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.

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Welcome and introduction to Open Day

Introduction to Open Day with official welcome from Uncle Peter McKenzie, NIDA CEO Liz Hughes and Head of First Nations Travis Cardona and an overview of the day.

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Alumni Panel + Q&A: Designers & Makers

Designers, Costume and Prop makers in a panel discussion moderator by multi-disciplinary designer and NIDA lecturer, Tobhi Stone Feller, followed by Q&A with audience.

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Alumni Panel: Performers

Join us for a special alumni panel moderated by NIDA’s Director of Partnerships and Development, Jamie Campbell, featuring the star of Netflix’s Heartbreak High and the new feature film Land of Bad from Hoodlum Chika Igokwe (Acting, 2018), Australian stage and screen royalty Susie Porter (Acting, 1995) best known for Wentworth, Puberty Blues, East West 101 and Better Than Sex, and Callan Colley (Acting, 2016) founder of the Actors Kit and performer of numerous stage productions for Melbourne Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre, as well as on screen for both film and television.