Assyrian-Australian actor Michael Denkha is currently appearing in the play A Streetcar named Desire with Oscar winning actress Kate Blanchett. The play has been sold out in Sydney since opening in September 2009. The cast will be touring America in November 2009 and their guests of honour in Washington will be the American President and the First Lady.
Michael graduated from National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney in 1995 and has appeared in several movies and plays as well as guest starred in numerous television shows. Michael’s latest television appearance in Australia is a role in the police drama East West 101. Prior to commencing work in a Street Car… Michael appeared in the controversial movie Combination which deals with issues ranging from racial prejudice to underworld crime involving teenage Australians.
Michael was born in Tehran-Iran. He and his family arrived in Australia thirty six years ago. Michael lives in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney with his long time partner Caroline. The picture is a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire. Michael is wearing a white hat.
NIDA is Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art, a centre of excellence in training for theatre, film and television. NIDA's primary role is to select and train exceptionally gifted young people at a tertiary level, preparing them for careers in theatre, film and television.
While best known for its Acting course, NIDA also offers unique and effective courses with great career prospects in design, stage management, event management, lighting, sound, costume making, wardrobe management, scenery construction, properties and special effects. Graduates from these courses are in great demand, and are often employed even before they graduate. They go on to work in areas as diverse and interesting as theatre, film, television, opera, dance, production management, events management and arts administration. NIDA graduates form the backbone of Australia's entertainment industry with many going on to achieve international success.
The NIDA full-time courses are accredited higher education courses approved under the (NSW) Higher Education Act, 2001. NIDA is generously supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.