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Learning opportunities for students

NIDA offers a variety of ways schools can connect with the expertise of industry artists either at NIDA or in your school. These include participating in demonstration workshops, attending intensive HSC study days or immersing your class in our eduARG (alternate reality game), The Story Trader.

Preschool students

Play Date

Intriguing characters, wild adventures, magical imaginings... Come and celebrate CBCA Children's Book Week at NIDA or in your early childhood centre with a morning of creative play, storytelling and design activities inspired by books from The Children's Book Council of Australia short list! Play Date is an immersive workshop that will take children on an imaginative journey through magical worlds.

Learning opportunities

  • Participate in a creative play workshop where children become the authors of their own stories.
  • Build landscapes for storytelling and make props to use in creative play.
  • Listen to stories from the CBCA Children's Book Week list read by NIDA actors.

Ages

3–4 (preschool)
5–6 (kindergarten/prep-grade 1)

Date and time

Tuesday 21 August 2018, 10am–11.30am
During Book Week (17–24 Aug)

Venue

NIDA, Anzac Parade, Kensington

OR at your childcare centre or school at a time suitable for you.
Customised booking fees apply for sessions at your childcare centre or school.

Fees

$12 per student at NIDA

Bookings

Book now

Please ensure you have read all the above information before making a booking.

Alternatively, call us on 1300 450 417 or email schools@nida.edu.au.

On the day

  • Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you can move in.
  • Please wear close-toed shoes. This is a WHS requirement.
  • Please bring a pen and paper or electronic device for note taking during class.
  • NIDA’s Risk Assessment for school visits can be found as a downloadable PDF.

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Primary schools

Transmedia Theatre: The Story Trader

The Story Trader is an educational alternate reality game (eduARG) designed to teach grade 5–6 students about storytelling. Students are immersed in a transmedia story world that promotes agency in student learning and develops skills in:

  • communication
  • collaboration
  • critical thinking
  • creativity.

The program is delivered over 6–8 weeks in partnership with the classroom teacher, NIDA teaching artists and NIDA actors.

‘The Story Trader program got my students to work creatively in such a collaborative way. They didn’t even realise that they were working! It was fantastic from a teacher’s perspective.’

James Kristof, Teacher,
Cambridge Gardens Public School

The story

The people of Tales End are in trouble. They have forgotten who they are and why they exist. They contact your students looking for help, but the students aren’t sure what they can do. Enter the Story Trader. She explains the only way to save Tales End is by telling stories and she promises to help them with their quest. Along the way, students work together to find hidden artefacts, construct portals to another world, receive secret messages on mobile phones, decode riddles, defeat the villainous Attention Seeker and above all, tell stories.

Curriculum links

The Story Trader has been designed to address learning outcomes in the English and Creative Arts (Drama) curriculums.

Implementation requirements

To fully participate in the program, you will need access to the following:

  • computer with a USB port and internet connection (a smart board is ideal) and speakers; PC is preferable
  • mobile phone that can be switched to loud speaker
  • recording device (e.g. iPad or video camera)
  • one or two supportive colleagues within the school community who will be able to help you out (they will be called on to deliver secret notes to your class)
  • a space in your classroom to build a semi-permanent ‘nook’ structure that remains for the duration of the project
  • resources to build a ‘nook’: these may include fabric, wool, string, sheets, pegs and boxes.

NIDA will provide

  • access to all props (includes physical artefacts, text-based props and digital materials) for the duration of the program
  • three incursions (visits from NIDA actors in role)
  • access to NIDA’s learning management system, myNIDA, for the duration of the program
  • access to the Story Trader Teacher Handbook
  • a customised production schedule
  • access to sample lesson plans (English and Drama)
  • ongoing creative and administrative support throughout the program as required.

Remote, regional and interstate delivery

The Story Trader can be delivered with the first and third incursion taking place online depending on the live streaming resources available at the school. It is essential however that the second incursion is a live, face-to-face experience. This may incur additional costs to cover travel and accommodation. Contact NIDA to discuss the possibilities within your region.

