The Arts Unit drama programs aim to foster the development of students and provide performance opportunities that showcase excellence in drama as an art form.

The continuation of the 2021 drama programs will be contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health.

Activities for all programs have to adhere to current DoE COVID-19 restrictions

Drama EnsemblesDrama Ensembles

The Drama Ensembles program is open to all students in NSW public schools in Years 5 to 12. Successful students will perform a major high profile events such as State Drama Festival.
Primary Weekly Drama Ensembles - Years 5 to 6
Junior Weekly Drama Ensembles - Years 7 to 8
Senior Weekly Drama Ensembles - Years 9 to 11 
State Drama Ensemble - Year 9 to 11

State Drama Festival

State Drama Festival

The annual State Drama Festival held in October at the Seymour Centre. This event is a two day celebration of drama works showcasing over 800 students in a range of dramatic styles.
State Drama Festival 
Area drama festivals

State Drama Camp

State Drama Camp

An opportunity for Year 11 drama students, who are currently studying drama at school, to extend their skills through a series of intensive workshops at an overnight camp over 5 days.
State Drama Camp


drama companyDrama Company

'Tales from the Wild Bush'
Fun.  Playful.  Engaging.
Children's theatre for the digital age.
This original devised children's theatre piece will be created for early primary school students.The production will be performed and recorded at NIDA in May 2021.  The filmed production and accompanying resources will be shared with Department of Education schools across NSW.
NSW Public Schools Drama Company 



OnSTAGE is a presentation and exhibition of group and Individual performances and projects by HSC drama students.
OnSTAGE performances
OnSTAGE workshops         


Drama Festival ImageDrama workshops

All drama workshops are led by professional drama specialists for students in
Years 3 to 12. Previous workshops include:
Skills development drama workshops 
Primary drama workshops with ATYP  
Multicultural playwrights program


Teacher professional development

Drama Staff

There are a number of mentoring and accredited professional learning opportunities for Public Primary and Secondary Teachers in NSW including
Drama teacher mentoring program 
Frantic Assembly workshops
Teaching secondary drama with Complicité
Improvisation and playbuilding
Multicultural playwright teacher professional learning course


Puppetry for Drama Teachers

Drama tutors

There are a number of opportunities for interested Public School Teachers in NSW to join our drama program.
Drama tutor staff - ensembles
State Drama Camp tutors
State Drama Festival production team
Area Drama Festival selection panel              



Drama digital engagement

Digital engagement with drama online resources, professional development eModules, virtual excursions and live streams.  Delivered by experts and accompanied by resources drawn from within the Arts Unit and industry partners.
Digital engagement



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To stay up-to-date with student and teacher drama opportunities provided by The Arts Unit, check the website regularly and follow our Facebook page for drama program updates, events, new Arts Unit Learning Hub digital resources and opportunities