The 60th Anniversary Season of Student Productions will be a high point of NIDA’s celebrations in this landmark year.

28 October 2019

The 60th Anniversary Season of Student Productions will be a high point of NIDA’s celebrations in this landmark year.

The Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, will open the special celebratory season on Wednesday 30 October.

The anniversary season features two Australian premieres – Starstruck the Stage Musical, co-produced with Priscilla Queen of the Desert producer Gary McQuinn, and Goldilocks, a new work written and directed by multi-award-winning writer/director Michael Gow.

Since it was founded in 1958 NIDA has championed a unique Australian style of acting. Some notable alumni include Cate Blanchett, Sarah Snook, Michael Wilkinson and Catherine Martin.

'Sixty years ago we began in an unheated tin shed with 23 students and a two-year acting course,’ NIDA Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Bott AO said.

‘From those early days, we grew up. We have always had our eye on the prize, to fulfill our mission of creating extraordinary opportunities for talented students to learn from great teachers, and to develop the performing arts in Australia through Australian stories and Australian voices and images.

‘We now have a suite of Bachelor of Fine Arts courses across all performing arts disciplines – in Acting, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Costume, Scenic Construction and Technologies, Technical Theatre and Stage Management. We have Master of Fine Arts courses in Cultural Leadership, Costume, Design for Performance, Directing, Voice, and Writing for Performance. And we have our Vocational Diplomas in Live Production and Technical Services, Musical Theatre, Specialist Make Up and Stage and Screen Performance.’

‘At the heart of NIDA beats a community that has dedicated its life to a vibrant and innovative Australian performing arts industry,’ Jennifer said.

Through our arts programs, the Australian Government funds the eight national elite training organisations in the performing arts, which support Australia's thriving creative economy.

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