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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Nicholas Day
Course Leader, Set Construction Technologies Nicholas Day

Nicholas Day has extensive experience across theatre, film and live events in Australia and internationally in a range of areas, including production, design and construction. He commenced his theatre career at Sydney Opera House as a mechanist/machine desk operator, and went on to work in set decoration and stand-by props for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Reg Grundy Organisation. Nicholas later returned to theatre as touring mechanist, then designer and production manager for Barry Humphries’ national and international tours.

Nicholas has also worked in the events sector, including in London for Lynne Franks PR and in Sydney for Veuve Clicquot, Jonathan Sceats and Bazmark, among others. Nicholas has worked on productions and events for some of Australia’s most successful performing arts companies, such as Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Legs on the Wall, Bell Shakespeare, Theatre of Image and Belvoir St. He has also worked with international producer Cameron Mackintosh and Sydney Festival, as well as on films such as The Quiet AmericanThe Matrix and Star Wars in roles including production manager, event manager, construction manager, designer and props maker/buyer.

Nicholas was appointed Production Manager/Head of Production Crafts at NIDA in 2006 and has since been instrumental in launching NIDA’s Scenic Construction and Technologies course, the first of its kind in Australia and only one of a few internationally.

His qualifications include a Diploma of Art, Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education; Master of Philosophy, Art Education, UNSW.