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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.

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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.

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Gillian 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.

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Timothy Potter

Course Manager – National Shorts

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.

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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.

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Maree Freeman

Program Manager – Schools

Maree is a playwright, producer and teaching artist. Most recently she held the role of CEO/Artistic Director of Milk Crate Theatre; a company working with people who have experienced homelessness or social marginalisation.

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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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