What pipeline partnerships can achieve for the theatre sector

An independent theatre and a State Theatre Company are working together to support and re-stage new Australian works.
two young performers onstage standing on the roof of a set piece of a house

Kate Champion knows more than most about what it means to sustain a career as an independent artist.

Champion, the incoming Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company, has contributed to the Australian independent scene in myriad ways since her early years in the UK (where she worked with boundary-pushing Australian director Lloyd Newson) before returning home to start her own risk-taking dance/theatre company, Force Majeure, in 2002.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).