State Drama Festival

Kindergarten to Year 12

The State Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students in Kindergarten to Year 12. This event is a 2-day celebration of drama works showcasing strong drama outcomes in classrooms from across the state. Over 800 students participate in a range of dramatic styles.

2023 dates

Thursday 26 to Friday 27 October (Term 4 Week 3)

Students on stage performing at the State Drama Ensemble

NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival 2023


The 2023 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students from Kindergarten to Year 12.  The Festival runs across 2 days – Thursday 26 October to Friday 27 October, with over 800 students participating from across the state.

Thursday 26 October at 11:00 am–primary matinee
Thursday 26 October at 7:00 pm–evening performance
Friday 27 October at 11:00 am –secondary matinee
Friday 27 October at 7:00 pm– evening performance

Seymour Centre, Chippendale


Audience tickets will go on sale through the Seymour Centre in Term 3 2023.

Prices are to be confirmed.

State Drama Festival 2023

In 2023 The Arts Unit will run State Drama Festival workshops  be led by professional practitioners from our Festival partners, NIDA.

Workshop bookings will open in Term 3 2023.

NIDA logo

Festival clothing
Pre-ordered clothing sales will open in Term 3 2023.

A limited number of t-shirts will be available to purchase in the foyer at State Drama Festival 30 minutes prior to each performance.



Festival tshirt

School nominations

School nominations will open in Term 2 2023.

$120.00 including GST per item.

Area Drama Festival panelists

Applications for 2023 Area Drama Festival panelists will open in Term 2 2023.

For details on Area Drama Festivals please visit Local arts programs.

In The Spotlight Drama Festival 

LightsUP Drama Festival Series

South Coast Drama Festival

Far South Coast Drama Festival

Hunter Primary Drama Festival

Lismore Performing Arts Festival


NSW Public Schools State 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.

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