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Bella Thompson
2022 BFA Technical Theatre & Stage Management Bella Thompson

About Bella

Being a creative but practical person, Bella found the arts easily. Beginning her artistic endeavours as the lead duckling in a ballet concert when she was six, she realised there were other things she could do while not having to wear a feathered yellow leotard (usually).

Most of Bella’s career in the arts began by being thrown into roles she was definitely unqualified for and winging it. Miraculously this worked out well for everyone and has turned into a long and miscellaneous list of jobs on a range of productions on different scales. An energetic and passionate Sydney based manager and designer, Bella has experience in theatre, dance, festivals and events, and is eager to continue and learn more about installations and film in all its aspects.

Believing in a hands-on approach to every role she undertakes, Bella has been able to get a variety of experience in a myriad of departments, including stage management, designer props master, and mechanist. Having practical experience in so many departments has provided insights into most elements of production, and has improved the way she’s been able to work with and lead different teams, particularly for her times in management positions. Once graduating, Bella plans to continue learning and getting more experience in production management and design.

Bella still gets thrust into roles she’s never done before and it’s turned into her favourite part of the job. Even if it means more feathered leotards.

NIDA Productions

Production Stage Manager

Video Designer
The Seagull

Head Electrician
Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play

Production Manager
Magic Show 2021 Scooby Do and the Creepy Carnival

Deputy Stage Manager

Production Coordinator (Space Theatre)
Festival of Emerging Artists 2020 (ANTIGONICK, The Cat, And Tell Sad Stories of the Deathsof Queens)

When the Rain Stops Falling

Assistant Stage Manager
A Pox on Both Your Houses