NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.


Donors and Patrons

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Donations help us to:

  • Support diversity in the Australian arts industry
  • Stay at the forefront of local and international dramatic arts training
  • Give our students access to the highest quality materials and technology

Patrons & 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

The Balnaves Foundation
ARA Group

Andrew and Andrea Banks

Estate Of Helen Dumbrell

Nick Enright AM Estate

Timothy Fairfax, AC and Gina Fairfax

Helpmann Family Foundation

Peter Ivany AO, Mrs Sharon Ivany and the Ivany Foundation

The Luminis Foundation

David Paradice AO

Alan and Lynne Rydge

Jim Sharman

Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

Animal Logic Entertainment and  Zareh Nalbandian

The Byrnes Foundation

Cowled Foundation and Laurie Cowled

FreeTV Australia

Girgensohn Foundation, Ingerborg and Thomas Girgensohn

Warren Hertzberg

The Lowy Foundation, David and Margo Lowy

Ron and Mrs Michelle Malek

Roy and Cindy Manassen

Penn Foundation

The Ian Potter Foundation


Prime Video

Justin and Joanna Ryan

Seven West Media Limited

Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation

TAG Family Foundation

Universal Studio Group (Australia) Pty Ltd

Gary and Janine Wolman


Donors, Trusts and Foundations

NIDA and the NIDA Foundation Trust are honoured to receive the generosity, loyalty and long-term commitment of our donors, without whom we wouldn’t be able to provide the high quality of education and training which we currently do. We acknowledge the lifetime contributions of our current donors, and thank those donors and supporters who wish to remain anonymous.

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


Andrew Cameron Family Foundation, Andrew Cameron AM and Cathy Cameron
Margaret Kirby

Supporting Patrons

Edward Federman
The Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

$5,000 – $24,999

Brian Abel, Roy and Sandy Abrams, Matt Andrews, June Baker, Ellen Borda, Bowness Family Foundation, Brookwill Pty Ltd, Sue Chisholm, Ann Churchill-Brown, David Cielak, Tracie Cielak, Helena Colnaric, Denton Family Trust, The Late Martin Dickson AM & Susie Dickson, The Estate Of The Late William H Denton, Earl Evans, Foxtel, Foundation Theatres, Stephen Found, JONES Theatrical Group, Keir Foundation, John Grill AO and Rosie Williams, Cathy Harris AO PSM and David Harris, Eileen Hollings, JONES Theatrical Group, Foundation Theatres, James N. Kirby Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation, Lowes, Kunal Lakhani, David Marshall, James and Melissa Marshall, Garry McQuinn, Andrew Michael and Michele Brooks, Robert and Vanessa Morgan, Donald and Leslie Parsonage, The Hon. Richard and Barbara Refshauge, The Serpentine Foundation, William Rubensohn Foundation, Linda Penn, Anna Samios, Sandra and Barry Smorgon Family Foundation, The Serpentine Foundation, Bruce and Barbara Solomon, Ezekiel Solomon AM, Noel Staunton, Hon. Assoc. Professor Ross Steele, AM, Janet Tomi, Louise Taggart and Peter Homel, Lorraine Tarabay, Technical Direction Company and Michael Hassett, Catherine West, David and Lorraine Winterbottom, The WeirAnderson Foundation, Greg Woods

$1,000 – $4,999

Stephen and Nanette Ainsworth, Janine Allis, Sam Archer, Kate Armati, Stephen Baldwin, Ballard Property Group, Professor Nadia Badawi AM & Dr John Keogh, Bennelong Event Hire, Ted Blamey, Jamie Campbell, Victor and Chrissy Comino, Noel Cislowski AM and Hetty Cislowski, Warwick Cooper, William Fletcher Foundation, David and Anne Craig, Helen Dalley and Philip Cordony, Roger Davies, Dr Dee de Bruyn, Dr Michael Dixon, Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM & Dr David Dossetor, Colin Fong, Lisa Hamilton and Rob White, Donella and Quintin Freeman, Hand Up Foundation, Stephen Harmon, Helena Harris, Kate Hayward, Liz Hughes, Hilary Hughes and Gary Verskey, Sujeet Jeena, Fleur Jouault, Bruce Keebaugh, Alex and Rosie Linden, Lune Media, Dr Julie Lynch, Morrissey Management, Julia Mant, Kari Baynes, Jodi Matterson, Suzanne and Anthony Maple-Brown, Catherine McDonnell, Professor Elizabeth More AM, Cassandra Muller, John Nicols and Laurel Tsang, Bridget O’Brien, Lisa and Egil Paulsen, Geoff and Sue Pike

$500 – $999

Jennifer Bott AO, Harley Harwood Hans Britz, Tony Carroll, Iam Collie, Travis Conneeley, Dr Peter Cooke AM, Marta Dusseldorp, Kate Grant, Ewen Craig, Scarlett Grant Craig, Marta Dusseldorp, Denis Handlin, Deborah Hutton, Scott Lorson, John and Diana Rawson, Debra Richards, Barbara Wright

