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Amber Todd

Lecturer – Directing

Amber was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and moved to Australia to complete an acting degree at NIDA in 2004. After working as an actor for Sydney Theatre Company and in various screen roles, Amber founded a content creation production company called ginja ninja in 2008. Collaborating with many of Australia’s top PR and advertising agencies as a writer, director, cinematographer, editor and producer, Amber has worked on a wide range of video campaigns for government, brands and non-for-profits.

Amber’s creative passion lies in storytelling that can affect social change and she has been involved in shooting and producing short documentaries and films that throw light on issues like climate change, mental health and social injustice. Amber produced and edited a short film Talk to Someone to raise awareness about suicide and was a second unit camera for After the Apology for Pursekey Productions. She was also involved in the development of an ABC Freshblood production Ultimate Fanj as a director / creator.

Recently, Amber has been expanding her understanding of the digital landscape by working in UX as a digital producer with the Interaction Consortium and producing a podcast called Interaction. After teaching with NIDA Open, Amber is now delighted to be a part of the AFTRS directing team.