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Fostering Australia’s creative future.

Making a bequest to NIDA in your Will, is one of the greatest gifts you can give. It empowers our artists and creative professionals to transform the cultural life of our nation and drive innovation across the international arts and entertainment industry.

NIDA is Australia’s leading national institute for education and training in the dramatic arts. As a not-for-profit, less than half of our annual revenue comes from the government.

We are committed to education and training that is characterised by quality, diversity, innovation, and equity of access. Our focus is on practice-based teaching and learning which is designed to provide the strongest foundations for graduate employment across a broad range of career opportunities and contexts.

Supporting the creativity of NIDA’s talented students will ensure a dynamic future for Australian culture as well as giving the donors personal fulfilment.Associate Professor Ross Steele AM.

Ross has advised NIDA of his intention to leave a Bequest to NIDA. He is a long-time supporter of NIDA’s students through the Bursary program and has been a member of the NIDA Academic Board since 2004.

“I believe that we are losing sight of the value and dignity of the actor in our society,and the importance of continuity, tradition and experience in this most ancient and essential art form. To paraphrase Hazlitt, the actor shows us who we are, who we hope to be, and who we fear we may be.” Nick Enright AM (1950–2003), Rex Cramphorn Lecture 2002.

Nicholas Enright AM was a much loved actor, director, playwright, teacher and mentor. He was NIDA’s Head of Acting 1983-84. Nick bequeathed part of his estate to NIDA, along with his many awards, which are proudly displayed at NIDA.

NIDA has an Endowment Fund, which is a permanently held capital fund, established to support the long-term vision and viability of NIDA. The Endowment is enhanced by Bequests enabling annual grants to be given to support important activities and projects such as:

  • Scholarships and bursaries for NIDA students
  • Community outreach and access programs
  • Play commissions and new play productions
  • Equipment and resources for the school
  • Enhancing and developing technological capabilities
  • Enabling and sustaining capital infrastructure

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