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

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 2023. 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, devising and acting to create live performance. The 2023 course culminates in a presentation of an original work devised by the Performance Lab ensemble at the end of Semester 1, and a scripted work at the end of Semester 2.

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

Course dates and times

Sundays, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Semester 1, 2023: 5th Feb to 26th March and 30th April to 18th June
Semester 2, 2023: 23rd July to 10th September and 15th October to 3rd December

Course fees

$825 per Semester


  • Sunday 15 January, 2023 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Sunday 15 January, 2023 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Audition Preparation

Entry to the Performance Lab is by audition only. Audition information will be sent via a downloadable link upon enrolment.

Semester 1, 2023: Devising - Let me Tell You a Secret

Secrets can unite us and divide us. What makes the mystery that surrounds secrets so thrilling and who can you really trust to keep hold of your innermost thoughts? Inspired by the Greek Mythology of Pandora's Box, discover the high stakes consequences of unleashing secrets as you devise an original theatre work with your Performance Lab ensemble for presentation at the end of the course. Gain essential insight to the process of developing an original devised work for the stage. 

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 workshop activities.          
  • 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, 2023: Text & Staging - Classic Tales

Extend your performance experience as you walk in the shoes of legendary characters and tell one of the most epic stories of all time in a high stakes Greek drama. Over 16 weeks work with a NIDA Director to develop skills in choral speaking, physical storytelling and mask, and explore techniques for working with heightened languag. Expeerience and embody the rehearsal process of a play as you learn how to analyse scripts, research and create characters and apply vocal and physical skills to your live performance. Develop rehearsal rigour and performance dexterity as you experience working as an ensemble. Showcase your talents in an end of year performance for your invited audience.

Course components

  • Text Analysis: Interpret and bring to life a written text for live performance.                   
  • Vocal Expression: Practise and apply vocal performance technique in a live presentation.
  • Character Development: Develop a fully realised character from a scripted work for live performance.
    Stage Craft: Consider the elements that contribute to the physical realisation of a scripted, live performance.


  • 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 Program 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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