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Donors and Supporters

Our donors and sponsors help make everything at NIDA possible.

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Donations and planned gifts help us to:

  • support diversity in the Australian arts industry
  • stay at the forefront of dramatic arts training in Australia and internationally
  • give our students access to the highest quality materials and technology.

Our donors

NIDA and the NIDA Foundation Trust celebrate the generosity, loyalty and long-term commitment of our donors, whose gifts enable us to offer a high quality program of activity to our students. We acknowledge the lifetime contributions of our current donors. We also thank those donors and supporters who wish to remain anonymous.

All gifts are acknowledged in NIDA collateral and on this website. Gifts over $1,000 are also acknowledged on the Honour Wall in the Nancy Fairfax Foyer of NIDA Theatres.

Honorary governors

Andrew & Andrea Banks
The late Nick Enright AM
The late Lady (Vincent) Fairfax AO OBE
The late Frederick J Gibson
Mel Gibson AO
The late Dr Reg Grundy AC OBE & Joy Grundy
The late Dr Rodney Seaborn AO OBE

Principal Patrons over $100,000 (2015-2020)

Cowled Foundation
Helpmann Family Foundation
Ian Potter Foundation
Ivany Foundation
The Lowy Foundation
Luminis Foundation
Ron and Michelle Malek
Roy and Cindy Manassen
Paradice Family Foundation
Justin and Joanna Ryan
Alan and Lynne Rydge
Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation

Patrons ($50,000-$100,000)

Ian & Carole Byrnes
Martin Dickson AM & Susie Dickson
Tim Fairfax, AC
Paradice Family Foundation
Penn Foundation
Shark Island Foundation


Current Annual Giving Supporters 2020-2021

Donors ($25,000 to $49,999)

Canturf Lawns Pty Ltd
Helpmann Family Foundation
Justin & Joanna Ryan
The late Nick Enright AM

Donors ($5,000-$24,999)

Brian Abel
Roy & Sandy Abrams
Andrew & Andrea Banks
Ted Blamey
The Byrnes Foundation Pty Ltd
Bruce Caldwell & Deborah Humble 
David Cielak
Tracie Cielak 
Cowled Foundation
Dimity Davy
Denton Family Trust
Martin Dickson AM & Susie Dickson
Earl & Katie Evans
Ron & Clare Ferster
Girgensohn Foundation
Hand Up Foundation 
Vincent Hua
The Keir Foundation
James N. Kirby Foundation
Dilip & Barbara Kumar
Roy & Cindy Manassen
Julia Mant
Allison McCann
Andrew Michael & Michele Brooks
Judith Neilson Foundation
Laidlaw Foundation
Don & Leslie Parsonage
Luminis Partners
Marshall Family Foundation
James & Daniela McMurdo 
Bruce McWilliam 
Media Super
Penn Foundation
Recruitment, Consulting & Staffing Association
Stanley & Charmaine Roth
Scope Global
Sandra & Barry Smorgon
Ezekiel Solomon AM
Eric Wegman
Catherine West
Rob White & Lisa Hamilton
Paul & Kate Williams

Donors ($1,500 to $4,999)

Kate Armati
June Baker
Kari Baynes
Selina & David Baxby 
Nadia Bedawi & Dr John Keogh
Ellen Borda
Jonathan & Judith Casson
Noel Cislowski AM & Hetty Cislowski
Bruce Davey
Dr Michael Dixon 
Mary-Lou Donnan
Vibeke & Daniel Droga
Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM & Dr David Dossetor
Donella & Quintin Freeman
David & Fiona Hancock
Cathy Harris AO PSM
Robyn & Ray Harris 
Ken Healey AM 
Peter Ivany AM & Sharon Ivany
Judith Neilson Foundation
Erin Kildaire
Rosie & Alex Linden
Macquarie Group Foundation
Catherine McDonnell
Professor Elizabeth More AM
Bridget O'Brien
James Phillips
Alex Pollak & Elizabeth Knight
Peter Reeve & Jaycen Fletcher
John & Renay Robinson
Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation
Emile Sherman
Hon. Assoc. Professor Ross Steele AM
Richard Stuart
Louise Taggart
Victoria Taylor
Kathy White
Shemara Wikramanayake
William Fletcher Foundation
David & Lorraine Winterbottom

Donors ($500-$1,499)

