State Drama Ensemble

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The State Drama Ensemble provides students from Years 9, 10 & 11 with the opportunity to develop a work for a performance at the NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival.  Places in this Ensemble are open to talented students who are currently attending a NSW public school.  Priority will be given to students from rural and remote schools.  Students in metropolitan schools who do not currently attend a Weekly Drama Ensemble will also be able to audition.

Membership is by video audition and a maximum of 4 nominations will be accepted from any one school.  

2017 Applications are now OPEN

Audition Process:
1.  Complete an online Application Form and Endorsement Form
2.  Provide a headshot (school photo or passport size photo)
3.  Prepare a 2-3 minute performance piece of your own choice via a YouTube link
Submit your application to drama.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au due Monday 24 July 2017. Students and parents will be notified of their success by Friday 11 August 2017.

Rehearsal Workshops:
There will be 2 intensive compulsory mid-week workshops held at The Arts Unit throughout the year:-
   No 1: Term 3 - Monday 25 to Friday 29 September 2017 (inclusive)
   No 2: Term 4 - Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 October 2017 (inclusive)
These workshops are to develop new work that will be commissioned specifically for the Ensemble. The piece will then be performed as a part of the 2017 State Drama Festival (26 &27 October).

Performance Opportunities:
By being a member of the 2017 NSW Public School State Drama Ensemble, all students will perform at the State Drama Festival (26 &27 October) held at the Seymour Centre, Chippendale:-
   Thursday 26 October - 7.30pm Evening Performance
   Friday 27 October - 11.00am Matinee Performance
   Friday 27 October - 7.30pm Evening Performance

Fees*:
The ensemble fees cover the hire of regular tutors and industry professionals for intensive workshopping, a Drama Ensemble t-shirt, and the sourcing and supply of costumes from NIDA graduate designers for the State Drama Festival.  All prices include GST:-
   Metropolitan/Non Metro Sydney  $325.00
   Rural & Remote                            $225.00 
* Students will need to cover the costs of their own travel and accommodation if needed.

Rural and Remote Subsidy:
As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a discounted rate (as above) to students from rural and remote schools to attend the State Drama Ensemble. Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the Participation Subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness. Successful subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

Further Information

Further enquiries relating to the State Drama Ensemble should be directed to Jane Simmons or phone 8512 1175.

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