Nigel Rideout

About Nigel

Actor, teacher, director and writer - Nigel has been involved in professional theatre, film and television for the past 50 years in the UK, USA and Australia.

From 1972-80, Nigel was Deputy Principal and Director of Studies at The London of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) until in 1981 he was invited to create the highly successful theatre department of the newly-formed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Since 1995, he has been Head of Theatre and Voice at the Central School of Speech and Drama and Head of Voice at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Returning to Australia in 2002, Nigel set up the official archives for WAAPA as well as continuing to teach and direct there as well as at the National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne.

His many successful graduates in the UK include: Jane Seymour, Michael Maloney, Martin Clunes, Nigel Planer, Clive Wood, Anthony Head, Nichola McAuliffe, Clare Higgins, Dame Harriet Walter, Amy Irving, Ian McNeice, David Haig and Clive Carter. From WAAPA, Australia: Hugh Jackman, Frances O’Connor, Dominic Purcell, Lisa McCune. Amazingly, Nigel still receives annual repeat fees for a role in the first series of “Dad’s Army” recorded in 1968.