Grant
The Grant supports the presentation of professional, NSW-based productions in community-run venues in regional NSW. Community presenters can submit a proposal for funding to extend a regional tour to one or more community-run venues in regional NSW and/or support a new tour to two or more community-run venues in regional NSW. Applications close Mon 25 SeptemberMore info>> 

Playwriting Australia | IGNITION PROGRAM

Playwriting Australia | IGNITION PROGRAM

PLAYWRITING AUSTRALIA | Ignition program EOIs now open
Submissions are now open for the Playwriting Australia’s creative script-development program that seeks to support a diversity of works, providing resources to develop scripts over a 12-24 month period including workshops, readings, creative developments and/or long-term mentorship with dramaturges/PWA artists. EOIs close on Mon 25 SeptemberMore info>> 

A full day festival entirely focused on Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers and writing. This free event at Bankstown Arts Centre on 28 October and will include performances, readings, panel discussions, audiovisual experiences, workshops for children and adults, and performances. Program announced soonMore info>> 

AUSDANCE NATIONAL | National Dance Forum in Melbourne
The 2017 National Dance Forum will bring together makers, producers and presenters for two-days to focus on strengthening the dance sector’s capacity within the digital domain. NDF2017 will be held from 25–26 September 2017 at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Victoria. More info> 

A matched funding and professional development program for independent artists and artistic groups. If you are looking to boost your fundraising skills and raise money for your company or next project, MATCH Lab could be just what you need. Applications close Mon 2 OctoberMore info>> 

WA-based independent theatre artists - this is your only chance to get more than $40,000 to go towards a project. The Blue Room's devolved funding program LOFT has been given additional funds to support ambitious WA projects. You can apply for up to $60,000 for a new presentation, $45,000 for a remount and $30,000 for a creative development. Applications close Tues 3 October. More info>>

AUSTRALIA COUNCIL | Signature Works Innovation Lab
This is a unique opportunity for First Nations arts professionals. Participants will be invigorated and inspired to create and collaborate in an entirely First Nations creative space. The ambition of the Innovation Lab is to strengthen future First Nations signature works and embolden artists with strong ideas and innovative work. The concept is deeply rooted in the principles of self-determination, with First Nations people creating the artistic experiences that are true to them within a First Nations space. Applications close Tues 3 OctoberMore info>> 

AUSTRALIA COUNCIL | International Residencies program now open
Secure an unique opportunities to immerse yourself in creative communities right around the world. Applications close Tues 3 October. More info>> 



Need more than $15k for a project in WA and can’t wait until April 2018? Hot tip – you may be able to qualify for a Commercial Development Grant and apply for up to $25,000. Check the guidelines and see if you can make it work. Applications close Thurs 5 OctoberMore info>> 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in WA with a connection to communities in the Goldfields, Halls Creek or Kalgoorlie are invited to apply for support to spend time on country and strengthen their cultural knowledge, language and skills. Applications close Thurs 2 NovemberMore info>> 




SYDNEY THEATRE CO | Usher/Front of House. Applications close Wed 13 September. More info>> 
ILBIJERRI THEATRE COMPANY | Executive Producer. Applications close Fri 15 September. More info>> 
CARCLEW & COUNTRY ARTS SA | Creative Producer – Youth. Applications close Fri 15 September. More info>> 
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE | Sound & AV Technician. Applications close Sun 17 September. More info>> 
FORCE MAJEURE | Associate Producer. Applications close Mon 18 September. More info>> 
 | Front of House Manager. Applications close Mon 18 September. More info>> 
THE WHEELER CENTRE | Venue Coordinator. Applications close Mon 18 September. More info>> 
MALTHOUSE THEATRE | Bar Supervisor. Applications close Mon 18 September. More info>> 
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL | Peer Services Officer. Applications close Wed 20 September. More info>> 
 | Program Assistant. Applications close Thurs 21 September. More info>> 
MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY | Marketing Campaign Manager. Applications close Fri 22 September. More info>> 
QUEENSLAND THEATRE | Development Coordinator. Applications close Fri 22 September. More info>> 
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE | Head of Contemporary Performance. Applications close Sun 24 September. More info>> 
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL | Arts Practice Director – Theatre. Applications close Mon 25 September. More info>> 
BELL SHAKESPEARE | Operations Coordinator. Applications close Mon 25 September. More info>> 
CITY RECITAL HALL | Casual Theatre Technician. Applications close Fri 29 September. More info>> 
 | Contracts Coordinator, Contracts Management. Applications close Fri 29 September. More info>> 
SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE | Creative Producer. Applications close Mon 16 October. More info>> 
QUEENSLAND THEATRE | Ticketing Manager. Applications close Sat 21 October. More info>> 

