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.


Russell Smith

Program Manager – Children and Young People

Russ is a proud decedent of the Ngarrindjeri people and a graduate of the acting course at NIDA. With over a decade’s professional experience, Russ has worked in all mediums of performance. On television he has been seen on Home and Away, Comedy Inc., The Strip and Redfern Now.


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