NIDA Actors Residency

Actors Residency

For adults 18+ years

Commencing Monday 1 July 2024

Develop and utilise fundamental skills and techniques for performance as you collaborate with an ensemble and industry experts in a rigorous residency program.

NIDA’s Residencies are designed for people with a 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.

Customise your residency and train with us for two or three weeks, details outlined below:

Course components

Week one: Monday 1 July – Friday 5 July, 10:00am–5:00pm

Extend your vocal range and find physical freedom through the exploration of fundamental voice and movement technique. Work as an ensemble to develop creative spontaneity and explore improvisation and impulse work.

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

Work with a vocal coach and director to explore and apply appropriate vocal, physical and acting techniques to a variety of texts.

Optional week three: Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July, 10:00am-5:00pm

Explore visual storytelling and relationship to camera as you develop an understanding of acting for screen. Rehearse and film a scene.


  • Develop a personal performance practice and skill set
  • Employ improvisation as a tool for creating character
  • Expand vocal and physical performance range
  • Undertake creative collaboration towards dynamic performances
  • Application of acting skills to a screen context
  • Develop a rigorous and personal approach to a rehearsal process


  • Sydney


Two Week Residency

Early bird fee: $1,215
Full fee: $1,350

Three Week Residency

Early bird fee: 1,822.50
Full fee: $2,025
Resource fee: $200
Please note that additional fees are not subject to the Early Bird discount

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. Please enrol in the class below to lodge your application. The deadline for applications is Monday 17 June 2024.

  • All applications will be considered within 10 workings days and the outcome of your application will be advised by e-mail.
  • You will receive a post enrolment form via email after your application. Please submit information about your previous experience and what you hope to gain from attending the course in this form.
  • NIDA Open will select participants based on this information. 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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