Image (from left to right): Liz Hughes (CEO, NIDA), Siann Lau (student), Mehhma Malhi (student), Zareh Nalbandian (CEO, Animal Logic Entertainment).
Zareh Nalbandian, CEO of Animal Logic Entertainment has made a personal donation of scholarship support to NIDA. The Animal Logic Entertainment Scholarships will help support students from under-represented backgrounds in the arts and entertainment industries with the cost of living and study expenses.
Zareh recently visited NIDA to meet the 2023 scholarship recipients and take a campus tour. The scholarship recipients are Siann Lau, who began their 3-year Bachelor of Fine Arts Course (BFA) Costume and Mehhma Malhi who is studying their 15-month Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Directing course.
Future ALE scholarships will be available to the Master of Fine Arts Directing or Master of Fine Arts Writing for Performance for the 2024 and 2025 student intake.
Animal Logic Entertainment was established in Sydney by Animal Logic Founder and CEO Zareh Nalbandian. The Company is now completely independent with offices in Sydney and Los Angeles working and developing its own IP via an eclectic slate of Animated Hybrid and Live Action / VFX projects with major Hollywood studios.
Animal Logic Entertainment CEO Zareh Nalbandian said, “I am very pleased to announce the inaugural Animal Logic Entertainment Scholarship with NIDA, Australia’s leading Performing Arts institution and excited to share in their vision of making performing arts training and education accessible to students from underrepresented backgrounds. It’s a privilege to be able to support the dreams of aspiring performing and creative artists from the start of their journey at NIDA, and this partnership will help in reaffirming our commitment to develop and foster the next generation of creative talent for the arts and entertainment community in Australia.”
Through this generous support, NIDA will ensure that its education and learning is more accessible to the most creative and talented individuals across Australia with a range of scholarships aimed to support cultural diversity in the industry.
NIDA CEO Liz Hughes said, “It is terrific to be collaborating with trailblazing entertainment leader Zareh Nalbandian to support the next generation of creatives that are so needed in the industry. NIDA is extremely grateful for this financial commitment from Animal Logic Entertainment as this valuable contribution will help support students to focus intensively on skills development and build confidence that will prepare them to be industry ready upon graduation.”