2012 tertiary auditions

2 Aug 2012
Contemporary Australian plays for tertiary entrance auditions and projects


It's application season as universities around Australia call for new entrants to their performing arts courses. We've compiled an overview of the contemporary Australian plays we have available, of those that are listed in the application and audition materials for NIDA, WAAPA and the University of Ballarat.

Interestingly, NIDA hasn't set a prescribed list this year, instead encouraging applicants to dig deep into the cannon of contemporary playwriting and "enjoy the search." We hope our site may be of some help in this search.

If you're applying to one of these courses and wish to purchase any of the texts listed on our site, remember that paperback titles are generally received between 7 and 14 days from the time you place an order.



National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA)

Applying to NIDA
Project Information and downloads

Applications close 30 September 2012


Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Costume)

Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Directing)

Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Design, Production, Properties and Staging)

Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting)

Applicants for the Acting course are required to prepare two monologues, one of which should be a “short monologue from a modern or contemporary play (Australian or international).” - nida.edu.au

Applicants should refer to NIDA’s  own information page for instructions on selecting a monologue.

As a starting point, here are some monologues from Australian plays that have previously been listed as suggested pieces for NIDA auditions:





University of Ballarat

Bachelor of Arts (Acting)

2012 Application information

Applications close Friday 5 October 2012


Contemporary Women’s Monologues

Contemporary Men’s Monologues



 Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts
(Edith Cowan University)

Bachelor of Arts (Acting)

2012 Application information

Female Monologues


Male Monologues



For those interested in auditioning for a 2013 place at the Victorian Academy of the Arts (VCA), you'll find application information here.

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