Executive Producer, Harley Stumm, has worked in performing arts producing since 1994. Prior to establishing the company Intimate Spectacle, he undertook the National Touring Framework project for the Australia Council, a major research consultancy with colleague Rick Heath, mapping the existing touring landscape, and proposing a series of significant reforms and development goals. Many of these have already been implemented by the Australia Council, the Federal Arts Minister, and industry bodies.
He was Producer at Performing Lines 2005-11, managing the Mobile States contemporary touring program, and producing 15 national tours by artists such as Splintergroup, Tanja Liedtke, Branch Nebula, Chamber Made, version 1.0, James Saunders, Fleur Elise Noble, Rosie Dennis, Dancenorth, and Marrugeku. These included ground-breaking new touring models, such as the multi-event cluster of works including full-length, short, durational and installation works; and the engagement residency tour of Back to Back Theatre’s The Democratic Set touring twelve centres from major capital cities, to regional and remote centres from Goolwa to Tennent Creek.
He also produced several major new works, including Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor, version 1.0’s The Wages of Spin, and commissions by major festivals (Erth’s The Nargun and the Stars), and Sydney Opera House (Branch Nebula’s Paradise City, which also toured Brazil’s major dance festivals), and the German-Australian co-production Food Chain (Gavin Webber & Grayson Millwood, Sydney Festival 2011, Germany & Austria.)
He was Executive Producer and joint CEO at Sidney Myer Award winning Urban Theatre Projects 1995-2003, producing more than 20 new works, including its breakthrough Adelaide Festival commission The Longest Night (2002), and numerous large-scale site-specific productions. He has also freelanced for various organisations including Performance Space, version 1.0 and Legs on the Wall (Acting General Manager 2004).
He is currently a member of the Helpmann Awards Dance & Physical Theatre Panel, and has been a member of the Arts NSW Theatre Committee, and the Chair of PACT Youth Theatre. Previously, he was a radio producer and journalist for ten years (1984-93), firstly at Brisbane’s iconic public station 4ZZZ-FM, then at the ABC’s Triple J.