+ Nigel Sutton

Nigel Sutton  Creative Director www.ndsproductions.com.au

Nigel has earned an international reputation as a leader in the field of live interpretation and visitor engagement programming for cultural institutions across the globe.

Nigel is a qualified trainer with 30 years of experience as a specialist writer and performer, including 20 years as a highly regarded professional improviser, corporate facilitator and improvisation teacher.

Nigel is the Creative Director of NDS Productions, a company he formed in 1996 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 developed long term working relationships with many of Australia’s leading Cultural Institutions. His works in this area include site specific performances and national outreach programs for over fifty major museum and zoo exhibitions.

He has developed and implemented visitor engagement programs, visitor services training, as well as team culture development for a wide range of clients including government departments and non-profit conservation based organisations.

Nigel was the principal 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 Australia 2002, the second National Forum on Performance in Cultural Institutions, “Spotlight on Performance”, held in Canberra Australia 2003 and the Fourth Biennial International Museum Theatre Alliance Conference, “Extending our Reach”, held in Canberra Australia 2005.

Nigel teaches short courses on Museum Interpretation and Visitor Engagement Programming for the University College London in Qatar. He has been a guest lecturer for Macquarie University Sydney and has delivered keynote speeches on the topic of Visitor Experience and Audience Engagement for national and international organisations including Museums Australia and the International Museum Theatre Alliance.

Nigel is recognised as an innovator in the field of live thematic and cultural interpretation and is currently delivering Master Classes and Live Interpretation Skills Workshops to visitor engagement teams across the globe. Nigel is at present a cast member of the Impro Melbourne Ensamble, Victoria's premier improvised theatre company.