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Join us for NIDA’s annual fundraiser, Raise the Curtain, with fabulous entertainment by NIDA students and distinguished alumni, food and wine, and covetable raffles and auctions.

08 May 2024
$550 per ticket, $5,500 for table of 10 tickets.

Raise the Curtain

Please contact Tess Bourguignon or Lisa Hamilton to purchase a table or tickets by emailing

About the Event

NIDA is Australia’s premiere institution for emerging dramatic artists, creating artists who define Australia’s cultural imagination by bringing powerful stories to life. NIDA is an acknowledged leader in the education and training of industry-leading actors, directors, designers, makers, technicians and creatives. We want to ensure that this imagination is informed by the extraordinary talents of the very best storytellers. NIDA must work hard to meet the costs of its annual operations, remaining relevant and meeting the needs of an evolving industry.

The Raise the Curtain event significantly contributes to NIDA’s Scholarship Program, making the dream of studying at NIDA a reality for individuals who would otherwise think it impossible due to their financial, personal, or geographic circumstances.

Funds raised will also support NIDA’s Training and Education, including Student Productions. These productions showcase students’ talents and provide them with the experience of working on full scale theatrical productions in preparation for their careers in the entertainment industry.

Silent Auction Items to be revealed.

Raise the Curtain 2024 Creative Team

Creative Director – Alex Berlage

Alexander is an award-winning director and lighting designer as well as currently being Co-Artistic Director of Redline Productions at the Old Fitz Theatre.  Alex has won the Sydney Theatre Award Best Direction of a Musical two years in a row – for AMERICAN PSYCHO and CRY-BABY at Hayes Theatre Co.

Lighting and Set Designer – Trent Suidgeest

Trent works across all genres and scales of live performance; theatre, opera, musicals, events and public art installations. His work has been seen at most of the major performing arts companies, festivals and performing arts venues across the country such as the Sydney Opera House, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Hayes Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre Company.

Parade Committee

  • Chair – Catherine West
  • Victoria Buchan
  • Deborah Galanos
  • Wendy Gray
  • Georgia Gilbert
  • Lisa Hamilton
  • Liz Hughes
  • Naomi Parry
  • Peter Reeve
  • Hon. Assoc. Professor Ross Steele AM
  • Stephen Thatcher

Raise The Curtain 2023


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