SpineOut : August 2012
stage & screen 4 issue 12 // august - sEPtEMBER 2012 books // more books // stage & screen // in the kitchen // your stuff // poo in the zoo If your dream is to be on the stage – acting, dancing or designing – then NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) is the perfect place for you. We talked to Michael Scott-Mitchell, currently Head of Design, Director Undergraduate Studies at NIDA and he sits on NIDA’s Board of Studies. He’s designed sets for opera and drama theatres all over Australia and even designed the cauldron for the Sydney Olympic Games. His designs have been called fabulous, spectacular, ravishing and won many awards. So if you think you’d like to join the lucky students at NIDA, here are Michael’s suggestions for you to do right now: 1 Join in all the drama activities in your school. 2 Do a course in life drawing. 3 Join niDa’s weekenD classes (if you live locally; check out their website). 4 Visit expo niDa – exhibition of all students’ work – from 17 October. 5 StArt collectINg for your portfolIo – anything you do in the art world: sketches, paintings, dance, drama, music, photography. Nathan Carter certainly does. He has acted in TV shows, films, and on stage. He’s now appearing in Hitler’s Daughter with the Monkey Baa Theatre company. He chats with us about his love of acting and how he got started. When did you discover you wanted to become an actor? Like most actors, I got bitten by the acting bug when I was a little kid. My friends and I would recreate bits of movies we’d seen or play games where you pretended to be other people. When my parents took me to the theatre once, I realised that you could actually do that for a living! How did you start getting involved in acting? I first got involved at primary school. Iwasabitofashykid,butIfoundthatbeing in front of an audience and making people laugh was great. We would occasionally do performances for our parents on either Book Week or Education Week Open Day, or sometimes we would do an end-of- year-show. My high school didn’t do any performing, so I joined a local amateur theatre group after I graduated Year 12. It was a fantastic introduction to acting. They did both plays and musicals, soIwasabletotry a bit of everything. reAD oN... Katrina Lucy Emma Duncan Alex MIcHAel loveS to See It All. If you’d like to talk to Michael, he’d be delighted to hear from you. You can apply to NIDA no matter where you live! fIND out More About fIND out HoW Hover your MouSe over to fIND out! just doit a story about your school drama or musicals. You can write about, talk about it or shoot us a video!