Advanced Actors Residency

For adults 18+ years

Commencing Monday 8 July 2019

For those who have completed a NIDA Residency, or have relevant experience in actor training, this is a great next step. Explore and utilise advanced acting techniques, shoot under professional filming conditions and perform in an ensemble theatre project.

A maximum of 12 students will be accepted per class.

NIDA’s Residencies are designed for people with commitment and curiosity to undergo intensive artistic development over an extended period of time. Applications are accepted internationally as well as nationally to create a vibrant cultural hub.

Course components

Week one: Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July, 10:00am–5:00pm

Undertake advanced acting training with workshops exploring Meisner, Suzuki , the Viewpoints and voice and accent work. Apply these techniques to a variety of texts in a creative workshop environment.

Week two: Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July, 10:00am–5:00pm

Collaborate with an experienced film and television director and director of photography on a studio set or location. Shoot two contrasting scenes and receive a copy of one edited scene from the week’s shoot.

Optional week three: Monday 22 July – Friday 26 July, 10:00am-5:00pm

Rehearse and perform in a collaborative theatrical project under the guidance of a professional director.


  • Deepen individual performance practice and personal skill set
  • Ability to apply a range of advanced performance techniques to a variety of texts
  • Development of collaborative relationships with a creative ensemble
  • Optimum ability to embrace the technical demands of both live and recorded performance
  • Develop a rigorous and personal approach to a rehearsal process
  • Fulfil a director’s vision and writer’s intent in performance


  • Sydney


An application fee of 10% of the total course cost is due on application. If you are not accepted into the course, this application fee will be fully refunded. If you are accepted the remaining 90% of the course fee will need to be made to secure your place in the course. Please note the fee covers the course fee only, accommodation and other costs are not included.

Two Week Residency
Application fee: $146.50
Early bird fee: $1,318.50 (includes $146.50 application fee)
Full fee: $1,465 (includes $146.0 application fee)

Three Week Residency
Application fee: $181.50
Early bird fee: $1,633.50 (includes $181.50 application fee)
Full fee: $1,815 (includes $181.50 application fee)

Early bird expires 10 June 2019. The full course fee payment must be made before 10 June for the early bird to apply. Applications must be received before 3 June to be reviewed in time for you to secure the early bird rate.

Important information

  • Please read our cancellation and transfer policy.
  • Flights and Accommodation: From time to time we may need to cancel an advertised course. Before booking flights and accommodation for travel to attend a NIDA Open course, please contact the NIDA Open office to confirm if your course will proceed as planned. NIDA does not accept liability for any associated costs of attendance or cancellation.
  • Please wear unrestrictive and comfortable clothing for all performance related course.
  • Please wear closed in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • It is compulsory to wear closed-toe footwear in our Design and Technical courses, and any classes which take place in the Reg Grundy Studio.
  • Please bring along a pen, notebook and bottle of water to all classes.

Application Information

Entry to NIDA Residencies is by selection. Applications for the Three Week Residency are now closed. The deadline for completed applications for the Two Week Residency is the 1 July 2019. If you are successful you will receive a link to pay the remainder of the course fee. Group size will be restricted to ensure individual attention.

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