Acting up with McLeod's Daughter

Bridie Carter, aka Tess  McLeod from from the television show McLeod’s Daughters, is set to teach for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Byron Bay.
Bridie Carter, aka Tess McLeod from from the television show McLeod’s Daughters, is set to teach for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Byron Bay. JAY CRONAN

ASPIRING actors from around the North Coast will get a rare chance to learn from a professional when actor Bridie Carter teaches two NIDA workshops in Byron Bay next month.

The working actor and former McLeod's Daughters star will share some of the techniques she picked up during her own NIDA training, which have helped carry her through an acting career spanning almost two decades.

Ms Carter, who lives in Byron Bay with her partner and four-year-old son, said she was excited about the workshops.

“My craft is still incredibly important to me and to have the opportunity to pass some of that on is terrific,” she said.

Despite being best known as Tess McLeod in the long-running Channel Nine soap, Ms Carter is emphatic that her career existed before, and will continue after McLeod's Daughters.

Ms Carter has performed in the TV series All Saints, Water Rats, Murder Call, Going Home and in the tele-feature My Husband, My Killer.

In 2007, she featured in Network 7's Dancing with the Stars where she and dance partner Craig Monley were crowned champions.

More recently she acted in a feature film called I Love You Too, written by comedian Peter Helliar and filmed in Melbourne, which is due for release next year.

Ms Carter said despite the fact Byron Bay and surrounds had a reputation as an 'arty' area, there were very few opportunities for actors to perform or to receive professional training.

The NIDA program, which runs in regional areas across the country, helped remedy this.

Ms Carter will teach NIDA acting techniques to students aged 12 to 18 years, introducing the core techniques taught at NIDA.

The course develops skills in voice, movement, improvisation and characterisations as well as learning how to respond to scripts and relate to other performers effectively.

The second course, Acting Intensive, is for students aged 16 and over and helps develop acting skills including improvisation, voice and movement and how to become confident in rehearsing and performing short scenes.

The courses will be held at the Byron Bay Community Centre from October 6 -11.

For more information or to book phone 9697 7626, or email or book online at

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