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Two young people from the Northern Territory are taking the first steps in the next stage of their acting careers as new first-year students at NIDA.

Phoebe Grainer and Kyle Walmsley are among 24 talented students selected to undertake NIDA’s Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Acting from a pool of nearly 1,500 people who auditioned across Australia.  

Along with their fellow aspiring actors, Phoebe and Kyle will be tackling the different components of creating a performance for theatre or screen, including voice, movement and music.  

Nineteen year old Phoebe is originally from Jabiru in the Kakadu National Park and says the reality of being at NIDA is still sinking in for her.  

“Right now I just feel like a sponge soaking up everything around me! I’ve only been here two weeks, but already it feels like longer – the training is just that intensive.  

“I was so excited and surprised to find out I got into NIDA. I auditioned because I thought it would be good experience for me but never thought I’d be selected.”  

Kyle, a twenty-five year old from Rapid Creek, says being accepted to NIDA has given him a valuable opportunity to work towards building his career and means he can focus on longer term goals.  

“I’d like to be a part of growing the professional theatre scene in regional Australia, particularly in the Northern Territory, and making sure that ‘regional’ theatre doesn't mean ‘bad’ theatre.  

“I’m still getting my feet on the ground, but I know that, in the end, I want to use the skills I’ll learn at NIDA to work towards seeing more marginalised voices included in Australian stage, film and television productions.”  

NIDA’s full-time courses offer accredited higher education courses and real career pathways across a range of creative practices including acting, design, stage management, production, costume and set construction, properties and special effects.

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