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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Aravindan Palanivelusamy
2020 MFA Cultural Leadership alumni Aravindan Palanivelusamy

About Ari

Ari Palani is a passionate director, producer, community engagement specialist and theatre maker, currently based in regional Queensland. He has worked across many communities in Australia, facilitating creative outcomes that advocate for youth voice, accessibility, social cohesion and is internationally focused on building cultural economies, humanitarian responses and increasing the discussion around displaced communities. He has worked extensively in South Korea and Malaysia developing innovative engagement programs highlighting the interconnectedness of the arts in contemporary STEM education and translating these into hybrid models of cultural engagement in the vast Australian landscape.
Ari Palani is currently based regionally as the Director of Youth Arts at the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba, and has directed outcomes for Queensland Theatre, La Boite Theatre Company, QUT, USQ and in 2018 was the Finalist for the Queensland Multicultural Outstanding Individual Achiever Award. It is his desire to build the capacity of industries and works to nourish projects and locations culturally and promote the joy of collaborative practice.