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2020 BFA Properties and Objects alumni Amanda Torrisi
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Amanda Torrisi

About Amanda

Amanda is an outstanding maker who during her time at NIDA co-founded the Queer Committee, bringing NIDA to its first ever Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. While studying she has been dedicated to honing her making skills, namely assisting to sculpt Venus De Milo for Venus in Fur (2018) and created several practical effects for SIX from 2020’s Digital Theatre Festival.

Growing up, Amanda had a great love for making and storytelling, often building and directing shows for the neighbourhood. After getting lost in the mundane world of adulting, Amanda chose to change the course of her life by studying production design at the Design Centre Enmore; where she invigorated her love for the arts and storytelling.

Amanda is passionate about new voices in Australian works and working in collaborative environments, where she thrives. She is looking forward to exploring the film, television, and theatre industries while continuing to develop her skills as a maker and creative collaborator, including creating her own work and content. She looks forward to continuing her learning post NIDA.
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NIDA Productions

Properties Supervisor
Next to Normal

Properties and Practical Effects Supervisor

Art Director
On My Own by Dugong Jr (triple J Unearthed music video)

Properties Supervisor
Lockdown: Love & Death in the Age of COVID

Maker/Set Designer/Puppeteer
My Sister’s a Martian (White Rabbit Gallery) – Puppet

Props Maker

Properties and Objects short course (NIDA Open)

Props Maker
Miracle City

Properties Assistant
Carking It

Properties Assistant
Venus In Fur


Other Productions

Co-founder/Co-project Manager/Design Assistant/Maker/Lead Fundraiser
NIDA Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Float 2019

Standby Costume/Costume Assistant
Event Zero (Pinnacle Films)

Art Department/Props Standby
Romp (unreleased)

Assistant Designer/Float Construction/Build Manager
Queer Screen Mardi Gras Float team 2017–2020

Vivid Sydney

Costume Designer/Prop and Costume Maker

Costume Designer/Prop and Costume Maker




Art Department: Props Fabrication
Three Thousand Years of Longing