The Graduate

In the lead up to this weekend’s annual NIDA Foundation Trust Fundraising Gala, I was invited backstage at NIDA where some of this countries brightest young stars and biggest exports have trained and perfected their craft. Exclusively for, I caught up with six recently graduated alumni as they share with me their future plans and fondest memories of life at NIDA.


All Photos : Romy Frydman For
Hair: Alan White for ghd (using ghd eclipse)  Makeup: Allison Boyle

Sarah Snook wearing Alexander McQueen from NET-A-PORTER.COM

A Fond NIDA memory: running around Room 1 in an exercise called The Hunt. Letting our imaginations run wild (literally!) like we were kids again.

What new projects are you currently working on/ next seen in: Recently involved in an episode of Redfern Now S2. Starred in a US film called ‘Jessabelle’ out next January, and also in aussie film ‘Predestination’, with Ethan Hawke and Noah Taylor, out soon.

Ideal role: I don’t have a dream role yet… I want to do them all! No, just a role that is challenging and fulfilling. But…perhaps not satisfying. Because if I’m satisfied, I’ll stop. And I’m not ready to stop just yet.


Harry Greenwood wears Prada shirt, jacket and pant & Hermes knit

Graduated, 2012

A Fond NIDA memory:  Working with Imara Savage on my graduation show.

What projects they are currently working on: ‘Old School’ for ABC TV with Bryan Brown and Sam Neill.

I would love to work with one or all of the following: Guillermo del Toro, Sofia Coppola, Noah Baumbach and Jim Jarmusch.


Laura Brent, wears Etro dress from NET-A-PORTER.COM

Graduated, 2007.

Working On: ABC series ANZAC girls.

Role Models: Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins and Sally Hawkins – I think she’s brilliant.

Career Highlight: A Few Best Men, Narnia and Chandon Pictures, because of the company I was working with.


Thomas Cocquerel wears Gucci

Graduated, 2012

A Fond NIDA memory: I’ll never forget the first day and doing our monologues for the rest of the year group. It was so exciting to watch each other knowing we’d be working together for the next three years.

What new projects are you currently working on: I’m very happy to be working on guest roles for both the upcoming nine miniseries LOVE CHILD and a new Australian drama series, soon to be announced.  As well as being in discussion for upcoming US feature films after a successful visit to LA.


Honey Debelle wears Prabal Gurung dress from NET-A-PORTER.COM & Gucci shoes

Graduated, 2012

A Fond NIDA memory: When the courtyard theatre roof blew off in a storm and the set of Richard III was completely flooded. It was days before opening night and, in those situations, all you can do is laugh. The technical crew were amazing though and the show went on which is pretty incredible when I think back on it.

What new projects are you currently working on: a new Australian drama series, soon to be announced.

Ideal acting role: Perhaps something comedic? Being funny on screen isn’t something I’ve really done before so that would be a cool challenge.


Nathaniel Dean wears Prada

A Fond NIDA memory: We did a production of Dons Party in the first year directed by Anthony Simcoe and  Gough  Whitlam came to see it. Great days on stage creating shows with my classmates who are lifelong friends .

What new projects are you currently working on: Nominated for Best Actor at the Helpmanns for The Secret River and the drama”Parers war”for ABC


Shannon Murphy wears Alexander McQueen dress and shoes from NET-A-PORTER.COM

Graduated, 2007

A Fond NIDA memory: falling asleep in the design studio from exhaustion, waking up with pieces of miniature model bottles stuck to my face!

What new projects are you currently working on: Directing Beached at Griffin Theatre Company in a week!

Role model: Barry Kosky & Thomas Ostermeier