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Directors Studio: Live Performance - Interview

Directors Studio: Live Performance - Interview

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For adults 18 years + (Intermediate)

Acquire the skills required to lead a creative team, motivate a company of performers and inspire audiences.


Consider the director’s role and responsibilities, explore the principles of effective storytelling and develop the confidence to realise your vision. Investigate techniques to assist actors to create dynamic performances. Understand how best to utilise staging to create meaningful action.

Course components

Term one

Gain knowledge of the actor’s process, and explore ways to realise text and/or concepts in performance. Engage in the critical analysis of other directors and develop an understanding of the language of live performance in a variety of contexts. Collaborate with guest actors to build your working methodology.

Term two

Develop technical awareness and skill in staging, design, lighting and sound. Plan and deliver a directing concept through collaborative workshops and present your work for review and feedback.


  • Ability to respond imaginatively to scripts
  • A collaborative working methodology to develop concepts
  • Knowledge and application of a structured rehearsal process
  • Script analysis when working with actors
  • Staging of a short piece for performance
  • Practice of different rehearsal techniques

Term dates

Saturdays 11am – 5pm

Term 1: 30 January-19 March
Term 2: 30 April-18 June


  • Sydney


The course fee for 2016 is $2300 payable in 2 installments.

A separate, non-refundable interview fee of $25 will be charged.

Interview information

Entry to the Directors Studio courses is selective, by interview only.

Interviews for 2020 mid-year intake in July will occur online via a group Zoom session. Once enrolled in the interview you will be sent information about how to prepare.

Prior to the interview you will receive the link to join the class on the day. This is a group interview session, you will have an opportunity on the day to collaborate with others.

If you have questions about your online interview ahead of the day, you can speak with a member of the Program Management team.

Please note the course itself will still be delivered face to face in our Sydney studios.

Interview date
Saturday 16 January, 11am

Important information

  • Please read our cancellation and transfer policy.
  • Flights and Accommodation: From time to time we may need to cancel an advertised course. Before booking flights and accommodation for travel to attend a NIDA Open course, please contact the NIDA Open office to confirm if your course will proceed as planned. NIDA does not accept liability for any associated costs of attendance or cancellation.
  • Please see the PDF attachment below for audition preparation information.
  • Please bring a CV outlining your interests and any past experience or training.
  • Please bring a passport style photo of yourself – this will be used for identification purposes only when the panel are making their decisions.

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