NIDA Actors Studio - Audition

Actors Studio - Audition

Discover. Create. Transform.

Develop individual and collaborative performance skills. Craft a structured, personalised approach to your work as a performer through practical actor training focused on skills development and application.

This course provides the opportunity to explore and apply contemporary acting techniques to a variety of contexts, and develop your vocal, physical and imaginative dexterity. Work with support and direction from experienced tutors and gain insight and inspiration from professional industry guests.

This course is ideal for those wishing to explore their potential as an artist or those preparing for higher education.

Course components

Term one

Instrument Work: Extend your vocal range and find physical freedom through fundamental voice and movement training for the actor.

Imagination and Collaboration: Work as an ensemble to develop spontaneity in performance through improvisation and impulse work. Apply vocal, physical and acting technique to develop character and inform work with text.

Term two

Classical Technique: Extend your performance range by working with iconic classical texts, re-imagined for the 21st century. Engage with the demands of heightened language, bold physicality and challenging stagecraft.

Contemporary Scene Work: Develop performance approaches and techniques to realise a range of challenging contemporary material. Apply rehearsal practices and techniques to produce performances that are truthful and engaging.

Term three

Contemporary Acting and Audition Technique: Refine your personal acting process and respond intuitively in a variety of performance contexts. Select appropriate audition material. Identify and apply effective audition techniques for a range of industry demands.

Acting to Camera: Develop your versatility as an actor and adapt your skills to a screen format.

Term four

Studio Project: Collaborate with a director to rehearse a full-length play. Sustain truthful responses while meeting the staging demands of performance. Present the work in a studio setting to an invited audience.

Additional time commitment is required in the final week of production.


  • Employ improvisation as a tool for creating character
  • Respond to and perform a variety of classical and contemporary scripts
  • Realise a director’s vision and writer’s intent in performance
  • Work as part of an ensemble, applying appropriate etiquette under performance conditions
  • Develop authentic characterisation
  • Prepare and rehearse audition material
  • Apply acting skills to screen performance

Term dates 2024

Sundays, 11am–5pm

Sydney and Melbourne
Term 1: 4 Feb – 25 Mar
Term 2: 5 May – 23 Jun
Term 3: 28 Jul – 15 Sep
Term 4: 20 Oct – 15 Dec


  • Sydney
  • Melbourne


The course fee is $4,965. This is payable in four instalments across the year or upfront with a 10% discount ($4,469).

A separate non-refundable audition fee of $38 will be charged.

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.
  • Detailed audition preparation information will be sent via downloadable link within 2 working days of enrolment.
  • If you are auditioning in Melbourne or Brisbane, please bring a CV outlining your interests and any past experience or training.
  • If you are auditioning in Melbourne or Brisbane, Please bring a passport style photo of yourself – this will be used for identification purposes only when the panel are making their decisions.

Audition information

Entry to the Actors Studio is by audition only. Detailed audition information will be sent via downloadable link upon enrolment.

Audition dates 2023/2024

Sat 9 Dec 2023 – 2pm
Sun 14 Jan 2024 – 10am OR 2pm

Sat 9 Dec 2023 – 2pm
Sat 13 Jan 2024 – 10am OR 2pm

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