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

NIDA is searching for 16 exceptional young performing artists in grades 7-10 to join the Performance Lab course in 2017. 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 2017 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, 2017: 5 February to 26 March and 30 April to 18 June
Semester 2, 2017: 30 July to 17 September and 15 October to 3 December


Sunday 15 January, 2017 10:30am
Sunday 15 January, 2017 2:00pm

Audition Preparation

To prepare for the 2017 audition, please download the PDF document in Additional Information, which is avaible below.

Semester 1, 2017: Adaption of Existing play – Modern Midsummers

Believe it or not, Shakespeare’s universal themes are the foundation for many contemporary films and plays. 10 Things I Hate About You is a modern day adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew and She’s the Man is based on Twelfth Night. In collaboration with a NIDA director, you and your fellow artists will take on the mammoth task of bringing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, into a contemporary setting. It’s been done and its fun! This course will also have a masterclass in Shakespearean verse.

Course components

  • Creative Voice – Assume a variety of roles in a creative process to generate new ideas for a live presentation.
  • Writing for Performance – Contribute to the written text of a new devised performance work through workshops and master classes with a writer.
  • Text Analysis: Interpret and bring to life a written text for live performance.
  • Performance: Apply acting, voice and movement practice to a live presentation.
  • Evaluation: Learn and apply self-evaluation techniques. Develop supportive ways to provide feedback to others throughout the rehearsal process.

Semester 2, 2017: Short Film Making – Long Shot

Can you complete the challenge set in NIDA’s Long Shot Manifesto? Each week you will be faced with different cinematic challenges as you collaborate with a professional filmmaker and your fellow Performance Lab artists in creating an original short film. Work as part of a trainee- professional production company as you learn pre and post production techniques. Develop an understanding of contemporary screen acting, write, direct and act in an original production. This course includes a class in film editing and a masterclass in screen writing.

Course components

  • Film Making: Work with a director/film maker to develop and record an original short film.
  • Collaboration: Engage in a creative process to develop a screen presentation, assume variety of roles in a production capacity.
  • Text Analysis – Interpret and bring to life a written text for live performance.
  • Technique: Extend your knowledge of live and recorded practice to optimize your on-screen performance.
  • Editing: Participate in an introduction to editing for film master class.
  • Evaluation: Learn and apply self-evaluation techniques. Develop supportive ways to provide feedback to others throughout the rehearsal process.


  • Entry to this course is by audition only.
  • This is a semester long course consisting of two terms of 8 weeks. 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 will be invited to enrol in the second semester course at the end of Term 2 based on their semester one participation.

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.

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

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