National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) appoints Liz Hughes CEO

Liz Hughes

• The Chair of NIDA Noel Staunton comments

NIDA has announced the appointment of Liz Hughes (pictured) to the role of CEO effective December 2019.

In recognition of the rapidly transforming performing arts sector, the board has selected a creative arts, and business qualified senior leader who brings experience across cultural programming, media industries, emerging technologies, and industry-linked creative education.

Liz Hughes

Liz Hughes comes to NIDA from the University of New South Wales as Director Creative Enterprise at UNSW Art and Design. Prior to that position Hughes worked with the Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS) for nine years as Director Partnerships and Development and Director AFTRS Open. Hughes holds an Executive MBA and sits on the board of the Australian Network for Art and Technology.

The Chair of NIDA Noel Staunton said: “NIDA is one of our best export brands when you think of the impact and connections our alumni have gifted Australia. After seven years of leadership of NIDA Jenny Bott as chair and currently CEO leaves NIDA in mid-December in excellent shape and Liz Hughes will build on the contemporary and collaborative strength of NIDA.”

“I’m thrilled to lead NIDA and to build on its global reputation for educating generations of performers, creative leaders and storytellers. NIDA has been pivotal in creating and bringing to life our stories on stage, screens of all sizes and at live events. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to work with a talented team, the incredible alumni, an impressive Board, strategic partners and the next generation of creators exploring the gamut of the performing arts in all its guises,” Liz Hughes said.

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