The NSW Arts Unit Drama Festival

Kindergarten to Year 12

The NSW Arts Unit 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.


Students on stage performing at the State Drama Ensemble

The NSW Arts Unit Drama Festival 2024

The NSW Arts Unit Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students from Kindergarten to Year 12.  The Festival runs across 2 days – Thursday 24 October to Friday 25 October, with students participating from across the state.


Seymour Centre, Chippendale


Tickets will go on sale through the Seymour Centre website prior to the event.

State Drama Festival 2023


Drama workshops led by professional practitioners will be available before and after the matinee performances during Drama Festival. Bookings for these workshops will be made available in Term 3, 2024.

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Festival clothing

Festival t-shirts and hoodies will be made available to order in Term 3, 2024.

black t-shirt with bright coloured logo on the front and Drama Festival 2023 in white text on the back

School nominations

Schools can nominate any pieces that have not been presented in your local Area Drama Festival.  
Nominations will open towards the end of Term 2, 2024.


$120.00 including GST per item.

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

In The Spotlight Drama Festival 
LightsUP Drama Festival Series
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.

All Arts Units programs are inclusive. If support is required to participate in The NSW Arts Unit Drama Festival, please email so we can assist.