Dramatic coup

NOTRE DAME uni has scored a dramatic coup, enticing Australia’s premier drama school to Fremantle for summer holiday classes.

The deal with the National Institute of Dramatic Art was announced on Tuesday, and the Herald understands NDA is hoping successful classes could lead to long-term links.

Senior professionals from NIDA’s Sydney headquarters will hold three classes from January 5 – 13 next year, giving local primary and high school students a glimpse of the courses it runs.

• Notre Dame is teaming up with NIDA – a bit of local competition for WAAPA maybe?


Tricia Ryan heads up NIDA’s outreach program Open and says bringing the classes to WA was an important milestone in contributing to the national and international arts and entertainment industries.

“The fact that Notre Dame is widely recognised for its success in liberal arts higher education makes this an ideal opportunity for collaboration,” Ms Ryan said.

Notre Dame deputy vice chancellor Peter Tranter said the courses would have far-reaching appeal.

“Our collaboration with NIDA reflects the university’s continuing commitment to the creative arts, and will throw a new spotlight on Fremantle’s West End as a centre for creative excellence,” Mr Tranter said.

Notre Dame currently offers majors in theatre studies and film and screen production.

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