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Joshua Abbott is a Sydney-based Set Builder with a passion for Rigging and Stage Mechanics. He is skilled in wood and metal work, involving a variety of areas such as lathe work, CNC operation and welding. Throughout his studies he has pushed himself at every turn, learning from every interaction and conflict along the way. This makes him ready for any challenge and always ready to learn new techniques and skills.
Having the opportunity to study at NIDA has given Josh a hands-on insight into the Theatre and Film Industries. This hands-on approach has allowed Josh to work on several shows at NIDA. This includes being able to be a construction manage in his final year for both Picnic at hanging rock (2022 June Production Season) directed by Claudia Osborne and The Magic Flute (2022 October production Season), a collaboration between the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and NIDA, with music by Wolfgang Mozart and directed by Clemence Williams.
Josh is inspired by his own life experiences and can lead most of his work back to something he has interacted with making him able to imagine a designer's drawings into a 3D space and converting that through to Vectorworks to make it a reality. One of these experiences is seen in the Masterwork project where Josh has created part of the scare floor and the door collecting mechanism from Monster’s Inc. which was one of Josh’s favourite movies as a child.