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Beth Shulman
Acting Head of NIDA Future Centre Beth Shulman

Beth is a managing director and executive producer with 20+ years experience in film production, advertising and technology.

Starting in Sydney as a producer in the early days of digital video, Beth worked her way up through the worlds of commercial and music video production in Los Angeles, New York & London, making award-winning work for brands like Apple, Pepsi and Stella Artois.

Returning to Australia in 2019, her fascination with emerging technologies and finding new ways of storytelling led Beth to co-found Heyday, an invention & experience lab with clients such as Google and the UK Government. There her experiments focused on the intersectionality of the creative arts and technology, creating things such as the ability to search within sound on the internet and a conversational A.I. version of the moon.

Last year, Beth co-founded Dark Swan Institute with her Google colleague Tea Uglow to help companies demystify emerging technologies and apply them effectively to their businesses. In that same vein, Beth is thrilled to bring her experience and curiosity to NIDA as the interim Head of the Future Centre.

'What excites me most about the establishment of the NIDA Future Centre is, as a world-renowned institution, NIDA is in an incredibly unique position to be able to lead the conversation around innovation in storytelling with a creativity-first mindset. I think it’s important that the dramatic arts not be led by technological innovation, but rather be a catalyst for innovation.'

'Through the establishment of the Future centre, NIDA will not only be supporting students to explore and experiment with emerging technologies, but has a mandate to investigate and discover the future of storytelling, ensuring NIDA continues to be at the forefront of innovation in the dramatic arts'.

The NIDA Future Centre has been made possible through the generous support of alumni Jim Sharman. It will produce exciting projects such as NIDA X, funded by NIDA X Patrons, the Girgensohn Foundation.