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Ori Hiser

About Ori

Ori has long been immersed in the world of performing arts and the creative lifestyle. From an early age their fascination with costume was fostered by their mother at Halloween. Each year got a bit more complex and Ori learned more about sewing until they were making their own costumes and getting commissions from others.

Starting out at a college in Boston, MA, Ori honed their costume design and sewing skills with the help and tutelage of many skilled professors before making the decision to attend NIDA and move to Australia.

In addition to their sewing skills, Ori has experience in prosthetic makeup artistry and stage and screen design. Their passion about bringing characters to life has carried them through their studies and they are excited to jump into the world of film and theatre to help bring these characters to others.

To see examples of Ori’s work, please visit their website:

NIDA Productions

Costume Cutter and Maker
Midsummer Night's Dream

Costume Supervisor

Men’s Cutter
Government Inspector

Woman’s Cutter
A Pox on both Houses

Costume Assistant and Men’s Cutter
Twelfth Night

Costume Assistant
Meat Eaters

Other Productions

Costume Designer
Baby Shower

Assistant Costume Designer

Wardrobe Intern
Romeo and Juliet

Wardrobe Supervisor


Costume Maker

Costume Maker
3000 Years of Longing