Peter Nielsen has been involved in numerous Australian and International performance works as a theatre producer, musician, composer, sound designer, media artist and performer.
‘The creative arts and the entertainment industry have always been my passion, along with emerging performance technologies, new mediums and art forms,’ tells Nielsen. ‘I sort of fell into the teaching role after many years in the industry.’
‘Mentoring students is [also] my passion…I enjoy eagerly awaiting final projects from each of my students and I’m thrilled whenever I see an industry worthy outcome.’
He’s currently the Senior Technical Officer at the School of Creative Industries, and has recently become the Primary Coordinator for the 3rd year Live Performance Production course, offered to students who are completing performing arts or media arts degrees.
‘I’m planning on directing a new Sci-Fi theatre production. The performances will be held in June 2019 at the Hartley Playhouse, so stay tuned for more,’ says Nielsen.
The man of many talents is also the manager for UniCast, an internet radio station which encourages students to broadcast their own shows.
‘[I believe] all universities should have large platforms for their students to engage with media and broadcasting and, of course, the industry and the ‘real world’…UniCast has two main purposes: to expose students to radio broadcasting in an experiential environment, and to act as a platform for students—with potential industry pathways,’ expresses Nielsen.
‘I remember walking into a radio station when I was twelve-years-old. That day changed my life. I joined the community radio station as a volunteer and it began my journey in the arts and entertainment industries. I hope that a platform like UniCast inspires anyone to do the same.’
Among his busy schedule, Nielsen has also been working on a variety of multi-disciplinary projects in music, radio, theatre, dance media, film, TV, web series, real world games, projection mapping, motion capture and virtual reality.
‘And that’s just a few of the project in the last six months,’ says Nielsen. ‘Strangely, creating new work and exploring new areas motivates me and makes me more determined.’
When asked about his creative process, Nielsen says that ‘it is both happenstance and accidental…all it needs is a simple idea to begin. I think that all ideas need to be tested. They need to be workshopped. Vetted. If someone is inspired with a creative spark, they need to test it out.’
Words by Tanner Muller.