Staff and Methods

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is a centre of excellence in theatre, film and television. NIDA develops its knowledge, techniques, and educational philosophies from its Higher Education programs to create unique short and part time learning experiences.

The techniques utilised in our teaching are drawn from national and international entertainment and performing arts practice and teaching methodologies. NIDA’s belief in ‘learning-by-doing’ means that students receive specialist tuition with a practical focus.

NIDA’s short and part time courses ensure you get challenging, practice driven training in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Meet the Experts

Tricia Ryan

Head of NIDA Open

Tricia is a passionate advocate for performing arts education and has extensive experience designing and delivering performance-based workshops and programs for children and young people.


Isabella Dunwill

NIDA Open Manager, Melbourne

Isabella Dunwill has extensive experience in the performing arts, both as an actor and as a teacher. An avid scholar, Isabella is a graduate of NIDA’s Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting), studied law and commerce at Deakin University and holds a Master of Business (Electronic Business and Communication) from Swinburne University.


Gillian Meisner-Lemon

Senior Program Manager

Gillian is an accomplished theatre director and acting teacher. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London as well as a Bachelor of Education (Hons) from Queen’s University, Belfast.


Timothy Potter

Business Manager

Timothy completed a BFA Acting with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2013. Prior to completing the BFA Acting, he studied BFA Drama and worked extensively with Vena Cava Productions also at QUT.


Alison Bennett

Program Manager – Adult Short Courses

Alison is a performer and workshop facilitator who has worked both in Australia and internationally for over 15 years.


Daniella Eiben

Program Manager – National Short Courses

Daniella is a professional theatre practitioner and arts educator based in Sydney.


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