$100 – $499

Kerrie Anderson, Joh Bailey, Julie Bannerman, Sarah Brasch, Hans Britz, Hamish Campbell, Russell Chandler, Chic Management, Damian Cleary, Peter Copas, Bryce Corbett, Mary Curotta, Mark Day, Simon Dwyer, Dr Robert Eidus & David Walsh, Alexander Euler, Kevin P Farmer, Jacqui Feeney, Rosalind Fischl, Tracy Gann, Brett Hlywa, Anita Jacoby, David Jackson, Alistair Jennings, Kathryn Johnstone, Susie Jones, Anthony Klein, Tanya Leach, Grace Li, Prue MacSween, Rick Maier, David Martin, Rebecca Mccloy, Andy McIntyre, Victoria Miles, David Mitchell, Kylie Munnich, Justin Nardella, Roslyn Newman, Charlotte Olsson, Catherine Payne,  Janine Robinson, Kate Righetti-Quinn, Jaynie Seal, Rebecca Segal, Caroline Spence, Leena Thomas, Fiona Treadgold, Sophie Turner Laing, Brenda Walsh, Kimberley Williams, Sophia Zachariou, Tracy Zietsch

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

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
The Leslie Walford AM 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
Denis Klein
Rodney Jones
Chrysanthy & Tessa Mallos 
Norman McVicker OAM
Dawn O’Donnell
Dr Rodney Seaborn AO OBE
Hazel Treweek OAM MBE

Roy and Sandy Abrams Scholarship, Janine Allis Scholarship, ARA Group Scholarships, Kate Armati Scholarship, Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Scholarship, June Baker Scholarship, Ballard Property Group Scholarship, The Balnaves Foundation First Nations Scholarships, Professor Nadia Badawi AM Scholarship, Ted Blamey Scholarship , Michelle Brooks and Andrew Michael Scholarship, Romany Brooks Scholarship, Dr Bruce Caldwell Scholarship, David Cielak Scholarship, Noel & Hetty Cislowski Scholarship , Peter and Luci Cook Scholarship, Cowled Foundation Scholarships, Kate Davy Memorial Scholarship, Helen Dumbrell Scholarship, Dr David Dossetor and Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM Scholarship, Earl & Katie Evans Scholarship, Tim Fairfax AC Scholarships, Jessica Falkholt Memorial Scholarship, Edward Federman Scholarships, Finch Scholarship, Colin Fong Scholarship , Donella & Quintin Freeman Scholarship, Ben Gannon AO Scholarships, Mel Gibson and Village Roadshow Scholarships, Gillespie/Price Scholarship, John Grill AO and Rosie Williams Scholarship, Lisa Hamilton & Rob White Scholarship, Cathy Harris AO PSM Scholarship , Helena Harris Scholarship, Helpmann Family Foundation Scholarships, Margaret Kirby Scholarship , Laidlaw Foundation Scholarships, Alex & Rosie Linden Scholarship, Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership, Chrysanthy and Tessa Mallos Memorial Scholarships, Marshall Family Foundation Scholarship, David Marshall Scholarship, James & Melissa Marshall Scholarship, Catherine McDonnell Scholarship , James & Daniela McMurdo Scholarship, Garry McQuinn Scholarship, Fay Mokotow Memorial Scholarship, Dr Elizabeth More AM Scholarship, Cassandra Muller Scholarship, Bridget O’Brien Scholarship , Dawn O’Donnell Scholarships, Donald & Leslie Parsonage Scholarship , June Penn Scholarship, John & Diana Rawson Scholarship, Richard and Barbara Refshauge Scholarship, J.G. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship, Geoff Richards Memorial Scholarships, Sara & Martyn Roberts Scholarship, John and Renay Robinson Scholarship, Geoffrey Rothwell Scholarship, Justine Saunders Memorial Scholarship, Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation Scholarship, Shanahan Management Scholarship, Barry Smorgon OAM and Sandra Smorgon Scholarship, Ezekiel Solomon AM Scholarship, Prof Ross Steele AM Scholarships, Richard Stuart Scholarship , TAG Family Foundation Scholarship, Technical Direction Company Scholarship , Frank Thring Scholarship, Sue & Michael Tobin Scholarship, Maria Trinci Scholarship , Dr Eric Wegman Scholarship, Paul & Kate Williams Scholarship, David and Lorraine Winterbottom Scholarship, The X Division Scholarship, YouTube Scholarship

William Fletcher Foundation
The Gloria Payton Foundation and the Gloria Dawn Foundation
Ken Healey Playwrights Award
The Leslie Walford AM Award
NIDA X Award

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, The TAG Family Foundation Tutorial Room, Gary & Janine Wolman Tutorial Room

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.

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, Sanwa, 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, Gary and Janine Wolman, 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