|Location|| Kensington , New South Wales , Australia (Map )|
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is an Australian national education and training institute for students in the performing arts. Since 1958, NIDA has educated students in performance and production for theatre, film and television. It offers programs ranging from degrees to public short courses, including holiday programs and corporate training.
In 2018, NIDA was ranked as the 10th best drama school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter .
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) is an American digital and print magazine, and website, which focuses on the Hollywood film, television, and entertainment industries. It was founded in 1930 as a daily trade paper, and in 2010 switched to a weekly large-format print magazine with a revamped website.
NIDA's main campus is based in the Sydney suburb of Kensington, located adjacent to the University of New South Wales, and is made up of a range of rehearsal and performance venues. NIDA is affiliated with the University of New South Wales.
Kensington is a suburb in south-eastern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 6 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area (LGA) of the City of Randwick, in the Eastern Suburbs region. Colloquially, Kensington is referred to as "Kenso".
The University of New South Wales is an Australian public research university located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. UNSW is a top-tier university in Australia as a member of the Australian ‘Group of Eight’. Out of all Australian universities, UNSW attracts the highest number of smart Australian students. UNSW is highly regarded for its Law, Business and Science/ Engineering Schools, where for Law, Accounting and Finance, and Civil Engineering, it is ranked among the top 15 schools globally in the QS World University Rankings. Established in 1949, it is ranked 4th in Australia, 45th in the world, and 2nd in New South Wales according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
NIDA receives funding from the Australian Government through the Minister for the Arts, Attorney-General's Department and is a member of the "Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence (Arts8):"an initiative between the national performing arts training organisations and the Australian Government providing training for emerging artists.
The Australian Minister for the Arts is responsible for creative industries and culture. Senator Mitch Fifield served as Arts Minister from 2015 until 2018, following criticism of the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull. His position was renewed under Scott Morrison on August 26th 2018
Founded in 1958, NIDA commenced acting classes in 1959. More than 50 years later, NIDA has grown to approximately 232 full-time students annually, approximately 70 full-time staff members.
Entry to NIDA's higher education courses is highly competitive, with approximately 5,000 applicants from around the country competing for an annual offering of approximately 75 places across undergraduate and graduate disciplines. The student body for these courses totalled 199 in 2014.
NIDA is located on Anzac Parade in the Sydney suburb of Kensington, across the road from the University of New South Wales. The campus was first opened in 1987, followed by additional buildings opened in 2001, which were awarded the 2002 Sir John Sulman Medal for public architecture.
Anzac Parade is a major road in the south-eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia. It included part of the marathon during the 2000 Summer Olympics, and the blue line denoting the marathon's path still exists today.
The Sir John Sulman Medal is an architectural prize presented by the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects since 1932. The medal is sometimes referred to as the Sulman Award and now recognises excellence in public and commercial buildings in either New South Wales or in the Australian Capital Territory. Before the advent of the Wilkinson Award it was on occasions presented to domestic projects.
NIDA has five theatres.The largest of these is the Parade Theatre offering seating for audiences of up to 707 people in its three-tiered, horseshoe-shaped auditorium. The Playhouse, Studio Theatre, the Space and the Atrium offer a variety of flexible performance spaces.
The Rodney Seaborn Library is a specialist library for NIDA students, graduates and staff and is also open to the general public by appointment. Created in 1980.
The NIDA Archives collects, organises and preserves archival records created by or relating to NIDA.
The NIDA campus includes rehearsal rooms, multi-media and computer-aided design (CAD) studios, a sound stage, a lighting studio, production workshops, audio-visual facilities, and the Reg Grundy Studio film and television training and production facility.
Graduates from the National Institute of Dramatic Art include:
Catherine Elise Blanchett, is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has received many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three BAFTA Awards. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007, and in 2018, she was ranked among the highest-paid actresses in the world.
The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service. Before the establishment of the order, Australian citizens received British honours.
Grant Bowler is a New Zealand-born Australian actor who has worked in American, Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian film, television, and theatre.
In 2012, former NIDA board member and Liberal senator Chris Puplick, who had served on the board from 1994 to 2000and 2007 to 2010, wrote an essay titled "Changing Times at NIDA" which was published in the October issue of the publication Platform Papers. In the essay, Puplick criticised the teaching standards of the school and its director and chief executive, Lynne Williams, stating that she has had no significant experience in theatre to head the school and that her style was "Thatcherite". Soon after Puplick's statements were reported, chairman of NIDA's board, Malcolm Long, and Lynne Williams replied back to the comments, with Long stating that Williams had the complete support of the board and described Puplick as "an apparently disaffected former board member." Williams had defended herself stating her management style was not "Thatcherite". Long also mentioned that amongst Williams' supporters were Cate Blanchett and Ralph Myers. Supporting Puplick were actor, director and a graduate of the school Jeremy Sims, who had launched the essay, and Kevin Jackson, who had taught acting at the school for 27 years.
Hugo Wallace Weaving is an Australian-English film and stage actor. He is best known for playing Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy (1999–2003), Elrond in The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003) and The Hobbit (2012–2014) film trilogies, V in V for Vendetta (2006), Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger and Tom Doss in Hacksaw Ridge. Weaving's first television role was in the 1984 Australian television series Bodyline, where he portrayed English cricket captain Douglas Jardine. In film, he first rose to prominence for his performance as Martin in the Australian drama Proof (1991). Weaving played Anthony "Tick" Belrose/Mitzi Del Bra in the comedy-drama The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994); and multiple roles in the science fiction film Cloud Atlas (2012). His roles as a voice actor include the roles as Rex The Male Sheepdog in Babe, Noah the Leading Elder Emperor Penguin in Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two and as Megatron in the first three films of Transformers film series.
