Dr Amanda Morris (Executive Director, Conservatoire)
Dr Amanda Morris is Executive Director, Conservatoire at NIDA, providing leadership for the suite of higher education courses at MFA and BFA levels. She is a senior arts practitioner and academic, known for developing innovative arts education programs in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Most recently, she was Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts, a leading contemporary arts tertiary institution in Singapore, where she worked extensively with artists in residence producing performance opportunities for students, and established a new postgraduate program, MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice.
Formerly she was Director of the Centre for Fine Arts, Music and Theatre at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where she had oversight of postgraduate and undergraduate programs for the School of Fine Arts, School of Music and the Theatre & Film Studies program.
Dr Morris has a long connection with NIDA as a graduate of the Directing course and as a former staff member. She was Head of New Media and produced the British Academy Award-winning StageStruck. She was also the Head of NIDA Open Program, which she established in 1990 and developed until 2008, engaging with teaching artists from theatre, film and television industries to provide short courses, youth theatre, community projects, schools workshops and teacher training in drama and entertainment.