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
  • Claudia Chidiac, Theatre Maker
  • 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

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.

Claudia Chidiac

Claudia Chidiac is a theatre maker, cultural worker and creative producer. For fifteen yeas she has worked with diverse communities creating intimate and large scale experiences. From 2010 – 2014 she was the Creative Producer of Performance and Music and Theatre Producer/Curator at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) In 2013 she produced and directed Tough Beauty by Finegan Kruckemeyer, for CPAC. In 2011 she created and produced the award winning Way Out West (WOW) Festival for Children.From 2005 – 2010 she was the Artistic Director and EO of PYT Fairfield. In 2006, she was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Community Cultural Development Young Leaders Award.

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 is an experienced commercial finance professional, specialising in media and digital businesses.  Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London she worked for blue chip companies including Reuters, Foxtel and Yahoo!7 in Australia and the UK before starting her own strategic finance consultancy, Lantern Partners, in 2012.  Lantern Partners specialise in helping businesses understand their financials, offering strategic and commercial finance advice and providing hands on support to ensure they achieve their goals. Clients include larger corporates, SMEs and start-ups within the media and digital space.

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 respected and experienced media executive having held senior roles across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. She is currently Vice President & General Manager of Turner Australia and on the senior management team at Turner Asia Pacific. As General Manager, Robi is responsible for developing and driving the company’s strategy, coordinating and leading all company business divisions and overseeing Turner’s global brands and franchises including CNN, Cartoon Network and content from Turner’s US networks TBS and TNT. Robi’s xperience spans financial management, consumer strategy, digital product development, marketing, sales, sponsorship and philanthropic projects. Robi has a degree in theatre studies from UNSW and completed her MBA in 2001. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.