Performance Lab for Grades 7-10, NIDA Kensington - Audition

NIDA is searching for 16 exceptional young performing artists in grades 7-10 to join the Performance Lab course in 2018. Performance Lab is a year-long program for young artists wishing to engage in a focused, practical performing arts training program. Collaborate with NIDA experts in a variety of disciplines and skills including movement, design, filmmaking and acting to create live and recorded performance. The 2018 course culminates in a presentation at NIDA at the end of Semester 1, and a short film presentation at the end of Semester 2.

All Performance Lab students engage in a personalised feedback process with their tutor at the end of every semester, providing them with the support they need to decide the next step in their creative education.

Course dates and times

Sundays, 11am to 2pm

Semester 1, 2018: 4 February to 25 March and 29 April to 17 June
Semester 2, 2018: 29 July to 16 September and 14 October to 2 December


Sunday 14 January, 2018 10:00am
Sunday 14 January, 2018 2:00pm

Audition Preparation

Entry to the Performance Lab is by audition only. Audition information will be sent via a downloadable link within 2 working days of enrolment.

Semester 1, 2018: Urban Art

Create a live performance piece inspired by street artists such as Banksy, Miss Van and Above. Devise a new theatrical work to convey a story and entertain an audience. Core content includes voice, movement, character work and devising theatre to create a new live work based on themes and ideas explored by the ensemble. Includes a masterclass in Design.

Semester 2, 2018: Treading the boards

Learn script interpretation and audition skills, then work with a director to rehearse and perform a scripted performance work across two terms. You will draw on vocal, physical and character building skills developed over the year to create believable characters and scene work. Learn how to read and learn scripts effectively, research, create character, develop, rehearse and perform to the best of your ability. Includes a masterclass in Directing.


• Entry to this course is by audition only.
• This is a year-long 32 week course and you must be available to attend every session. Students can apply for attendance exemption in exceptional circumstances, applications must be made in advance to the supervising Course Manager. End of semester feedback and project participation is dependent on minimum attendance requirements. Students who are successful at the audition in January can opt for a 6 month only participation with the option to renew at the end of the first semester.

Important information

  • Please read our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in for all drama and performance related courses. Clothing that restricts movement is inappropriate.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • Participants must provide their own lunch, including snacks and drinks.
  • Children attending primary school grade equivalent holiday courses must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian.
  • NIDA staff will supervise students in courses for Grades 3–6 and Grades 7–10 years in their breaks. These students will not be permitted to leave the advertised venue without parental permission.
  • If you are running late to collect your child, please call NIDA reception on 02 9697 7600. NIDA will only provide supervision during advertised course times.

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