Freddie J Gibson Fellowship
NIDA is inviting applications for the 2024 Freddy Gibson Fellowship – a new award designed to enable an emerging theatre director to undertake a period of study abroad in 2024. The Fellowship is worth up to $30000 to cover travel, accommodation and other expenses.
About Freddie J Gibson
Freddie Gibson was a renowned Australian theatre manager and producer. He was Executive Producer for many Garnett H. Carrol shows including The “King & I”, “Carousel” and “Robert & Elizabeth.” He collaborated with entrepreneur Harry M. Miller on “The Rocky Horror Show", “Hair" and "Jesus Christ Superstar.” A successful 16-year long tenure as the manager of the Theatre Royal saw him produce numerous acclaimed shows such as Cameron Macintosh’s Australian productions of Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Song & Dance”, as well as “Cats”, “Les Misérables” and “Phantom of the Opera”.
Since 2014, Freddie Gibson’s $2.5 million Bequest has provided NIDA with a substantial annual income for the production of plays involving professional artists and students and for student and graduate travel grants.
Purpose of the Award
The purpose of the award is to enable an emerging director to experience theatrical activity not available in Australia. This may involve a formal course of study, attendance at international theatre festivals, an attachment to a theatre company or theatre school, and similar activities.