How focusing on the sector’s vitamin deficiencies makes work stronger

Perhaps best known as a touring body, Performing Lines has a key role to play in strengthening the sector by focusing on the gaps that need addressing.

‘Performing Lines has always kind of been what the sector has required it to be, in many ways,’ said Marion Potts.

The organisation’s Executive Producer (with previous roles including directorships at the Australia Council for the Arts and Malthouse Theatre), Potts suspects many in the sector are unaware of Performing Lines’ role as a producer of new Australian work, tending to think of it as more focused on and facilitating touring for independent artists and small-to-medium companies.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts