Karilyn was CEO of Performing Lines from November 2013 to March 2018. Performing Lines develops, produces and tours new and innovative Australian performing arts regionally, nationally and internationally. In this role, Karilyn secured recurrent federal and state government funding, established a philanthropic program, and managed the strategic realignment of the company through new modelling and sector development initiatives.
Prior to her appointment, Karilyn had been General Manager of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture (IFACCA) from 2009, 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 worked on strategic planning, stakeholder relationships and business operations, as well as a range of international initiatives and projects.
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.
Karilyn’s other positions have included Program Manager for the 1997-2000 Olympic Arts Festivals and Paralympic Arts Festival programs with the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and Manager, Cultural Policy at the City of Sydney.
She has also worked with a number of artist-run-initiatives and organisations in the area of contemporary arts practice, and her board memberships have included ArtBank, Object Contemporary Design Centre, Artspace, Stalker Theatre Company, and Chair of the Australian Performing Arts Touring Alliance. Karilyn is currently a member of the NIDA Academic board.