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NIDA makes dreams come true for Kaylan Koks

Photo: Sydney Coliseum Theatre’s Technical Manager Ed Tolland (left) with Kaylan Koks (centre) and crew member.

NIDA has made a dream come true for student Kaylan Koks, as his internship at the brand new Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ, reveals a future career for him in the world of sound and audio.

Kaylan’s placement has seen him working backstage at the venue built for large-scale live productions in Sydney’s Greater Western suburbs. Shut down as COVID struck, the at the multi-mode 2000-seat theatre is now set for a season of live shows and musical productions.

Kaylan’s placement was part of his NIDA Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services.

‘During my course, I’ve discovered a real passion for operations and set up of audio for live theatre.  This venue is equipped with new audio equipment and a 3D immersive sound system, which is one of the biggest in the Southern hemisphere,’ said Kaylan.

‘We’ve been experimenting to simulate the movement of sound across the audience space. It’s great to experience this up close and first-hand.’

The Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services provides Kaylan with an intensive year of practical study that equips him with the skills and knowledge to set up and take down equipment, sets and other staging elements, and set up and operate lighting, audio and vision systems in live events and productions.

Technical production is a solid employment pathway in Australia, with film and television productions increasing their activity in the last twelve months.

Kaylan‘s placement is being managed by Sydney Coliseum Theatre’s Technical Manager Ed Tolland, an experienced professional with a background across theatre and film genres, including ballet, circus, opera, musical theatre and professional film sets.

‘I’ve learnt an amazing amount of theatre knowledge from Ed, who has so much experience in the industry. I’ve learnt a lot about workplace culture and industry professionalism,’ said Kaylan.

After graduating from NIDA in May this year, the East Hills Boys High School student is looking to continue building on his knowledge as he looks for a position in the industry. With its hands-on approach to learning, his Diploma has fitted him out well for a bright future.

NIDA has a range of intensive Diploma courses, including Stage and Screen Performance, Specialist Make Up Services and Live Production and Technical Services.

Feeling inspired? Everything you need to know about the CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services can be found here. Register your interest here to NIDA Open Day on June 12.

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