Junior Drama Ensembles

Region: Metro Sydney
Years 7 and 8

The Sydney-based weekly ensemble aims to foster the development of talented students in drama in Years 7 and 8. Performance and industry partnerships offer unique learning extension opportunities. Audition only.

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How to apply

Applications for 2024 Junior Drama Ensembles are now closed.

Applications for the 2025 Junior Drama Ensembles will open in Term 4, 2024.


Auditions for the Junior Drama Ensembles are open to all NSW public school students who will be in Years 7 and 8 next year. Auditions will be held at The Arts Unit in Lewisham.

Open audition times for Junior Drama Ensembles (Years 7 and 8):
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 10 March 2024, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Callback auditions 

Students will be notified after their open audition whether or not they are invited to the callback audition on Sunday 17 March.

Weekly rehearsal times

If you are successful in obtaining a position in the drama ensembles program, a full commitment to the program must be made. 

Students will attend weekly rehearsals after school hours on Wednesdays and some Sundays at The Arts Unit, Lewisham. Wednesday rehearsal times are 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Sunday rehearsals will take place from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday 16 June, Sunday 8 September and Sunday 20 October 2024.

Year 7 and Year 8 Drama Ensembles will begin on Wednesday 8 May 2024 (Term 2 Week 2) and finish after the performances at the Drama Festival in October 2024.


Fees cover the hire of regular tutors and industry professionals for intensive workshops, a Drama Ensemble t-shirt, and the sourcing and supply of costumes from professional designers for ensemble performances. Students will need to cover their travel and/or accommodation costs if needed. All prices include GST.

  • Weekly Drama Ensembles $395.00

Performance opportunities

Junior Drama Ensembles will participate in either the Drama Festival or Drama Festival Virtual.


The drama team
The Arts Unit
02 8512 1175

All Arts Unit programs are inclusive. If support is required to participate in the Junior Drama Ensembles, please email drama.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au so that we can assist.