YouTube has committed USD $100,000 (approximately AUD $135,000) worth of scholarships for three creative individuals to study at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

One scholarship of approx. AUD $44,000 will be awarded each year for the next three years, to a student from a background which has historically been underrepresented on screen and stage. First Nations and People of Colour, people with a disability, from remote and regional areas or experiencing barriers to access are especially encouraged to apply.

Launching in 2021, the YouTube Scholarship will be awarded to a successful applicant to any of NIDA’s six Bachelor of Fine Arts undergraduate courses, which span acting, design for performance, costume-making, props-making, set construction and technical theatre and stage management.

The successful applicant will receive approx. AUD $14,500 per year for three years, to help with living expenses or cover the full course tuition fees. In acknowledgement of this extraordinary opportunity, the application deadline to study at NIDA next year has been extended to 31 October. Individuals who have already completed their application will benefit from the same deadline extension to apply for the scholarship.

Billed alongside Juilliard and Yale as one of the world’s top drama schools, NIDA has built its reputation on practice-based industry-relevant training. Renowned for its acting degree, NIDA also trains creative collaborators including costume, set, video or lighting designers, stage managers, costume makers, scenic artists and set builders, who enjoy highly successful careers nationally and internationally, with many receiving job offers before they even graduate.

Some of NIDA’s 2000s era graduates include Sarah Snook (Succession), Miranda Tapsell (Top End Wedding), Shannon Murphy (Babyteeth), Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters), Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Rob Collins (Cleverman), Remy Hii (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Ryan Corr (Holding the Man), Meyne Wyatt (City of Gold), Lee Lewis (Queensland Theatre Company), Kip Williams (Sydney Theatre Company), Jacob Nash (Bangarra Dance Theatre) and Suzie Miller (Prima Facie).

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