Tasmania Performs is present at every level of the Tasmanian Performing arts sector.  We work with emerging independent artists to help increase their skills and sector awareness; we produce the work of these artists as well as that of more established artists and companies; we commission new works, we connect artists with national and international presenters; and where appropriate broker and manage the tours that result.

Tasmania Performs is an initiative of Arts Tasmania, developed in partnership with the Australia Council in 2006 and managed by one of Australia’s leading producing and touring organisations Performing Lines in Sydney. The Producer based in Tasmania is Annette Downs.


Tasmania Performs provides value to performing artists across the life-cycle of their career to enhance their professional opportunities through connection to colleagues and audiences within and beyond Tasmania.


1)   Producing: support Tasmanian independent artists and companies in producing and presenting their works through our direct support and strategic partnerships

2)   Sector development: identify skill gaps, mentoring opportunities, and project development opportunities for Tasmanian artists

3)   Audience and market development: strengthen relationships with presenters to build audiences for Tasmanian performing arts work and represent Tasmania in national and international forums

4)   Operations: maximise Tasmania Performs effectiveness through best practice governance, management, and operations through Performing Lines 


In 2005, Performing Lines was commissioned by the Tasmania Government to develop a producing and touring framework for Tasmania.  In 2006, Tasmania Performs was established as an initiative of Arts Tasmania to address product and market development issues for the Performing Arts, in particular securing an ongoing life for local works and developing regional touring networks. The Tasmanian Government with additional seed funding from the Australia Council granted funding to Sydney based Performing Lines Ltd to manage Tasmania Performs and employ a local Producer to achieve these outcomes.

Performing Lines is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected performing arts producers of independent work.  It is a key organisation with multi-year funding from the Australia Council established 27 years ago.

Tasmania Performs is now a single project within Performing Lines. Performing Lines manages all financial and governance arrangements for Tasmania Performs from their Sydney office and provides a national overview, advice and industry expertise. This is incredibly efficient as it frees the local Producers from servicing a company structure or management Board, and provides access to insurance policies, qualified accountants, a national network of producers, MYOB etc. The Tasmania Performs Producers focus 100% on the projects from hot desks rented within Arts Tasmania office.


Performing Lines CEO Ms Karilyn Brown is based in Sydney.
Senior Producer Annette Downs
Associate Producer Jen Cramer


Chair: Jo Duffy
Members: David Malacari, Natalie da Vito, Kelly Drummond Cawthon, Lee Cumberlidge



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