How to Audition

Drama Audition Application
To Apply

1.Complete all pages of this form (below), answering all questions (add extra pages if required).

2.Attach a recent passport sized photograph to page 2 (applications without photos will be returned).

3.Send the completed form accompanied by a bank cheque, money order or credit card details for $60.00 to:
School Administrator
National Theatre Drama School
PO Box 1173
St Kilda South Vic 3182
(Please note the audition fee is non-refundable and person cheques or cash will not be accepted).

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements: Students must be 19 years or over by the 1st of January the year their studies commence . Students must have completed Year 12 High School or equivalent. Acceptance is by audition only. This course is open to international students. Students must meet all requirements and pass all units of competency in each subsequent year to obtain the qualification.

International Students

The first stage of the audition process for international students is completed by providing the required information by video and photos.  The school administrator will give you all the information required in order to complete this part of the audition.  You may be required in the second phase of the audition process to take part in an online interview / call back audition. The School Administrator will advise you formally if your audition has been successful.

Core Compulsary Units

Demonstrate a range of body awareness techniques in performance related activities

Demonstrate techniques to physically release the voice in performance related activities

Explore techniques to enliven and embody text in performance related activities

Explore the key elements of the theatrical experience

Create performance pieces

Produce, promote and present an original public performance

Prepare, rehearse and perform stage plays for public performance

Rehearse and perform for the camera

Provide freelance services

Develop audition techniques

Research history and theory to inform own arts practice

Apply work health and safety practises


USI: For information regarding your Unique Student Identification number, please visit our Student Information Page or the Australian Government’s USI website.

Fees are payable by the census date of each unit in advance. Students who are eligible for VET Student Loans may be able to obtain an Australian Government student loan to a maximum of $10,000 of their tuition fees in this course. (see VET student Loans)

The Course is also approved for Austudy, ABSTUDY and the Pensioner Education Supplement. For more information on undertaking accredited acting courses with the National Theatre Drama School, please contact us at drama@nationaltheatre.org.au 

For a full breakdown of unit costs, and census dates please download the following document NTDS census dates 2018

What happens next?

Once your application has been received you will be sent the schools monologue booklet and a designated audition time.

For the audition you should prepare one Shakespeare and one contemporary monologue. One monologue must be from the school’s booklet and one of your own choosing.
• Your Shakespeare choice must be in verse – NOT PROSE
• Contemporary choice can be from 1900 to the present day

At the first round audition we will see your monologues individually (Please note you may be asked to perform only one of your pieces)

If successful, you may be invited to a second round audition at a later date. The final recall auditions may include workshopping your monologues, improvisational exercises and a short interview. Offers will be made to successful candidates in the days following this second audition.

Term 1 will commence 31st January 2019.