Board of Directors
The Board of Directors controls the business of the Company and acts to promote its objects and interests.
The Board of Directors is responsible for:
- directing and guiding the Company’s strategic direction
- appointing the Director/CEO
- maintaining and enhancing the role of the Company as a centre of excellence in the performing arts
- monitoring and maintaining the financial integrity and viability of the Company.
Chair Jennifer Bott AO
Jennifer Bott is a professional mentor, board member and consultant. She is the Chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and Artistic Director of the Canberra Writers Festival. She is a consultant in Innovation and Development at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. She also serves as a Trustee of the Australian Museum, a Director of the Bundanon Trust, a Director of the Australian National Academy of Music, a board member of the Sydney Orthopedic Research Institute and the NIDA Foundation Trust.
During 2013/14, Jenny served as Acting Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Prior to this she conducted a major review of External Relations for the Art Gallery of New South Wales as well as the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. In 2017, she undertook a feasibility study, commissioned by the Townsville City Council for a new concert hall/cultural complex in Townsville.
She was Chief Executive of the University of New South Wales Foundation from 2006 to October 2012. The Foundation generates philanthropic income for the University from business, foundations, alumni and other sources and built its annual fundraising income from $5M in 2006 to over $24M in 2012.
Jenny was awarded an AO in 2012 for distinguished service to the arts through executive and leadership roles in national cultural organisations, and to the development of policy reform initiatives promoting funding and best practice.
From 1999 to 2006, Jenny was the CEO of the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. During her tenure as CEO, the Australia Council generated significant new funds for the arts through the Major Performing Arts Enquiry, the Orchestras Review, the Contemporary Visual Arts and Crafts Inquiry and new government initiatives such as New Australian Stories and Books Alive (now Get Reading). An important part of the Australia Council role was Australia’s international cultural program which included the Venice Biennale and the Musee du quai Branly project in Paris.
Before joining the Australia Council, Jennifer spent seven years as General Manager of Musica Viva Australia. Previous to this she was National Director of AFS International Programs, an international student exchange and intercultural learning program. She has also held senior management and Board positions at Opera Australia and the Arts Council of Australia.
She is a member of Chief Executive Women, Vice-President of Australians for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, a life member of the Opera Australia Benevolent Fund, a Life Member of Musica Viva Australia, a Friend of Carers NSW and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
From 2009 to 2013, Jenny was Chair of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music based in Townsville. She has been a board member of Opera Australia, UNSW Press and the Australian Institute of Arts Management, Deputy Chair of AFS International Programs (New York), Chair of Australasian Classical Music Managers’ Association and also participated in the Sydney Leadership Program 2002 (Benevolent Society of NSW). She was also Australia’s Cultural Commissioner for the Athens 2004 Olympics as well as a member of the Australia International Cultural Council.
An English and History teacher by training, Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (University of Sydney), a Diploma of Education (University of New England) and has trained extensively in organisational development, management and commercial mediation. She has studied counselling subjects to support her professional mentoring building towards a Graduate Diploma.
Jennifer has been Chairman of NIDA since 20 May 2013.
Professor Ross Harley
Professor Ross Harley is Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, Professor Harley is an award-winning artist, writer and educator whose career crosses the bounds of traditional and creative arts research. His video and sound work has been presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, New York MoMA, Ars Electronica in Austria, the Biennale of Sydney, and at the Sydney Opera House. In 1992 he was the director of the influential International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and returned as Co-Chair of ISEA 2013.
Collaborative work includes Aviopolis (with Gillian Fuller), a multimedia project and book about airports, Black Dog Publications, London; Busface, a photo-media installation with the Ejecutivo Colectivo exhibited at ArtBasel, Miami; and the DVD installation Cloudscope in collaboration with Durbach | Block architects at Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney; and the Museum of Copulatory Organs with Maria Fernanda Cardoso at the 18th Biennale of Sydney.
Current research projects include the ARC funded "Reconsidering Australian Media Art Histories in an International Context" and “Scanlines: Video Art in Australia Since the 1960s”, an ARC linkage project investigating the history of video art in Sydney partnering with, dLux Media Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; “Airportals”, a multichannel video of personal airflights and itineraries (with Leo Martyn animator); and “Loomorama“, a collaborative installation project with Elvis Richardson based on personal archives of VHS tapes and VJ presentation tools. He is also Lead Chief Investigator on the ARC LIEF project Design and Art of Australia Online together with DAAO Research Director and long-time collaborator Gillian Fuller.
He was Head of School Media Arts UNSW (2009-13), Deputy Director at the National Institute for Experimental Arts [NIEA] and Co-Director of the ICinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research until 2013. A Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008, and became Dean of UNSW Art & Design in 2013.
Roger Hodgman is a freelance theatre and screen director. He was Artistic Director of the Vancouver Playhouse for four years and Melbourne Theatre Company for twelve. He has worked in drama schools in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia – including five years as an acting teacher and director at the East 15 School in London, two years as Director of the Playhouse Acting School in Vancouver and four years as Dean of Drama at the Victorian College of the Arts. Roger has directed over 120 stage productions for numerous companies including MTC, STC, STC of S.A, QTC, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Shaw Festival (Canada), TML Enterprises, Australian Opera and Victorian Opera. He has received Green Room Awards for Best Director (Theatre, Opera and Musical Theatre) and a Helpmann for best director (Musical) and numerous nominations. Many of his stage productions have toured Australia including Skylight, Art, Private Lives and most recently successful commercial productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Fiddler on the Roof. He counts numerous Shakespeare productions and a number of Stephen Sondheim musicals as highlights of his career, along with working in Canada with Tennessee Williams on two new plays. Since leaving MTC in 2000, he has also worked as a screen director, directing over 80 hours of TV Drama including Stepfather of the Bride (Chicago Film Festival Award for Best Telemovie), many episodes of A Secret Life Of Us (AFI nomination for Best Director), Lockie Leonard (BAFTA nomination and AFI Award for Best Children’s Series and, most recently, A Place To Call Home (first episode) and Wentworth. He has served on many committees including the Drama Committee of the Australia Council, Cultural Advisory Committee for Melbourne City Council (Chair), Advisory Committee to the Victorian Ministry of The Arts, Victorian College of the Arts Board and the Artistic Directorship of HotHouse Theatre. He continues to teach and direct when he can in Acting Schools – including most recently at NIDA, the VCA Music Theatre Course, and the Queensland Conservatorium.
