National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) – NIDA X

NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) is Australia’s preeminent centre for education in the dramatic arts. Creative transformation is at the heart if NIDA’s mission and over five years the Girgensohn Foundation worked together with NIDA to realise this through provision for the International Director Program.

The Creative Lab NIDA X will provide an opportunity for NIDA graduates to develop skills in creative technology to keep abreast of the evolving performing arts industry. New platforms and technologies offer exciting possibilities: the ways we engage with ideas, culture and one another are changing. NIDA sees great potential to extent the talents of their alumni performing artists – skills in improvisation, collaboration, creative generation and connection – into new forms of practice.

NIDA has invited six teams of alumni to pitch ideas for projects that push the boundaries of storytelling and technology. These projects might be screen-based or be more frameless, immersive experiences. They might exist across different media or platforms, mixing realities. They might use social media platforms to engage with a well-known story in a new way.

A showing of the completed works at NIDA will be in the first half of 2023. The alumni and professional tutors involved in the NIDA X Projects will be able to continue to share their learnings and processes with current students at NIDA, as future casual tutors within the NIDA courses.