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.


October Season 2022


NIDA presents ground-breaking collaborations for its October Season 2022

NIDA’s October Production Season joins forces with leading organisations across theatre, dance theatre and opera to tells stories of transformation that are mythic, comic and tragic and always strikingly human.

The season of five productions includes collaborations with Sydney Theatre Company, Force Majeure and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and showcases the talents of NIDA cohorts across Acting, Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Costume, Props, and Scenic Construction.

NIDA Artistic Director in Residence David Berthold said that it was important that NIDA students engage with artists and companies working in different artforms.

NIDA students enter the profession working in every conceivable form of entertainment, so I think it’s important that they exercise those different muscles as part of their training. Our recent Digital Theatre Festival season embraced digital storytelling in various modes, and this season takes us into opera and dance theatre alongside spoken word drama.

I’m particularly thrilled by the line-up of professional guest artists helming this season. Dino Dimitriades, CarissaLicciardello, Ian Michael, Danielle Micich, Eliza Scott and Clemence Williams have recently been making works of considerable potency. I’m so energised by what they have planned for this season.”

NIDA CEO Liz Hughes said; ‘Practise-based learning is at the heart of what NIDA does throughout the year. Most of this happens through small productions and creative projects on a daily basis, and then it is always terrific for the students to collaborate and share their work in our larger production seasons for audiences. The October productions brings together literally half the school and marks a key learning opportunity for all involved. It will be terrific to see their work come to life and to sit with audiences in darkened theatres to experience the magic of live performance across a range of entertainment forms. .’



Co-Creator and Performer Eliza Scott

Co-Creator and Director Danielle Micich

Original concept, text and composition by Eliza Scott

Co-produced by Force Majeure and NIDA

Venue: The Space

Wed 26 Oct – Wed 2 Nov 2022

An IT worker, a killer whale and Arnold Schwarzenegger walk into a chat room…

IT worker Luke encounters a glitch he can’t explain. It gives him this feeling � like when the kid touches E.T.’s finger � what’s that feeling called?The glitch opens Luke’s world intoReddit threads and wormholesand drives him into an impossible transformation.

Through live performance, video installation and sound,Eugeneexplores the power of expressing who you are � be it online, AFK or in those inexplicable moments like when that word is on the tip of your tongue � and then the rush when you find what that feeling really is.

This co-production with one of Australia’s most celebrated dance theatre companies is co-created and performed by Eliza Scott, an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, drag, sound and film, and co-created and directed by Force Majeure Artistic Director Danielle Micich.



Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Shikaneder

Co Presented by NIDA and Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Conductor Stephen Mould

Director Clemence Williams

Venue: The Parade Theatre

Fri 21 – Sat 29 Oct 2022


Mozart’s finaloperatransports us to a fantastical worldof serpents, princesses, trials and mysteries. Good and evil battle, and truth and resolution are elusive.

We invite you to experience a world that feels like1984 meetsAlice in Wonderland meets The Wizard of Oz. Tamino, a prince,has lost his way. He journeysdown a deep rabbit hole in search of his true love, Pamina, imprisoned in the Temple of The Sun. Together they navigate the trials imposed by the mysterious Sarastro and the trickery of The Queen of the Night and her cronies. A fairy tale for the ages.

Conducted by Stephen Mould and directed by Clemence Williams, this production teams Sydney Conservatorium of Music performers with NIDAtechnical theatre and stage management, costume, props, and scenic construction students to take you on a journey into a dream world where we hope we may find fulfillment.



by Monikka Eliah, Michael Louis Kennedy, Kirsty Marillier and Dylan Van Den Berg
Director Ian Michael

Venue: The Studio

Thu 27 Oct – Wed 2 Nov 2022


When Jo Jo Johnson falls to her death while cleaning the windows in Mark Holden’s Zen Garden, her story is appropriated by online conspiracytheorists, businesses and the media. What should be an open and shut case of death-by-ladder becomes fodder for speculation that Jo Jo was killed by toxic mould � the same mould that killed Britany Murphy.

Part inspired by real celebrity conspiracy theories and part pure fantasy,All That Glitters is Not Mould is a dark, satiricalcomedy that looks at the bleeding of public and private life. In a world where everyone is a brand and everyone has a profile, is anything sacred?

This inspiring collaboration between NIDA and Sydney Theatre Company is directed by STC Richard Wherrett Fellow Ian Michael and written by the STC Emerging Writers Group though a NIDA Commission.





by Federico GarcíaLorca
In a version by Tommy Murphy
Director Dino Dimitriades

Venue: The Reg Grundy Studio

Fri 28 Oct – Thu 3 Nov 2022


The knife, the knife! Damn the knife, damn all knives, damn the devil who created knives.”

Tommy Murphy (Holding the Man,Packer and Sons) brings his trademark wit and insight to his stunning version of Lorca’s tragedy of a woman loved by two men. Infused with the chaos of our contemporary moment, this is a bold vision of lost lovers, aggrieved elders and untethered tribal vengeance.

DirectorDino Dimitriadis (Overflow,Cleansed) brings this visceral world to life, centring the tender and the beautiful in a world where sex, duty, lust and lineage collide.



by Sophie Treadwell

Director Carissa Licciardello

Venue: The Playhouse

Thu 27 Oct – Thu 3 Nov 2022


“Your skin oughtn’t to curl—ought it—when he just comes near you—ought it?

Sophie Treadwell’s vivid expressionist masterpiece, inspired by a true story, is a treasure of the American theatre that offers a riveting look at the danger that can come from a life unlived.

Against the machine, a young woman is restless, is silenced, then revolts.

Carissa Licciardello (Opening Night) creates an adrenaline-charged portrait of a young woman,constrained by a society that favours men and money, who goes to surprising lengths to find agency in her life.