Acting and performing arts holiday classes with NIDA Open!

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Unleash your creativity this Autumn with performing arts classes for grades 3–12 presented by the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Starting from Monday 28 June 2021, NIDA Open will be running some of its most popular short courses at St Laurence’s College in Brisbane.

Discover your inner actor, venture into new worlds, sharpen your creative skills or learn something completely new!

Led by NIDA’s expert team of teaching artists, these courses give students the chance to build confidence and develop skills in an engaging and supportive learning environment, all while socialising and having fun.

COVID-safe @ NIDA – NIDA’s priority is ensuring a safe and supportive environment for students and staff. For the full list of COVID-safe practices and procedures for all NIDA Open venues and activity, please visit

Some NIDA Open holiday courses in Brisbane

NIDA holiday workshops

Acting Boot Camp

For grades 3–6, 7–10 and 11–12, NIDA’s Acting Boot Camp is a fast-paced weekend intensive course for acting recruits looking to build skills in improvisation, character and scenework.

NIDA Drama School

For grades 3–6 and 7–10, NIDA Drama School is a comprehensive course for committed young people. Develop performance skills including improvisation, voice and movement devising, acting and rehearsing scenes.

Stage and Screen School

For grades 3–6 and 7–10, Stage and Screen School invites students to spend a week exploring performance for both stage and screen. Develop skills in improvisation, text analysis and script work then apply these skills to an on-screen performance. This course includes a session on auditions and screen tests.

National NIDA News: TV Presenting

nida school holiday workshops.

For grades 3–6: breaking news stories from around the country! This course focuses on what it takes to be a TV Presenter. Develop your own news stories and learn how to present them to camera. Course components Presenting: Understand and apply TV presenting technique. Vocal Expression: Learn how the voice works and develop vocal confidence in a live and recorded performance setting.

TV Presenting Boot Camp

For grades 7–10: want to be a TV host? Practise on-camera presenting technique as you build vocal and physical presence. Explore interview techniques, develop your on-camera persona and present live and recorded pieces to camera. Course components Presence: Develop a confident presentation persona as you develop your on camera technique. Interviews: Examine effective interview techniques for lifestyle television as you write and present your own interviews. Technique: Explore your…

Close-up: Screen Acting

For grades 11–12, experience all aspects of acting for film and television. Create detailed characters, learn voice and movement techniques and understand the intricacies of acting for camera in this in-depth exploration of screen performance. Showcase your screen skills to family and friends at the end of the course. Course components Acting Technique: Learn and apply fundamental screen acting techniques. Text interpretation: Bring to life scripted and improvised scenes for recorded…

NIDA Audition Preparation

For grades 11–12, Ensure you are informed and prepared for NIDA BFA Acting auditions. Gain insight into material selection and work with NIDA tutors to explore vocal and physical technique. Work on your audition material to ensure you are open and ready for the challenges of the audition process. Course components Learn how to select, prepare and perform material specifically suited for your audition. Establish reliable rehearsal technique to ensure that you can prepare with autonomy.

Introduction to Acting

For grades 11–12, want to explore performance and acting but not sure where to start? Take your first step into the spotlight with this fun and practical, one day introduction to acting. Experiment with improvisation, acting and character development, then road-test your new skills on a short contemporary script.

NIDA Actors Project

For more information on NIDA Open courses, please call 1300 450 417, or visit

For more information on NIDA Open courses, please call 1300 450 417, or visit

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