State Drama Ensemble

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Applications open in MAY 2018

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.

Rehearsal Workshops:
There will be 2 intensive compulsory mid-week workshops held at The Arts Unit throughout the year:-
   No 1: Term 3 - Monday 8 to Friday 12 October 2018 (inclusive) 10am-4pm
   No 2: Term 4 - Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 October 2018 (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 2018 State Drama Festival (25 & 26 October).

Performance Opportunities:
By being a member of the 2018 NSW Public School State Drama Ensemble, all students will perform at the State Drama Festival (25 & 26 October) held at the Seymour Centre, Chippendale:-
   Thursday 25 October - 7.30pm Evening Performance
   Friday 26 October - 11.00am Matinee Performance
   Friday 26 October - 7.30pm Evening Performance

Audition Process:  Applications will open in May 2018
Membership is by video audition and a maximum of 4 nominations will be accepted from any one school.
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 due Wednesday 1 August 2018. Students and parents will be notified of their success by Monday 13 August 2018.

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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