Grades

5–6

Date and Time

By negotiation

Location

NIDA or your school

Fees

School contribution for one class engagement $1,650
NIDA contribution $1,735
Total cost of The Story Trader $3,435

NB. Conditions and additional fees may apply for late booking changes or for workshops that take place further than 20km from the Sydney or Melbourne CBD.

Express interest

To learn more about this unique educational experience, email schools@nida.edu.au or call us on 1300 450 417.

Story Trader pilot program: Interview

In 2015, NIDA Open joined forces with the team at Project Synthesis to develop an immersive theatre experience for Primary school students. What they created is, The Story Trader and now we can’t wait to share it with you in your school.

NIDA Open’s Senior Course Manager Jenevieve Chang caught up with Kellie Mackereth, NIDA Open Schools Manager, and James Kristoff, Teacher at Cambridge Gardens Public School (CGPS), to discuss their experience of The Story Trader trials that took place last year.

JC: Kellie, can you begin by telling us what The Story Trader is?

KM: The Story Trader is an educational alternate reality game (eduARG) that teaches students in grades five and six about storytelling. Students are immersed in a multiplatform story world designed to promote agency in student learning and develop skills in communication, collaboration and critical and creative thinking.

The program unfolds over a six to eight week period and is delivered in partnership with the classroom teacher, NIDA educators and NIDA actors. Students are presented with a dramatic premise such as having to save a town called Tales End, the premise for CGPS. In order to do this, they need to work together to construct portals to another world, track their progress using digital maps, find artefacts hidden around the school, receive secret messages on mobile phones, decode riddles, host visits from character actors and most importantly, tell lots of stories.

JC: Why did NIDA approach Cambridge Gardens Public School to take part?

KM: The Story Trader program is all about collaboration. Collaboration between NIDA and classroom teachers, between classroom teachers and their students, and between the students themselves.

We met the students from CGPS when they came to our Improvisation and Playbuilding Demonstration last year. During this workshop we did a lot of work on making, accepting and extending offers, which are essential skills for collaborative practice. The students were accompanied by their Principal and their Drama teacher and we felt confident that this was a school who really valued the importance of collaboration, so we invited them to take part. At CGPS, the program was run as an English Unit and we were thrilled when James volunteered to trial it with his class.

JC: James, how did you anticipate the program would benefit your students when you agreed to take part?

JK: I anticipated that The Story Trader program would benefit students by engaging them with creative writing and creative expression in a totally new way. I thought it would allow students who aren’t usually risk-takers, the opportunity to enter a ‘creative freedom zone’ where they could feel like they could explore their creativity and imagination without the fear of ever being ‘wrong’.

JC: What impact did the program have on the students and the wider school community?

JK: All of the students totally bought into the world of The Story Trader and Tales End. The narrative within the program dominated class discussion for the whole term. My students kept coming up with theory after theory about what was happening and what might happen next. All the teachers and staff in the school were also in on the program, which helped to create the mystery of The Story Trader for all my students.

JC: Were there any outcomes of the project that surprised you or that you didn’t anticipate?

JK: What surprised me most was how participating in The Story Trader program got my students to work so creatively in such a collaborative way. There were several times throughout the program where the students all worked together to extend and progress the narrative of the story. They were working so well and were so engaged that they didn’t even realise that they were working! It was fantastic from a teacher's perspective.

JC: The students who participated in The Story Trader have now moved on to high school. What lessons from their experience do you think they will take with them?

JK: The students will definitely take stronger creative thinking and writing skills with them as they move on to high school. I hope that the creative freedom and willingness to take risks developed throughout the program also stays with them.

JC: Kellie, how can schools find out more about The Story Trader coming to their school?

KM: The best way is to call us on 02 9697 7626 or complete the expression of interest form. We will then arrange a time to discuss the program in more detail and see how we can customise the experience for your school.

