“Sam’s unwavering advocacy for artists and her passion for the industry make her an invaluable addition to the Performing Lines team, building on our important efforts in Victoria,” said Performing Lines Executive Producer Marion Potts. “She has nurtured a host of artists, toured works nationally and internationally and invested considerably in the local Victorian sector.”
Samantha joins Jeremy Smith (Senior Producer WA) and Annette Downs (Senior Producer TAS) as part of our national producing network across WA, Tas, Victoria and NSW, working across Australia and internationally.
“I am thrilled to work with extraordinary artists like Fat Fruit (soon to premiere their newest work, Fart Fabulous at RISING), The Rabble (we are about to take the critically acclaimed show, YES!, To Vitalstastix), Amrita Hepi and Samara Hersch (who is part of the innovative new initiative, HYPERLOCAL, which reimagines the way that metropolitan venues support local artists to commission new work),” said Samantha.
“I feel very passionately about supporting new Australian work and ensuring that that work represents the diversity of the world we live and supports First Nations artists first.”
Samantha is a Programmer and Creative Producer based in Melbourne. Samantha is thrilled to join the team at Performing Lines. For the last 5 years, Samantha has worked as Arts Programmer at Darebin City Council where she programmed and delivered the annual Darebin Arts Speakeasy season, including designing and facilitating the award winning program, Let’s Take Over.
Previously, Samantha has worked as the Creative Producer of Elbow Room, as Tour Coordinator with Regional Arts Victoria (where she has also been engaged to produce both 2014 & 2015 Showcase Victoria events in conjunction with the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres), Producer of the inaugural Poppy Seed Festival, Operations Manager for Red Stitch Actors Theatre; Administrator for Rollercoaster Theatre Company; and has sat in many roles as a Freelance Creative Producer.
Performing Lines is a national company with offices in NSW, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria. It was recently awarded Creative Victoria funding through its Unlocking Capacity Program to support its Victorian activities, enabling Performing Lines to increase its activity in Victoria, support and employ more Victorian artists, operate more sustainably, and deliver more creative products and services. Samantha’s appointment comes at a pivotal time of growth for Performing Lines in Victoria.
For more information about Performing Lines, visit: www.performinglines.org.au for details.
Image: Samantha Butterworth – courtesy of Performing Lines