Who we are

NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal and Gadigal people, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s leading centre for education and training in the performing arts. Our team of educators is made up of seasoned professionals with proven expertise across the full range of dramatic disciplines including acting, writing, scenic construction, technical theatre, movement, voice, costume and production design.

Under the guidance of NIDA tutors, and the leadership of the board of directors and academic board, NIDA has grown to become a world leader, with a highly-regarded program of higher education courses, open short courses, school-holiday programs and corporate training. For more information about governance and operations see Annual Reports.

NIDA has a close and historic relationship with UNSW Sydney through an agreement with Art & Design and Arts & Social Sciences faculties. The agreement brings students and staff together in communities of practice and scholarship that invigorates artistic collaborations, promotes learning and provides resources for research opportunities. Read more.

Our approach

Whether we’re teaching children to tell stories, professionals to speak publicly or talented adults to become professional actors, our aim is to provide an immersive creative environment that encourages collaboration and innovation. Find out more about our practice-based approach to education and the NIDA experience.

What we deliver

For those wanting to start a career in the creative arts, we offer full-time fully-accredited bachelor degrees in Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects (props), Scenic Construction and Technologies, and Technical Theatre and Stage Management, masters degrees in Cultural Leadership, Directing and Writing for Performance and diploma courses in Musical Theatre, Live Production and Technical Services, Stage and Screen Performance, and Specialist Make-up Services.

We also make our training available to the public with term classes, short courses, school-holiday programs, evening and weekend classes. Our NIDA Open programs are designed for children, young people and adults and we also run Corporate workshops for business professionals.

Our vibrant schools program allows teachers and schools across Australia to access NIDA’s educational expertise and training philosophy through customised workshops and professional development programs.

Our graduates

For over 60 years, NIDA’s graduates have been recognised for their contribution to the success and vibrancy of the Australian and international arts and entertainment industries. Our actors, designers, writers, directors, and technical and production professionals go on to achieve acclaim on the stage, on screen, at major cultural events and many develop new ways to share stories with audiences around the world.

Get to know us

You can contact us about courses, check out upcoming performances or join our mailing list to stay up to date. Or follow us and join our community of actors, directors, designers, film buffs, theatre-lovers and supporters.

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