Primary School Artist in Residence

Customised to suit the learning needs of your students, NIDA's Primary School Artist in Residence program is a great way to bring drama into your school for a whole term. The program can focus on anything from confidence building and improvisation, to exploring personal narratives and cultural identity or even tackling complex relationship issues within your school context. The artist in residence can be integrated into the school day or occur as an after school activity.

Learning opportunities

  • Customised to meet the desired curriculum links and learning needs of your school and students.

Grades

K–6

Date and time

7 weeks of a school term, 1.5 hours per week. Other durations may be negotiated.

Venue

Your school

Fees

Customised quotes will be developed for individual schools based on the desired program.

Express interest

To learn more about this unique educational experience, email schools@nida.edu.au or call us on 1300 450 417.

Secondary schools

HSC IP Study Day

HSC IP Study Day is a fantastic way for students to explore the creative process from conception to successful completion. Participants gain a practical understanding of what is involved in the project area of their choice. The day commences with a keynote speech from an industry artist before breaking into groups for focused sessions with specialist tutors in all topic areas.

Learning opportunities

  • Receive specialist tuition in the student’s chosen topic area.
  • Discover how industry artists overcome the challenges of a creative process.
  • Access to EXPONIDA, an annual exhibition of props, costumes, audio-visual work, renderings and model boxes created by NIDA’s graduating students.

Date and time

Tuesday 30 October 2018, 9.30am–3.00pm

Venue

NIDA, Anzac Parade Kensington.

Fees

$42 per student

Bookings

Book now for individuals

Book now for a group

For enquiries, please call NIDA Open on 1300 450 417.

On the day

  • Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you can move in.
  • Please wear close-toed shoes. This is a WHS requirement.
  • Please bring a pen and paper or electronic device for note taking during class.
  • NIDA’s Risk Assessment for school visits can be found as a downloadable PDF in planning your visit.

OnStage NIDA Experience

Visit NIDA during On-Stage week to participate in a customised workshop and receive a 10% discount off your workshop booking (2+ hours), as well as a free extended tour and careers talk!

Students will experience the NIDA campus, view student work, hear from educators and gain insights into the student experience. Learn all about the application process and what resources are available to students.

Grades

7–12

Date and time

OnStage Week, 5–9 February
Monday–Friday

Workshops

Customised around your OnStage tickets

Tours

Subject to availability, before or after your customised workshop

Venue

NIDA, Anzac Parade, Kensington

Fees

See customised workshops for pricing schedule.

Tours: free as part of a workshop booking, subject to availability.

Bookings

This event has now passed.

HSC Drama Performance

HSC Drama Performance is a comprehensive course for NSW students in year 11 and 12. Broaden your understanding of performance styles and develop improvisation, acting and devising techniques. The focus is on how best to communicate as a performer to an audience in both the group and individual performance projects.

Learning opportunities

  • Text Analysis: practise the skills of interpreting texts as a performer.
  • Devising Techniques: discover strategies for generating performance material.
  • Performance Skills: develop movement and voice skills.
  • Dramaturgy: create a complete theatrical statement.

Grades

11–12

Date and time

15–19 January 2018, 9.30am–4.30pm
16–20 April 2018, 10am–5pm
8–12 Oct 2018, 10am–5pm

Venue

NIDA, Anzac Parade Kensington.

Fees

$615

Earlybird $553.50 (payment to be received 28 days prior to the start date of the course).

Bookings

Book now

On the day

  • Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you can move in.
  • Please wear close-toed shoes. This is a WHS requirement.
  • Please bring a pen and paper or electronic device for note taking during class.
  • NIDA’s Risk Assessment for school visits can be found as a downloadable PDF in the Additional information below.

Devising for the VCE

Devising for the VCE is a comprehensive practical course to assist you in devising original non-naturalistic performances. Students will work with an industry professional to explore approaches to devising both ensemble and individual performance work, with a focus on physical theatre and movement.

