NIDA names new chair ahead of 2016 graduate school launch

12 August, 2015 by IF

The National Institute of  Dramatic Arts has named Robyn Archer as the inaugural Chair of its Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership.

The MFA Cultural Leadership is the first in a new suite of graduate courses NIDA is launching in 2016 within the institute’s new Graduate School.

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Set to open in 2016, the new Graduate School will provide a multi-discipline environment for creative and cultural professionals to explore new practices and develop their skills in response to the rapidly evolving world of arts and culture. NIDA’s growing program of graduate courses will build on the success of the current MFA Directing and MFA Writing for Performance.

Robyn Archer said the course was an important step forward for NIDA and the Australian creative sector, and that she was honoured to be the inaugural Chair.

“We are fortunate in Australia to have strong and daring creative leaders, who are often the driving force behind innovation and change in arts and culture,” she said.

“But leadership is something you don’t necessarily learn on the job, and many talented people may never find the opportunities within a given employment structure to build the skills needed to lead in the cultural and creative space. 

"That’s why this course is so essential – rather than relying on chance to hand down the experience of our current leaders, we are actively harnessing their knowledge to nurture the next generation.

NIDA Director/CEO Lynne Williams welcomed Ms Archer and said NIDA was privileged to be working with her as key ambassador for the course.

“We feel very fortunate to welcome an artist and advocate as respected as Robyn Archer to the position of inaugural Chair of Cultural Leadership. Robyn is an influential creative leader both in Australia and internationally, and her guidance will ensure this course plays a pivotal role in shaping Australia’s creative and cultural future.”

A number of fellowships supported by the Australian Government Ministry for the Arts, including a fully funded Fellowship for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander candidate, will be awarded to outstanding applicants.

Set to open in 2016, the new Graduate School will provide a multi-discipline environment for creative and cultural professionals to explore new practices and develop their skills in response to the rapidly evolving world of arts and culture. NIDA’s growing program of graduate courses will build on the success of the current MFA Directing and MFA Writing for Performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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