Jack Parnell and Joel Rutter run through a script after a lesson in acting from NIDA tutors.
Jack Parnell and Joel Rutter run through a script after a lesson in acting from NIDA tutors. Bruce Thomas

Students prepare for drama careers

COFFS COAST drama students with dreams of acting are getting an insight into careers in film, television and theatre at a workshop run by the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.

NIDA tutors Zoe Houghton and Paul Mawhinney have run an introductory acting course at Coffs Harbour's Bishop Druitt College for high school students aged 12 to 15.

An accelerated course for 12- to 18-year-olds will be staged today where the tutors will pass on tips on what to expect at a NIDA audition.

The program is also designed to develop creative skills and explain careers in the arts and entertainment industries.

"We have covered acting techniques and explained what the full-time NIDA course involves and have given the students an idea of what the industry is like to work in," NIDA graduate, Paul, said.

"A lot of students falsely go to the NIDA auditions with the desire to be a star thinking if they are accepted they will walk out of the academy with an Oscar.

"It's clearly not as simple as that so before they set out to study they need to know they are preparing themselves to enter a challenging, competitive and demanding industry and, as tutors, we like to help them develop the skills they need to keep working through the challenges."

Head of the NIDA program Mark Gaal said there are immense benefits participants take from the workshops.

"We're often told that the experiences we provide benefit many areas of people's lives - developing specific talents, extending communication skills and building confidence," he said.



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