Sydney Theatre Company (STC) is an Australian theatre company based in Sydney, New South Wales. The company performs in The Wharf Theatre at Dawes Point in The Rocks area of Sydney, as well as the Roslyn Packer Theatre and the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre.
Richard Roxburgh is an Australian actor, writer, producer, and director. He has won acclaim for his performances on the stage in productions by the Sydney Theatre Company and others, in Australian films and television series, and in a number of Hollywood productions.
Jacqueline Susan McKenzie is a classically trained Australian actress of stage and screen.
Lindy Davies is an Australian actress, director, actor trainer and performance consultant. She played Ruth Ballinger in the Australian soap opera Prisoner in 1985, and won the AFI (AACTA) Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1986 film Malcolm. She went on to be the head of drama at the Victorian College of the Arts for over 11 years until 2007, and worked as a performance consultant on films including Afterglow (1997) and Away From Her (2006) with Julie Christie.
Anne Looby, is an Australian actress, stage director and playwright, since graduating from NIDA in 1988, Looby has worked in film, television and theatre. Her theatrical experience is extensive, having worked with some of the best directors in Australia including Gale Edwards, Rodney Fisher, Jim Sharman and George Ogilvy, on work ranging from the classics to contemporary theatre. Looby has also worked extensively in film and television, appearing in serial A Country Practice as vet Anne Lacey and the award-winning ABC mini-series Simone De Beauvoir’s Babies. She has appeared in the feature films Willfull, Daydream Believer and most recently with John Malkovich in Disgrace. Looby received the Sydney Theatre Critics award for Best Actress in Arcadia for the STC and has also been awarded an AFI as Best Actress in a TV Mini Series for her performance in Simone De Beauvoir’s Babies.
James David Sharman, as Jim Sharman is an Australian director and writer for film and stage with more than 70 productions to his credit. He is renowned in Australia for his work as a theatre director from the 1960s to the present, and is best known internationally as the director of the 1973 theatrical hit The Rocky Horror Show, its film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and the film's follow-up Shock Treatment (1981).
Richard Pyros is a British actor often working in Australia, who first achieved fame in the hit Australian Channel Seven TV show, Big Bite which was nominated for two AFI Awards. Whilst still studying at drama school, Pyros was selected to create an array of characters including the memorably disheveled newsreader, 'Tee Pee Moses', and for his impersonation of personalities such as Rob Sitch, Michael Caton, Harry Potter and Detective Lennie Briscoe from Law & Order.
The Old Tote Theatre Company (1963–1978) is a defunct New South Wales theatre that began as the standing acting and theatre company of Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and was the precursor to the Sydney Theatre Company. It was one of the leading Australian theatre companies of the period.
Pamela Rabe is a Canadian-Australian actress and theatre director. A graduate from the Playhouse Acting School, in Vancouver, Pamela Rabe is one of Australia’s most highly regarded and awarded actors. She is best known for her appearances in the films Sirens, Così, Paradise Road and starring as Joan Ferguson in the award winning television series Wentworth.
Platonov is the name in English given to an early, untitled play in four acts written by Anton Chekhov in 1878. It was the first large-scale drama by Chekhov, written specifically for Maria Yermolova, rising star of Maly Theatre. Yermolova rejected the play and it was not published until 1923.
Christopher John Guelph Puplick is an Australian politician, public servant and public intellectual.
The Australian Institute of Music - Dramatic Arts is a drama school in Sydney, Australia. It offers a degree in acting and theatre-making as a department of the Australian Institute of Music (AIM).
Lindsay Farris is an Australian-born actor, author, musician, voice over artist and entrepreneur who has been labelled as one of the young guardians of theatre.
Elizabeth Debicki is an Australian actress. After making her feature film debut in A Few Best Men (2011), she appeared in The Great Gatsby (2013) for which she won the AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and starred in the Sydney Theatre Company production of The Maids with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert (2013/14) for which she received a nomination for the 14th Helpmann Awards. She has also appeared in the films Macbeth (2015), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Widows (2018).
Louis T. Hunter is an Australian actor. He was born in Glebe, one of the central districts of Sydney. After training in numerous acting and theatre programs as a child and attending a performing arts high school, Hunter began his professional acting career in 2009 when he booked a leading role on the Australian TV show Out of the Blue. He then quickly followed that up with a role in the stage production of The War of the Roses at the Sydney Theatre Company alongside Cate Blanchett. Hunter made his American debut in the TV show The Secret Circle. He currently appears as Nick Stratos in The Fosters. Hunter also appears in the 2018 BBC One/Netflix production, Troy: Fall of a City.
Classical acting is a type of acting that is based on the theories and systems of select classical actors including Konstantin Stanislavski and Michel Saint-Denis, including the expression of the body, voice, imagination, personalizing, improvisation, external stimuli, and script analysis.
Eamon Farren is an Australian theatre, television and film actor most notable for his roles in the revival of the U.S. television series, Twin Peaks (2017) as Richard Horne and the Australian ABC television film, Carlotta (2014), for which he won the AACTA award in 2015 for Best Guest Or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama for his portrayal of transgender character Danny/Ava.
Annie Byron is an AFI Award-winning Australian film, stage, and television actress best known for Wolf Creek 2, Fran, Muriel's Wedding, and Doing Time for Patsy Cline.