NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Lisa Hamilton
Head of Development Lisa Hamilton

An alumni of NIDA's Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Technical Production, Lisa Hamilton started her career as a stage manager for Sydney Theatre Company and later joined Australian Theatre for Young People as General Manager.

She has worked for various theatre companies as general manager including Ensemble Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company and Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image. She studied at University of Technology, Sydney, graduating with a Masters in Arts Administration and taught arts administration at NIDA and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Association (NAISDA).  She established her agency, Lisa Hamilton Management for actors and creatives, and managed music artists with BMG music.

The agency was later bought by Encompass Management where she continued to work with artists. Lisa went on to oversee the philanthropy programs at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for 13 years, where she developed her passion for contemporary art. In December 2019, she returned to NIDA as Head of Development, raising funds for scholarships and NIDA’s training.