NIDA Directors Studio: Stage and Screen Performance - Interview

Directors Studio: Stage and Screen Performance - Interview

Discover. Create. Transform.


This Studio is designed as a two-term program that develops skills for both Live Performance (term 1) and Screen/Digital media (term 2).

Consider the director’s role and examine the specific directorial demands for stage and screen. Explore the principles of effective storytelling for both media and collaborate with actors to pursue your creative vision and create dynamic performances. Learn how to lead a creative team, motivate a cast and inspire audiences.

Course components

Term one

Stage: Gain insight into the actor’s process and explore ways to realise text and concepts in performance for the stage. Critically analyse the work of other directors and develop an understanding of the language and technical challenges of live performance.

Term two

Screen: Explore the visual, dramatic and technical challenges that directors face when applying their skill to storytelling for the screen. Consider script requirements, shot composition, visual detailing, lighting and sound techniques, continuity and the actor’s journey.


  • Form collaborative working relationships with actors
  • Interpret a stage or screen play
  • Develop creative concepts
  • Apply a structured rehearsal process for stage and screen
  • Practice different rehearsal techniques
  • Create storyboards and frame shots
  • Explore creative possibilities in stage and screen direction


Entry to the Directors Studio is by interview only

Term dates 2023

Saturdays, 11am–5pm

January intake:
Term 1: 11 Feb – 1 Apr
Term 2: 29 Apr – 17 Jun

July intake:
Term 1: 22 Jul – 9 Sep
Term 2: 14 Oct – 2 Dec


  • Sydney


The course fee is $2,575. This is payable in two instalments across the course or upfront with a 10% discount ($2,317).

A separate non-refundable interview fee of $37 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.
  • Please bring a CV outlining your interests and any past experience or training.
  • Please bring a passport style photo of yourself – this will be used for identification purposes only when the panel are making their decisions.

Interview information

Entry to the Directors Studio is by interview only. Audition/interview information will be sent via a downloadable link upon enrolment.

Interview dates 2023
Jan intake: Sat 14 Jan 2023, 2pm
Jul intake: Sat 24 Jun 2023, 2pm

$37 Limited inc GST
Directors Studio: Stage and Screen Performance - Interview

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