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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Travis Cardona
Head of First Nations Travis Cardona

Born and raised in Darwin, Travis is a saltwater man from Malak Malak, Iwaidja and Torres Strait Island roots. He made his professional acting debut at 14 when he successfully auditioned for roles in the Richard Frankland plays No Way to Forget and Harry’s War, alongside Aaron Pedersen and directed by Glen Shea.

Travis moved to Sydney in 2006 to study the three-year BFA Acting course at NIDA, graduating in 2008. He has worked across film, TV and theatre, and most recently has produced many programs for NITV, and was also SBS Indigenous Policy and Stakeholder Relations Advisor.

Travis will work alongside NIDA’s First Nations Consultant Rhoda Roberts AO and Elder-in-Residence Matthew Doyle to further support First Nations students, and to amplify collaboration in and knowledge of First Nations culture and creativity.