Tony Pierce (Head of Scenery)
Tony is passionate about scenery and set construction and has been working in this unique industry for over 40 years.
At NIDA, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day workings of the workshop, which is integral to the construction of the sets for NIDA’s popular bi-annual play production programs. He also teaches timber and metal scenery construction method to staging students and supports the design, props and technical theatre and stage management students with their project work.
Tony commenced work at NIDA in 1987 and helped to establish the Advanced Diploma in Scenery Construction course, which has developed into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Staging) – the only course of its kind in Australia and one of only a few in the world. He has worked at NIDA for the past 28 years, honing his skills as an educator and practitioner.
Straight out of high school, Tony was selected as an apprentice to help with the build of War and Peace, the first Opera to open the Sydney Opera House in 1973. This experience proved intoxicating and set Tony on his career path in scenery construction.
For the next 15 years, Tony gained invaluable industry experience working for and managing many workshops for Sydney-based theatres including Opera Australia. He also had the opportunity to work as a Mechanist and Flyman, and start his own company, before moving into the education sector.
Qualifications: Craftsman Certificate, Set Construction; Apprenticeship Directorate of NSW.