“We are absolutely thrilled that Marion will be joining the team to lead Performing Lines into the future”, said Performing Lines Chair, Bill Harris. “Marion brings an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience to this newly created position.”
“We look forward to working with her as she takes on this leadership role, continuing our commitment to developing, producing and touring new and transformative Australian performing arts in Australia and internationally.”
Since 2015, Marion has been the Director, Theatre at the Australia Council for the Arts, responsible for the Council’s support and engagement with the development of theatre, including independent practice. Marion’s art-form expertise and national overview has informed grant programs, strategic initiatives and policy outcomes.
Marion has held prominent roles at Malthouse Theatre (Artistic Director/CEO), Sydney Theatre Company (Resident Director) and Bell Shakespeare (Associate Artistic Director). For STC and Bell, national touring was a significant focus at this time, with both companies pioneering new networks and engagement strategies.
Marion has also worked as a practicing director with over 50 production credits. She has maintained a strong connection with the small-to-medium sector both as a freelance artist and Board member: she was a founding directorate member of Hothouse Theatre (Albury-Wodonga) and Chair of World Interplay (Townsville).
She has also been a Board Member of Griffin Theatre, Windmill Theatre, Playworks and Curator of the National Playwrights Conference – all companies representing diverse scales of operation, governance needs, producing complexities and audience expectations.
“I am very excited by the prospect of working with the dedicated, highly skilled Board and team at Performing Lines, and with some of our most imaginative independent artists and companies,” said Marion. “I have always been driven by the highest aspirations for Australian artists and am inspired daily by their dynamism, bravery and cultural power.”
“Performing Lines plays a vital role in enabling their contribution to be enjoyed and celebrated nationally and around the world. It’s a privilege to lead an organisation that has such a strong impact on the evolution of Australia’s contemporary performing arts practice.”
Marion will commence her duties from 30 October 2017. For more information, visit: www.performinglines.org.au for details.
Image: Marion Potts – photo by Pia Johnson