Sigrid Thornton.

Actress Sigrid Thornton and the newly appointed artistic director of Sydney Theatre Company, Kip Williams, have joined the NIDA board of directors.

Incoming CEO Kate Cherry said that together Williams and Thornton would bring a fantastic combination of talent, energy and experience to the school.

“Kip’s achievements, since he graduated from NIDA just six years ago, are simply extraordinary. Sigrid’s experience, not just as an actor and director, but as a passionate advocate and tireless campaigner for the Australian arts, will also be invaluable,” she said.

“It’s perfect timing to welcome Kip and Sigrid in a period of dynamic change at NIDA. It is exceptional people, collaborating, that will cement NIDA as a genuine world leader in creative innovation and education in the dramatic arts.”

Thornton said: “NIDA is one of Australia's most valuable incubators for the dramatic arts – a catalyst for the enrichment of our creative culture. I look forward to contributing to the positive framework that helps NIDA students to reach their highest potential.”

Williams said he was honoured to have the opportunity “to help shape the future of this great institution that once helped shape me.”

“As a NIDA graduate, I have experienced, first hand, the extraordinary training the institute provides its students. NIDA has always been at the forefront of innovation in the performing arts, and I am passionate about seeing the school continue to go from strength to strength, and growing its status as one of the leading drama schools in the world.”

Stephen Armstrong and Ralph Myers have retired from the NIDA board after two and four years respectively.

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