OPPORTUNITIES | July 2017 - Dance & More Edition

OPPORTUNITIES | July 2017 - Dance & More Edition

Choreographers take note - there's a bunch of dance treats in here, including the Keir Choreographic Award details, new workshops with Force Majeure, Dancehouse and Lucy Guerin Inc, international residencies and more. Applications are also still open for our new position of Executive Producer.

And don't miss the awesome new opportunities from Next Wave - Next Wave X - and Creative Victoria's Creators Fund.

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CALLOUT | Facilitators for Dear Hope Street (WA)

Dear Hope Street is part workshop, part live art experience. Children google street view a house on a Hope Street somewhere in the world, draw it on the front of a postcard, write to the resident on the back then post it.

Recipients can also respond online to photographs of their postcard. To get a good idea of the tone and reach of this project go to www.dearhopestreet.com

This project is led by Alex Desebrock and one of several works Maybe (  ) Together has developed that connects children to adults they don’t know. Alex’s practice is focused on working alongside children, asking big questions and being authentic.

We’re looking for artists that have experience working with 7 to 12yr olds, have initiative and can be a team player. The positions available are for up to three days, plus training and bump-in. To apply, fill out the form below and email your CV to Zainab Syed | [email protected] by Monday 5 June.


Successful applicants will be notified on Tuesday 6 June, with interviews being conducted the following day, on Wednesday 7 June.


Bump-in: Sunday 9th July
Workshop dates: Mon 10th to 14th July. 
Venue: Karrinyup Shopping Centre
Fee: $250/day + super


APAM MASTERCLASS | Opportunity for WA artists

Following on from the APAM Roadshow held at Subiaco Arts Centre, the Department of Culture and the Arts is hosting an exclusive masterclass for artists and companies who are interested in submitting an application to showcase or pitch a work at APAM 2018 in Brisbane or to attend the market to capitalise on networking opportunities.

Masterclass with the Masters
WHEN:             10 April 2017
TIME:               4.00-6.00pm
WHERE:           Department of Culture and the Arts, Level 2, 140 William St, Perth (Please gather in the Level 2 reception area)

DCA has engaged two very seasoned APAM masters to provide an honest insight into the full APAM experience - including our Producer Rachael Whitworth!

Andrew Ross (Rossarts) will speak on the arts market phenomenon: the concept and context: the benefits; the frustrations; the traps and what to watch out for.  He will also discuss the requirements for a successful application.

Andrew was the founding Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre from 1991 until 2003 and has productions which have toured throughout Australia and to the UK, Germany and Canada. From 2003-2013 he was Director of Brisbane Powerhouse. In 2013 he was engaged by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to produce the Indonesian Performing Arts Market (IPAM2013). He is currently a member of the board of the Australia Indonesia Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Andrew led the successful Brisbane bid for APAM staged in Brisbane in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Andrew has attended numerous international performing arts markets and has experienced local and international touring as a presenter, a buyer and a seller

Rachael Whitworth (Performing Lines WA) will speak on making the most of your time at APAM: preparation, execution, Touring – the APAM realities, Touring – hitting the road.

Rachael joined Performing Lines in 2011 from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, where she was working as an Associate Producer during the lead up to the 20th UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival. Trained at VCA, Rachael began her career as a dancer with the West Australian Ballet. She worked with Buzz Dance Theatre for three years as a contemporary dancer, teacher and choreographer and then as an independent dancer on numerous projects before diversifying her practice. She performed and collaborated with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for nearly a decade and whilst performing, completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Entertainment Management at Deakin University in 2000.

Rachael was an Australia Council International Society for the Performing Arts fellow from 2014 - 2017, attending ISPA congresses in New York for four years.  She attended IPAY market (International Performing Arts for Youth) in 2017 and has been to three APAMs, presenting a Showcase in 2012. 

