...it was important not to conceive MAPS as a mere 'service' to artists, but rather as the foundation for an equal creative partnership between producer and artist.


Karilyn Brown CEO
karilyn@performinglines.org.au  +61 2 9319 0066

Since 2009, Karilyn has been the General Manager of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the global network of national arts funding agencies (national arts councils and ministries of culture) dedicated to improving best practice in arts and cultural policy development, arts funding, arts advocacy and public access to the arts. Karilyn’s career has included 20 years with the Australia Council for the Arts, including as Deputy Director, Visual Arts and Crafts Board (1988-1994) and as Executive Director, Arts Development (2001-2009), responsible for national and international audience and market development, a number of strategies focused on presenting and promoting Australian arts and culture in Europe, the US and Japan, and several major international projects such as Australia’s participation in the Venice Biennale and the Australian Indigenous Art Commission at the Musee du quai Branly in Paris. More info>>


Fiona de Garis Producer
fiona@performinglineswa.org.au  +61 8 9200 6213

Fiona de Garis joined Performing Lines in 2008, fresh from a year as Associate Producer of the 20th UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival. For UNIMA she worked with a small team to deliver an extensive programme of performances, an artists’ club, professional development sessions and a free Carnival Day at the Perth Concert Hall. Previously an itinerant project, company and stage manager, Fiona spent 14 years wandering and working with many of Australia’s leading performing arts organisations. A particular career highlight was touring with Neil Thomas’s The Urban Dream Capsule at home and abroad.  A graduate of both the University of Western Australia and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Fiona would like to figure out how to create more hours in one day.


Rachael Whitworth Producer
rachael@performinglineswa.org.au  +61 8 9200 6232

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 between 1998 and 2000 worked 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. Working as a producer with Performing Lines is an exciting transition for Rachael as she is able to work closely with artists, using her experience as an independent practitioner, whilst applying and extending her knowledge of project management.


Thom Smyth Marketing Manager
thom@performinglineswa.org.au +61 8 9200 6212 | +61416 002 560

Thom joined Performing Lines in 2014 from The Blue Room Theatre. He completed a Bachelor of Communications with a double major in journalism and politics, completing his studies with an internship at The Jakarta Post in Indonesia. He ditched aspirations of Canberra press gallery glory to work freelance for independent artists and venues. He is currently Marketing Manager at Performing Lines WA and Proximity Festival, Australia’s first and only one-on-one performance platform. His clients have included the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Chunky Move (through the Mobile States Initiative),  Bivouac Canteen, The Big HOO-HAA!, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Bird Studio and numerous productions including the Bane trilogy (UK), HotForTheatre’s Eternal Rising of the Sun (IRE), Le Foulard (UK), and …miskien (RSA). Thom was also part of the creative team behind Barefaced Stories.


WA Decides | Perth’s favourite show of 2017

Posted: December 12th, 2017