Learning opportunities

  • Devising Techniques: explore and utilise strategies for generating non-naturalistic performance material.
  • Performance Skills: develop movement and voice skills.
  • Dramaturgy: create a complete theatrical statement through the process of refining ideas.

Grades

VCE Drama students

Date and time

Tuesday 3–Friday 6 July 2018, 10am–5pm

Venue

NIDA Melbourne, Southbank

Fees

$515

Earlybird $463 (payment to be received 28 days prior to the start date of the course).

Bookings

Book now

On the day

  • Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you can move in.
  • Please wear close-toed shoes. This is a WHS requirement.
  • Please bring a pen and paper or electronic device for note taking during class.
  • NIDA’s Risk Assessment for school visits can be found as a downloadable PDF.

VCE Monologue Masterclass

Working with NIDA industry professionals, develop fundamental performance and creative skills to assist your preparation for VCE Theatre Studies Stagecraft Examination and VCE Solo Performance examination. A practical and experiential introduction to analysing text and building character for live performance.

Learning opportunities

  • Acting Technique: apply acting technique to a monologue.
  • Physical and Vocal Performance: develop and apply fundamental physical and vocal skills
  • Rehearsal: gain feedback from NIDA's industry experts on audition/examination etiquette in a simulated professional audition environment.
  • Performance Craft: understand and apply the fundamental principles of performance.

Grades

VCE Drama students

Date and time

Saturday 7–Sunday 8 July 2018, 10am–5pm
Saturday 29–Sunday 30 September 2018, 10am–5pm

Venue

NIDA Melbourne, Southbank

Fees

$335

Earlybird $301.50 (payment to be received 28 days prior to the start date of the course).

Bookings

Book now

On the day

  • Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you can move in.
  • Please wear close-toed shoes. This is a WHS requirement.
  • Please bring a pen and paper or electronic device for note taking during class.
  • NIDA’s Risk Assessment for school visits can be found as a downloadable PDF.

NIDA Devised Online: Group Performance

NIDA Devised Online: Group Performance is a series of videos that follow four professional actors as they brainstorm, develop and showcase devised work in accordance with the HSC Group Performance criteria.

This online resource includes:

  • five videos documenting the process of devising work (Thinking on Your Feet, Strategies and Techniques, Rehearsing as an Ensemble, Facing Challenges and Making Decisions)
  • three videos of completed performances
  • student worksheets
  • links to additional resources and materials.

NIDA Devised Online: Group Performance is delivered through NIDA's online learning environment – myNIDA (a Moodle LMS).

Learning opportunities

  • Example structures for effective collaboration, and for creating engaging, original short works.
  • Techniques professional actors use for creating characters, and for delivering performances.

Grades

7–12

Venue

Delivered online

Fees

$55 or free for any school booking a Devising or Group Performance customised course.

Bookings

Book now

VET Entertainment: White Card Training

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This SafeWork NSW-approved training program was developed as part of the Certificate III Live Production and Services qualification NIDA delivers for VET Entertainment high school teachers. NIDA has made this available to VET Entertainment students as a standalone day, which forms part of their VET Entertainment course.

White Card training is split into two components: a computer-assisted module to be undertaken at NIDA, and face-to-face learning. A large portion of the day is spent in one of NIDA’s theatres to conduct risk assessments, build a set and pack/unpack a truck.

Grades

11–12

Date and time

Date by negotiation, 8.30am–4pm

Group size

Maximum 20 participants

Fees

$3,500 per group

Bookings

For more information, or to book a training day, contact NIDA Vocational Studies on 02 9697 7514.

On the day

  • Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you can move in.
  • Please wear close-toed shoes. This is a WHS requirement.
  • Please bring a pen and paper or electronic device for note taking during class.
  • NIDA’s Risk Assessment for school visits can be found as a downloadable PDF in planning your visit.

Terms and Conditions

  • NIDA requires full payment for your course one week prior to course commencement date.
  • NIDA cannot refund the course fees unless the course has been cancelled.
  • NIDA will photograph or record groups participating in NIDA workshops for marketing purposes. Please notify the course manager if your group does not wished to be photographed.

