Learning opportunities for teachers

Customised Workshops

NIDA offers customised workshops for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers. Our approach to designing customised workshops is collaborative and we work together to determine the outcomes of the course based on the experience, skills and needs of each group. Call us on 02 9697 7626 or email schools@nida.edu.au to discuss your idea or complete the booking form below.

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Learning opportunities for teachers

Creative Ambassador's Initiative

The Creative Ambassador’s Initiative is an investment in the creative practice and artistry of early career teachers. Successful applicants participate in a week of masterclasses at NIDA to develop their skills as drama specialists, cultural leaders and creative pedagogues.

Work with leading artists, educators and academics including John Bashford (Head of Acting, NIDA), Lyn Lee (NIDA Corporate) and Associate Professor Cheryl Stock (Director, Graduate Studies/Head of Cultural Leadership, NIDA).

Learning opportunities

  • Professional knowledge: experience practical training at NIDA across a variety of performance disciplines.
  • Creativity: discover strategies to teach creatively and teach for creativity.
  • Cultural Advocacy: develop the skills to inspire cultural and creative practice in your school.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for the Creative Ambassador’s Initiative, applicants must be:

  • in the first five years of their teaching career
  • employed as a primary school or secondary school teacher in any Australian state or territory
  • motivated practitioners
  • nominated by their Head of Department or Principal.


Primary and secondary school teachers in the first five years of their teaching career.


NIDA, Kensington NSW

Date and Time

16–20 July 2018

Application process

Complete the application form below and return by 30 April 2018.

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There is no tuition fee for successful applicants. NIDA is unable to cover travel, accommodation or living expenses.

Drama and Literacy in the Primary Classroom: Western Sydney University

Wednesday 5 September 2018, 4–7pm

Move literacy learning from the page to the stage. Discover how to employ play building techniques to develop literacy, comprehension and communication skills in the primary classroom.

This workshop is presented as part of Western Sydney University’s Education Knowledge Network program in 2017. The Education Knowledge Network conducts professional learning designed to bring teachers together and give them the opportunity to network and learn about exciting new initiatives relevant to education. The Education Knowledge Network is a NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) endorsed provider. All Education Knowledge Network events are endorsed at professional competence level.


Stage 2 and 3 teachers and current Western Sydney University primary students


Western Sydney University, Bankstown Campus NSW

Proficient Standards

1.5.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2



Application process

Email ekn@westernsydney.edu.au for more information

Certificate III Live Production and Services CUA30415

NIDA has a long-standing relationship with the NSW Department of Education and has delivered the VET Entertainment teacher training program for the past 12 years.

Entry to this program is by application, with an Application Review Committee (comprised of representatives from all school sectors as well as subject matter experts) convened to review each application. Due to the intensive nature of this training, some prior knowledge and experience of the entertainment industry is expected.

The training is delivered in an intensive format,runs across two weeks and also includes a separate day for ‘White Card’ training. Week 1 is spent on practical and theory sessions in lighting, sound, staging, vision, WHS/risk assessment and using hand tools. Teachers also learn how to set up and operate two way communication systems, and investigate different types of production paperwork.

Week 2 is a four-day practical production exercise assessment, where teachers bump-in and then follow production paperwork and Stage Manager’s calls to stage a different theatrical scene each day, alternating technical roles in lighting, sound, staging and vision.The final day also includes a full bump-out of the theatre and teachers are expected to participate in this bump-out as part of their formal assessment.


Secondary school teachers


NIDA, Kensington NSW

Application process

For more information contact NIDA Vocational Studies on 02 9697 7514.

Adult short courses

NIDA offers a range of short courses for adults suitable for teachers looking to develop their skills in specific disciplines or techniques including Suzuki, Viewpoints, Stanislavski, physical theatre, lighting, stage management, make-up and sound and costume design.

Programs are designed to reflect current industry trends and the broader teaching ethos of NIDA. NIDA Open tutors are experienced teaching artists who are passionate about sahring their professional knowledge. Courses are delivered at various times across the year, across Australia

Teachers are eligible to receive a 15% discount on the full price of all adult short courses. To book and take advantage of the teacher discount, call the NIDA Open team on 1300 450 417 or email schools@nida.edu.au from your school email address.

Visit open.nida.edu.au to find out more about the adult short courses available.

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