Nigel has worked as a professional performer, writer and creative consultant for over twenty years in theatre, film, television, corporate education and corporate entertainment including 15 years as a professional improviser, corporate facilitator and improvisation teacher with IMPRO AUSTRALIA – Theatresports™. His work has taken him across the globe and it was in London that Nigel did his first work as a museum performer with the highly awarded, Museum of the Moving Image Actors Company (MOMI). Nigel returned to Australia in the early 90’s and after touring the country with children’s theatre and very successful improvised education shows; he began exploring his passion for performing in cultural institutions. In 1996 Nigel formed his company NDS Productions in response to the demand for his work in museum theatre and his expertise in using performance as an interpretive method to engage audiences.
Nigel has earned a reputation as a leader in the field of live interpretation, developing specialised training workshops for tour guides, visitor contact staff, education staff and interpretation staff in museums, art galleries, zoos, historic sites and conservation organisations across Australasia. His work in this area includes site specific performances and creative consulting for over 50 major museum exhibitions and arts festivals as well as touring outreach programs for cultural institutions. Nigel has developed and implemented visitor experience based live interpretation programs, including training, for government and non-profit conservation based organisations. He has been a guest lecturer for Macquarie University and delivered keynote speeches as well as Master Classes to cultural organisations across the globe. Nigel was lead consultant for the National Museum of Australia in the development and delivery of the first National Forum on Performance in Cultural Institutions, Raising The Curtain, held in Canberra 2002, the second National Forum on Performance in Cultural Institutions, Spotlight on Performance, held in Canberra 2003 and the Fourth Biennial International Museum Theatre Alliance Conference, Extending our Reach, held in Canberra Australia 2005.
Nigel is recognised as an innovator in the field of live thematic and cultural interpretation and is currently delivering Master Classes and interpretation skills workshops for tour guides, educators and interpretation staff in museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres, zoos and conservation parks across Australasia.