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

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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Wesley Enoch in conversation with Nathan Maynard

We were thrilled that both Wesley Enoch, Director of Sydney Festival, and playwright Nathan Maynard took time out from their Festival schedules to talk to friends and supporters of Performing Lines about Nathan’s festival hit The Season, currently on at the Drama Theatre Sydney Opera House.

Their relaxed and lively conversation offered a more personal insight into the development of the play and the story around it, that of mutton bird farming in the Bass Strait of Tasmania and the strong family connections and traditions around it.

A former dancer and artist, this is Nathan’s first play and he acknowledged the ongoing support of producer Annette Downs and the team at Tasmania Performs; the great opportunity to be part of Moogahlin's Yellamundie Festival; and the support offered by the Major Festivals Initiative, including Sydney Festival and Ten Days on the Island.

Our thanks to Nathan and Wesley.

To find out more about The Season, click here>>
To find out more about Performing Lines' Giving Program, click here>>

NEWS | Age of Bones in the Griffin Award

A big congrats to Sandra Thibodeaux for the shortlisting and subsequent reading her new show The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang) at the prestigious Griffin Award.

This highly-visual new theatre work is currently in development ahead of presentation later this year in Indonesia. For more info on the show, click here>>

Well done to winner Melissa Reeves for her new script The Zen of Table Tennis, and to all the shortlisted artists.

The Griffin Award is supported by Griffin Theatre Company and the Copyright Agency Ltd.