Australia’s leading stage and screen arts educator, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), is setting out to become a leading sustainability educator in the creative and cultural industries.

NIDA Green is an environmental sustainability strategy that will see NIDA become a fully regenerative and climate positive organisation by 2030 and, perhaps even more impactfully, equip new generations of industry practitioners with the sustainability skills and practices to create positive change in their future workplaces across Australia and around the world.

“It is wonderful to see NIDA’s Green Plan, as no industry is immune to the climate crisis. Given the large reach and influence that artists can have, there is a unique opportunity for NIDA to lead the charge for more meaningful action. Indeed, art has always played an important role in any significant cultural change.”

Damon Gameau, NIDA Green Ambassador
NIDA alumnus, actor, producer and director.

NIDA Green is a roadmap to achieving green outcomes across NIDA’s curriculum, student productions, building infrastructure and operations. It is the result of extensive consultation with staff and students, industry practitioners and international partners.

“NIDA – once again – is ahead of the pack. NIDA GREEN is a pioneer curriculum-based program which aims to have every graduate leave with a comprehensive understanding of the “why” of sustainability and a tool kit to make the “how” possible. With this understanding, sustainability will be business as usual across all practices.

The learnings and teaching of this first of its kind program will be folded into NIDA Productions by 2023 and the findings shared with others.

This is the kind of initiative that makes bedrock industry change possible. It is extremely exciting and knowing NIDA, as I do, I am certain it’s just the beginning”

Cate Blanchett, NIDA alumna

NIDA has already embarked on its sustainability journey with the installation of solar panels and energy efficient chillers and air-conditioning. We have implemented E-waste recycling and are in the process of shifting from traditional incandescent lighting to LED lighting.

Do you have a question or feedback. Please contact our Sustainability Manager:

Below is a selection of useful theatre and screen green guides, tools and resources:


Theatre Green Book

Setting the Scene for Greener Screens

Circulate ARUP


Tanja Beer & Ecoscenography

Sustainable Theatres Australia Green Guides

Sustainable Theatres Australia Resources

Green Griffin

Sydney Opera House Sustainability

Arts on Tour's Green Touring Guide

Julie's Bicycle

Broadway Green Alliance

Arts & Climate Initiative


HowlRound's series on theatre and the climate crisis

Bump Out Sydney

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NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the sacred lands, from the mountains to the sea, on which we learn and tell stories.

The lands of the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.