NIDA Comes to Townsville

NIDA Open will visit Townsville this September with a program that encourages young people and adults to be inspired by all the outstanding Australian artists who have benefited from NIDA’s higher education training. 

NIDA Open will be running its Spring Holiday program at Townsville Grammar School from 24-29 September, with introductory to advanced classes for different age groups including adults. The courses aim to develop performance and acting skills; and include NIDA Drama School, NIDA Actors Project, Auditions Masterclasses, and Acting Essentials.

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is one of the world’s leading institutions for dramatic arts education and training. For 60 years NIDA has been the hub for Australia’s performing arts sector, with alumni including award-winning artist such as Cate Blanchett, Judy Davis, Mirando Otto, Hugo Weaving and many others. NIDA Open is a place where anyone is welcome to explore their creativity in a safe and supportive environment. The program gives people of all ages and experiences the chance to benefit from NIDA’s world-renowned training methods

Head of NIDA Open, Tricia Ryan, said: “This Spring Holidays NIDA Open is encouraging the creativity of young people all over Australia to take advantage of professionally trained teaching artists and practising industry professionals who work across the Australian theatre, TV and film industries.

“Our tutors are committed to inspiring students of all ages, experience and interests to find their unique artistic voice and giving children and young people the confidence and ability to speak up and share their creative ideas with the world.”

The courses include skills for those eager to audition for NIDA courses in Sydney at the Kensington Campus; with participants learning to become confident on presenting to theatre or screen directors, practice auditions and participate in mock scenarios, receive constructive feedback on auditions and share skills in a short presentation for family and friends at the end of the course.

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