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


Future Centre

We work with emerging technologies and future thinking to enable artists to create radically new entertainment experiences.

Our 2024 + 2025 Areas of Interest

Tech + Humanity

What is technology? What does it mean to be human? Can we infuse technology with more humanity? How can technology help us be more human? How does the artist influence future relationships between people and autonomous systems?

Artist + Audience

How do we leverage emerging technologies to create new ways for artists and audiences to share stories and perspectives in a meaningful and engaging way.

Ancient + Future

How can emerging technologies preserve and share First Nations knowledge, cultural heritage and storytelling traditions? How can First Nations perspectives inform the design and development of emerging technologies to create more inclusive and culturally sensitive digital futures for all?


NIDA X is a program supported by The Girgensohn Foundation offering grants to alumni to develop live entertainment projects that push the boundaries of storytelling and technology.

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

The Jim Sharman Future Award

The triennial Jim Sharman Future Award is $50,000 in seed money for a young artist or practitioner who has an idea with the ability to transform the performing arts as we know it.

Application information to be announced in September 2024.

Conversations & Connections

Part of the NIDA Future Centre’s mandate is to invite and converse with those working at the intersection of dramatic arts, culture & technology, sharing inspiring insights for the benefit of all.

The NIDA Future Centre was seeded by a generous donation from the Jim Sharman Future Fund. Jim Sharman, a NIDA alumnus, is an Australian director of stage and screen whose work has had a profound cultural impact in Australia and internationally.

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