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Published on 20 July 2022

Calling all budding Onkaparinga actors

Onkaparinga youth who are interested in learning acting are encouraged to enrol in a free world-class course at Reynella’s Base 10 Youth Centre from 2 August.

The eight-week term three course is initially available to 16-20-year-olds and is offered through a new partnership between the City of Onkaparinga and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

The NIDA Connect course is completely free because it’s funded by the Commonwealth Government.

The eight sessions will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5–7pm from 2 August until 20 September, and it’s planned the course will be offered to 12–15-year-olds in term four.

Participants will receive an introduction to a broad range of fundamental acting skills through practical workshop exercises.

You’ll explore improvisation, spontaneity, physicality and the key principles of the Stanislavski system, and explore the application of technique using a variety of texts.

You’ll also develop engaging characters through improvisation and rehearsal room processes, and collaborate with fellow artists to engage an audience and bring stories to life.

You can learn more or enrol at NIDA’s website, or via the City of Onkaparinga website.

The course forms part of council’s commitment to provide creative opportunities for the local community.

NIDA Connect is a brand-new national learning program designed and dedicated to outer metropolitan and regional communities across Australia.

The project is designed and delivered by NIDA OPEN and is made possible by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund—an Australian Government initiative.

NIDA CEO Liz Hughes said they’re very grateful for the support from the federal government.

“NIDA CONNECT is an exciting development in NIDA’s offering and we are thrilled to partner with some incredible arts companies all around Australia to deliver this comprehensive program of training.”

City of Onkaparinga is one of nine arts companies around Australia involved in the partnership, and the only one in South Australia.

The courses offered will equip participants to enter the creative industries and ease pathways to ongoing training. The courses will be delivered in a flexible format suited to the needs of each arts community partner.