Bali Padda

Actor | Producer | Diversity

Bali Padda - Actor | Producer | Development Executive | Diversity. Sydney, Australia.

By Johnny Diaz Nicolaidis

By Johnny Diaz Nicolaidis

Bali's professional roles include Actor, Producer, Development Executive, and Director, and is a passionate advocate for diversity in the Australian arts and cultural sector. A champion of diverse representation on stage and screen, Bali has worked tirelessly to advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in the performing arts. With a substantial national and international career as a performer, Bali has an established track record performing in mainstream productions at the Sydney Opera House, Young Vic Theatre and the Royal Festival Hall of London (UK).

Currently, Bali is employed at Screen Australia as Industry Development Executive.

Bali sat on the MEAA National Performers’ Committee (April 2015 - Nov 2018), the elected panel of professional actors that represent actors on industrial matters, and was the Chair of the Equity Diversity Committee (Nov 2014 - Nov 2018), a panel of performers established to advocate for and realise the principles of diverse casting and address issues of diversity in Australian performing arts. Under this title, he has consulted and advised Screen Australia, Create NSW, Screenwest, Screen Diversity & Inclusion Network, Australian Film Television & Radio School, Casting Guild of Australia, the Australian Labor Party, the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, and several independent producers to create a positive change for diversity and inclusion in the screen and live performance sectors.

In addition to his work in the arts and cultural sector, Bali has dedicated much of his work to charity, working to raise awareness and funds for the AIDS Council of NSW and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation through producing the Mardi Gras Festival’s Hats Off! concert series.

He has produced several landmark productions including In The Space Between, Minority Box, Sunderella and the 2016 Griffin Independent production of Lighten Up by Bollywood star and Australian actor Nicholas Brown. As a Development Executive, he participated in Screen Australia's landmark 2017 program Seeing Ourselves: Developing the Developers and has been developing a new children's drama TV series with Buster Productions/Aquarius Films and is the Development Producer on the TV series adaptation of Lighten Up.

His international performing credits include a British-Brazilian co-production called Festa! at the Young Vic Theatre in London, followed by a critically acclaimed season of STOMP’s Lost & Found Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Since moving back to Sydney in 2009, he has performed both principal and supporting roles on the stage in Jatinga (KXT/bAKEHOUSE), Legally Blonde the Musical (Packemin Productions - Riverside Theatres 2018 & Willoughby Theatre Co. - The Concourse 2015), The Big Funk (TAP Gallery), Babies Proms: Bollywood Baby, Oneness: Voice Without Form (Sydney Opera House), Singled Out (Seymour Centre), The Lunch Hour (Darlinghurst Theatre with Siren Theatre Co) and In the Space Between (Cleveland St Theatre). On the screen, Bali played the lead role in the award-winning short Letters Home, as well as featuring in roles in Top of the Lake: China Girl (BBC2), UnINDIAN, Legally Brown (SBS) and various TV commercials. In 2019, Bali stars in Over and Out by Adele Vuko and the Van Vuuren Brothers, selected for Cannes Series 2019.

Bali has experience working in the corporate sector as an actor and presenter for AMP Horizons, University of Notre Dame, Westpac, News Corp, ACCC, ServCorp and Cisco Systems. His corporate work focusses on sales training, leadership, communication skills and diversity. He has also been engaged for many private and corporate events for hosting/MC duties. 

In 2015, Bali was a Finalist as Young Professional of the Year for the India Australia Business & Community Awards, recognising his endeavours to ensure diversity and inclusion becomes a strong focus for the arts & entertainment industry. Bali is often called upon to consult and advise in story development and the engagement of members of diverse communities in Australian productions with Producers, Directors, and Casting Directors in Australia.