National Institute of Drama (NIDA) appoints Liz Hughes CEO


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

In recognition of the rapid transformation of the performing arts sector, the board has selected a qualified senior creative arts and business executive who brings experience in cultural programming, media industries, emerging technologies and creative education related to industry.

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

The President of NIDA Christmas Staunton said: “NIDA is one of our best export brands when you think about the impact and connections our alumni have given Australia. After seven years of leading NIDA Jenny Bott as Chairman 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 am thrilled to lead NIDA and leverage its global reputation to nurture generations of performers, creative leaders and storytellers. NIDA has played a pivotal role in creating and realizing our stories on stage, on screens of all sizes and at live events. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with a talented team, incredible alumni, an impressive board, strategic partners and the next generation of creators exploring the range of performing arts in all its forms,” said Liz Hughes.


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