NIDA Screen Actors Studio - Audition

Screen Actors Studio - Audition

Discover. Create. Transform

Craft a structured, personalised approach to your work as a screen performer. Gain experience in casting and insights into industry practice through practical actor training focussed on skills development and application.
This Studio provides the opportunity to explore and apply acting techniques and develop your vocal, physical and imaginative dexterity for screen. 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: Develop your performance technique and explore the contrasting genres of drama and comedy. Shoot scene work in onsite locations.

Term four

Advanced Acting Techniques for Screen: Explore challenging contemporary acting processes and learn how to apply these to complex scene work.

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 for performance in a variety of screen contexts
  • Develop truthful characterisation
  • Collaborate effectively with others to create dynamic scenework
  • Embrace the technical demands of acting for screen
  • Confidently deliver screen test materials
  • Form productive relationships with a director and crew

Term dates 2024/25

Saturdays, 11am–5pm

Sydney and Melbourne

Term 1: 28 Jul – 15 Sep
Term 2: 20 Oct – 15 Dec
Term 3: 8 Feb – 29 Mar
Term 4: 3 May – 28 Jun


  • Sydney
  • Melbourne


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

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

Audition information

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

Audition dates 2023/2024


July intake:
Sat 29 Jun 2024, 10am OR 2pm


July intake:
Sat 29 Jun 2024, 10am OR 2pm

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.

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