NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the sacred lands, from the mountains to the sea, on which we learn and tell stories.

The lands of the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

Jazz Laker

Jazz Jazz fell in love with acting at the ripe old age of 2, after demanding of her (at the time) very naïve parents that she get onto the TV because ‘that’s where Hi-5 was’. At the age of 6 her now not-so-naïve parents fuelled Jazz’s passion for dramatics and play into drama classes, a decision which scored them front row seats to many impromptu loungeroom plays and sing-a-longs.

At the age of 11, Jazz was accepted into Geelong Society of Operatic and Dramatic Arts (GSODA), where she trained for six years. At 15 she broadened her horizons and began studying screen acting with Grace Studios, and at 18 Jazz dove headfirst into the world of directing with a production of W.A.S.P. by Steve Martin.

At NIDA Jazz had the privilege of becoming NIDA Student Body President, working with two international directors and a plethora of home-grown talent while the excited little 2-year-old inside her can’t believe
she’s even here.

Roles played at NIDA
Starstruck The Stage Musical - Jackie Mullens
Roberto Zucco - Sister/Prostitute/Woman
The Women - Jane/Peggy
Ah, Tuzenbach. A Melancholic Cabaret - Linda/Arkadina
The Cherry Orchard - Anya
Richard III - Queen Elizabeth
Antigone - Soldier

Showreel written and directed by Guy Edmonds & Matt Zeremes

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