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Performing Lines
Performing Lines

5/245 Chalmers Street, Redfern, NSW 2016
T 02-9319-0066
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Aug. 16, 2018
Performing Lines (Australia) 
From its predecessor, the Australian Content Division of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust (AETT) established in 1982, Performing Lines became an incorporated non-profit organization in 1990 specializing in the performing arts. The organization has offices in Sydney and Perth and seven board members with specialties in the corporate, media and arts sectors. The main principles behind the organization’s programs are fostering uniquely Australian performing arts and supporting independent artists, and while helping in networking for people involved in the performing arts, Performing Lines supports new artists that express the diversity of the Australian experience in new ways.
The organization’s activities include securing funding from the Australian Government, Corporations and private supporters and applying the expertise of the organization’s staff members to performing arts production efforts. As a producer, Performing Lines builds a cooperative network of domestic and international artists, venues, festivals, production partners and audiences and supports artists by supplying information and opportunities for creation of works. Also, in addition to full-scope co-production efforts that begin from the project planning stage and follow right through to national and international touring, the organization also provides professional consulting services to individual artists and organizations.
Performing Lines respects the indigenous culture of Australia and the rights of and responsibilities to its people in the contemporary world, and since its founding it has supported in particular the Aboriginal Theatre. The tour to Denver, Colorado of Robert Merritt’s The Cake Man to Denver organized in 1982 was the first production of Aboriginal theater ever to tour abroad.
Performing Lines also participates in the activities of Tasmania Performs ( from its base in Hobart, Tasmania to support the activities of Tasmanian contemporary artists by creating performance opportunities, both domestic and international.
On the Performing Lines website you will find information including resumes and lists of works of artists the organization is currently involved with through co-production, creative work and performances.