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The National Institute of Dramatic Art
215 Anzac Parade, Kensington,
Sydney Australia
Tel: +61 (2) 9697-7600
Fax: +61 (2) 9662-7415
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The National Institute of Dramatic Art  
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (commonly known as NIDA) was established by the Australian government in 1958 as an organization specializing in the education and nurturing of theater artists. Many of the Institute's graduates are leading presences in the international entertainment world of theater, film and television. In addition to such famous stars as Cate Blanchett, Judy Davis and Mel Gibson, NIDA graduates include Hugo Weaving, who played an important role in Lord of the Rings, and Ben Gannon, who produced The Boy from Oz.
Today, NIDA offers courses in acting, design, art, technical arts, directing, body movement, voice and more. Serious efforts are also put into NIDA's Open Program, which is open to participants of all ages, from children to adults. Among these programs is one aimed at improving the communication skills of people from the general public.
The new NIDA Theater and Studio complex with the 725-seat Parade Theater, studios for film and TV production work, rehearsal rooms and a library was established in 2001. Here the Institute's own actors company stages productions and experimental theater productions from overseas are invited to give performances as part of the Institute's curriculum. Plans call for performances here in 2006 by Yoji Sakate (the leader of Rinkogun). NIDA operates with the assistance of funding from the Australian government's Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and donations from organizations including the Friends of NIDA and the American Friends of NIDA.