NIDA Staff and methods

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

Director Public Programs

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.


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.


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.


Bronwyn Batchelor

Program Manager – Children and Young People

Bronwyn has worked passionately in Theatre for Young People for 30 years.


Daniella Lacob

Program Manager – National Short Courses

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


Peter Mountford

Program Manager – Melbourne Short Courses

Peter is an accomplished director, acting tutor and drama education specialist with over 30 years' experience.


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