Primary Drama Ensembles

Region: Metro Sydney
Year 5 and 6

NSW public schools drama ensembles foster the development of talented students from Years 5 to 6 in drama. Ensembles rehearse weekly after school hours at The Arts Unit in Lewisham during school term. Application is by audition and open to NSW public school students.

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How to apply

Applications for the 2024 Primary Drama Ensembles are now closed.

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


Auditions for Primary Drama Ensembles are open to all NSW public school students. Auditions will be held at The Arts Unit in Lewisham in Term 1. Preparation is not necessary.

Open audition times for Primary Drama Ensembles (Years 5 and 6):
  • Sunday 18 February 2024, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Sunday 18 February 2024, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 21 February 2024, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Callback auditions 

Students will be notified after their open audition whether or not they are invited to the callback audition on Sunday 25 February, 2024.

Weekly rehearsal times

For successful students 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.

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

Wednesday rehearsal times are 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm.

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

  • Primary Drama Ensemble $395.00

Performance opportunities

Primary 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 Primary Drama Ensembles, please email so that we can assist.