Who we are

Performance experts

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s leading centre for education and training in the performing arts. NIDA Open gives people of all ages and experience the chance to benefit from NIDA’s world-renowned training methods and explore their own creativity.

For more than 50 years, we have been recognised for our practical and creative approach to dramatic arts education and training. Our higher education courses are considered some of the most prestigious in the world and our graduates achieve success on the stage, on screen and behind-the-scenes.

Since 1990 we have been opening NIDA’s doors to the public through NIDA Open short courses, holiday classes and intensive Studio courses around Australia. Our team of course managers, tutors and staff are all professionals with experience across theatre, film, entertainment and education.

Experienced educators

NIDA Open courses provide each student with practical, dynamic skills development in a supportive, inspirational and fun learning environment.

Designed by our experienced course managers, all of our courses, workshops and training programs focus on practical skills and collaboration, providing an engaging and transformative learning experience for students of all ages.

Our tutors are experts in education and are able to provide supportive feedback, direction and guidance as you progress through your course. We also provide courses for teachers to support them in delivering dramatic arts training and education experiences in schools.

Specialists in our field

NIDA Open’s team of course managers, tutors and staff are a dedicated group of performing arts professionals and educators. Our tutors include voice, movement and improvisation specialists, film and theatre directors, actors and television presenters, many of whom are working professionally in the arts and entertainment industry.

Our world-class facilities and the knowledge of our inspiring tutors set us apart, allowing NIDA Open to share creative and inspiring experiences with over 15,000 students each year.

Many of our students are children and we take our role as mentors and carers seriously. We provide a safe learning environment for children and young people, and you can learn more about our policies.

Accessible to all

NIDA Open courses offer a range of learning options, including classes on weekends, weekdays, evenings, during school holidays or for short intensive periods. There are hundreds of courses running throughout the year so there will always be a NIDA Open course to suit you.

There are courses available for students of all ages and abilities, and most classes don’t require any previous experience.

A supportive community

Whether you’re looking to give your child their first creative experience or you are after your own intensive professional development to launch your acting career, we offer a supportive environment where you will be challenged and inspired.

NIDA Open is a great opportunity to explore your individual creativity while working in collaboration with others. Meet people who share your interests and get the chance to perform in front of family and friends at the completion of some of our courses.

We’re everywhere!

NIDA Open courses are available in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and at other locations through the year.

Our award-winning main campus is based in Kensington Sydney, and has been designed specifically for the needs of performing arts training. In addition, we offer courses in selected Sydney suburbs, including Chatswood, Campbelltown, The Hills and Parramatta at our partner venues.

We offer courses in most capital cities at our partner venues including:

  • Melbourne: The Australian Ballet School, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Polytechnic and Wesley College
  • Brisbane: Southbank Institute of Technology, Metro Arts
  • Perth: Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Canberra: The Street Theatre
  • Adelaide: Christian Brothers College
  • Darwin: St John’s College
  • Wollongong: Wollongong Art Gallery
  • Hobart: St Michael’s Collegiate School.

At various times throughout the year, NIDA tours across the country to major regional centres including Armidale, Cairns, Launceston, Orange, Townsville and Wollongong.

*Regional locations and our national partner venues are subject to change. Please refer to our courses for confirmed locations, dates and how to enrol.

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