A new multi-part online series premiering tomorrow – presented and curated by exciting change-makers, and freely available to everyone via NIDA Facebook and website.

All creatives and lovers of Australian storytelling are invited to tune in to NIDA’s 2021 In Conversation series, premiering tomorrow with an exclusive discussion with ‘the CEO of Hamilton Inc. (New York Times), four-time Tony Award–winning producer Jeffrey Seller and NIDA Director in Residence David Berthold.

From Thursday 22 April, the program will be livestreamed fortnightly as the series is taken over by an impressive line-up of curators spanning film, theatre, tv and digital media, assembling a diverse line-up of guests who will explore their role in impacting and changing Australian culture through the arts.

Episode Two will be an agenda–setting conversation between two of the new series curators, multi-award-winning former Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director Imara Savage (St JoanTop GirlsAfter DinnerMr Burns) and playwright/screenwriter and multidisciplinary Thai-Australian artist Anchuli Felicia King, best known for her international playwrighting debut White Pearl, ‘satire at its sharpest’, on toxic corporate culture, casual racism and pan-Asian relations.

Imara will interview Anchuli about the recurrent themes in her work – digital cultures, issues of globalisation, her international perspective, and the influence of her multidisciplinary background on her approach to form and staging, with Anchuli frequently acting as video designer, dramaturg and sound designer.

The special In Conversation series boasts six change-making curators. In addition to Anchuli and Imara, curators devising the line-up from Episode Two onward are: AACTA Award–winning director and screenwriter Beck Cole (dir. Black ComedyWentworth, co-writer Samson and Delilah); playwright/screenwriter, actor and dramaturge Tasnim Hossain (ABC TV’s Carpark Clubbing); actor and one of Casting Guild of Australia’s Rising Stars of 2020 Bridie McKim (Bump, The Heights); and director and actor Darren Yap, whose 2020 directing credits alone include Joseph and His Amazing Dream Coat (C.A.T and Shinjuku Productions in Tokyo), Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam (Belvoir St Theatre), Double Delicious (Contemporary Asian Australian Performance/Sydney Festival), and Next to Normal (NIDA graduation season).

Originally devised as an informal learning opportunity for NIDA students, the popular 2020 series was opened up to the public as it hosted iconic Australian storytellers such as Joel Edgerton, Essie Davis, Justin Kurzel, Shari Sebbens, Robyn Nevin AO and S. Shakthidharan.

The In Conversation series is free and open to everyone via livestream, fortnightly at 1.05pm starting Thursday 22 April. Episode One (Jeffrey Seller) will be available Tuesday 20 April on NIDA Facebook and website. Guests are future-focused creative practitioners who are impacting how we think about storytelling – driving projects that will make a difference, embracing technologies to unlock new storytelling frontiers, or creating work from perspectives that stimulate courageous thinking. Attendance is via NIDA Facebook livestream or at

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