Speakers Profile - Nicola Parry

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NNicola Parry is an actor, director and improviser, who recently starred in ABC Television's AFI winning The Hollowmen, after completing three series (with a fourth in production) of the comedy Thank God You're Here as one of the award winning show's permanent cast.

Nicola has performed extensively for stage and screen, with a focus on comedy. She has starred in the sell-out production '160 Characters', which toured nationally and internationally, playing the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Cracker Comedy Festival, Adelaide Festival and Singapore International Arts Festival. Her credits also include the Cracker Comedy Festival's ‘This is Your Laugh', and ‘Tabloid Musical', guest co-hosting on Nova 969's drive time show, and representing NSW as a member of the winning Australian National Improv team. She also hosted the inaugural Sydney Christmas Parade at Darling Harbour in 2007.

In 2008 Nicola directed the award winning comedy band ‘The Axis of Awesome' for the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and appeared ‘Swift and Shift Couriers' for SBS and ‘This is Your Laugh' for the Seven Network. In addition to her performing credits, Nicola has been General Manager of Actors Centre Australia, Associate Director of the UK 's Bush Theatre, and a Resident Director at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

As a corporate host and performer, Nicola has worked with a wide variety of companies and clients, training and performing nationally and internationally. Some of Nicola's recent clients have included: Ricoh, Commonwealth Bank, JB Were Goldman Sachs, Sonafi Aventis, Johnson and Johnson, Telstra, Zocor, Clearview, Fuji Xerox, AMP, Apple Computers, Nutimetics, Elli Lilly, Macquarie Bank, Ernst and Young, Swiss Re, Pharmacia, Optus, Visy, IBM, Coca Cola Amatil, Samsung, NRMA and Kimberly Clarke.