NIDA Productions and Exhibitions

In term 2 (18–22 June) NIDA will be staging four plays recommended to secondary school students as part of its season of student productions.

To maximise this education opportunity, attendance of a matinee performance can be complemented by a workshop.  Led by NIDA industry specialists, the workshops are specifically designed to offer an additional practical exploration of the themes of each play.

Please note: these performances and workshops are exclusively for schools and teachers only, please visit the student productions page for information on performances open to the general public.

Workshop bookings are now closed.

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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot (HSC English Prescriptions)
By Samuel Beckett
By Arrangement with the Licensor, The Samuel Beckett Estate, c/- Curtis Brown (Aust) Pty Ltd
Directed by Susanna Dowling
NIDA Theatres, Parade Theatre
19 and 22 June, 1pm

One of the major works to come out of the 20th century, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is a timeless masterpiece; a ‘tragicomedy’ known for its many interpretations and depth.

Godot both focuses our attention on the human condition, and reflects on the theatrical means used to do so.

Featuring Beckett’s unique and interesting creations Didi, Gogo, Pozzo and Lucky – the existential clowns, everything in Waiting for Godot is a game: a game of life and death.

Behold: a balance of joy and despair, of the trivial and the serious.

Suitable for all audiences.

Running time 150 minutes.
Waiting for Godot will be performed in two acts and will include a 20 minute interval.

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Associated workshop

Theatre of the Absurd workshop

Students work with an industry professional to explore performance techniques in relation to absurdism as a dramatic form. Using absurdist texts as source material, students create their own characters and contemporary contexts whilst exploring the theatrical conventions and performance style of Theatre of the Absurd.

Learning opportunities:

  • Deconstruct the theatrical conventions of Theatre of the Absurd and apply these elements to texts.
  • Explore acting and characterisation techniques within the framework of Theatre of the Absurd.
  • Gain knowledge of status in performance and the dynamics between characters in a performance context.
  • Develop imagination, creativity and play.

The Removalists

The Removalists (HSC Drama Prescriptions)
By David Williamson
Directed by Elsie Edgerton-Till
NIDA Theatres, Playhouse
18, 20 and 21 June, 1pm

David Williamson’s The Removalists is a darkly funny piece that addresses the abuse of power and its cyclical nature.

Social norms may have shifted, but not much has really changed since the play was written. Mateship still reigns supreme. This play is both a mirror to Australian society of the 1970s and stark reminder of the work that remains to be done to fully protect those in vulnerable positions from those in power.

Through a narrative seething with violence and abuse of authority – and flashes of comedy – The Removalists is back to ask the question: 'have the actual values of mainstream Australian culture really changed?'

We see the metaphorical spotlight shift onto the average Australian and their responsibility to help break the cycle.

Suitable for ages 15+

Running time 90 minutes.
The Removalists will be performed in one act and will not include an interval.

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Associated workshop

Realism: Approaches to Character workshop

Students will work with an industry professional to explore acting techniques and processes informed by the Stanislavski System. Students will develop skills in physicality, voice, and explore processes for developing sustainable and truthful characters. The workshop will use text from The Removalists.

Learning opportunities:

  • Be introduced to Stanislavski's acting technique.
  • Develop acting skills in order to adopt and sustain a variety of characters.
  • Develop skills in characterisation through vocal technique and physicality.
  • Gain skills in text analysis and interpretation.

Ex Machina

Ex Machina
Screenplay Alex Garland
Directed and Adapted for stage by Finn Caldwell
NIDA Theatres, Space
18 June, 1pm

Puppetry will come to NIDA this June in a first for our Student Production seasons, as international director and puppeteer Finn Caldwell directs Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Finn’s distinguished puppetry credits include international stage hit and West End shows War Horse and Groundhog Day.

Exploring science fiction’s place within contemporary theatre, Ex Machina fuses cutting-edge technology with techniques adapted from traditional Japanese Bunraku puppet theatre.

