ANNOUNCEMENT: New Executive Producer Appointed

The Chair of Performing Lines, Bill Harris, is delighted to announce the appointment of Marion Potts as the new Executive Producer of the company.

‘We are absolutely thrilled that Marion will be joining the team to lead Performing Lines into the future”, said Bill Harris. “Marion brings an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience to this newly created position. We look forward to working with her as she takes on this leadership role, continuing our commitment to developing, producing and touring new and transformative Australian performing arts in Australia and internationally.”

Marion Potts adds, “I am very excited by the prospect of working with the dedicated, highly skilled Board and team at Performing Lines, and with some of our most imaginative independent artists and companies. I have always been driven by the highest aspirations for Australian artists and am inspired daily by their dynamism, bravery and cultural power.

“Performing Lines plays a vital role in enabling their contribution to be enjoyed and celebrated nationally and around the world. It’s a privilege to lead an organisation that has such a strong impact on the evolution of Australia’s contemporary performing arts practice.”

Marion will commence her duties from 30 October 2017.  At that time, the current CEO, Karilyn Brown, will move into an interim General Manager position to support Marion and assist in the transition.

For further information, please contact Bill Harris, Chair, Performing Lines: [email protected]



Since 2015, Marion has been the Director, Theatre at the Australia Council for the Arts, responsible for the Council’s support and engagement with the development of theatre, including independent practice. Marion’s art-form expertise and national overview has informed grant programs, strategic initiatives and policy outcomes.

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:

  • Strengthening Malthouse’s commitment to the development and programming of Indigenous works – including The Shadow King and its tour to all major Australian festivals and the Barbican Centre, London.
  • A new focus on intercultural dialogue and the launch of an International Program yielding collaborations with China, India, Mexico and the UK.
  • The establishment of Helium, a development and presentation opportunity for Independent artists, as well as Malthouse’s ongoing company-in-residence program.

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.