Jamie Harding

Ovation CPA Jamie HardingJAMIE HARDING
Artistic Director and Head of Acting

Jamie Harding has a long history of teaching performing arts and tours constantly throughout Australia. He works in Sydney teaching for NIDA, Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, which is world renowned for its global and national excellence in actor training and he has taught an array of specialised classes in theatre, film, television and stand-up comedy.

He has also worked for many of Australia’s top corporate training programs including State Theatre Company’s Corporate sector. As an actor Jamie started his career playing Claudio in Main Street Theatre's production of Much Ado About Nothing, and since graduating from Flinders University Drama Centre has appeared as an actor and stand-up comedian in television, theatre and radio, nationally and internationally and featured in many of Australia's major performing arts Festivals.

He won the Advertiser Best Actor award in 2008 for his role of “Cripple Billy” in State Theatre Company's production of The Cripple Of Inishmaan, he also featured in State Theatre's production of The Real Thing, Brink Productions Gorge in 09, Reason 42, Edmond, and in Come Out’s, The Yum Yum Room, just to name a few. Television credits include acting opposite Logie nominated Victoria Thaine, Rachel Ward, and Gary Sweet in ABC series Rain Shadow, and he has also played Simmo on the hit television show McLeod's Daughters, and won best Actor at the South Australian Screen Awards for the Film Sacrifice.

Jamie has also been involved in the media and comedy industry as a writer, and stand-up comedian all of his working life. He has worked many of Australia's famous comedy clubs including Sydney's Comedy Store at Fox Studio's, Ballina's The Big Gig, Melbourne's Last Laugh , he famously "out chased" the notorious Chaser boys from ABC hilarious television show The Chaser's War on Everything and is in constant demand as a corporate comedian.

Jamie is currently following in the footsteps of Carl Barron and Judith Lucy, to open for Bob Downe, one of Australia's most loved comic creations (created by Mark Trevorrow) in Sydney's most prestigious venues and developing a strong fan base of his own snagging a place in this year’s Celebrity Comedy Debate working alongside Australia's top comedians.

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Our campuses are all tailored to performing arts training and we have many facilities throughout SA through our venue partnerships.

In Adelaide we collaborate with East Adelaide School a unique learning and cultural precinct, 4km from the CBD and Hallett Cove South Primary School situated in a historic coastal location in the South.

Regionally we run our celebrated programs from Mount Gambier High School’s distinguished Performing Arts suite.

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