A recent graduate from the University of South Australia, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts), Nicky has been involved with the Adelaide music theatre community for several years, with credits including Miss Saigon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Mary Poppins. She recently took on the role of cultural consultant for the State Theatre Company of South Australia’s production of Single Asian Female and Rumpus Theatre’s production of Coldhands.

Nicky is the fourth recipient of the Helpmann Academy InReview Mentorship, and has been partnered with InReview mentor Samela Harris, an experienced writer and critic who will assist her in building on and refining her skills in the art of review writing. Over 10 weeks she will be supported to produce a number of pieces to be published on the InReview website.

The partnership between Helpmann Academy and InReview is unique and one both organisations are very proud of. The mentorship program was developed to cultivate the next generation of arts reviewers and rebuild the practice of robust discourse and analysis of South Australian performing and visual arts. It was created in conjunction with the launch of InReview, a not-for-profit project from Solstice Media, the publishers of InDaily, designed to support arts and culture journalism and critique in South Australia.

Through this opportunity, Nicky is hoping to gain an insight into where South Australia’s arts and culture sector is headed and how emerging artists can better position themselves to achieve their goals.

“This opportunity will offer me the knowledge and perspectives to become a better cultural leader among my peers,” she says. “Additionally, the mentorship shall strengthen my ability as a writer for arts magazines.”

Nicky has already kicked some reviewing goals through her involvement with ArtsHub’s Amplify Collective and is looking forward to doing more.

“I hope to establish an ongoing position as a reviewer and serve as a voice for my communities,” she says.

The three previous recipients of the Helpmann Academy InReview Mentorship – Shannon Pearce, Gianluca Noble and Michelle Wakim – are now regular paid contributors to InReview.

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