Hollywood Reporter ranks NIDA in world's top 5 drama schools

4 May 2020

Love and Money

Photo: Vaishnavi Suryaprakash in Love and Money (photo: Lisa Tomasetti)

NIDA has been ranked in the top 5 of The Hollywood Reporter’s world’s best drama schools for an undergraduate degree. The Reporter’s international ranking of acting schools places NIDA in the top echelons, along with Carnegie Mellon and New York’s Juilliard School.

The Hollywood Reporter canvassed alumni, instructors and top theatre and Hollywood pros to arrive at its list. The stringent ranking took into account management and staff, guest mentors and visiting artists, recent graduates notable film, TV and theatre credits, and buildings and facilities.

For The Hollywood Reporter, NIDA was proud to list its achievements. These include Director of Acting, John Bashford, the former Head of Acting and Vice Principal at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Iconic Australian actor Sigrid Thornton and NIDA alumnus and Sydney Theatre Company Artistic Director, Kip Williams have been appointed to NIDA’s Board of Directors to help shape the future of the institute.

In 2019, the 60th Anniversary Season featured a stellar array of guest artists, including award-winning Australian actor and director Judy Davis as guest director, theatre director Kim Hardwick creating a new Australian stage musical, an Australian premiere written and directed by Michael Gow, and award-winning screenwriter/director Jim Sharman. The season included the first public performances by NIDA's second-year Acting students in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (or What You Will) and Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade in their first public production.

The Hollywood Reporter looked at notable movies and TV credits that our graduates have appeared in. The list includes acting alumni in Winchester, Steve Jobs, Alien Covenant, Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Hacksaw Ridge, Brittania, Superman meets Batman, Berlin Syndrome, and Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Outlander, Narcos, Black Mirror, The Wrong Girl, Cleverman and Barry.

Our graduates have also appeared in leading theatre productions including The Book of Mormon, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, Alice in Wonderland, Diving for Pearls, Three Sisters, Miracle City, Jasper Jones, The Wind in the Willowsand Chimerica.

The world-class facilities were also a feature of the Reporter ranking, where in addition to its six dedicated performance venues, NIDA has continued to make improvements including a $14 million graduate school housing purpose-built Directing, Design and Writing studios. The award-winning NIDA campus is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including large-format digital screen technologies, and the Rodney Seaborn Library – one of Australia’s leading performing arts-based libraries with over 30,000 drama and theatre-related books and play scripts.

More on the Hollywood Reporter ranking here.

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