NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal people. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We also wish to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across this country's sacred homelands, and in particular, students and other First Nations members of the NIDA community.

Ellen Castles

Ellen developed her love of the performing arts from a young age, trying anything and everything she could get access to from the small country town she grew up in. She dabbled in circus performance, acting, belly dancing, opera singing, ballet, playing violin in chamber orchestras and saxophone in brass bands, making short films, alpaca shearing and photography, before finally finding her passion for stage management.
During her time at NIDA her passion grew as she discovered lighting, sound and video within the Technical Theatre and Stage Management degree, as well as engaging with other courses and learning about the roles necessary to create art. Ellen has gained a holistic understanding of the performing arts industry and its processes which has helped her to develop and hone her skills as a stage manager. Taking great joy in assisting the bringing together of all the elements of a show, she is a committed and enthusiastic member of the team.
Ellen wants to work in as many different types of live performance as she can while developing her craft. She would love to gain experience in festival management and events as well as continuing to stage manage at all levels.

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