At a time in history where genuine Artificial Intelligence is being increasingly likely, Ex Machina provokes ethical and moral questions about our relationship with this next evolutionary step.

Suitable for ages 12+. This performance may contain adult content, strong language, strobe lighting, theatrical haze, loud noise.

Running time 90 minutes
Ex Machina will be performed in one act and will not include an interval.

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Suggested workshop

Multidisciplinary Theatre workshop

Students work with an industry professional to explore physical and visual responses to devising work and creating stories. Explore techniques for creating original performance work from a range of stimulus material and how they can intersect to convey meaning to an audience.

Learning opportunities:

  • Explore strategies for devising physical and visual theatre.
  • Develop techniques for collaborative practice, openness and playfulness.
  • Learn how to apply dramaturgical practices to hone your performance.
  • Gain skills in improvisation as a storytelling device and how to craft it into a performance.

Please note: the Multidisciplinary Theatre workshop is suggested but not directly tied to Ex Machina and can be associated to any performance.

Yerma

Yerma (2018 NSW Public Schools Drama Company's Performance)
By Federico García Lorca
Directed by Judith Hoddinott
NIDA Theatres, Studio
21 and 22 June, 11am
20–22 June, 7.15pm

Yerma is set in a Spanish village highlighting the limited roles for women in society and the lack of power that is required to step outside those bounds. Using chorus, movement and surrealist elements, the play is set against the barren hills of Andalusia and is filled with the passionate music of the flamenco and the beats of the cajón.

Yerma is presented in a unique theatrical form designed to challenge us to think about a world in which we want more than what’s actually available and the extremes that one goes to in pursuit of the unobtainable.

Running time 70 minutes.

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Associated workshops

Ensemble Storytelling workshop

Students work with an industry professional to explore strategies for cultivating ensemble and collaborative practice inspired by the production of Yerma. Gain experience in movement based storytelling and conveying meaning to an audience. Learn ways in which an ensemble can act as symbolic metaphor, can be representational, and can create a shift in perspective from the interior world of the character.

Learning opportunities:

  • Gain practical strategies for the group performance project.
  • Learn improvisational techniques to develop spontaneity, creativity and imagination.
  • Gain skills in Viewpoints, dramaturgy and explore dynamic ways to transform an object as a storytelling device.

Elements of Production workshop

Students work with an experienced practitioner to explore the elements of production based around the production Yerma. This workshop also includes a Q&A and practical activities with NIDA BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) and BFA (Properties and Objects) students to gain a unique insight into the process of creating a production from page to stage.

Learning opportunities:

  • Gain an understanding of the varied roles involved in the production of theatre.
  • Explore the processes of design, realisation, directing, writing and stage management and their interactions in the development of a theatrical performance.
  • Investigate the process of script analysis and extracting information to assist and inform the development of theatrical concepts.
  • Understand the importance of collaboration and how all of the elements of production contribute to the whole artistic vision.

Performance ticket prices

Waiting for Godot, The Removalists and Ex Machina

Students and teachers: $18
(one teacher attends free per 10 students)

Please note that the performance tickets will receive a 10% discount when booked in conjunction with a workshop (excludes Yerma).

Yerma

Students: $20
Teachers: $25
(one teacher attends free per 10 students)

Workshop fees

Workshop bookings are now closed.
Workshops:

  • 90-minute workshop after performance
  • 2-hour workshop before performance
  1–10 students 11–20 students 21–25 students
90-minute
post-performance
$18.40 per student $15.90 per student $14.40 per student
2-hour
pre-performance
$22.60 per student $20.10 per student $18.60 per student

Please note:

  • All Yerma workshops are 90-minutes only.
  • Accompanying teachers attend workshops without charge.

Important information: During the booking process, no payment is required and the value of tickets will show as $0.00. You will receive and email from our Schools Officer shortly after with an invoice and booking confirmation including any applied discounts.

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