Announcement: Fiona de Garis to leave Performing Lines WA

Performing Lines would like to warmly congratulate Fiona de Garis who is leaving the company in April to take up the position of Executive Director of Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

“We will miss Fiona enormously, but this appointment is a wonderful opportunity for Fiona to exercise her considerable skills in a new environment with exciting challenges” said Marion Potts, Executive Producer.

As Senior Producer, Fiona has worked tirelessly for the company since our inception in Western Australia nearly 10 years ago, and her impact on the local and national performing arts sector cannot be overstated.

In the past five years alone, Performing Lines WA has produced:

  • 26 creative developments
  • 21 world premiere seasons of work by West Australian artists
  • 17 national presentations or tours
  • 8 regional West Australian tours
  • 7 remount seasons, ensuring the ongoing life of existing works
  • 3 international seasons

During this time, Performing Lines WA has employed 300 - 400 project artists and staff annually and averaged $1mil annual turnover of project funds. Fiona oversaw the design and successful delivery of the Australia Council and WA Government’s Managing and Producing Services (MAPS) initiative, and the transition into a flexible producing model for some of Western Australia’s most exciting independent artists. She has left a lasting impression on the many artists, creative and venue teams we work with around Australia.

“I would like to thank Fiona for her dedication to Performing Lines - she has been an inspiration to a great many of us, inside and outside the organisation. We’re thrilled for the Bunbury community and wish Fiona every success in her new role.” said Marion.

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To continue to drive the good work of Performing Lines WA, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Rachael Whitworth to the position of Senior Producer, Performing Lines WA.

Rachael has been Producer with the company for six years, delivering many of their projects and working with artists including Sensorium Theatre, Danielle Micich, Laura Boynes and Tristen Parr, Emma Fishwick, Joshua Pether, and Ursula Yovich on The Magic Hour.

“Rachael has been intimately involved in all aspects of the company and I have no doubt that the strong track record of delivery in WA and supporting exciting and challenging artists will continue and expand under Rachael’s leadership”, said Marion.

“Working with Fiona has been such a privilege. We have been a strong, collaborative team, dedicated to the artists we work with and always striving to making the theatre and dance sector in WA vital and cohesive.” Rachael said.

“I'm excited at the opportunity to build on Fiona's momentum and legacy. We have achieved so much but there is plenty more work to do to ensure the diverse voices of West Australia’s finest artists reach audiences everywhere.”

Rachael’s next major project will be delivering the international debut of Sensorium Theatre’s Oddysea at Lincoln Center Education’s festival for children on the Autism spectrum – the Big Umbrella Festival – in New York City in April.

In 2018 Performing Lines WA’s program also includes: Maybe (   ) Together’s Future Postal Service at Festival 2018, part of the Commonwealth Games arts and culture program; a regional WA tour of The Farm & Co3 Australia’s highly physical dance theatre work Frank Enstein; and creative developments by Sensorium Theatre, Katt Osborne and Tarryn Gill, Sally Richardson, and illUMEnate – an exciting new collective of emerging CaLD artists.

For all enquiries:
Thom Smyth
Marketing Manager | Performing Lines

[email protected] | 02 9319 0066