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Graham Henstock takes on NIDA Production

Graham Henstock was appointed NIDA’s Head of Production in 2013.
Graham has been working professionally in the arts, media and entertainment industry for almost twenty years with some of the country’s most renowned organisations, including the Sydney Theatre Company, the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.As Head of Production, Graham will continue to ensure NIDA’s Production course is a relevant and effective training pathway for students looking to build a career in stage management and technical theatre roles.

“Together with other teaching staff, I will be continually reviewing and revitalising the course content to provide a positive experience and prepare graduates for the current and future needs of the arts and entertainment industry,” he says.

“The most enjoyable aspect of working at NIDA is the positive energy and enthusiasm the students bring to absolutely everything they do.It is a pleasure to help students learn and to see them discover and realise a passion for working in the theatre.”

Graham has extensive experience in lighting and audio, both as a designer and a technical manager, and has toured both nationally and internationally – including to Broadway with STC’s recent production of Uncle Vanya. As Head of Lighting at STC, Graham facilitated the realisation of the many lighting designs created for the company’s local, national and international performances.

During his time as Assistant Technical Coordinator of the MTC, Graham helped coordinate all technical elements used in the company’s production season, including lighting, audio, automation, vision systems and special effects.

When asked to name his career highlights he claims there are just too many, but then casually mentions creating a 16 metre wide torrential rain effect for a MTC production of King Lear and converting a multi-storey car-park into a performance venue during the 1998 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

His technical skills stretch across an assortment of disciplines, including audio production, stage automation, rigging, projection systems and electronics, although his current passion and primary expertise lies with lighting technology and design.

Graham has a diploma in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Production) from Swinburne University and has a Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counter‐Terrorism) from Murdoch University.