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Drama @ The Arts Unit

Kindergarten to Year 12 students and teachers

Drama @ The Arts Unit enables students to develop confidence and extend their skills, and teachers to build knowledge and skills to engage students to explore their potential.

Industry partnerships provide creative opportunities to extend skills, while performance events showcase drama as an art form.

Local and inclusive opportunities, digital resources and event streaming provide equity and comprehensive support to deliver drama in and as an extension of the classroom.

Programs include ensembles, workshops, performances, teacher professional development and unique industry partnerships.

drama students performing

Weekly Drama Ensembles

Drama Ensembles develop high potential and gifted students in drama. Ensemble tutors are drawn from Arts Unit experts and industry professionals. Students perform in events such as the State Drama Festival. Drama ensembles rehearse at The Arts Unit in Lewisham during school term.

  • Senior Drama Ensemble –Years 10 and 11
  • Junior Drama Ensembles – Years 7 to 9
  • Primary Drama Ensembles – Years 5 and 6

Applications for students in Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 in 2023 are now open, week 6. Auditions will be held at The Arts Unit on Sunday 28 May 2023.

For more information please go to Drama Ensembles.


Drama Company

The 2023 Drama Company extends the best performers auditioned from public schools across NSW. Company members work with industry professionals and experienced educators to create a drama work.

Performances will be held at NIDA from
Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 May 2023 (Term 2 Week 3)

For more information please go to Drama Company.

The Wasps Drama Company 2023


Drama tutors

There are a number of opportunities for interested public school teachers in NSW to join our drama programs.

For further information on the various opportunities, please visit the following programs:


State Drama Festival

The 2022 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students from Years K to 12. The Festival was held across two days from Thursday 20 October to Friday 21 October with over 800 students participating from across the state.

For more information please go to State Drama Festival.


    Tales from the Wild Bush

    Co-produced with NIDA, the NSW Public Schools Drama Company's 2021 performance Tales from the Wild Bush is now available to enjoy, explore and bring into your classroom.

    ​​​​For further information, see the Tales from the Wild Bush creative resource.

    Tales from the Wild Bush



    OnSTAGE is a presentation of performances and projects by HSC Drama students presented by the NSW Education Standards Authority and the NSW Department of Education.

    Performances will be held at the Seymour Centre from
    Saturday 4 February to Friday 10 February 2023 (Term 1 Week 2)

    For more information please go to OnSTAGE.

    2023 OnSTAGE




    Digital Drama Festival 2021

    Explore the State Drama Festival 2021 through the digital showcase and celebrate creativity, resilience and storytelling through drama in 2021.

    Enjoy a combination of traditional, devised and original pieces and some brand new approaches in the form of our short film, physical theatre, monologues and puppetry ensembles who created their original works during remote learning.


    The drama team
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