Jeremy & Jeromine Alpe
Jennifer M Amey
Olivia Bates 
Romany Brooks
Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron
E Jane Campbell
John Carroll
Peter & Luci Cook 
Warwick Cooper
Josh Dixon
Susan Ferrier & Peter Checketts
Stephen & Sharon Green 
Anne Gordon
Carlo & Joanna Grossman
David O'Halloran
Tim Harper
Helena Harris 
Alison Harvie
Daniel Jarosch 
David Jonas & Desmon du Plessis
Peter King 
Liz Laverty 
John Landerer CBE AM & Michelle Landerer
Dr Julie Lynch
Tim & Caroline McFarlane
Sue & Geoff Pike
John & Diana Rawson
Ian Reid
Kate Reynolds 
Catherine Ritchie
Martyn & Sara Roberts
William & Julia Rutledge
Tony & Coleen de Saxe
Noel Staunton
Susan & Paul Hotz 
Technical Direction Company
Sue Tobin 
Laurel Tsang & John Nichols
Christopher Webber & Christopher Cosier
Tom Wilson

Donors ($100-$499)

Pat Adams
Andrew Allen
Beverley Allen
Megan Angliss
Anthony Klein Household
Michael Bartolomei
Annabel Beith
Dimity Bell
Don & Jill Bennett
Timothy John Bennett
Thomas Birch
Karen Blight
Jennifer Bott AO
Virginia Braden OAM
Sarah Brasch
Cheryl Brennan
Hans Britz
Diana Brown
Angus Burns
Emma Calver
Susannah Calvert-Jones
A Campbell
Isabelle Campbell
Michael Carrington
Denise Chin
Lyn Cobb
Ian Collie
Kate Cox
Arthur Crutchfield in memory of David Mallett
James Culbertson
Mary Curotta
Bruce Cutler, AO
Anthony Darcy
Matilda Dumas
Thalia Edmonds
Lucinda Fairrie
The Hon Justice Kathleen Farrell
Rob Gibson
Lesley Graham
Dean Grant
Wendy Greenhalgh
Nicola Grieve
Brian Haigh
Gillian Halliday
Richard & Helen Halliday
Kerrie Hannan
Jan Haydock-Wilson
Kate Hayward
Jade Head
Prudence Heath
Virginia Hill
Sam Holden
Gini Hole
Hilary Hughes & Gary Verskey
Liz Hughes
Joan Humphreys
Peter Humphreys
Fiona Inglis
Louisa Ingram
Ana Jimenez
Bill Kefalas
Stephanie Kennedy
Dinny Killen
Sam Killmire
Anthony Klein 
Denis Klein
Julien Klettenberg
Kunal Lakhani
John Landerer CBE AM
Mark Latchford
Julia Laverty
Tanya Leach
Lewis Levi
Constantine Liaromatis
Charlie Maslin
Ann McCauley
Marie McMillan
Rebecca Miskin
Adrian Muller
Ludo Onstein
Marianne Ossovani
Anna-Jane Peterson
Associate Professor Sandra Phillips
Willa Porges
Kristiane Price
Fenella Raines
Chris Ramos
Anna J Ranken
The Hon. Richard Refshauge, SC
George Reid
Kate Reid
Andy Ryan
Millie Samuels
Annalise Scanlan
Geoffrey Schmidt
Martina Shelley
John Shirm
Melissa Stephenson
Leeanne Torpey
Anna Tregloan
Mary Jane Trujillo
Silvana Verrocchi
Penny van Vugt
Adele Walker
Elizabeth Walter
Grant Webeck
Geoffrey & Sally White
Harry White 
Tom Wilson
Morna Winter-Irving
Barbara Wright
Sophia Zachariou

NIDA would also like to thank the donors & supporters who wish to remain anonymous.

Scholarships in perpetuity

The Keith Bain OAM Scholarship in Movement
Malcolm Chaikin Scholarship Fund
Pam Dawson Memorial Scholarship (funded by Tokiko Dawson)
Helen Dumbrell Scholarship
Gallery First Nighters Scholarship
The Ben Gannon AO Scholarship
Mel Gibson/ Village Roadshow Scholarship
Margaret Gillespie and Pauline Price Scholarship
Dawn O'Donnell Scholarship
J G Reynolds Scholarship
Geoff Richards Memorial Scholarship (Funded by The Byrnes Foundation)
Geoffrey Rothwell Scholarship
Frank Thring Scholarship (TTT Trust)
Viennese Theatre Scholarship
Loudon Sainthill Memorial Scholarship


