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.
Raised in Sydney for the first half of her life before moving to Serbia at the age of ten, Teodora has always maintained a strong sense of her cultural identity and heritage. Whilst living in Europe, she was exposed to different modes of cinema, theatre and storytelling which sparked her love for the performing arts - though you could say it began as early as kindergarten when she was cast as a tree in 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.
During high school, she began to develop her creative voice through her propensity for writing. Encouraged by her English teacher to submit her writings, Teodora's piece 'How to be an Alien in Your Own Country' was published in the 2013 Belgrade Books Collective issue. With a newfound sense of creative confidence, she took the plunge and enrolled herself in her local theatre troupe, where she found her artistic focus in acting. Through this, she was afforded the opportunity to travel Europe performing a variety of classical texts and applied theatre pieces. Teodora then moved back to Australia, where she completed a degree in Fine Arts and Science, majoring in Psychology.
Since being accepted into NIDA, Teodora has continued to nurture her curiosity for the human condition, develop her artistic skills, and hopes to one day expand upon pre-existing Eastern European narratives in mainstream media.