NIDA Independent

About NIDA Independent

NIDA Independent is dedicated to engaging emerging artists and exciting new theatre companies towards the development of new work and the production of innovative theatre. We do this by offering the two things that are hard to come by but essential to the process: time and space. We also offer opportunities to be mentored by industry professionals.

NIDA Independent is open to all, not only NIDA alumni.

How it works

  • Daytime and evening residencies are offered over one and two week periods.
  • Throughout the residency they will be mentored by industry professionals.
  • A showing at the end of the period is mandatory in order to demonstrate how the goals for the residency have (or have not) been met, however whether this is a public or private showing can be negotiated.

How to apply

Application details for the next NIDA Independent Program will be available soon. Submit your expression of interest form to be notified when more information is available. 

Express interest 

NIDA Independent 2014 Creative Residencies

Now in its third year, NIDA Independent has seen over 150 artists develop new and innovative work. Artists have gone on to produce work at Sydney’s VIVID festival, Next Wave Festival, Tamarama Rock Surfers and Canberra’s You Are Here Festival.

This year’s artists are a varied and exciting mix of emerging and established voices:


Wonderbabes will be working on The Adventures of Wonderbabe the Terrible, written by NIDA Writing for Performance graduate Kate McDowell and her long-time collaborators Rose Maher and NIDA graduate Elsie Edgerton-Till.

G.Bod Theatre

Following a highly successful initial development with the NIDA Independent Program in 2013, G.Bod Theatre continues to create a new stage version of The Harp in the South by Ruth Park, one of the most-loved and bestselling Australian novels of all time.

Constantine Costi

NIDA Directing graduate Constantine Costi with his collaborators Michael Costi, and Stephen Lloyd Coombs will be creating a quirky experimental comedy, White Heat, about what is sacrificed in the pursuit of artistic perfection in the ludicrous and passionate world of fine dining.

East Coast Theatre Company

Directed by one of Russia’s most thoughtful fugitives, Joseph Uchitel, and written by NIDA Head of Writing for Performance, Stephen Sewell, Russian Egg-Flip will surprise with the profundities that can be found in the funniest misfortunes.

Cursing the Sea

Cursing the Sea with NIDA graduate Kate Sherman will be creating Sehnsucht – a new work responding to question posed by Michael Leunig “What is worth doing and what is worth having?”

Marquez Laundry Theatre

Macondo’s Clothesline is an original visual theatre play inspired by a micro story written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez known as The Drama of a Disillusioned Man. The work is original, highly experimental and ensemble devised.

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