Peter Ivany AM
The Hon Richard Refshauge SC
Richard Refshauge SC recently retired as a Judge of the ACT Supreme Court where he had served since 2008. Prior to his appointment, he had been a litigation lawyer in private practice specialising in commercial, criminal, administrative, insolvency and constitutional law in a leading Canberra law firm of which he was Senior Partner. He left that position on appointment as the ACT’s third Director of Public Prosecutions. Richard has had a long involvement in the arts having been a Director of the Arts Council of Australia and President of its ACT Division, member of the Canberra Theatre Trust, and Chair of the Boards of Fortune Theatre Company, the Australian Choreographic Centre and QL2 Dance. He was member and Chair of the ACT Cultural Council for 10 years and recently served on the ACT Cultural Facilities Corporation Board. He has wide interests in welfare, especially in the areas of HIV/AIDS and drug rehabilitation, as well as international development, judicial administration, legal education and the Anglican Church.
Sigrid Thornton has had a significant career in theatre, film and television. In 2015/2016 she joined Anthony Warlow on stage in Fiddler on the Roof after her 2014 stage appearance as Blanche Du Bois in Black Swan's production of A Streetcar Names Desire. Sigrid starred in Simon Philips' production of The Blue Room, touring nationally in extended seasons. She also toured nationally co-starring with Oscar winner Brenda Blethyn in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads. Sigrid played 'Desiree' in Sondheim's A Little Night Music with Anthony Warlow for Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne.
In film, Sigrid's credits include George Miller's classic The Man from Snowy River (Fox Classics), The Lighthorsemen (RKO) directed by Simon Wincer, Slate Wyn and Me (Hemdale) and The Man from Snowy River 11 (Disney – Touchstone) and Michael Rymer's Face to Face and Tara Karsian & Andrea Grano's BFF's.
Her television career highlights include the landmark series Seachange, All the Rivers Run, The Boy in the Bush (Channel 4 UK) opposite Kenneth Brannagh, the BBC/ABC co-production The Far Country opposite Michael York and 1915 for BBC/ABC. In 2015 she played Judy Garland in the mini-series Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door. In 2016 she appeared in ABC's The Code alongside Anthony LaPaglia and is starring in the Foxtel / Netflix series Wentworth.In 2016, Sigrid was appointed as an inaugural director of Scripted Ink, a not for profit organisation that aims to invest in the writer's contribution to the Australian screen industry. Sigrid was a director of the Malthouse Theatre 2010 - 2016 and is currently a board member of the Pegasus foundation, providing scholarships for actors to further their professional development. Sigrid has been appointed twice to the board of Film Victoria and in 1999 was chair of the Victorian Government's Film & Television Taskforce, whose recommendations revitalised the Victorian film and television industry. Sigrid was appointed to the federal government's Commercial Television Production Fund in 1995. She was a founding board director of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, served several terms as a director of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) and was patron of Women in Film and Television.
Anna Tregloan has a Masters by Research and Thesis, Animateuring 2005 from the Victorian College of the Arts. With experience presenting throughout Australia and internationally Anna is an artist, designer and creative producer. She works collaboratively on live and interactive works as well as presenting performed installations, video and photographic works, exhibitions, interventions and participatory practice. She collaborates extensively and also works as a creative producer for other artists and groups. Anna’s works are held by the Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre. Her collaborations include Sydney Theatre Company, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, ACMI Melbourne, The Science Gallery Melbourne, Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Theatre Company, Circus Oz and Bell Shakespeare.
Kip Williams is one of Australia's most exciting young theatre directors, and Artistic Director at Sydney Theatre Company. He graduated from NIDA in 2010, was made Directing Associate at STC in 2012, and has been Resident Director at STC since 2013.
While at STC Kip has directed many acclaimed productions including A Midsummer Night's Dream and revivals of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, and Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer, for which he won the 2015 Helpmann Award for Best Director of a Play. He staged Caryl Churchill's new play Love and Information, in a co-production with Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre, which garnered him a second Helpmann nomination for Best Director of a Play, as well as nominations for Best Director at both the Sydney Theatre Awards and Melbourne's Green Room Awards. Kip's other productions for STC include The Golden Age, Macbeth, Children of the Sun, Romeo and Juliet, Under Milkwood and Cyrano de Bergerac as Associate Director with Andrew Upton. Across these productions, Kip has directed some of Australia's leading actors including Hugo Weaving, Jacqueline McKenzie, Richard Roxburgh, Justine Clark, John Howard, Robyn Nevin, and Jack Thompson.
In 2017 Kip will direct for the Sydney Theatre Company, the Australian premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica; Caryl Churchill's classic Cloud 9, and a reinterpretation of Chekhov's Three Sisters in a new adaptation by Andrew Upton.
Kip has also directed productions for Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse, Sydney Chamber Opera, Tamarama Rock Surfers, National Theatre, Melbourne and Princeton Theatre, New Jersey USA.
- Company Secretary: Julia Mant
NIDA is a not for profit public company limited by guarantee (ACN 000 257 741).
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