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National Institute of Dramatic Art

NIDA is Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art - a centre of excellence in education for theatre, film and television. NIDA is a leader in providing world-class training in the dramatic arts, and a creative hub for research and innovation in Australia’s cultural community.

NIDA’s full-time courses offer accredited tertiary education and real career pathways across a range of creative practices including acting, design, technical theatre and stage management, costume, prop making, set construction, directing and writing for performance. In addition to the degree courses, NIDA’s training philosophy, educational expertise and facilities are available to the public through NIDA Open. Welcoming more than 15,000 students each year, NIDA Open provides short courses for children and adults across the country through a range of flexible learning options.

Many NIDA graduates are recognised as some of Australia’s most successful actors, designers, directors and creative professionals. NIDA graduates become future leaders and innovators for the arts and entertainment industry, helping to grow Australia’s cultural identity both in Australia and internationally.


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Sydney Opera House during this year’s Vivid Festival: now, more than ever, we need artists to tell us the truth. Tibor Kovacs/Flickr

Friday essay: the arts and our still-born national identity

There was once a sense of excitement about creating a genuinely Australian culture and making our own way in the world. What’s happened to that optimism?
Vidal sprinkled an almost limitless supply of bon-mots across our recent history. Antidote Films

Lest we forget: Gore Vidal and the United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia – by the Australian film-maker Nicholas Wrathall – has been doing the rounds of festival circuits since its release last year, and is currently showing at special…
Contemporary artists find power in the formalism, minimalism and stylised theatricality of Noh. Robert Wilson/ Philip Glass collaboration Einstein on the Beach, AAP/ Arts Centre Melbourne, Pomegranate Arts, Lucie Jansch

Empire of stillness: the six essential aspects of Japanese Noh

Theatre of dreams, theatre of play opened this week at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), a new exhibit giving a fascinating glimpse into one of Japan’s great theatrical traditions nō (Noh) through…
Wurst embraces a wide spectrum of individuals who recognise their own gender performance as imperfect. Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision win and the power of performance

Four songs in to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night, six Icelandic men in a band called Pollapönk took to the stage dressed in fluorescent suits and declared to an ecstatic house…


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