Our Board

Our Board

The Performing Lines Board has representatives from business, media and the arts, chaired by Bill Harris.

Current Members

  • Bill Harris (Chair), Freelance Creative Producer
  • Anne-Marie Heath (Deputy Chair), Independent consultant
  • David Doyle, Executive Director of DADAA
  • Vernon Guest, Creative Producer at Ten Days on the Island
  • Michelle Kvello, Director at Lantern Partners
  • Margaret Ross, Executive Producer at ABC Indigenous
  • Robi Stanton, Vice President at Turner International
  • Stephen Digby, Founder and Principal of Digby Law

Bill Harris | Chair

A graduate of the University of Melbourne and the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Bill was the Production Manager at Belvoir Street Theatre before moving to an executive production role at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympic Arts Festivals.

As Production Director for the 2002 Adelaide Festival of Arts, Bill drove the creation and development of new Australian and international productions, before returning to NIDA as Head of the Production course.

As Head of Programming at Sydney Festival, Bill oversaw events such as Festival First Night, Movers and Shakers dance series, Smoke and Mirrors, Dawn Chorus and Trocadero Dance Palace. For Global Creatures, Bill was Executive Producer for the world premiere season of the stage musical, King Kong. Bill is currently consulting to the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, advising and developing programming initiatives as part of its arts and cultural framework.

Anne-Marie Heath | Deputy Chair

Anne-Marie has considerable experience in the performing arts as a presenter and in national touring and in that capacity, has actively facilitated audience development and community engagement programs and activities.  Anne-Marie is currently consulting for The Arts House in Wyong, in addition to the role of President of PAC Australia and a Council Member of the Australian Performing Arts Touring Alliance (PATA).  Her past appointments have included General Manager at Merrigong Theatre Company, General Manager of City Recital Hall, Angel Place, General Manager at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre and Business Operations Manager at Chapel off Chapel.

Stephen Digby

Stephen Digby is the Founder and Principal of Digby Law a leading boutique law practice providing legal, commercial and strategic advice in the media & entertainment, innovation &
technology, communications & leisure sectors. For more than 35 years of practice, Stephen has worked with Australian and international individuals and businesses, whose intellectual property is their main, and sometimes, sole assets and who can turn new and imaginative ideas into reality. From innovators who challenge the norm to those who create and communicate things of beauty, utility and/or entertainment Stephen’s role as legal, commercial and strategic adviser has been to help these clients identify, clarify, protect and defend these assets and to get his clients proper value and reward for their past, present and future efforts.

David Doyle

David is currently the Executive Director of DADAA LTD. Over the past 30 years, he has produced large-scale Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) and arts and health projects internationally and across Western Australia. Since the 1990s, in tandem with his project roles, David has played the lead role in building DADAA to be an internationally significant arts and disability organisation. Communities and people are central to his practice. Using Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) and arts and health practises, David works to actively contribute to the wellbeing of the arts and health sectors and to the WA community as a whole. His strength is a capacity to bring disparate structures together around active responses to population and placed based, complex social issues. David has worked in disability arts practice, and arts and health, across Western Australian, the Northern Territory, Ireland, Hong Kong, Kenya and South Africa, and is dedicated to furthering access to arts and culture for all people.

Vernon Guest

As a senior producer, programmer and arts manager, Vernon has curated festivals, venues and events across Australia. After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, his early career included stage managing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney Paralympics, and production management for the Adelaide and Perth festivals. Vernon later held the post of Program Manager for the Perth International Arts Festival, Star Shell Manager for the Darwin Festival, Special Project Manager at Sydney Festival, Program Manager at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and 8 years as Producer of Major Outdoor Events for the Sydney Festival. With more than 19 years experience in the performing arts, Vernon has implemented strategic change in complex not-for-profit structures and led many innovative cultural projects across Australia. He also lectures and advises on international programming and artist management to a variety of organisations.

Michelle Kvello

Michelle Kvello is an experienced commercial finance professional with over 20 years’ experience, specialising in media and technology businesses.  Starting her career as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London she worked for blue chip companies including Reuters, Foxtel and Yahoo! in Australia and the UK before starting her own strategic finance consultancy, Lantern Partners, in 2012.  Lantern Partners specialises in helping businesses understand their financials, offering strategic and commercial finance advice and providing hands on support to ensure they achieve their goals.

