Parade Theatre

As the largest of the theatre spaces at NIDA, the Parade Theatre offers seating for audiences of up to 709 people in its three-tiered, horseshoe-shaped auditorium


The Parade Theatre is suited for fully-staged productions, award ceremonies and presentations. Its full seating capacity is accommodated in a three tiered horseshoe-shaped auditorium for audiences of 300–709 people.

The Parade Theatre’s stage surface is made of 6mm Masonite, with a concrete rear stage and wings. All stage surfaces are painted black. The stage is not raked and its maximum loading is 7.9 Kpa.


Alternatively, for more information contact the NIDA Venue Manager on (02) 9697 7585 or at


We have selected a panel of preferred catering partners for events held in the Parade Theatre: ARIA Catering, European Catering and Forte Catering. Find out more about our preferred caterers by selecting the drop-down menu below.

ARIA Catering

Who are they?

ARIA Catering was launched in November 2010 and is owned by restaurateurs Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan.

What do they offer?
  • Conceptual and unique catering for events at NIDA and offsite locations in and around Sydney.
  • Catering for gala dinners, conferences, product launches, weddings and smaller events at home.
  • ARIA Catering offers contemporary menus designed by Matt Moran which are carefully crafted for every occasion and reflect each client’s individual needs. ARIA have a range of options, including:
    • canapés and food stations
    • dinner and degustation
    • shared style menus.
  • Full event management.
Why choose them?

With a reputation for excellent service, professional management and exceptional food, ARIA Catering can manage your event from start to finish.


For more information about pricing and menus, visit the Aria Catering website or call (02) 8274 9650. 

European Catering

Who are they?

On behalf of some of Australia’s most renowned corporate and individual clients, European Catering has been organising events for over twenty years.

What do they offer?
  • Catering for a range of events, including gala dinners, creative product launches and cocktail parties.
  • Catering for large and small parties.
  • Buffet menus and full sit-down menus.
Why choose them?
  • Innovative catering
  • First class service

For more information about pricing and menus, visit the European Catering website or call (02) 9317 2733.

Forte Catering

Who are they?

Established in 2001, Forte Catering and Events has won numerous awards, including the National Corporate Caterer of the Year and Wedding Caterer of the Year.

What do they offer?
  • Conceptual and unique catering for events at offsite locations in and around Sydney.
  • Catering for large and small parties.
  • Buffet menus and full sit-down menus.
Why choose them?
  • A wide range of food and beverage choices
  • Professional service and advice

For more information about pricing and menus, visit the Forte Catering and Events website or call (02) 9211 2802.

For further information please contact the NIDA Parade Theatres Producer on (02) 9697 7585 or at


There are a number of ways to promote your event or production.

Promotion through NIDA


All events and productions are listed on our website.

Via email, you’ll need to provide:

  • a brief description of your event, including performance dates and times where applicable
    • approximately 200 words
  • your title treatment
    • at least 300dpi
    • in .jpg format
  • plain images
    • 172 pixels (width) x 117 pixels (height).

All images should be labelled with the name of the event or image name, the year the image/photograph was produced and the name of the photographer or copyright owner. For example:

Carousel, 2007 © Annie Leibovitz

NIDA e-newsletter

Subject to approval, you can list your event or production in our monthly e-newsletter Box Seat

Box Seat is:

  • made up of regular Parade Theatres customers, corporate clients, sponsors, supporters, local and international industry contacts, general arts lovers and young people interested in the arts
  • at 6500 subscribers and growing.

For more information about advertising through Box Seat please contact the NIDA Parade Theatres Producer on (02) 9697 7585 or at


Parade Theatres has two external signs on Anzac Parade available for hire.

  • Dimensions – 1.86m wide x 1.06m deep and 2.01m wide x 0.710m high.
  • Printing and installation cost – approximately $560 plus GST.
  • Artwork – supplied by you.
  • Priority for spaces will be given to longer running productions.

Venue publicity

Your material will be displayed in the Nancy Fairfax Foyer, at the Box Office and selected outlets on the University of New South Wales campus (subject to space availability). Flyer seat drops at NIDA and reciprocal venues can be arranged, subject to availability.

You must:

  • supply 10 A3 vertical posters and 500 DL flyers for this purpose
  • gain permission from Parade Theatres management for the handout of flyers and other promotional materials.
Terms and conditions of promotion


All merchandise, including programs, sold at Parade Theatres must be sold through NIDA’s exclusive merchandiser, Playbill.

A percentage of sales (10% on all recordings and 15% on all merchandise other than recordings) will be payable to Parade Theatres.


A quarter- to half-page space must be available in the program to feature Parade Theatres and NIDA credits.

For archival purposes you’ll need to provide us with two copies of each program and two copies of any production posters or handbills.

Use of Parade Theatre logos

The Parade Theatres logo should be used on all printed or web based material for your event.

Four versions are available for download.

Parade Theatre Logo - Line Colour
Parade Theatre Logo - Line Black and White
Parade Theatre Logo - Stack Colour
Parade Theatre Logo - Stack Black and White

  • Artwork for all printed matter containing the Parade Theatres logo should be emailed to the NIDA Parade Theatres Manager at for approval prior to printing.
  • All promotional material and advertisements you publish should read similar to: Hirer’s (your) name/presents/name of production/at NIDA Parade Theatres, Kensington OR NIDA Parade Theatres, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington.

Using our name on marketing materials

Marketing material should not include the acronym ‘NIDA’, the words ‘National Institute of Dramatic Art’ or imply any association with NIDA. Please use ‘NIDA Parade Theatres’ on all collateral.

For further information please contact the NIDA Parade Theatres Producer on (02) 9697 7585 or at

Equipment hire

Hire of any equipment listed below is subject to availability and is quoted on a per day basis. For hires required from 3-7 days you will be charged for 3 days hire only. All prices exclude GST. Hire of equipment is for use within the NIDA Parade Theatres only.

Item Cost Information
Lecturn $60
Microphone - Lapel
Microphone - Hand Held Radio
Microphone - Hand Held SM58
or similar
Microphone - Chorus
Microphone - Headset (Madonna)
Microphone - Plate (Tap dancing)


With cord

Set of 6

Mirror Ball and Motor $20
Piano Hire
- Mid-Grand (Kawai)
Piano Move
Piano Tuning


72 hours notice required
Vinyl Dance Floor (Black Tarkett)


Parade Theatre & Playhouse
Plus additional labour costs

Portable Stage $200 Pro-Stage 8 x 4m
Projector Screen


Ratio 4:3
- Overall size 6300mm x 4770mm
- Image size 6100mm x 4570mm
Ratio 16:9
- Overall size 8320mm x 4770mm
- Image size 8120mm x 4570mm
Wireless Headset Comms $100 Per headset


5000 ANSI Lumin Single Chip DLP Projector
(Playhouse, Studio, Space)


Barco GLM 8000 ANSI Lumen, wide lens available.
(Parade Theatre)
LED Wash Lights (4 available)

$125 per unit
$500 all 4
VLX moving head LED wash lights

Smoke Machine
MDG Hazer
Aqua Fog  (Dry Ice Machine)
+ pellets
$25 per box
Fluid included

Can supply own pellets
Trestle Tables $20 Limited number available

Please note this list may be subject to change as additional items of equipment become available for hire. 

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