NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival
The commencement 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 currently have to adhere to current DoE COVID-19 restrictions.
The State Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students in Years K to 12. This event is a two day celebration of drama works showcasing strong drama outcomes in classrooms from across the state. Over 800 students participate in a range of dramatic styles.
How to be involved
• Selection panel. Applications will open in May 2021 and close in June 2021
• Production team. Applications will open in July 2021
• School item nomination. Applications will open in July 2021 and close in August 2021
Schools please click on the link to read the nomination guidelines for entry requirement.
The auditions are held throughout the state as part of Area Drama Festivals.
A selection of items from these festivals are chosen to perform.
Performance dates and times
Thursday 21 and Friday 22 October 2021
• Matinee performances
(designed especially for school groups, must be accompanied by a teacher)
Primary Matinee, Thursday 21 October at 11:00 am
Secondary Matinee, Friday 22 October at 11:00 am
• Evening performances
Thursday 21 October at 7:30 pm
Friday 22 October at 7:30 pm
Venue: Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre - Chippendale
Ticketing information will be available in July 2021
Digital drama festival performance dates and times
Digital State Drama Festival information will be available in July 2021
Drama workshops for students
Full workshop program and details will be available in August 2021
Festival clothing and programs
The State Drama Festival online clothing orders will open in August 2021
In 2019 the general public could also purchase T-shirts and programs in the foyer during the performances
$5 Festival Programs
$25 Festival T-Shirts
$49 Festival Hoodies (online only)
Teachers information pack
Successfully nominated schools invited to perform at 2021 State Drama Festival will need to download the following information that will become available in July 2021:
• Teachers pack for successful nominated schools
• Technical rehearsal schedule for schools rehearsal dates and times
• Running order to know when your school will be performing
• Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre stage dimensions
School participation fee
A participation fee of $100 per school will be direct debited from participating schools after the State Drama Festival.
Rural and remote subsidy
In 2019 as part of The Arts Unit's ongoing support of the Department of Education's
Rural and Remote blueprint for action, we were excited to be able to offer
a State Drama Festival Participation Subsidy. We offered grants to to
rural and remote schools (follow the link and download complete list, column AH shows rural and remote status)
In 2019 this subsidy was used to support schools in bringing an audience to the State Drama Festival performances and was used towards tickets, NIDA Festival workshops and associated travel and accommodation costs.
Risk assessments and procedures
State Drama Festival risk assessment; Seymour Centre evacuation procedure; Seymour Centre emergency evacuation procedure for FOH 2011; Seymour Centre schools risk assessment information; Safety Alert 61 anaphylaxis safety alert; Safety Alert 67 changes to EpiPen instructions; Student behaviour code; Deed of Consent for participation and student behaviour code; Permission to publish
2019 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival
Watch the full performance of the 2019 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival
2018 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival
Watch the full performance of the 2018 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival
2017 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival
Watch the full performance of the 2017 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival
2016 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival
Watch the full performance of the 2016 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival
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