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February 9, 2023

Theatre company welcomes NIDA teacher as director

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Liz Chance is the new artistic director of the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre Company.
She is pictured with actors Greg Aitken and Lucinda Naughton in the background.
Photo Jeff Dawson.

The Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre Company is thrilled to announce actor/director and long-time NIDA teacher Liz Chance as their new artistic director. 

Liz is well placed to take hold of the theatre’s creative reins, and comes with 30 years’ experience as an actor, and more than a decade teaching stage and screen luminaries, such as Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, Sam Worthington and Jeremy Simms.

According to Liz, audiences can expect an exciting program of contemporary Australian theatre, and aspiring actors can take part in introductory theatre workshops under her tutelage, starting in February at The Drill Hall. 

New Aussie work

She says, ‘Our program will shine a spotlight firmly on new Australian work’. 

‘We have remarkable writers in this country, and it’s vital we tell Australian stories in all their richness and diversity.

‘I’m still passionate about teaching, and after raising my family here, I know that regional students can miss out on the kind of training that kids in metropolitan areas have access to. So I’m also excited to be teaching again this year,’ Liz said.

The nine week foundation course is an introduction to acting techniques and includes lessons in movement, voice and improvisation. Classes are designed for two age groups, including 17 to 25 year olds, and actors in their early 30s to mid 40s.

‘We’ll be covering some of the basic techniques required in the craft of acting.

‘We’ll learn how to approach a script, and how to develop characters through exercises, improvisation and games,’ she said.

The course takes place over nine consecutive Sunday’s, commencing February 16 until April 5, from 9am till 1.30pm at the hall. Places are limited – interviews take place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February.

Call 0418 500 478 or email [email protected] to schedule an interview, or for more information.

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