Keith Bain OAM
Frederick James Blackwood
Nick Enright AM
Lady (Vincent) Fairfax AO OBE
Ben Gannon AO
Frederick J Gibson Bequest in memory of Garnet H Carroll OBE
Rodney Jones
Norman McVicker OAM
Dawn O'Donnell
Dr Rodney Seaborn AO OBE
Hazel Treweek OAM MBE

Annual Scholarships

ARA Group scholarships
Roger Allen and Maggie Gray Scholarship
Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust scholarship
June Baker Scholarship
Peter Baynes Memorial Scholarship (Funded by Kari Baynes)
Ian and Carole Byrne Scholarship
Laurie Cowled International Scholarship for Costume
Ruth Cowled Design Fund
Ruth Cowled Memorial Scholarship
Kate Davy Memorial Scholarship
Tim Fairfax AC Scholarships
Jessica Falkholt Memorial Scholarship
Philip and Vivien Green Scholarship
Helpmann Family Fellowship
ICON / Dendy Scholarship
Peter Ivany AM International Scholarship in Staging (Funded by friends of Peter Ivany)
Laidlaw Foundation Scholarship
Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship in Cultural Leadership
Media Super Scholarships
Fay Mokotow Memorial Scholarship
June Penn Scholarships (Funded by The Penn Foundation)
Billy Ostadal International Placement Scholarship (Funded by Erin Ostadal)
Seaborn Broughton Walford Foundation scholarship
Ezekiel Solomon AM Scholarship
Ross Steele AM Scholarship
Brian J Sutton Charitable Trust Scholarship in memory of Keith Bain OAM (Managed by Perpetual Trustees)
The Shark Island Foundation Scholarship
Dr Eric Wegman scholarship
The William Rubensohn Foundation Scholarship
The YouTube Scholarship


BBM Youth Award
William Fletcher Foundation
The Gloria Payton Foundation and the Gloria Dawn Foundation
Ken Healey Playwrights Award
Arna Maria Winchester Award
The Leslie Walford AM Award
Hazel Treweek Shakespeare Award

NIDA named spaces

The Caledonia Foundation Rehearsal Room
The Hon. John Dawson-Damer Rehearsal Room
James Fairfax AO Foyer
James Fairfax AO Rehearsal Room
Nancy Fairfax Foyer
The Ben Gannon AO Post Production Studio & AV Studio
The Frederick J Gibson Gallery
David Gonski AC & Richard Longes Foyer
Reg Grundy Studio
The Lowy Family Student Green Room
Robert Quentin Courtyard & Sculpture
Rodney Seaborn Library
Southern Star Courtyard
Fred & Dorothy Street Gallery
Westfield Garden & Amphitheatre
Andrew Banks Floor 
Peter Ivany Reception Room 
Paradice Reception Rooms 
Luminis Foundation Directors' Black Box
Malek Voice Studio

NIDA celebrates the loyalty and long-term commitment of its donors, acknowledging the lifetime contributions of its current donors.

NIDA would also like to thank those donors and supporters who wish to remain anonymous.

Graduate School Donors

Andrew Banks
Alan and Lynne Rydge
Paradice Family Foundation
Peter Ivany AM and Sharon Ivany
Luminis Foundation
Ron and Michelle Malek
The Lowy Foundation
Justin and Joanna Ryan
Roy and Cindy Manassen
Phillip Cave and Judy Harris
Ian Darling
Bruce and Lauren Fink
John Landerer CBE AM and Michelle Landerer
Alex Pollak and Elizabeth Knight
Garry McQuinn
Roy and Sandy Abrams
Michael Cassel Group
Bruce Davey – Dendy/Icon
Phillip and Vivien Green
Vincent and Helen Hua
Dilip and Barbara Kumar
Andrew Michael
Petersen Family Foundation
Pridham Foundation
Peter Reeve and Jaycen Fletcher
Stanley and Charmaine Roth
Barry Smorgon OAM and Sandra Smorgon
Ambassador Theatre Group Asia Pacific P/L
Marshall Family Foundation
Jennifer Bott AO
Mark Burrows
The Hon. Justice Kathleen Farrell
Stephen and Sharon Green
Bruce and Barbara Solomon
Lynne Williams
Virginia Braden OAM and the Late Ken Woolley AM
John Roth and Jillian Segal AM
Julie White
Alex and Rosie Linden
Noel Staunton
Suanne Colley
Jeremy and Jeromine Alpe
Stephen and Deanne Chapman
Professor Elizabeth More AM

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