Screen Actors Studio - Audition

Discover. Create. Transform

Through technique and performance classes, craft a structured, personalised approach to your work as a performer. Gain experience in casting and insights into industry practice.

This Studio provides the opportunity to explore and apply acting techniques and develop your vocal, physical and imaginative dexterity. Work with support and direction from experienced tutors as you develop self-assurance in relating to the camera.

This course is ideal for those wishing to explore their potential as a screen artist.

Course components

Term one

Instrument Work: develop vocal and physical presence specifically for the screen. Extend vocal range and freedom, and explore how physical action informs character objectives.

Imagination and Relationship to Camera: develop spontaneity in performance through impulse work.

Apply vocal, physical and acting technique to improvised and scripted scenes performed to camera.

Term two

Performance for Visual Storytelling: explore and apply appropriate acting techniques for screen under the direction of an industry professional.

Characterisation and Screen Presence: realise a character arc and employ a variety of acting techniques to develop a truthful and engaging performance. Explore ways to connect with audiences through the lens. Rehearse and shoot contemporary scene work.

Term three

Applied Instrument Work: learn and apply an American accent to text. Utilise physical impulses to create spontaneous performance on screen.

Style and Genre: explore range in a variety of genres including comedy and drama. Shoot international scene work in onsite locations.

Term four

Advanced Acting Exercises and Solo Work to Camera: explore challenging contemporary acting processes and learn how to apply these to complex scenes with multiple characters.

Screen Tests and Castings: refine the skills required to approach both prepared scenes and cold reads. Respond to casting briefs and work toward meeting industry expectations.


  • Interpret a range of scripts for performance
  • Develop truthful characterisation
  • Collaborate effectively with others to create dynamic scenework
  • Embrace the technical demands of an actor
  • Confidently deliver screen test materials
  • Form productive relationships with a director and crew

Term dates 2019/20

Saturdays, 11am–5pm

July intake-

Term 1: 3 Aug – 21 Sep
Term 2: 19 Oct – 7 Dec
Term 3: 2020 – 15 Feb – 4 Apr
Term 4: 2020 – 2 May – 27 Jun


  • Sydney
  • Melbourne


The course fee is $4,600 payable in four instalments.
A separate audition fee of $35 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.

Audition information

Entry to the Screen Actors Studio is by audition only. You will be sent your audition information via a downloadable link within 2 working days of enrolling in it.

Audition dates 2019


Sat 29 Jun 2019, 10am OR 2pm


Sat 29 Jun 2019, 10am OR 2pm

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

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