About the NIDA workshop program

Screen Territory and Arts NT have launched an ambitious new partnership with Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) to boost skills and professional development for Territorians across the creative industries.

The collaboration between Screen Territory and Arts NT is a landmark initiative as the first time that two state or territory agencies in the Australian screen and arts sectors have collaborated to provide training opportunities across both sectors.

The program will present a series of face-to-face NIDA training courses in specific areas designed to fill skills shortages and build the talent pool of Territory creatives and production professionals including screen practitioners, theatre and live events staff, performing arts, publicity and promotion.

The NIDA courses will be held in the Darwin region. You can enrol for the courses below on the National Institute of Dramatic Art website. An enrolment cost applies.

Acting Technique
Extend vocal range and find physical freedom through the exploration of fundamental voice and movement technique. Work as an ensemble to develop creative spontaneity and explore improvisation and impulse work. Explore and apply appropriate vocal, physical and acting techniques to a variety of texts
4 to 8 April 2022
Acting Technique for Screen
Explore visual storytelling and relationship to camera as you develop an understanding of acting for screen. Rehearse and film a scene.
Pre-requisite: Prior experience or attendance at Acting Technique course in April.
9 to 13 May 2022
Producing for Stage and Screen
A comprehensive exploration of what is required to be a successful producer. Understand the producer’s role including pitching ideas, funding applications, budgets, production scheduling, cast and crew management and marketing
16 to 20 May 2022
Directing Actors for Screen
Under the supervision of a professional director, work with actors to investigate variety of methods by which to explore text and elicit outstanding screen performances
6 to 10 June 2022
Writing for the Screen
Explore the unique medium of storytelling for screen. Practice skills in script writing and create drama through structure, dialogue and character. Consider industry requirements for formats and styles from feature films to television series.
27 June to 1 July 2022
Screen Acting on Location
Rehearse and perform scenes from contemporary film and TV and gain confidence in acting boldly but honestly for the camera on location. Follow industry standard shooting practices with an industry professional tutor in the cinematic surrounds of some of Darwin’s iconic landscapes.
Pre-requisite: Prior experience or attendance at Acting Technique for Screen in May.
25 to 29 July 2022
Props Making
Design, sculpt, mould and finish props for use in either stage or film and develop the technical and artistic knowledge to bring your prop ideas to life
15 to 19 August 2022
The Confident Voice
Learn to connect voice, breath and body and discover the confidence to speak freely. Learn technical vocal processes to improve your vocal dexterity and explore the relationship between voice and imagination. Apply your vocal skills to a variety of texts and contexts so you can communicate your intention with clarity.
19 to 23 September 2022
Make-up for Screen
Discover how make-up and hair play a part in creating believable characters for stage and screen. Experiment with styling and application techniques and learn how to create special effects that have dramatic impact.
10 to 11 October 2022
Costume Design Essentials
Develop original character designs for stage or screen with practical exercises that build skills and inspire visual excellence as a storyteller and collaborator
27 to 28 October 2022
Audition Prep and Screen Tests
Discover how to get an audition, what kinds of scenes to choose and how to best prepare for the audition process. Screen test effectively and follow direction.
16 to 17 November 2022

Note: Screen Territory, NIDA and ArtsNT reserve the right to change the dates and course content below at any time.

Frequently asked questions

What is the entry criteria?

Course enrolment is open to people over 18 years old and additional criteria will be available on the enrolment page.

Certain courses, such as the Acting courses held later in 2022 or the Make-Up for Screen course, requires the application to have existing training or experience; or alternatively to have attended the initial pre-requisite courses held in April. This will be advised upon the enrolment page for the course in question.

How many spaces are available in the workshops?

Class numbers are capped at 16 people to ensure focused delivery and quality of experience. We anticipate a high level of interest and encourage you to enrol as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Who is teaching the courses?

Courses are taught in-person by teaching artists from NIDA; all of whom are highly experienced professionals. All teaching artists are working professionals within the screen and theatre sectors and teach either on NIDA’s Batchelor of Fine Arts Programs or Open Program

How much are the courses worth and what is the cost to the participant?

While enrolments in a 5-day NIDA course costs $625 per person, Screen Territory and Arts NT are subsidising enrolments for interested Northern Territorians to assist with upskilling of NT creatives and pathways to employment.

  • Registration cost per person for a 5-day workshop is $85.
  • Registration cost per person for a 2-day workshop is $50.

Please note that these registrations fees are non-refundable and non-attendance at any of the courses will be taken into consideration for any further registrations.

Where do I register?

All enrolments can be made directly with the NIDA.

To register, go to the National Institute of Dramatic Art website.

Where will the workshops be held?

Workshops will be held at various locations in Darwin..

What is the length of course delivery on any given day?

Session times are 10am to 5pm daily.

If I live remote, is there any additional assistance?

Yes a limited number of grants will be available for attendees who need to travel to Darwin to attend the courses.

Screen Territory is offering a limited number of Travel Support - Skills Development Grants, up to $2,000. Please contact Screen Territory by email or phone 08 8999 6302 for further information and to discuss your eligibility.

Arts NT offers Quick Response Grants for up to $1,000 and Professional Development Grants up to $2,000 which cover workshop fees and travel cost to access arts activities and cultural opportunities at short notice.
For more information, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Applications for these assistance programs are through GrantsNT.