Margaret Ross

Margaret is a Dhungutti/Gumbangirr woman from Northern NSW with over 10 years’ experience in the Indigenous media sector, starting out in print and currently working in web, digital content, social and broadcast media. Crossing the bridge from SBS/NITV in 2014, Margaret has been a Producer within the ABC’s Indigenous department since. During this time spearheading online, brand and social media development, strategy, content and editorial as well as focusing on audience engagement and building and sustaining an ABC Indigenous online community. A productive five years at ABC Indigenous has seen Margaret work in various capacities on titles such as Redfern Now: Promise MeGods of Wheat StreetClevermanBlack ComedyBlack AsAussie RangersKGBWrong Kind of Black (social), Will We Ever Have a Black PM? and Blue Water Empire among other titles. In her new role as Executive Producer, Margaret is responsible for the management of the digital strategy for ABC Indigenous, as well as identifying, developing and managing new content for the ABC Indigenous slate across all platforms and genres.

Robi Stanton

Robi Stanton is a highly accomplished senior executive with extensive experience in media, marketing and digital across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
In 2020, Robi was appointed Vice President, International Television Distribution at Warner Bros. responsible for the distribution of a portfolio of amazing content including current and library programming from Warner Bros., HBO, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks and HBO Max across all media and digital platforms. Robi was headhunted to join Warner Bros. with a remit to drive cultural and business change in a shifting media landscape.
From 2007, Robi worked at Turner Broadcasting in a range of senior leadership roles. She was responsible for a diversified multi-platform operation, driving both Turner’s business strategy and commercial results. Her remit included networks management, content sales, entertainment advertising sales, off-channel business management and monetization of Turner’s growing catalogue of app, games and digital products. In this role, Robi increased profitability through a focus on data, developing the digital capabilities of her organization, launching new products and attracting both new clients and audiences.
Robi has experience in P&L management, multi-platform rights and sponsorship negotiation, commercial partnerships, marketing strategy plus managing and developing multi-function teams. She is a thought leader in the areas of audience development, marketing creativity and digital product innovation.
Robi has a BA (UNSW) and completed her MBA in 2001. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently on the board of national production company, Performing Lines. Robi is focused on the empowerment of women and girls and current involvement includes mentoring elite female athletes with Minerva Network and young women in TV through ASTRA.  She also participates regularly in “Mentor Walks”. Robi is a member of Chief Executive Women.

Founded in 1982 as the Australian Content Division of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust (AETT), Performing Lines incorporated as an independent non-profit organisation in 1990.

We’ve worked with many of Australia’s leading contemporary performing artists and companies. Highlights include Nigel Jamieson and Paul Grabowsky’s extraordinary Indonesian collaboration The Theft of Sita; Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman’s The 7 Stages of Grieving; William Yang’s Sadness; Tanja Liedtke’s construct and Twelfth Floor; the Chooky Dancers and Nigel Jamieson’s Ngurrumilmarrmiriyu (Wrong Skin); and Wesley Enoch’s I am Eora.

We’ve had a significant influence on the Australian theatre scene, and particularly in the touring and presentation of Aboriginal theatre. Performing Lines toured Robert Merritt’s The Cake Man to Denver, Colorado in 1982 – the first time an Australian Aboriginal production toured internationally. Other significant works include ILBIJERRI’S Jack Charles V the Crown’; Jack Davis’ The DreamersNo Sugar and Honeyspot; Sally Morgan’s Sister Girl and the Indigenous musical Bran Nue Dae.

Performing Lines has produced some of the most exciting and significant contemporary theatre and dance practitioners, including Lucy Guerin, Force Majeure, version 1.0, Chamber Made Opera, Back to Back Theatre, post and Aphids.

More recently, we have produced a range of works from artists including Nicola Gunn, Lz Dunn, Ghenoa Gela, Roslyn Oades, Ahilan Ratnamohan, The Farm, Gravity & Other Myths and Chunky Move.

Our History

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of our First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.