NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

The 2018 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students in Years K-12.This event is a two day celebration of Drama works showcasing strong Drama outcomes in classrooms from across the state. Over 600 students participate in a range of dramatic styles.The auditions are held throughout the state as part of Area Drama Festivals.  A selection of items from these Festivals are chosen to perform.


How to be Involved
Application will OPEN JUNE 2018
Please click on the links to download the following forms. If you want to Nominate your School and/or if you want to be part of the Audition Panel and/or the Production Team.
Please read the Nomination Guidelines for Festival. 

Dates & Times
Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October 2018
• Matinee performances at 11.00am every day
• Evening performances at 7.30pm every night

Everest Theatre in the Seymour Centre, corner of Cleveland Street & City Road, Chippendale

Booking Tickets
Tickets for schools go on sale Monday 14 August 2018, please download the Schools Booking Form
• General admission tickets go on sale Tuesday 15 August 2018, please contact the Seymour Centre Box Office directly on 9351 7940 or Seymour Centre Online

Teachers Pack
Successful nominated schools will need to download the Teachers Pack (please click on the link) and return by Monday 3 September 2018.  Please click on the Technical Rehearsal Schedule for your rehearsal dates and times. You can also download the Festival Running Order to know when you will be performing.

Drama Workshops
Teachers can book their students into drama workshops held at the Seymour Centre for primary and secondary students who are part of the matinee audiences. 
• To book school groups, please click on the link.
• To book individual primary students or individual secondary students (not attending with a school group) please click on the links.

School Participation Fee
A participation fee of $100 per school will be direct debited to schools after the State Drama Festival.

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

Risk Assessments and Procedures:
State Drama Festival 2017 Risk Assessment; Seymour Centre Evacuation Procedure; Seymour Centre Emergency Evacuation Procedure for FOH 2011; Safety Alert 35 Anaphylaxis Safety Alert; Student Behaviour Code

Further Information

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

The Arts Unit Website & Facebook Page:
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 program updates, events, new Arts Unit Learning Hut resources and opportunities www.facebook.com/TheArtsUnit.


"As a principal I am very proud to have had a student involved in this event. The skills that she has developed will hold her in good stead towards a career in drama, which is what she is seeking"  Nicole Hunt, Principal, Nyngan High School.

"I watched the matinee today so I could see my daughter's performance and I wanted to tell you how much I LOVED your piece!!! It made me laugh so much- until the end that is. Then I cried. Well done to you and those excellent actors (gee they were amazing)." Paula Bonett, Parent.

"What a wonderful night our family had at the Seymour Centre last Friday! We attended as a family and everyone was engaged from the 10 year old to the 75 year old. The quality of all the items was fantastic and so many of the pieces were really thought provoking. the writing and acting were superb" Nicole Hayward, Parent.