NIDA's 60th Anniversary

60 Years of Learning

NIDA was founded in 1958 as the first professional theatre training school in Australia. Teaching began in 1959 and in1960, the first 23 students graduated with a Diploma in Acting: today, NIDA welcomes over 200 full-time students to the Kensington campus, more than 12,500 NIDA Open participants from across Australia take part in part-time and short classes, and 2,900 clients attend NIDA Corporate’s training for professionals each year.

Learn more about NIDA's History

Calendar of Events

We have many exciting events coming up for the anniversary - save the dates!

o    Thursday 14 February
In Conversation: Love is Love
How is love in the LGBTQI+ community represented on stage and screen?
Panel of guest artists interviewed by comedian Tom Ballard

o    Saturday 9 March
Accessing Design Excellence
A Sydney Design Festival event at NIDA

o    Wednesday 10 April
In Conversation: Writing in the Age of the Technological Apocalypse
Acclaimed writers come together to discuss creativity during rise of technology

o    Thursday 27 June
Cabaret Project, MFA (Directing) and Diploma students

o    Sunday 28 July
Alumni Reunion

o    Wednesday 25 September
Getting a Share of the Chair
In Conversation: Women Directors in Film and Theatre
Book now

o    Thursday 26 September  
Diploma of Musical Theatre and Stage and Screen Performance Showcase

o    2 October
Symposium of Australian Arts Organisations
Book now

o    29 October–6 November
October Season of Student Productions and New Works from the NIDA Writers

o    Thursday 14 November
Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) Showcase

o    Friday 15 November
BFA (Acting) Graduating Showcase

o    11–14 December
Directors and Designers Graduating Productions

*Please note all dates and topics are tentative until confirmed.

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As a not-for-profit education and training institute, we rely on our wonderful donors to help support Australia’s future in the dramatic arts.

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