Steve Shaw (Senior Project Officer, Investment, DCA) will provide information on DCA’s role at APAM including details regarding funding to attend the market and information on DCA’s plans to support a Western Australian presence at APAM 2018.

Steve has represented DCA at six previous markets delivering the DCA booth presence and working to promote WA artists and companies attending the market.


It is important that you RSVP as places are limited for this event. First call on places will be offered to those artists and company representatives who attended the APAM Roadshow. Please RSVP to [email protected]  by FRIDAY 7th April to secure your place.

YIRRAMBOI Festival program has launched

The program for Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival in Melbourne has launched, and it’s a pretty amazing line-up of work from around Australia and the world.

AMRITA HEPI | A Call To Dance

AMRITA HEPI | A Call To Dance

We’re very excited to be working on the following shows and initiatives as part of the festival.

Amrita Hepi | A Call to Dance – What moves you? | 9 - 13 May 
Dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi invites you to come and have a heart to heart, a yarn or a stroll and to workshop a dance move. A Call to Dance is a participatory work encouraging a physical conversation about cultural ownership and authorship. Create movement based on your experiences that articulates something profoundly personal. More info>>

Joshua Pether | Monster (part of a triple bill) | 6 - 8 May
From the dark recesses of the mind while suspended between reality and the ephemeral, the body undergoes a transformation creating ‘the other’, The Monster. Combining dance and live art, Joshua Pether conjures a deeply personal exorcism to distil and embody this moment of transformation and release, produced by Performing Lines WA. More info>>

Blak Lines New Work Platform | 11 – 14 May
An industry by-invitation event bringing together First Nations performing artists and companies from around Australia with presenters, producers and programmers. 15 independent artists will pitch initial concepts, developments and presentation-ready work. They'll be joined by representatives from ILBIJERRI Theatre, Marrugeku, Moogahlin Performing Arts Inc, and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company discussing what new work they have coming up. Full website launching soon!

Featured artists:

  • Thomas Avery
  • Katie Beckett
  • Jo Clancy
  • Ghenoa Gela
  • The Stiff Gins
  • Amrita Hepi
  • Andrea James
  • Thomas E.S Kelly
  • Kamahi Djordan King
  • Pauline Lampton
  • Nathan Maynard
  • Mariaa Randall
  • Kevin Starkey
  • Travis De Vries
  • Naretha Williams

While applications to attend the New Work Platform have now closed, there is a number of other exciting opportunities at the festival.

National Indigenous Dance Forum | 5 - 7 May
Organised by industry peak body BlakDance, the National Indigenous Dance Forum will bring together cultural dancers, contemporary dancers, community dance groups, producers, choreographers, educators and scholars, to participate in three days of discussions focussing on the current situation affecting and influencing Indigenous dance practice. More info>>

BlakDance Presenter Series | 5 – 7 May
Presented alongside the National Indigenous Dance Forum, BlakDance are offering an opportunity to presenters and programmers to join their presenters' delegation. More info>>

Check out the full program of amazing work here>>

ANNOUNCEMENT | The Age Of Bones panel speakers announced

To accompany the tour of The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang), we are hosting a series of panel talks looking at the important human rights issues and other themes raised by the show.


Thursday 16 March | Post-show (8:30pm)
Australian Theatre for Young People - ATYP Studio 1, The Wharf

Tanya Jackson-Vaughan | Executive Director, Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Sandra Thibodeaux | Playwright, The Age of Bones
Imas Sobariah | Performer and Company Manager, Teater Satu


Tanya Jackson-Vaughan
is the Executive Director of RACS. Since 2001, Tanya has been working to improve the lives of asylum seekers and migrants. Prior to joining RACS, Tanya was an Academic English Teacher at UNSW and Office Manager and Immigration Advisor for the Hon Anthony Albanese MP. A passionate advocate for human rights, Tanya has overseen the growth of RACS into one of the leading refugee legal centres in Australia.

For more info on RACS, click here>>

LONG READ | Pippa Bailey for International Womens' Day

LONG READ | Pippa Bailey for International Womens' Day

For International Women's Day, our Senior Producer Pippa Bailey reflects on her recent experiences at Katherine's Women of the World Festival, the IETM Plenary in Valencia in Spain, and the development and premiere of a mother's story - The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang).

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