Young Directors and Writers Residency, 15-18 Years

Write and direct a compelling dramatic story for live performance in this intensive two week residency. Develop your own storytelling style as you collaborate with others to realise your vision. 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.

Course components

Week one: Monday 8 January – Friday 12 January, 10:30am – 5:30pm

Identify what makes a good story and discover how to create engaging characters as you participate in workshops led by a NIDA expert. Build confidence in both collaborating with other artists and writing short, engaging scripts for performance.

Week two: Monday 15 January – Friday 19 January, 10:30am – 5:30pm

Create a director’s concept, explore rehearsal techniques and collaborate with other artists in the production process to bring a narrative to life. Share your work in a short presentation for an invited audience.


  • Understand creative collaboration towards developing theatrical concepts
  • Apply effective script writing and character development techniques
  • Develop knowledge and practice of a structured rehearsal process
  • Understand and apply appropriate rehearsal techniques when working with actors


  • 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: $122.50
Early bird fee: $1.102.50 (includes $122.50 application fee)
Full fee: $1,225 (includes $122.50 application fee)
Early bird expires 11 Dec 2017. The full course fee payment must be made before 11 Dec for the early bird to apply. Applications must be received before 4 December 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 any classes which take place in the Reg Grundy Studio or any of NIDA’s theatres.
  • Please bring along a pen, notebook and bottle of water to all classes.
  • Participants must provide their own lunch, including snacks and drinks.
  • Students in courses for 15-18 Years will not be supervised in breaks and are free to leave the venue at designated break times should they wish.

Application Information Entry to NIDA Residencies is by selection. The deadline for completed Summer Residencies applications is the 18th December 2017. 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.

Applications for the Summer 2018 Residencies are now closed. Please add yourself to the waiting list to stay informed about the Winter Residencies.

This course has no current classes. Please join the waiting list

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